Moms and Baseball

Moms and Baseball

Moms and Baseball is a podcast for youth baseball moms, dads, coaches, and players. Co-hosts Diana Stephens and Stephanie Malley share their thoughts and stories--but more importantly, interview experts--relating to all levels of baseball: Little League / rec, travel / select, high school / showcase, college, and beyond. Plus look for appearances by special guest hosts, including Patrick and Trevor, for special Baseball Dads episodes and more! Check out our Facebook group, "Parents and Baseball." @momsandbaseball on Facebook and Instagram. https://momsandbaseball.weebly.com

Episodes

May 19, 2022 17 min

K Sports Ohio Valley Classic Scouted by PBR
14u

Location(s):
First Watch Fields/WCBC - Kemba Baseball Complex
West Chester, Ohio

Blue Ash Sports Center
Cincinnati, Ohio

Warren County Sports Park
Lebanon, Ohio

Today we talk about the K Sports Ohio Valley Classic that took place in and near Cincinnati, Ohio April  22-24.

Rating

  • Facility: 4.5/ 5 points 
  • Tournament Management: 5/ 5 points
  • Fees: 3/ 5 points 
  • Restrooms: 5/5 points 
  • Umpires: 3/ 3 point...
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    We welcome back Amber to discuss our most controversial topic to date. This is an issue that we have seen cause teams to blow-up overnight.

    We discuss how we define guest players and fill-in players, and how/when we believe these players should be picked up by a coach. Amber also offers some especially interesting insight that families may want to consider before having their son/daughter play for another team on an "off" w...

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    Today we are joined by special guest Jeff Petty, President & CEO of Canes Baseball, and coach of Canes Baseball 17u National Team.

    Jeff shares the history of Canes Baseball and explains what the organization looks like today.  He also talks about his National Mets Scouting team and how that works--and of course, what's up with the bus!

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    Diana's husband, Dr. Trevor Grice, returns to talk about a topic that is near and dear to his heart: how to be a more effective coach through communication and relationship building.

    Episode Mentions:

    Episode 71- The Car Ride Home - How Do Kids Really Feel?
    Episode 77-  How to Effect Culture Change in a Failing Athletic Program

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    Today we’re talking about the difference between sports teams or programs with winning cultures vs. those with losing cultures and what can be done to effect a positive culture change.

    We are joined by guests Steve Young and Michael Gulino, who are well-regarded Directors of Athletics and educators in the state of New York and nationally.

    Steve Young is a current Director of Athletics at New Rochelle School District (just outside M...

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    Today's "mini" episode is a part of our player spotlight series. Stephanie tells the story of a multi-sport collegiate level athlete that goes on to become a part of the NFL and the MLB at the same time.

    This episode was inspired by watching a lot of college baseball recently. Stephanie came across a highlight video of an Ole Miss baseball player that hit a home run 404 feet. His name is Tywone Malone, and he is also a...

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    February 25, 2022 33 min

    Spring baseball is right around the corner, and we are getting ready by sharing baseball parent hacks. These are the top hacks we found on the Internet, as well as hacks suggested by friends and ones we have found ourselves.

    Mentions:

  • 007: Moms and Game Day Essentials
  • Sandwich Hack
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    February 11, 2022 25 min

    This episode we are talking about Baseball College Camps. In our last episode with Coach Renee Lopez, she mentioned  attending college camps can be beneficial in the college recruiting process. So we enlisted another baseball mom, Lisa Messey, as our special guest to give us some insight on this experience.

    Lisa's son, Drew Messey, attended the  University Of Missouri (Mizzou Prospect)  Winter Baseball Camp December 18-19. Steph...

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    Today we talk about the college recruiting process with Coach Renee Lopez. Coach Lopez is a 20-year coaching veteran, and an expert in the college recruiting process. She has served as the NCAA compliance director and has also learned the recruiting process from having worked as a high school varsity head coach for three years and a college coach for 14, in NCAA Division I, II, III, and NAIA.

    Coach Lopez has written a book, "Loo...

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    Today's "mini" episode is a bit different. Diana tells a story that touched her heart--the story of Arizona Diamondback's Rookie Seth Beer, and how his aspirations of swimming in the Olympics changed over time to dreams of playing in the MLB.

    Thanks to No Crying in Baseball podcast for introducing us to Seth Beer and his incredible journey! You can check out the NCIB episode here.

    Seth Beer perfectly personifies how ...

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    Today we are talking about the often-dreaded car ride home and parent behavior at games.  Athletes often list “the car ride home after games with parents” as their least favorite memory of sports, and parents are often blamed as the reasons why athletes quit sports as kids.

    We decided to survey kids to see how they really feel about the the car ride home. We will share those results, and offer our advice based on those results, our ...

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    This week is a Coaches Takeover with past guest hosts Trevor Grice & Chris Wilcox. Trevor and Chris share useful advice that travel baseball coaches of all levels may find useful to help select the right tournaments for their team.

    Mentioned:
    Episode 12 with Lale Esquivel

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    This episode we invited back special guest Shannon Robinson from Episode 19 when we discussed Fundraising. If you haven’t listened, this is a must for all things fundraising for travel baseball. 

    Shannon is discussing two Power! Showcase events that she attended with her 13-year old son, Reed Robinson. The first is a Pro-Series Power! Showcase 13u World Championship event with his Wisconsin Elite team which took place at Tropicana F...

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    December 3, 2021 17 min

    This episode we are discussing baseball gifts for your player. We go through the gifts that are a need, tools for training, personalized items, fun toys, and experiences. Some items we discussed are below:

  • PitchBack baseball and softball pitching net and rebounder
  • J-Bands
  • Rope Bat Trainer
  • Weighted Training Baseballs for hitting
  • PLYO weighted training baseballs for pitching
  • Training tools like a  hitting net, pitching mound, tee, pocket r...
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    Throwback to Episode 16 when we discussed the GameChanger app and the new app, GameChanger Team Manager.

    Special Guests:

  • Guest host Patrick Malley, from Dads takeover episode
  • Ken Strnad, VP Marketing of GameChanger
  • David Kennedy, Head of Consumer Experience at GameChanger

    A few things we love about GameChanger:

          -Scorebook

          -Stats auto-generated

          -Fan/viewer experience

          -Audio- use in the car

    We discuss concerns about the...
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    Today we are joined by guest Celine Farner. Celine is mother to Lucas Farner, shortstop for the Little League World Series champs from Taylor North Little League in Michigan.

    Celine discusses the journey to the LLWS in Williamsport, Pennsylvania and talks about the strict COVID-19 protocols—including how long parents had to go without seeing their kids!

    Plus we talk about all the experiences the Little League World Series champs have...

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    You may remember Susana Lluch as the proud, emotional mom cheering on her son Alek Manoah during his major league debut as a starting pitcher with the Toronto Blue Jays earlier this year. If not, check out that video here!

    Susana has such a positive, enchanting personality and we thoroughly enjoyed being able to speak with her about that emotional day and what it was like raising 2 professional baseball players. (Alek's brother,...

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    We are getting ready for (indoor) travel baseball practices to start for our teams in Michigan this weekend. We discuss practice schedules, private lessons/training, and how Stephanie's family plans to cope with practices 3 hours away!

    Mentions:
    023: Arm Care Advice, Part 1
    024: Arm Care Advice, Part 2- with Dr. Ryan Brown
    046: Strength & Conditioning w/ Alex Puskarich from Cincinnati Reds
    025: Semi-Pro Pitcher Lennon Gwizdala

    Fo...

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    Today we are talking with three individuals who are very passionate about reviving baseball as America’s pastime through their project called Strikeout Baseball. They are working to get kids off the couch and bring backyard baseball back to cities for kids who wouldn’t otherwise have easy or inexpensive access to the game.

    We are joined by guests John Smoltz Sr., Jeff Lazaros, and Vic Verchereau.

    John Smoltz Sr. is on the Strikeout B...

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    In today’s episode about select baseball, we chat with ex-pro Sam Smith.

  • How much baseball is too much?
  • Should kids play multiple sports?
  • What should parents do to support their young athletes?
  • What trait is most evident in players making it to the big leagues today?
  • And much more!
  • Our expert Sam Smith from Johnson City, Texas has been involved with select baseball in some capacity since 1995. Sam was a 6th round draft pick for the Color...

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