COLLEGE TRYOUT

Coach Brandon Hennesey pitching coach at the University of Texas at Pan American a D-1 in the WAC Conference will Be at San Ysidro High School Monday September 15th at 4 PM.  They are looking for any Seniors who will clear clearing house or any underclassman who you feel are D-1 prospects.  A type of showcase style will be used to evaluate.  Pitchers will pitch to 3 Batters in scrimmage style game.  If you have any questions please contact Ken Canche’ Head Baseball coach at San Ysidro High School.

Ken Canche’
Head Baseball Coach
San Ysidro High School

619-987-3929

Our New Online Scheduler is Now Available

Let’s avoid the phone, email, and text carousel from now on! Our new online scheduler can be found on the sidebar of our website, as well as on our Facebook page. Now you will have access to our instructors and their available days and times so you can match your schedule. It’s fast and convenient!

Happy scheduling!

Best of Luck To Everyone!

It’s that time of year again.  I’d like to wish all our athletes good luck in your regionals, ToC, All Stars, and high school championships.  Grind it out and go get’em!  We will see you after you get a couple weeks rest after your season.  Remember, rest is as important, especially at this time of the year, as your training.  Please give your bodies and minds time to heal and unwind.  You’ll undoubtedly be pressured to move directly into travel/club ball but do yourself a favor and get your rest first.  A couple weeks rest can prevent months of injury recovery and rehab.

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.

Lions & STaRS

Golden State Sports Training would like to wish all our players the best of luck during the Semifinals and Finals of the 2014 Lions Tournament.  Of the 71 local high school baseball teams that competed throughout 8 Divisions of the entire tournament, Golden State had athletes on 33 of the teams.  We have 25 athletes on 12 teams that are in today’s semifinals round.  Good luck to those 25 today!

I Will Not Say a Word

A father of a young man who I have watched work, grow, and improve while working out at the facility, said to me, ” we’ve been coming here for 5 years and not once have you stopped to give my son any help.” Now, the son, who was very good in high school, and equally good, if not better, in college, really didn’t need my advice. However, that’s not why I didn’t offer help to the player.  The reason is this. I do not believe it is my place to interfere with father-son time.  Knowledgeable or not, the satisfaction of a father helping his son are priceless moments that are best left for them to enjoy free from a stranger interjecting his opinion.  I prefer to honor the bonding time that a father has with his son when they are working together (most of the time) to get better at baseball. So Dads, enjoy your time with your son/daughter.  If you need to reach out for mentoring I’ll be here. Just ask. Otherwise, I will not say a word.

Good Luck This Season

The 2014 baseball and softball seasons are underway, as well as the college season and spring training. The staff at Golden State Sports Training wishes all our athletes the best of luck this year. Our home grown San Diego athletes span the country from the South; Florida, Alabama, Tennessee, Texas and North Carolina, the Northeast in New York and Massachusetts, the Midwest; Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and North Dakota, and to the West; Washington, Oregon, and California.  Go get’em this year!

STOP THE CYCLE OF BULLYING!! A Victim’s Perspective

Prior to the 17th century the term ‘bully’ was a term of endearment. It was a term to mean ‘brother’ and ‘lover’. The term’s meaning deteriorated through the centuries into what we now call a ‘bully.’ A bully is defined as a person who initiates and carries on the ‘activity of repeated, aggressive behavior intended to hurt another person, physically or mentally.’ [Besag, 1989] Bullying is characterized by an individual behaving in a certain way to gain power over another person.

There are three ways of bullying: emotional, verbal, and physical. Furthermore, bullying has been classified by the U.S. Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences into Direct Bullying, and Indirect Bullying (or social aggression). Emotional bullying includes behaviors that embarrass, or humiliate another person. Verbal bullying includes name calling, and physical bullying includes pushing, shoving, and hitting. To bully another person directly is where a bully singles out an individual and commonly involves physical abuse. Indirect bullying can occur through gossip, and social isolation.

Where does the cycle of bullying begin? It is my opinion that bullying is everywhere and we are powerless to stop it. Bullying occurs in all walks of life, and is not curbed by culture, social status, race, religion, or gender. A component of the definition of a ‘bully’ is an imbalance in power, meaning that one person has more power, whether real or perceived, over another person. By definition, wherever there is human interaction, that imbalance of power will always be present. Consider parent-child, teacher-student, administrator-teacher, management-employee, law enforcement-civilian, military hierarchy, and even coach-athlete relationships. There is an imbalance of power throughout society. I have been a victim of more than one of these social relationships. I have been a victim of verbal, emotional, and physical bullying in my life. My parents used to take things away from me in the most unjust of manners. Both my mother and father lacked the ability to reason, and the ability to empathize. I would be sent to my room and suffered seclusion, precious play time/outside time would be taken away from me isolating me from others. I would be bullied, coerced into doing menial labor and tasks, such as washing dishes, cleaning the house, washing the car, or physically demanding tasks like yard work. My parents lacked the empathy and were unreasonable and made such a big deal out of me talking back to teachers (I am entitled right?), not doing my homework on time (it’s my time, what’s the problem?), ignoring my personal responsibilities (if it was so important, why couldn’t they take the trash out themselves?!) My experience being victimized by bullies went beyond the walls of my house. I felt so helpless. Everywhere I went, I was being physically tormented, embarrassed, humiliated, and was made fearful. My teachers, counselors, and principal would gang up on me (the term is mobbing) and make me fearful by threatening to send a letter home to my parents when my behavior did not meet their standards (whose to say their way is the best way? What do they know?). It was a great source of anxiety for a child. At times, they carried out their threat and it sparked the cycle of bullying at home. I would try to escape the torment of being bullied by losing myself in athletics. The bullying experience was at its highest level. Many times I would perform a task as directed and get totally ignored without a pat on the back, or a ‘good job’ being directed towards me. It left me confused and wondering if I had indeed done things correctly. To be sure, I would successfully perform my task again. Still no acknowledgement. More confusion. At times, I failed to get my task done and was subjected to verbal abuse, comments pointing out my shortcomings, and questioning my mental and physical abilities. At its worst I was physically abused by running more than other kids, or doing more push-ups or sit-ups than other kids. It was readily apparent to me that the coach had the same lack of empathy and understanding that my parents had. All of this done in front of my peers. I was ‘aired out’ for all to see and hear.

My experience as a victim continued into adulthood. Managers, supervisors, department chairs, administrators all took their turns pointing out when I was late to work, called in sick (the only college student to do so, apparently), failed to perform a job up to company standards (what happened to individuality?), missed a deadline in turning in academic calendars and lesson plans, or forgot to fill out proper paperwork. I was at wit’s end. I asked myself why everyone was picking on me. After all I’m only human and I do make mistakes. Why did everyone; by everyone I mean those influential in my life, parents, bosses, teachers, coaches; feel the need to always correct me and point out my failures and shortcomings? Why didn’t they know to shelter me from the angst? Why did they not communicate to me that I was the victim, and console me telling me I was perfect, and everyone was out to get me? I was tormented by it all. I needed a way to get back, get even with all those attacking me.

My initial plan was to ignore all these negative people in my life. That did not last long. I found that the only one who suffered was me. My parents continued to strong arm me until they got their way. Restrictions got longer, tasks piled up until I could no longer hold out. I was forced to give in and do things my parents wanted me to do, and to do things how they wanted. I mean, so what if there was still dried up food on the dishes after I ‘washed’ them? My parents were unreasonable. I ignored my supervisors and coaches. In turn they ignored me. They did not even take the time to ask me how I was, or inquire into my well being. My supervisor fired me. My coach replaced me with another player. Now I could see how heartless everyone was. I was getting a clearer picture of how life would be. When my supervisor told me to show up at a certain place and a certain time and I failed to do so, it brought out how self-centered, and mean spirited he was when he angrily took the job away from me. When my coach challenged me to complete tasks in the proper manner, and in a timely manner, and I fell short time and time again, it exposed him for what he really was. He was an impatient, selfish, and uncaring individual. He did not care that turn after turn, I was trying my best. I was TRYING my best. Isn’t that what’s important? That I tried my best? Why was the coach, and my supervisor for that matter, so caught up in getting a task done? It’s not like I was a soldier, or a heart surgeon, and if I didn’t get my job done people would die. What was the big deal?

Year after year, I tried to cope with being bullied. Just recently I made a startling discovery. In trying deal with the hell my parents, teachers, coaches, administrators, bosses had subjected me to, I realized I had become one them. I am a parent. I am a teacher. I am a coach. I was an administrator. I am a boss. I AM A BULLY.

It hit me all at once like the ending of the movie The Sixth Sense. I replayed the times of my adult life. I had subjected my own children to restrictions and house chores, I had subjected my athletes to demanding and challenging tasks, I had removed employees and subordinates that weren’t performing up to standards, I sent letters home to parents, humiliating my students and forcing them to do crazy things like beating the mailman home.

Somehow, my life is different now. It is better. Instead of a victim mentality that I burdened myself with, I let that go and did three things: Listen, Learn, and Toughened Up and proved my parents, teachers, coaches and everyone else wrong. I proved to them that I could do well in school. I hold a bachelor’s and Master’s degree (ha! take that mom, dad, and teachers!), I proved that I could be a highly productive athlete (thanks for yelling at me coach. I played baseball in college, how ya like me now?), I started my own successful business (hey bosses, you think you taught me a life lesson? Thank you…).

Listen, Learn, and Toughen Up. Do it. Save yourself from being a victim like I used to be.

3rd Annual Coach’s Clinic at Point Loma Little League

The 3rd Annual Coach’s Clinic for Point Loma Little League will be held this Saturday, February 1, at 3pm at the Point Loma Little League facility.  This year’s clinic will be a hitting clinic and will serve as a pre-cursor to this season’s academy sessions.  The clinic is free for managers, coaches, and any parents who plan on helping with coaching this season. 

The academy sessions this season will include hitting for the first time.  The previous two academies were pitching academies.  This year’s format will continue the pitching instruction as well as introduce a hitting model to assist managers in improving the overall hitting skill of all players.  The goal is to match, or exceed the improvement experienced on the pitching side.  That improvement was evident in PL’s 10 year old All-Stars extending their season with a long playoff run last season.

With the addition of a hitting academy, we hope to help extend the All-Star season for all Point Loma teams this season! 

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