There’s No I in Team…

…and there’s no Team in Club baseball…My observation is that there is a negative side effect stemming from club/travel ball.  The focus of club baseball is to promote and showcase players to scouts and colleges.  The focus is on the INDIVIDUAL and less on team accomplishments.  That ‘me first’ outlook has crept into high school baseball.  High school baseball used to be about school pride. It used to be about representing your community. Those days are over folks.  Players now want to know what their high school team can do for them rather than proudly representing their school and community.  It’s not uncommon for kids (families) to move to a different community to play in a baseball program that will better serve them as an individual player.  The concept of TEAM has been tarnished by an ever growing population of “I guys”. 
Can you imagine a soldier going to his commanding officer and telling him where his post should be? Or a soldier changing alliances because one military agrees to make him an officer?  Does a clerk in the mailroom tell the CEO what to do?  Does an orderly tell a surgeon what to do?  Only in high school baseball (more likely other sports, too) is it acceptable for a subordinate to dictate what he will do for the team.  We are setting these kids up for failure.  They’ll be in for a shock when they come across real adversity in life.  They’ll blame others and will not have the skill set to handle adversity in a healthy manner.  Then we will all suffer. And we will see them as victims and share in their blame when in reality we will have fostered their entitlement while stunting their ability to persevere.

I’m reminded of a scene from Remember the Titans: ” The world don’t give a damn about how sensitive these kids are…You ain’t doin’ these kids a favor by patronizing them. You crippling them; You crippling them for life.”

Let’s not cripple our kids, or the spirit of high school baseball.

SCIBL 2014 Calendar is Set

Session Schedule for SCIBL 2014 is:

Session I- July 16 – August 13
Session II- August 20 – September 17
Session III- September 24 – October 22
Session IV- October 29 – November 26

There will be two (2) workouts/games per week, 6 hours of instruction/games per week. Workouts will be on Wednesdays and *Saturdays. All workouts will be held at Hickman Field in Clairemont unless otherwise noted.

*As the summer progresses games may be played on Sundays in lieu of the Saturday workouts.

For more information and to register, please email sciblmail@gmail.com. Please download and complete the 1) player data form, 2) parental permission/medical release form. You may mail forms and payments together.