Tryouts this Saturday 11/16 are moving to Rick Oden Park at 11:00am
There are players at every age who are ahead of the curve which very often is due to an earlier birth-date.
In baseball the playing age is based on the player's age on the last day of April; so a player born on May 1st can literally be a year older than a teammate born on April 30th. Consider that two boys are 8 years old but one turns 9 on April 30th and one turns 9 on May 1st. The boy who turns 9 on April 30th must play as a 9 year-old, while the boy who turns 9 on May 1st can play as an 8 year-old.
Birth-date aside, coaches want players who can focus for the length of a practice or a game.
Players who can focus for this length of time will learn at a quicker rate and they will not be a distraction to the other players on the team.
Coaches want players who are dedicated to their team and their sport.
Nothing against other sports but we want the players on our roster to be dedicated 100% to our team. We are looking for players/parents who are willing to put in all of the work possible to improve their skills. This includes not only being available for every team practice but also for one-on-one private lessons.
Being mature, focused, and dedicated, must be paired with a willingness to be taught, and to be positioned on the field and in the batting order, wherever the coach thinks is best for the team. No team can ever have twelve short stops and twelve lead off hitters, and a player who cannot be happy playing any position or batting anywhere in the order will become a problem for the team.
South Garland High School Softball Field
Colonel Drive off of Broadway
Behind the track and practice football field
11:00am to 2:00pm
Playing age is based on the players age as of 5/01/2014
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Our organization is named after this dog "Clay Boy" who joined our family in 1995 and left us in 2009.
One of our former players came up with the following acronym.
We are reminded of him every time a player wears a Clay jersey.
This book explains very clearly what it takes from a player and family to reach an athlete's full potential in this game. It also pulls no punches on where most parents go wrong. This book should be required reading before any child is permitted to play baseball or softball.
I have written a short synopsis of a couple important chapters at our blog at www.intheboxathletics.com
Go to just about any Baseball Club's web page and it won't take too many clicks to find the page where they list all of the ex "Metro Whatever-s" that are now playing baseball professionally or in the on scholarship somewhere. The lists are long and impressive for most and seem to be a great selling point for each of the clubs. So, I guess the next question would be, "Where is Texas Clay's page of ex- players?" Short and simple; we don't have one.
There are many reasons we have chosen not to promote our club this way, but the main one is the question of what criteria would we use to make this prestigious list. Meaning; does the fact that a kid wore a Texas Clay uniform qualify him, or what if he was a part of the Dallas Cyclone (our previous club)? And if this player suited up in our uniform once does that qualify him, or did he need to play multiple seasons? Last, even if this player played multiple seasons for a certain coach, does this mean that this coach should take credit for this players achievements? These are questions that perplex us and therefore, instead of generating a list of all the kids we've coached that have gone on to achieve some level of greatness we have decided to let parents and players speak for themselves. If they feel that we were a positive influence on their lives, then would could not be more humbled or happier about the roll we played.
In 2012 we received this Hand Written letter:
I was very excited to read your email this morning to the team. I'm so psyched for the boys and you that the team has come together and played well lately. You all deserve it, and it proves that you just can't predict how a season will end up! We're cheering for you!
Thank you, Rick, for being a coach with amazing experience, humbleness, love, great humor, incredible strategy, and dedication to the game and the boys. Pete is very blessed to have you as a coach and a mentor.
Many of you know, have met, or have read Jeremy Barnes’ posts on our blog. Jeremy played for me when he was 14 on the Dallas Cyclone and then again for me in High School at South Garland.
At first JB was a student of mine but has grown into a good friend and someone that I attribute much of what I know about hitting and baseball, in general, to. Working with him through the process of Division 1 and then Professional Baseball, has given me a perspective that I could have never gotten otherwise.
JB was the MVP of our 2005 team that was 33-5 and then went on to be a record-breaking hitter at Notre Dame. After a great Sr. year he was drafted in the 11th round by the Philadelphia Phillies. He spent 4 years in the Phillies organization and in 2010 led the whole organization with 42 doubles. Jeremy was released by the Philadelphia in 2012 and singed with the Canberra Cavalry of the Australian Baseball League soon after. Jeremy is currently hitting .339 with 1 HR. You can follow his baseball progress at the Cavalry link or on their Stats page. http://web.theabl.com.au/stats/stats.jsp?pos=&sid=t4066&t=p_pbp&pid=571465
Texas Clay Baseball will host an Easton Sports Demo Day at our facility in Sunnyvale (Bldg 4, In the Box Athletics) on Saturday, December 1, 2012 from 9:00am to 1:00pm and everyone is invited.
Easton Sports will be selling newly released bat models and current models that are being carried forward for 2013 at prices well below retail. They will also be selling fielders gloves, batting gloves, sun glasses, and catchers gear at a 15% discount.
Mesquite Sports will be represented and will be selling some Texas Clay specific merchandise too, but you do not have to be a Texas Clay player to take advantage of this sale. More information will be released on our Facebook page and website as we finalize all of the details.
Do not buy your baseball Christmas presents before this sale!