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YOU DON'T GET BETTER BY NOT PLAYING


Welcome to the home of the Merrimack Post 98 Legion Baseball program. We will try to keep this site updated with the best possible information. If you want more information or would like us to post something that is not being addressed, do not hesitate to give me a call or drop me an email at henzleym@gmail.com

The 2015 schedules for Junior & Senior teams are complete.  Please call if you have any questions.  603-341-2330


 

HOW TO ESTABLISH TRUST BETWEEN COACH AND PLAYER

Even if you make a living as a coach of youth baseball, we know you’re not in it just for the money. You love baseball so much, that if we put a microscope over your blood cells, we’d find tiny baseballs and bats, peanuts, popcorn, crackerjacks, sports drinks, mitts, and chalk running through your veins. Taking a giant group of distracted, growing adolescents and turning them into a baseball team seems like a Herculean task. You have to be the right kind of crazy to be a youth baseball coach. A lot of people who like baseball also tend to like a good puzzle, and the challenges and triumphs of working with youth is unquestionably worth the hard won rewards.

A coach must wear many hats when running a team: most importantly, including the hats of Role Model, Mentor, and Motivator. None of your hats are worth a dime unless you instill trust and respect in your team. Every player, as they age, will hit different stages at different times. A coach who can earn TRUST from each kid will have the best chance at building a hard-working and successful team.

Here are some tips for how to connect with youth players during their baseball path and forge a foundation of trust.

LISTEN

What are players and parents saying, and what are they not saying? Give everyone a chance to say what they think and show interest in ideas other than your own. It should be expected that not everyone’s going to share your opinion, so you’ll need to be respectful of that. You want to be able to share ideas, thoughts, and concerns constructively and peacefully. When people see that you are a listener, they feel heard, and this makes them feel at ease, which is another trust builder!

LOOK DEEP

The tiniest movement of a player’s foot can make a huge difference in their hitting abilities.You’ve got to be looking out for these kinds of little things with every player, and you’ve also got to keep a keen awareness on your players’lives outside the game. Do you have players who have little to no parental support? Are there players on your team who are struggling with grades? Is it finals week and your entire team is exhausted and in need of a little fun? Or has the team been slacking and it’s time for tough love? Take the time to observe and understand your players.

COMMUNICATE CONSISTENTLY

Make sure the team understands your vision for the season. Lay down your rules the first day of practice, and make sure both parents and players know the expectations and regulations of your program. Be absolutely transparent and answer all questions honestly and to the best of your ability. From day one, this sets a standard for the team that invites all parties to act in a respectful and professional way. These boundaries may seem strict at first, but everyone will learn to rely on them throughout the year.

FOLLOW THROUGH

Your word is your bond. Keeping commitments and following through with the promises you make is one of the biggest ways you can show trust to each player and the team. Demonstrate how strong your word is, and you’ll show your team that you are a reliable coach, one who will be there for them now and in the future. Let them know that they matter. This also means that you can’t be a fair weather coach, you’ve got to see problems through and find a resolution. Ignoring problems will only make them fester or blow up in your face. Losing your temper or giving in to improper conduct and blowing a gasket doesn’t instill trust, it erodes it. Prove that you’re there to help players and parents find solutions that are the best for the team and for the game.

PLAY FAIR

A wise coach will always put the players and the team first, even if parents and kids think otherwise. When a coach does not play favorites, parents can’t get jealous, and kids won’t get discouraged and feel left out. But it’s absolutely crucial for a coach to hold that line. Show players what it’s like to be on a solid team where everyone is appreciated and gets a fair chance to do their best.

RESPECT THE PLAYERS

This is the biggest one. You’ve got to show the kids that you care about them, and that you are there to help them do their best. Champion their efforts, reward hard work, give them shout-outs, compliments and encouragement. If they’re having a bad luck streak, help them through it. If you switch them during a game, show them that they’ll be back on the field again soon. Let your team know they are the best in the world whether they win or lose!

FOR THE LOVE OF THE GAME!



Legion "Showcase" to begin Fall 2015

From NH Legion Baseball Chairman Rick Harvey...

I did attend a meeting in West Warrick, RI on May 3rd to discuss our new proposed Summer/Fall Legion Elite Travel baseball program.
 
Beside NH, CT, RI were in attendance, MA could not make it but is committed.  After a 2 hour meeting we decided to move forward with this new program.
 
This program is for juniors in high school this year and and under, who do have the potential to play college baseball no matter what division. One caveat is that the players on this team have to had played legion baseball in the 2015 season.  No Exceptions!
 
The season will run from August 22nd until Columbus Day weekend.  We will have a fourteen game schedule.  It is possible
that we will also have a year end tournament.
 
For the fist year, we decided to only have one team/state to see how it goes.  Our first three or four weeks of the season will be 
double headers for each team on one weekend day at one particular college in each state.  For the remainder of the season each
team will play a doubleheader one day/weekend.  
 
We will be heavily recruiting college coaches to attend on the weekends.  The process has already started with the CT
Chairman sending out over 50 emails to college coaches in New England.
 
For NH, I have already contacted SNHU for our host weekend. The staff was very interested but they have to make sure
field work will be completed by the 28th and 29th of August, that is date I picked for NH.
 
Players for this team will be contacted by the coaching staff  to see if they are interested, and we might have one tryout on Saturday 8/1 on Sunday 8/2.  I will have an official flyer soon that discusses all aspects of this league.  Once you get this, I would hope you pass this along to all your players this summer.
 
We will also have one scout day at the end of the year where all four teams will show up with all their players to be showcased to the college coaches in attendance.
 
This is a very exciting opportunity to enhance our legion program in N.E. and to help our skilled players gain a valuable opportunity to "showcase themselves" to college coaches and maybe enhance their chances to play college baseball.
 
Volunteers to help coach this staff should email with their  interest or call me personally.
 
Costs have been discussed but not narrowed down as of yet.  We have to get the cost of our insurance (if we need any at all) and then hammer out umpire costs etc. I am not sure what we will do for uniforms as of yet and how we will be handling payments to NH legion baseball for this.  These things will be worked out.  

D-I coaches push Legion over travel ball in forum


10 life lessons learned from baseball

BY  ON MARCH 22, 2012

Not everyone considers sports to be a worthwhile investment of one’s time.  While I recognize that sports – and baseball in particular – aren’t for everyone, I’ve listed here what I think are 10 important life skills that I learned while playing baseball.

1.  Working as a team –  While this may be the most obvious, it’s also one of the most important lessons I’ve learned from baseball. The quicker you can mesh the strengths of others with yours, the better the overall end product will be.  Working as a team is reflected in relationships, marriages, sports, and particularly in business and life after sports. Leveraging individual strengths into a cohesive group where everyone works together toward accomplishing the same goal is much more beneficial and rewarding than having a group of individually minded players.

2.  Strong work ethic-  Work ethic is the foundation for anything in life.  You will find yourself in rewarding situations more often if you work hard and apply yourself regardless of outcome. A strong work ethic comes from a deep down desire and drive within yourself to improve.  This type of mindset is contagious and is very much recognized and appreciated by teammates and coaches.

3.  Dealing with pressure-  Often it’s the decisions we make under pressure that define who we are professionally and sometimes personally.  The pressure we place on ourselves to perform during a baseball game is not all that different than the stresses and pressure we may face every day in the real world. (I am not trying to compare a 0-21 slump to how you are going to make enough money to pay the rent).  But I do believe the lessons we learn from the pressures we deal with in baseball helps us to learn how to manage our emotions and improve our focus on whatever the immediate task at hand might be.

For example, when you are at the plate, you have to keep your mind on your hitting approach, and not be distracted by thoughts of what will happen if you don’t get a hit right then.  Or if your mind wanders after hours of playing in the field without any action, inevitably it will be that moment that a laser line drive comes your way.  In life, losing your focus or buckling under pressure creates different problems.  Pressure at work can affect your performance at work or at home, or a distracted moment at the wheel can lead to tragic consequences.  This is why learning to deal with pressure in ways not controlled by your emotions or feelings is a valuable life skill.

4.  Working with new and sometimes unfamiliar people-  You will quickly learn how to deal with and talk to people you have never met before.  In this game you are constantly meeting new people and playing on new teams.  Being comfortable in situations where you may know nobody is a positive skill.

5.  Dealing with failure-  Baseball is a game of failure and learning how to take the positives out of our shortcomings is very important.  There are many times in life where we come up a little short and being able to positively deal with the situation and learn from our past will help us in the future.

6.  Dealing with success-  It is important to strive for success and to be the best you can be.  It is equally important to be gracious in our victories.  Rubbing success in the faces of others does little for team chemistry and is not easily forgotten when you are on the short end of success.

7.  Learning how to keep your cool when fans are yelling at you intentionally trying to get under your skin-  This is another example of handling pressure.  Learning to block out and manage your emotions when fans are yelling and sometimes being harsh is an important skill for helping you focus on the task at hand. Letting outside influences that you don’t control affect your performance will distract you from your goal.  Learning to rise above and still be able to perform is in crunch time situations is an important skill I’ve learned through baseball.

8.  Not making emotional decisions-  Emotions can make you do things you normally wouldn’t do because of fear.  Being able to cut through the emotion can be extremely difficult, but if you can keep the emotions from influencing your decisions you will find this skill to be very beneficial in the long run.  Baseball lessons teach us to play the game with heart, but not let emotions take over and control your game.

9.  Learning how to separate baseball life from personal life-  It is very difficult to leave the baseball player at the field and not take a bad day home with you after a game.  When you mix your professional life and your personal life without setting boundaries between them it can cause an imbalance between the two.  My passion for baseball is an asset that has helped me be successful, but it can also cause me to be unsettled and emotional when it’s not going well.  Without proper boundries between my professional and personal life, I couldn’t be the father and husband that my family deserves.  Mixing the two can definitely lead to strained relationships on both sides.

10.  Learn to push even when you are tired and don’t have much in the tank-  How many times do you see people give up or not give all they have because they are tired and the let their body convince their mind that they have nothing left to contribute for that day.  Pushing through and giving all you have on a day when you are tired says a lot about your character.  The easy thing to do is “give up” but baseball makes you push even when you are feeling tired.  This skill will definitely make you proud of yourself.

 

These lessons have been a big part of my learning process during my baseball career.  I believe these are important for any young person to learn early in life.  We all make mistakes, but mistakes made as youth tend to have less harmful consequences than those made as an adult.  Better a strikeout than a car accident.  Better to be punished with extra conditioning than prison or divorce.  Maybe it seems dramatic, but that’s the point.  Baseball mimics life in a lot of ways, and it provides kids with a learning environment that won’t be duplicated until they are much older.



Upcoming Games/Practices

Sunday,  May 31
Merrimack Post #98 - JR PRACTICE 1:00pm Merrimack High School
Merrimack Post #98 - SR PRACTICE 1:00pm Merrimack High School
Monday,  Jun 1
Merrimack Post #98 - JR PRACTICE 5:45pm Merrimack High School
Merrimack Post #98 - SR PRACTICE 5:45pm Merrimack High School
Monday,  Jun 15
Manchester Jutras Post #43 @ Merrimack Post #98 - SR 5:00pm Merrimack High School
Tuesday,  Jun 16
Rochester Post #6 @ Merrimack Post #98 - SR 5:15pm Daniel Webster College
Wednesday,  Jun 17
Merrimack Post #98 - JR @ Salem Post #63 6:00pm Michele Memorial Park
Saturday,  Jun 20
Portsmouth Post #6 @ Merrimack Post #98 - SR 4:00pm Merrimack High School
Sunday,  Jun 21
Merrimack Post #98 - SR @ Derry Post #9 3:00pm Pinkerton JV
Monday,  Jun 22
Merrimack Post #98 - SR @ Londonderry Post #27 5:15pm Londonderry HS
Tuesday,  Jun 23
Merrimack Post #98 - JR @ Nashua Post #124 6:00pm North Common Field - Nashua
Wednesday,  Jun 24
Merrimack Post #98 - SR @ Hudson Post #48 5:15pm Alvirne HS
Hudson Post #48 @ Merrimack Post #98 - JR 5:30pm Merrimack High School

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