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The 2016 schedules for Junior & Senior teams are complete. Please call if you have any questions. 603-341-2330
Congratulations to the Senior team for reaching the post season for the first time in the team's history. Post 98 Seniors finish with an overall record of 11-7. The state recognizes a record of 8-6 when Londonderry and Salem suspend their seasons after Post 98 won all four contests against them.
The senior program began in 1984 by Tom Hudon and Mike Driscoll and ran until 2007 when the program was discontinued due to lack of interest. In 2010 the AAU Colonials were aging out of their group and wanted to continue to playing as a team. Mike Driscoll, Mick Gasper, and Avery Finver led effort to revive the program at the junior division and hired Cliff Hicks to head the program. When the team won the state championship in 2011 the decision was made to introduce the senior program back into competition. Led by Coach Hicks and new junior coach Brenden Cosgrove the program struggled to achieve the success obtain in 2010. Chris McKenzie took over for the junior program in 2014 and Chris Shanahan with the seniors in 2015. Both program continue to excel and Shanahan leading the seniors to their first post season.
Good luck to the Senior team!!!
Why Team Chemistry is So Vital
Team chemistry can sometimes be hard to define, but when it’s absent, it’s readily apparent. Some fans might doubt the importance of having a close-knit team, or how getting along inside the locker room can benefit a team between the lines, but few coaches share that logic.
Allen (Texas) High School head baseball coach Paul Coe is one coach who considers team chemistry very important.
“Talent obviously is important, but if you don’t have guys pulling for each other, I think it actually hurts your team. I think it’s important for the guys to like each other, to work together, for your team. It’s a team sport full of individual battles, but at the end of the day, it’s a team sport and they got to be able to work together,” Coe said.
In Coe’s case, strong team chemistry is almost a given. Many of his players started playing together at a young age, maybe in elementary school or earlier, and they have already been teammates for a number of years. So not only do they know one another quite well off the diamond, they also know exactly what one another is capable of between the lines.
Of course, no matter how well a group of players already know one another, there are certain shared experiences that help bring them even closer as a group.
“We spend a lot of time in the offseason, not necessarily on team building, but we work out a lot in the weight room, we run a lot and that builds team unity, doing things together, doing things that aren’t fun,” Coe said. “You’re sweating together, you wake up together.”
But having a tight-knit group doesn’t mean that it’s a hard team to break into. In fact, Coe believes quite the opposite.
In the rare situation of a new player entering his program, Coe has seen his players go out of their way to make those newcomers immediately feel welcome.
Part of having strong team chemistry is the built-in support system. When one player struggles on or off the field, his teammates are there to pick him up.
“When the kids care about each other and they see somebody going through something, then they’re going to naturally try to pick him up. When you have genuine care and team camaraderie, that’s something kids do,” Coe said. “They’re very resilient and they care about each other, so they try to step up and help their teammate out, stay after to help him out, do whatever they need to pick him up after an at-bat.”
That chemistry also helps coaches anytime they want to tinker with their lineup because they know each player roster will be on board.
“You’ve got to do it the right way, visit with the kids, make sure they understand why you’re doing something,” Coe said. “But having a good relationship with kids and having good team chemistry, it’s easier to have those conversations and know that the other players are going to be there for that person also.”
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D-I coaches push Legion over travel ball in forum
Published: January 12, 2015 | Last Modified: January 12, 2015 11:28PM
By Ken Lipshez Record-Journal staff
MERIDEN — The four Division I college baseball coaches who spoke at the youth forum at Platt High School Sunday stressed the importance of playing summer ball in the American Legion program.
UConn coach Jim Penders, Hartford’s Justin Blood, Bill Currier of Fairfield and new Quinnipiac pitching coach Pat Egan all said that the high school/Legion pipeline has advantages over travel baseball.
“There are some really good travel programs out there,” said Penders, who just completed his 11th season as the Huskies’ head coach. “There are some really good travel baseball players and some really good travel baseball people out there. However, the coaches that I still rely on the most are the high school coaches.
“It doesn’t matter to me what level of baseball they played or coached at before. They can tell me if a young man is accountable, if he’s dependable, if he’s caring, if he’s self-disciplined, if he pays attention to detail. Those are the building blocks. Then it’s up to me to evaluate him as a player.”
With the number of travel programs growing by the year, probably in the 25 range now, the college coaches acknowledged that some are more responsible than others and that it’s buyer beware.
“The Legion coach, what’s his motivation?” Penders asked. “These guys aren’t in it for the money. The high school coach isn’t in it for a $3,000 stipend. It’s all about helping young people get to where they’re going.
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