Coach Dave Schreimann

Today we have to say goodbye to a brother, father, grandfather, friend, mentor and coach.  Coach Schreimann passed away earlier this week.  For the past several years I’ve had the great fortune to coach alongside Dave Schreimann and it’s been an experience I’ll carry with me always.  I learned more about baseball than I ever thought I’d know.  I learned more about coaching a group of young men than I ever expected to know.  And my son, he was touched in ways that’s just plain difficult to explain.

Coach always set the bar high and he expected you to reach it.  If you screwed up, you’d hear about it.  If you succeeded, you’d hear about it. And, if you gave it your all… he’d pull you aside and praise you for your effort. He did what good coaches do every day – motivated kids to be better than they think they are.

For me, I occasionally got to spend time with Dave when he wasn’t in coach mode…  Whether on the road to BC for a coaches meeting (boy he sure loved those “coaches meeting”) – after practice – in between games or outside of baseball altogether, he loved the game and he especially loved the boys he coached.

Thanks Coach!  Thanks for all your time, effort and dedication.  Thank you for teaching us.  Thank you for your impact on our boys and being a part of our family.  Best of luck and Godspeed, you’ll be missed.

Jays Slideshow Photos

2011 Jays Baseball Slideshow from Phil Atkinson on Vimeo.

Parents, you’ll find the 2011 Jays photos in the Gallery. The photos are free for you to download and use as you wish. Simply look through the various thumbnail photos and when you find one you want, click on it. It will load a slightly larger version of the photo and off to the upper right you’ll see an icon that looks like a floppy drive. Click on the floppy drive icon and that should prompt you to download the full size version of the photo. Repeat as often as you wish. and if you get lost, feel free to contact me.

Knee deep

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It comes around twice a year, once in the fall and once in late spring… it’s the big push.  Over the past month or so I’ve captured thousands of photos, hours of video and now it’s crunch time.  The baseball banquet is just around the corner and everybody needs pictures, videos, CDs, sounds systems, and the list goes on and on.

This year I managed to put together a baseball trailer in addition to the usual photo slide show.  The trailer is something I wanted to do for the softball team last year, but I just ran out of time, not to mention good video footage and ideas – so I owe them one.  I’m fairly happy with it – as with most things I do, I can only see all the things wrong with it, what I’d do differently, if only I had endless time and no need for sleep.  This little trailer experiment has gotten me pretty jazzed about video and it’s story telling ability.  No doubt video is a powerful tool, but it’s also so much more complicated than stills…  Anyway, sounds like I’m complaining, so I’d better stop… it’s been a fun project and now I just need to get the slide show under wraps and get folks a bunch of pictures.

I’ll share the video here after the 20th…

2011 Jays Baseball Photos

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It’s been awhile coming, but you should know by now that things get pretty crazy this time of year for me… anyway, I’ve sorted through about 3000 baseball photos so far and have posted a few in the gallery.  As always, you’re welcome to download and print the files yourself or you can print them via Digibug and have them delivered to your home.

Here’s the link to the gallery>>>

Busy April

It’s been a busy month… P90x as usual.

I overhauled the ole ’70 GTO.  High compression heads, aggressive cam and everything that goes with it.  The car just screams now – not a chance it’ll hook up.

Baseball galore, practice and games.  And summer softball is getting underway too.

Lady Jays Pancake breakfast earlier in the month and Sheri is busy putting together the Jays Baseball Banquet.  Not much has spilled onto my plate, but I got a few extra to-do out of the deal.  She’s doing all the hard work along with Joyce.

And finally, I built two more websites this month to boot.  The Lady Jays Softball got a new site: http://www.ladyjaysoftball.com and late today we just launched a new website for Jay’s Baseball:  http://www.jaybaseball.com, still a little work in progress.  Yes – they like black.

Oh yeah – I went to work in between all this too.  Yeah, I’m whining, but honestly, I like busy.

Baseball gets underway

It’s been a bit odd being on the “other” side of the fence, but honestly, it’s a welcome change and a good one… for the team and specifically for my son.  Sam’s hitting has finally returned – the old “Mud Dawg” hitting is what I’m talking about.

While mechanics are certainly important, pounding them into a kids head, so that’s all he can think about in the box, isn’t the greatest plan.  Don’t do this, don’t do that…  how about just see the ball and hit the ball, we’ll tweak things from there…  If you don’t believe you can hit, constantly reinforced from negative input, then no amount of mechanic coaching can make you hit.  That’s the philosophical spin anyway.  As for the rest, weight training, weight training and more weight training has help a ton…

The JC Freshman have two teams an A and a B team.  The A team is 2-0 while the B is 0-2, don’t worry about it B, your day is coming, just keep your heads up and work hard on improving, the rest will take care of itself.

I have about 600+ photos so far, I’ll try to get through them and post some this week.  Stay tuned.