KELLY COMMITS TO KENTUCKY:
The Jaguar’s talented offensive tackle Derrick Kelly, Jr. has taken the stress off the recruiting table by signing early to play football in the fall of 2014.
Kelly, a perfect offensive lineman’s size at 6’6” and 280 pounds and a rising senior at East Gadsden High School, has already committed to Kentucky next year and will play for former FSU coach Mark Stoops, who will begin his first season as the Wildcat head coach this fall. Kelly’s accolades to date include: Class 4A 2nd Team All-State, 1st All Big Bend 2011, 2nd Team All Big Bend 2012 and 1st Team All County 2012.
RULES OF THE GAME:
New baseball rule changes from the National Federation of High Schools include the following:
• Added the term “including backswing interference” to rule 7-5-3c in order to further protect the vulnerable catcher position. The rule now reads, “A batter shall not interfere with the catcher’s fielding or throwing by making any other movement, including backswing interference, which hinders action at home plate or the catcher’s attempt to play on the runner.
• Another revision is to rule 6-1-3 that now states that the pitcher’s entire foot must be in contact with or directly in front of and parallel to the pitcher’s plate.
NEWEST BOBCAT COACHES:
In addition to hiring Tyler Finley to lead the Munroe baseball team next year, the Bobcats have also added both a new boys’ and girls’ basketball coaches to their staff. Joey Birdsong, who coached the JV team last season, will take over the varsity program. Beth Sloan, who coached basketball most recently at Grace Christian in Bainbridge, will head the girls’ program. She will be assisted by Kristen Allen, who was an All State basketball player for Munroe.
Coach and Athletic Director magazine had a very good article breaking down parents of athletes into eight different categories. Its purpose is to help coaches and athletic directors understand the many faces of parents in order to develop more positive relationships with parents. Each week, for the next eight weeks, I will include one of the eight. Perhaps you will identify yourself or a parent you know and can learn how to better parent your athlete:
#1 The Helicopter Parent – These parents prefer to be the primary figure with any problem instead of issue resolving between the coach and the player. He or she goes straight to the coach or athletic director to air his or her grievances. The parent should encourage the child to establish their own relationship with their coach and discuss issues regarding playing time, position and such. If the parent must get involved, he or she should go directly to the coach, and not the administration.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK:
“Hitting is timing. Pitching is upsetting timing.” –Warren Spahn