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bayoubengal225
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Traction Canes Baseball in Baton Rouge - Tryouts
Any of yall have kids or friends with kids in this association? I have an 11 year old I am thinking of signing up. Are the tryouts really "tryouts" or are the teams already decided, as you see with a lot of these places.


BigPerm30
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re: Traction Canes Baseball in Baton Rouge - Tryouts
It's pay for play. They'll gladly take your money and put you on a shitty team if he is not good. Save some money for that Tommy John surgery in a couple years.


bayoubengal225
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re: Traction Canes Baseball in Baton Rouge - Tryouts
Do they have good coaches?


tigergoon27
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re: Traction Canes Baseball in Baton Rouge - Tryouts
Just depends they have different levels of teams at different ages, they go by color. Red, black and white levels get different coaches.


bayoubengal225
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re: Traction Canes Baseball in Baton Rouge - Tryouts
So red is the top team? With black and white following? I am assuming the best coaches coach the top teams and the other teams get mediocre coaching? Are the guys like Cresse and Theriot involved with the teams?


TROLA
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re: Traction Canes Baseball in Baton Rouge - Tryouts
My kid plays on one.. its not pay for play. They have 2-3 teams per age depending on interest.. if they can't be at the AAA or major level then they usual don't field it.. they will sometimes have a AA that makes it way to AAA.

They are tryouts.. Saturday is usually a skills day and Sunday they play a game... the top team (black) is usually pretty set before the tryouts.. they always lose a few kids and need spots on the other teams.


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tigergoon27
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re: Traction Canes Baseball in Baton Rouge - Tryouts
Black is the top team, don't know after that.
I think its black, red, white


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danilo
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Braden, Brantley, and Jaxon will have a great time playing ball!


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Cantstandya
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re: Traction Canes Baseball in Baton Rouge - Tryouts
I believe 2018 tryouts are already over fyi


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nicholastiger
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The top teams are probably only looking for 1 or 2 players, if good enough they will bump someone else.
That's why they have tryouts every year.
No one is guaranteed a spot.


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yaherrdme
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re: Traction Canes Baseball in Baton Rouge - Tryouts
I have seen a lot of the traction teams still have some coaches that are dads, which I don't understand. Also for a coaches pitch team, I watched a practice last year and one of the "big time" coaches literally were getting on the kids if they looked at the batter while standing on third base about to advance home... they were taught only to look at the coach's hand for the signal to go or stay.. lol, but I guess that helps win games at that age!


goldennugget
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re: Traction Canes Baseball in Baton Rouge - Tryouts
Youth baseball has become fricking pathetic


TROLA
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re: Traction Canes Baseball in Baton Rouge - Tryouts
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I have seen a lot of the traction teams still have some coaches that are dads


That trend will continue as they move up as a byproduct of rising costs for facilities and a need to actually turn a profit. The caveat being, they usually have very qualified dads who coach. Most if not all have college and/or professional experience and many have coached outside of their own kids. Most of the top teams do not have a dad coach.

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coaches literally were getting on the kids if they looked at the batter while standing on third base about to advance home


They are taught that because base running is the most important aspect of many younger ages. The vast majority dont have the proper instincts yet. It becomes even more important as they age and are looking towards advancing between 2nd and third on hit balls. The fields vary so much that squeezing extra bases is difficult and its best to focus on running the path and on the coach for instruction.


TROLA
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re: Traction Canes Baseball in Baton Rouge - Tryouts
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Youth baseball has become fricking pathetic


I wont completely disagree but at least Traction is starting the process of bringing a quality league back to the Baton Rouge area. It will take time but thats the hope


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yaherrdme
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re: Traction Canes Baseball in Baton Rouge - Tryouts
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They are taught that because base running is the most important aspect of many younger ages. The vast majority dont have the proper instincts yet. It becomes even more important as they age and are looking towards advancing between 2nd and third on hit balls. The fields vary so much that squeezing extra bases is difficult and its best to focus on running the path and on the coach for instruction


LOL.. I understand that.. but what is more important learning the game or winning games at 7-8 years old ??.. I know what side of the fence you are on... what is so wrong with a kid making a bad read and getting out every now and then ?.. maybe just maybe they can learn from that mistake


TROLA
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re: Traction Canes Baseball in Baton Rouge - Tryouts
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what is so wrong with a kid making a bad read and getting out every now and then ?.. maybe just maybe they can learn from that mistake


Youre talking about 7/8 year olds.
They read once they get to kid pitch because of passed balls.. Coach pitch is the beginning of the process where kids need to learn and trust the coaches. If they get out, its on the coach, making it much easier to not allow the undeveloped reasoning emotions of an 8 year old take hold. You want to build confidence in young kids, not put the onus of reading every ball on their shoulders.


doubleb
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re: Traction Canes Baseball in Baton Rouge - Tryouts
At 6, 7 and 8 coaches have to teach base running as best they can and that normally means the coach has to play traffic cop.

As the kids get older, you gradually can turn them lose and tell them that they have to make the decision and that making no decision and doing nothing is worse than making a quick decision and getting yourself thrown out.

I see a lot of bad baserunning in HS and I think a lot of it begins in youth ball and kids are not taught properly and become too reliant on the coaches.

But yes in tee ball and coaches pitch the coach has to be the traffic cop to a point. That's the only way to teach proper baserunning. When you get to kids pitch then you can take away the leash gradually and kids will pick it up.


yaherrdme
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re: Traction Canes Baseball in Baton Rouge - Tryouts
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Youre talking about 7/8 year olds.
They read once they get to kid pitch because of passed balls.. Coach pitch is the beginning of the process where kids need to learn and trust the coaches. If they get out, its on the coach, making it much easier to not allow the undeveloped reasoning emotions of an 8 year old take hold. You want to build confidence in young kids, not put the onus of reading every ball on their shoulders.


What?

yes 7-8 year olds have "undeveloped reasoning" .. is that unexpected ??..so you let them learn the game and develop the reasoning, not teach them to be robots... can the coach bat for them also ?.. the kid may get upset if they dont reach base... there is no harm in actually learning how to PLAY the game at an early age, rather than for a coach to show them how to WIN the game .. but this day and age everyone wants to bring home a 9$ ring on Sundays


yaherrdme
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re: Traction Canes Baseball in Baton Rouge - Tryouts
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At 6, 7 and 8 coaches have to teach base running as best they can and that normally means the coach has to play traffic cop.


There is a difference in being a traffic cop and not allowing a kid to look at the batter, that is just a robot programmer


LSUTANGERINE
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re: Traction Canes Baseball in Baton Rouge - Tryouts
Red and black traction teams at that age are major teams. They will probably have one or two spots open and will be looking for the best of the best. Not sure about a traction white team.
This post was edited on 8/4 at 12:52 pm


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