Which way should we go, Colt League/Legion ball during the week and then Showcase Baseball on the weekends???
Some changes, or adjustments are going to have to be made, or one of the groups is going to suffer a knockout punch and might end up being Colt Baseball…..With all the Showcase Baseball on the Weekends, and late in the season you have some week-long tournaments too, so in the end and in the grand scheme of things, too many players have their name on too many rosters and they can’t be at all the same places, at the same time…..
End result, the Showcase Touraments are going to win out and it is killing Colt Baseball and really hurting Legion baseball too….
The Colt group, had to make way too many adjustments this past weekend and even early during the week, because teams didn’t have enough players to play in the tournament and even after they won a game during the week, they couldn’t play on the weekend, because they were lined up already for their Showcase Tournaments and they couldn’t be two places at the same time, so they are choosing Showcase Ball….
Where is the commitment? Donnie Stowe, his son Rob Stowe, Matt Dezearn and others like the young man that runs the front gate at the Colt events, they are committed…..You see them there every night…..Donnie Stowe’s dad, Don Stowe, had that same commitment to the Colt Baseball Program and now Donnie Stowe, has passed that same love of the game/commitment along to son Rob and a few others have picked up the ball and kept it rolling…..
At times they must feel like they are the home team, in the bottom of the 5th, down by ten, with two outs and nobody on base, ’cause they all left town with their Showcase team…..
Nothing totally wrong with the Showcase deal….The parents have made the deal and they have chosen to pay for it and they must be seeing some results, or they wouldn’t keep paying to play it….Some have said you don’t see the scouts at the Showcase Tournaments and the scouts that are there, they are only there to see one or two, or limited numbers of players and the other kids don’t get looked at…..
It doesn’t appear that the Showcase Events are going anywhere and if that is the case, then there needs to be an alternative plan for the Colts and the Legion teams/leagues……
For Colt and Legion baseball, just play a Monday-Friday schedule and leave the weekends to the Showcase teams/tournaments…..
On the Legion side of things, we may be talking more in terms of Junior Legion ball, than we are the Senior Legion programs….But it is a fact, that the Junior Legion teams have been hurt/effected, by the Showcase Tournaments….There was a big one going on and probably still is down in East Cobb, Georgia this week/last week…..
Monday-Friday for the Colts and Junior Legion and then the Showcases get the weekends…..What do you say??? Do we need to get the players to sign a wavier, saying that they will only play Colt/Junior Legion during the week and Showcase on weekends only?????
Will this plan work? It would be a lot easier on all the coaches knowing who they were going to have at the games each night, and maybe in advance for change and not on a one-day or two-day notice……It is bad news when you have to forfeit games because you don’t have enough players, or you know you can’t play the next day or two days later, because you won’t have the same team……
Maybe local Colts or the Junior Legion groups could start holding some of their own Showcases on the weekends, this has been discussed before……
Any way, something needs to be done or we will be sitting here going over this same problem next year at this same time, in further detail and it won’t get any easier, to make changes then…..
Do it now, as we get ready for 2012….Have the Colt and Junior Legion baseball programs run Monday-Friday only and have the Showcases on the Weekends……For Colts, run the Tournemant Monday-Friday and stay away from the weekend entirely…..Same for Junior Legion, make yours a weekday tournament…..
I have not been to the Showcases, so I can’t sit here and tell you how they operate, but I have talked to several parents that have kids attending the Showcases and I have heard mixed reports….
I have seen what the Colts do and have done to try and keep their program going and they are to be commended for their efforts and over the past couple of years, I have been right there with many of the Junior Legion teams and players and they have a good thing going……
Things are going to have to change, but will it happen sooner or later??? Later may be too late to save some of our programs and in the end, the kids that are young, developing ball players, they need Colt and Junior Legion baseball in the summer….
Let’s put this new Colt/Junior Legion Plan in place and make sure it is up and working by 2012 and when in place, let’s stick with it and make it work for all…………
Are we there yet?????