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Posted - 07/20/2016 :  20:50:46  Show Profile
Max, throws R, hits R, will play any position including pitcher.

Marietta, GA rising 8U player. MVP All Star with two supportive and athletic parents looking for 8U and possibly 9U travel ball tryouts.

Hit 8 home runs over 155 fence and only been playing two years. He absolutely LOVES the sport and cannot get him off field and on nights without practice he is playing catch, hitting, or fielding. He threw 50 mph at Braves stadium and then 45, 45, 45 at Chattanooga Lookouts minor league stadium. With technique training, coach should see an increase in those.

Parents: I'm a former Jr College and D1 player and one-year (single A) minor leaguer (and coincidentally an experienced high school and Jr College All American coach but don't coach this age. But I will help if needed). I'm also a respectful parent (not a Monday Morning quarterback) and I shut down side conversations about coaching saying "we support the coach 100%." I've been a coach of Babe Ruth All Stars, high schoolers, and PG Jr College All Stars and I've seen both sides of coach-parent relations. My wife is a former track star.

Max has natural gifts and born tools, but truthfully, his development has been because of his work ethic and love of the game.

Summary: He 1) hustles, 2) listens, 3) says Yes sir and No sir, and 4) Has fun... and 5) he absolutely, positively HATES to lose. He will be very good no matter what. With coaching, he could be great.

Update: He is in the Atlanta Braves Baseball Camp with about 200 other kids this week and started on Monday in 7/8 ball, by the end of the Monday's practice he was moved to 9-10 and by the end of the day yesterday (Tuesday), he was a Team Captain for his 9/10 Team. He went 0-3 today (three hard ground balls off coach pitch) in scrimmage so he's not perfect but his rate of improvement has been incredible.

I was told about this forum by a top notch coach, Mark Reese of Hobgood/East Cobb.

Please email me here about any tryouts or opportunities (I know we missed 643 tryouts before I knew about this site). Thank you.


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Posted - 07/21/2016 :  08:09:29  Show Profile
Where did Max play rec ball last year.

Mike Gray
8U West Cobb Bombers
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Posted - 08/09/2016 :  10:28:47  Show Profile

Wanted to let you know about our tour through the many tryouts, work outs, practices, etc.

We practiced with Titan Sports Academy (9U), East Cobb (8U Coach Pitch only/9U), Kennesaw Generals (8U), West Cobb Bombers (8U), Georgia Octane (9U), Eastside Titans (9U), John's Creek Giants.

First, a big thank you to Mark Reese (East Cobb Colt .45 9U) for answering my 1000 questions about getting up to speed on Georgia, especially North Atlanta youth baseball. Poor guy had to put up with my inquisitive mind.

Secondly, a big thank you to Jonathon Black as well. He's out of Oregon Park (9U). Answered a ton of questions and connected us to a couple of great coaches.

Summarily, we are going to play Eastside Fall Ball (as a fall back, perhaps 9-10 Sandy Springs depending on competition). If it sounds like a "settling", I don't believe it is. Many of the 8U and some of the 9U teams are practicing and only playing a tournament or two per month. Max has a hitting coach who he will continue with and we have a pitching coach starting in September and we'll get him some catching lessons (he loves to play catcher). We'll have a schedule we can follow and a routine for Max as he starts school. It's all about development at 7 years old and into his 8 year old year and we think the individual attention and workouts will be good for him as he matures, gets stronger, and develops as a little ball player. He loves it and we'll support him as much as we can without helicoptering or overdoing it. What I hope he learns is that if you are going to choose an endeavor, do it 100%. Access all resources, focus, give it your all, and do everything you can. We'll see if that message hits home. :)

Really appreciate Joey Williams, Mike Gray, Brian Spivey, Travis Bailey, Fritz Strydom, and others who held tryouts and workouts and coached Max through these.

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Posted - 10/19/2016 :  21:00:34  Show Profile
NextLvl still has spots on our 8u teams. We are planning on having two teams.

Please Contact Our General Manager Matt Kemp at mattk3535@gmail.com or 678-209-9927

We have Practice Sunday 2pm at Mt Paran North Church of God sports Complex at 1700 Allgood RD Marietta, GA

Thank You
Coach Rob Golden
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Posted - 11/10/2016 :  12:16:57  Show Profile
The 8U Young Guns are having a tryout Nov 19th. Would love for you to bring him out. You can contact me at 404/345-9048.
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Posted - 11/26/2016 :  11:07:09  Show Profile
11-24-2016 Update (and need a Fielding Coach recommendation):

Max played East Side Fall Ball at Pinto level. He was drafted 1.1 by the Bats. He has gone 1.1 in three straight drafts. The Bats had a lot of new players and Max got frustrated that he could never "let'er rip" when throwing. We told him this was a season to work on mindset, patience, and the "head game". Overall, he did very well, but imagine being able to throw the ball really hard but when making a play in the hole at short, coming up to throw and knowing that you have to make a perfect and 70% throw to first. We can't wait to get him on a team with players of his ability.

Right now, the plan is to play East Side Spring ball - much more competitive and teams have experienced players from what we have been told. Play East Side Spring Ball, hopefully make one of the top All Star Teams (Thunder, Hurricanes), and then play some All Star Tourneys. At the same time, we will be looking at travel and especially kid pitch tourneys.

Training: Max did the Baseball Factory Little League World Series Evaluation in Warner Robins and it was EXTREMELY WELL RUN. And they do video and a post-work out evaluation call. I was very impressed. He graded out at the top of 9U (remember, he is 8U, but LLWS doesn't go that low) in hitting, throwing, running, and catching. He graded at mid in fielding and pitching (never had pitched before so that was better than low).

He has been working with Kody at D-Bat in Buckhead and in Jan and Feb he will be working with Russ at East Cobb. He hits twice a week at DBat. He hits well on the 50 mph and is adjusting to 60mph.

Pitching: Wow! This is his biggest improvement. He is working with John Mike at East Cobb and is currently in VELOCITY: Throw and Pitching Camp. I've seen an increase in speed and form from this class and he still has 6 sessions to go. Very impressed!

Fielding: This was a forte of mine as I played third base most of my career, but we are looking for a fielding instructor to really work on two things 1) route to ball, and 2) fielding THROUGH the ball (left, right, left). Like many this age (and even older), Max fields the ball and then throws it, rather than it being all one fluid effort. Go to ball, field through ball, and then make the throw. I am looking for suggestions here. Do you know a good fielding coach? That coach is not me. It's my kid. You guys know how that goes :)

Thank you everyone for your continued emails, support, and replies. Max is developing int a fine young player - and learning all the life skills that go with that.

Mike Maher
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