2013 Jays Baseball Highlight Video

Some seasons seemed to go on forever, while others vanished in the blink of an eye.  And suddenly, it’s over… What started so many years ago comes to an end, which in turn, gives birth to another beginning. It’s been a ride with a group of people and kids that I wouldn’t trade for anything. And it’s been an absolute privilege to watch these kids grow and develop from a very different perspective than most – my camera.

The camera allowed me to watch intently and closely as these boys played the game.  I could see their excitement, their disappointments and their accomplishments through those long lenses and slow motion captures.  At times their expressions were obvious, occasionally quite subtle, but always honest.  What an amazing way to watch your kids grow up!

Congratulations to the 2013 team and your amazing run.  I’m so proud and thrilled for all you guys have accomplished.

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.

2011 Jays Baseball Photos

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>>>

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.

Whew… 2010 JC baseball tryouts are over.

Congratulations to all who made the teams. For the incoming freshmen, whom I’ve spent a great deal of time with over the years, I’m so happy and excited for you guys. You’re going to have a blast this year and I can’t wait to sit in the stands and watch you guys play. A heart felt congratulations to each of you on a job well done!

Softball banquet – celebration

What a wonderful evening last night at the softball banquet.  From one parent to another, well done junior parents, I know it was a ton of work and in the end it was executed with the same precision the Varsity team executed throughout their season!

It was a bit of an emotional night, as most of these events are, but there was something special in the air; no doubt brought about by 8 seniors who clinched JC’s first ever state softball title. But it wasn’t all about them or the title, and they’d be the first to tell you that.  All you had to do was look around a room full of folks: teammates, managers, coaches, childhood coaches, parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters, administration staff and the list goes on.  It was a team effort and and extended team at that.

As I sat in the back of the room, listening to the coaches, speakers and most importantly, the players; I couldn’t help but wish I had a group of up and coming 12 year old athletes listening to this.

Teams are family, close family, important family, involved family, the type of family you rely on, the kind of family you need to achieve a large goal.  Sometimes it just happens, but many coaches and teams often work at developing it.  It’s about far more than friendship and for those teams who achieve it, the rewards are priceless.

Reliance, work ethic, focus, and the list goes on.  To achieve big things is to dream big, work hard, stay the course, and rely on one another.  Do those things, do them everyday with purpose and the reward can be yours.

Congratulations everyone, it’s been a truly spectacular ride for all of you.

JCBI takes 3rd at Show-Me Games

via John Haynes:
The JCBI 14U baseball team took third place in the Show-Me State Games Competitive division last weekend, beating the Washington Rookies 4-3 on Sunday in Columbia. JCBI won 3 and lost 2 for the tournament.

In the third place game against the Rookies Cam Carroll pitched a complete game, picking up the win with 8 strikeouts and gave up 2 walks. Trevor Rucker had 2 RBI and Sam Atkinson had an RBI. Alex Johnson was 2-2 with 2 runs scored.

JCBI lost the first round of bracket play to the Mid-America Blue Devils 5-3 on Sunday. Steven Coots took the loss. Carroll was 2-3 with a double and 1 RBI. Johnson had an RBI and Dylan Brauner scored twice.

JCBI was 2-1 in pool play beating the Southwest Missouri Pride 3-2 and the Washington Rookies 5-4 but losing to the St. Louis Express 4-3.

JC opened pool play with the 3-2 win over the Pride, Carroll pitched the complete game for the win picking up 7 strikeouts. Brauner was 2-3 with a triple and run scored, Johnson was 2-2 with an RBI and run scored, Rylie Klosterman picked up an RBI.

In the second pool game Austin Kneeskern pitched the 5-4 complete game win over the Washington Rookies. Kneeskern picked up 3 strikeouts and gave up one walk. Brauner was 2-3 with a double and run scored. Corey Beard picked up 2 RBI and run scored, with Coots, Johnson and Kneeskern each having one RBI for JC.

JC lost a pool game to the St. Louis Express 4-3 with Johnson and Coots pitching, Coots took the loss. Johnson hit 2-3 with an inside the park home run and Coots also had an RBI for JC. Brauner and Rucker also scored for JC.

The team played 59 games for the year under Coaches Dave Schreimann, Jake Johnson and Phil Atkinson. The team also finished second at the Missouri State AA Tournament in early July.

Jefferson City Public Schools cuts back on facilitators

From the “you’ve got to be kidding me category” comes a pair of stories from the August 19, 2008 Jefferson City, Missouri News Tribune.

$300,000 over budget as work continues on the High School Football Stadium the price tag climbs past $5 million.

Public schools cut back on facilitators; special needs students see 7 of 105 aides shifted to part time in an effort to save $200,000 a year.

OK. I know you’re all thinking it, so someone might as well say it.  Where have our priorities gone?  I realize the Football Foundation picked up the majority of the tab related to the new stadium, but if the school is struggling to the point of laying off facilitators that assist with special needs children in order to save $200,000.  Couldn’t the Football Foundation find it within their deep pockets to help educated our kids?

Something tells me there’s one of those youth sports life lesson stories here, and it ain’t a good one.