Higher Ground Camps Summer 2012

If you want to combine a week of softball and a great experience in the U.S.A. for your young players , I am particularly pleased to recommend Higher Ground SELECT CAMP for Elite Skills  designed and run by our good friend Bobby Simpson from Tifton Georgia.

The camp will be held June 17-22 in Columbus, Georgia , it will host players from over all over the U.S. and foreign countries and feature some of the best college coaches and instructors of the country.

It is particularly designed for skilled players aged 15 – 19 and it is also a suitable opportunity for coaches to come and watch first hand high quality instruction, maybe offering to cooperate as monitors and providing support to the organization.  

More information are available on Higher Ground website or you can contact me anytime for help or more details.

The will to prepare to win

by Bobby Simpson

Players often overemphasize exposure and underemphasize preparation. The three components of success are instruction, game experience, and exposure. Unless one prepares well, the exposure is wasted. Relevant to being recruited, it is basically a negative use of time to expose weak skills. Learn skills, learn to apply them in games, and then get exposure. Be Prepared.
I thought of people who say that players need a will to win. Actually, more important is the will to prepare to win. Be Prepared!

Italian Coach Convention 2012

From Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd January the Italian Baseball Softball Federation is holding the 27th Coach Convention, yearly official meeting for all Italian baseball and softball coaches and for a lot of coaches from the near European countries.

This year as guest softball speakers we are glad to welcome Greg Riddoch from the USA, recently appointed as Mental Coach of the Tampa Rays, excellent baseball and softball clinician, and Craig Montvidas, Head Coach of the Dutch National Team.

The programme of the clinic is downloadable here.

EMEA finals locations announced

From the official website of EMEA Little League we finally learn all the dates and sites of 2012 EMEA finals.
This year Italy will be hosting 6 finals, in particular :

LL Baseball          21-29 July       KUTNO ( Pol )
JL Baseball          2-9  July          KUTNO ( Pol )
SL Baseball        11-15 July        NOVARA
BL Baseball        11-15 July        BUTTRIO

SL – BL Softball   11 – 15 July   BOLLATE / CARONNO