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12U Player to Watch – Bass Cooper

12U Player to Watch – Bass Cooper

Georgia's Sandy Plains Wildcat's switch hitter, Bass Cooper, looks to build on his successful 2011 season. 

We continue with our series that looks across the USA to identify the Top 12U players to watch in 2012. This week, we introduce Bass Cooper – a 5’10” 175 lbs athlete who plays 1st base, Catcher and Pitcher.  Bass is from the Knoxville, Tennessee area. In his past years, he has played a number of sports.  This year, baseball is his sole choice as he wants to focus on becoming the best he can be at his favorite past time.

Over the past few years he has played with well known Elite Travel baseball teams near his hometown including the Knoxville Stars and the Knoxville Komets. He and his Knoxville Stars teammates got their first taste of top level national competition in the Elite 32 World Series at Disney/Florida to close out their 2009 season. He got a second taste with an international flavor in 2010, when he played with the Georgia Yard Dogs during the AABC World Series that was held in Puerto Rico.

This past year, as an 11 year old, he played with the Knoxville Komets before heading down to Georgia where he played with East Cobb teams during the fall.

Coming up for his 2012 season, Bass will be playing with the Sandy Plains Wildcats of Marietta, Georgia. He will also be a starter and key player (as a 6th grader) for Gresham middle school in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Over the past year, Bass was able to achieve one of his bold goals; namely, he successfully made the change to become a full time switch hitter. In doing this, he set a goal to hit 25 home runs. He slammed past that goal by crushing a total of 35 on the season while driving in 102 runs. His batting averages were .454 right handed and .536 left handed while hitting homeruns from both sides of the plate. In addition, as a pitcher, he went 15-2 on the season. Clearly, these were huge accomplishments for any athlete his age.

As far as a person and player, Bass is focused and extremely goal oriented. He clearly understands the importance of work ethic as he consistently and eagerly completes his baseball workouts 4 days a week during the off season and 5-7days a week during the season. This is what he wants to do and no one has to push him to go practice. His motto is “Someone might be better now . . . but they won’t out work me”.  He works out all year at Diamond Baseball Academy, and takes pitching lessons from Brian Hochaver and hitting with Larry Simcox. He also takes catching lessons from Mark Allen.

Bass has also figured out the importance of attitude and being a good team mate. If you ask him what kind of day he is going to have, he replies a great one! And if you ask him how he knows he will . . . He’ll say because I decided to! On top of that he has been a 1st honors, honor roll student for the last 3 years and is on the same path again this year.

He is a huge NY Yankee fan . . . Mickey Mantle and of course the Babe are his favorites. He also looks up to Nick Swisher, Jorge Posada and Mark Texiera because they are switch hitters. He uses them as his inspiration!

Look for this young athlete to be a game changer throughout the 2012 season.

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Big Tournament in Louisiana

Big Tournament in Louisiana

All teams willing to play the best teams in Louisiana need to show up for this event. December 3,2011 USSSA tournament hosted by Billy Vaughn and promoted by the Porkchop Palace local forum in Louisiana we are trying to get the best teams from other states here to play the best from our state. Teams from this area are 14u Banditos Black formerly Voodoo Baseball, 13U Banditos Black formerly La force, 9u and 12u Terror baseball academy and also Stars baseball academy will have two or three teams. All of these teams had succesful years in 2011, and are looking to start of the new year with a tournament that will bring a lot of teams from outside the state to a great facility in Chalmette, Louisiana.

Coach Richie (Richie Muhleisen), Owner and operator of the New Orleans Banditos Baseball Club
504-329-7945

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TravelballSelect 9U Coach of the Year

TravelballSelect 9U Coach of the Year

Coach Jerry Clark - Georgia Raiders


Growing up in the inner city of Chicago, Coach Jerry Clark of the Georgia Raiders learned first hand that early exposure to a strong role model and a strong hand of guidance can totally change a life’s outcome. Ask Coach Clark and he’ll be quick to tell you that an inner city kid who has few privileges sees few options "What they see is what they will become”.  Thus, proper exposure to strong role models can make a huge difference.

Today, Coach Clark spends countless hours of his time working to make a difference in the lives of Atlanta’s youth – particularly those from the inner city and the underprivileged.  When he’s not coaching, you’ll see him working to mentor the youth in the Atlanta area where he is a frequent speaker at many schools & diversion programs.

On the surface, the Georgia Raiders are about making sure that the game of baseball is exceptional fun for the kids.  But underneath all the fun, his programs are about a concerted effort to transform these kids into individuals who also have a drive to achieve in academics while also helping avoid the major pitfalls; Specifically, dropping out of school, or falling prey to an environment of drug & alcohol abuse.  Ultimately, his programs are about succeeding in life and becoming exceptional assets to society.  And his guidance for his kids are in no way, subtle about these goals.

Part of his formula is to constantly expose his kids to positive role models including some of life’s most distinguished achievers who share his vision on the importance of touching the lives of Atlanta’s youth as early and as often as possible.  Examples of his plan is evidenced from the photos below taken with such MLB greats as Ernie Banks and Hank Aaron – both of who share Coach Clark’s zeal for helping youth.

Behind the scenes, Coach Clark is a tireless worker for his cause. After his work is finished on the practice field, he moves on to spend countless hours reaching out to Atlanta’s businesses and professionals in order to build financial support for this important work.  He works through “The Jerry Clark Foundation” (see JerryClarkFoundation.org) an organization found with objective of giving back to the Atlanta community through its dedication for developing its youth.

Coach Clark is very highly respected by his peers of other 9U coaches across the nation.  When we polled coaches about who stood out as a class act in competition, guess what? Coach Clark’s name came up often.  Therefore, TravelBallSelect.com is very pleased to honor Coach Jerry Clark as the 2011 9U Coach/Manager of the Year.

Below Coach Clark is pictured (right in each photo) with MLB Hall of Fame players Ernie Banks and Hank Aaron during an event in which his foundation was involved.

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TravelballSelect 12U Coach of the Year

TravelballSelect 12U Coach of the Year

TROY ROBERSON - Bandits Baseball - Ringgold, GA

   The Georgia Bandits produced one of the most remarkable season's in 12U Travel baseball history and it didn't even include a Grand Finale win at the National Youth Baseball Championships.  By the time the Bandits reached that season-ending tourney, the team had already put together a resume that was truly incredible. 

   Manager Troy Roberson asked his team to travel and play in the best and biggest tourneys, and not only did they pull off a grueling schedule, they managed to win and win and win along the way.

   Check out these numbers produced by Roberson this season :   110 games in 8 different states, and an overall record of 104 - 4 and 2 , five USSSA Super NIT championships,  the NABF Championship, the USSSA Elite World Series Championship and a Cooperstown Dreams Park title all in the same season.

  Roberson deserves credit for a number of reasons.  Just the ability to put a team together that was willing to make that kind of travel commitment is remarkable, but to then go out and win at almost  every stop makes this one of the greatest campaigns in travelball history.   While Rocky did not win the title in the original Rocky movie, you still  came away from that film feeling Rocky was the champ.   We salute Banditos Black for winning the National Youth Baseball Championship and having a fine season as well, makng the ballots close, but all agreed that what the Bandits did in one full season is quite simply amazing.

   Troy Roberson lived the dream of every travelball manager this season by going and playing in almost every one of the prestigious events travelball has to offer.  The fact his Bandits dominated the scene makes Troy Roberson our Travelballselect Coach of the Year.

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13U Georgia Bandits – 2012 Travelball® National Champions

13U Georgia Bandits – 2012 Travelball® National Champions

13U Georgia Bandits - 2012 Travelball® National Champions

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Jaeger Sports coming to Phoenix!

Jaeger Sports coming to Phoenix!

Jaeger Sports out of Southern California is coming to Phoenix on October 15th! Jaeger has worked with professional pitchers Dan Haren, Barry Zito, Cole Hamels, and the Diamondbacks #1 draft pick Trevor Bauer who Sports Illustrated called the most decorated amateur thrower since Stephen Strausburgh!

Jaeger is bringing their Nationally recognized arm and throwing experts to present:
"Thrive on Throwing & Getting Focused, Staying Focused Training Clinic"

Please CLICK HERE for all of the details! 

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Jaeger Sports is coming to Phoenix! 2

Jaeger Sports is coming to Phoenix! 2

Jaeger Sports out of Southern California is coming to Phoenix on October 15th! Jaeger has worked with professionals pitchers Dan Haren, Barry Zito, Cole Hamels, and the Diamondbacks #1 draft pick Trevor Bauer who Sports Illustrated called the most decorated amateur thrower since Stephen Strausburgh!

Jaeger is bringing their Nationally recognized arm and throwing experts to present:
"Thrive on Throwing & Getting Focused, Staying Focused Training Clinic"

Please CLICK HERE for all of the details!

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9U Elite 32 World Series Pool Play Wrap

9U Elite 32 World Series Pool Play Wrap

- By Ernie Rapiere

August 2, 2011 - Kissimee, Florida Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex is the site of USSSA’s 2011 Elite 32 World Series.  This event started on Sunday July 31 and has attracted many of the very best teams in the nation.  Play has now progressed through pool play and is heading into the bracket rounds.

 

Thus far, eight teams have earned the top seeds as play moves toward the championship.  These teams are shown in the table below.   TBS #6 ranked Team Rawlings (pictured right) sits at the top of the list with the best overall seeding levels.  Teams that are emerging as the big  “surprises” (although this team should be no surprise) is the American Avengers.  Their big win came in game 3 of pool play when they edged past the #6 ranked VSA Vipers by a score of 5-4.

 

Other suprises are the abscense of TBS #1 ranked TEAM MVP and #2 ranked SGV Cobras.  TEAM MVP is 2-1 with a win over #13 Georgia Yard Dogs Black and a 11-0 loss to #8 TEAM Rawlings of San Juan Capistrano, CA.  The SGV Cobras Black has a 7-1 loss at the hands of area rival, SGV Hustle.  Still at this point, it remains for anyone’s series to win.  Will TEAM MVP and will SGV Cobras bounce back in the bracket rounds? Or will some other team emerge?

TravelBallSelect will continue to follow the outcome of each games.  Check back for more to come . . .

 

For the complete details of all matchup, go to:

http://www.usssa.com/sports/Tournament3.asp?TournamentID=729848

 

 

 

 

 

 

Runs

Runs

Avg.

Avg.

Avg

Max

#

State

Team

Wins

Loses

Ties

Scored

Allow

Runs

Allow

Diff

Run

1

CAS

Team Rawlings

3

0

0

29

4

9.7

1.3

8.3

11

2

TXS

American Avengers

3

0

0

23

20

7.7

6.7

1.0

10

3

CAS

SGV Hustle

3

0

0

33

6

11.0

2.0

9.0

16

4

TXS

S. Texas Longhorns

3

0

0

31

14

10.3

4.7

5.7

13

5

TXS

Dynasty Jacks

3

0

0

37

13

12.3

4.3

8.0

17

6

OK

Oklahoma Elite

3

0

0

31

6

10.3

2.0

8.3

13

7

TXS

Worth Elite

3

1

0

48

25

12.0

6.3

5.8

18

8

AL

Dothan Warriors

2

0

1

33

10

11.0

3.3

7.7

15

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9U San Diego Stars win Triple Crown World Series

9U San Diego Stars win Triple Crown World Series

- By Ernie Rapiere

July 31, 2011 Steamboat Springs, Colorado was the site of Triple Crown’s 9U 2011 World Series.  This venue drew 12 teams that traveled from the western states of California to the Midwest states of Kansas and Missouri, and from Texas to compete.  When the final pitch had been tossed, the San Diego Stars (North) had compiled an unblemished record going 7-0 to win the 2011 World Series Title Crown for 9 year olds.

 

The Stars earned the #1 seed out of pool play and never looked back.  They had breezed through bracket play beating the Oklahoma Outlaws 14-4 before facing the OC Sun Devils. This proved to be their toughest challenge of the series as the Sun Devils put up a big fight before falling 12-11 in the quarter-finals.  With that win, the Stars advanced to slam the Apaches of Bellflower, CA by an 18-2 margin giving them a short cut path to the finals.

 

This Sun Devils loss sent them into the “make-up” bracket where they would have to win 3 games in order to earn rematch with the Stars.  The Sun Devils showed their tough fiber as they rebounded to win 3 close games.  First, they edged past the Texas Stix 9-8.  They followed with a close 3-0 shutout win over the San Diego Show Black and then beat the Apaches 9-8 to take their seat in the Title games.

 

The Sun Devils still faced an uphill battle.  They had to beat the Stars twice to win the title.  Again, the Sun Devils gave the Stars a very tough game before falling short by 1 run as the San Diego Stars took a 6-5 win and the 2011 Triple Crown World Series Title.

 

The Stars Keoni Cavaco went 6 innings to earn the win.  The Sun Devils got a great pitching performance from Jake Lappin, Levi Murrietta, and Jake Nadley.


Pictured right is Aidan Kliman at bat for the Sun Devils in this series.
 

For all the details of this series, go to:

 

http://www.triplecrownsports.com/showbracketgen_gameinfo.asp?tournyid=4140&divisionid=79

 

 

2011 9U Triple Crown World Series

Finish - Team - City, State, Tournament  (Record)

   1   - San Diego Stars - San Diego, CA (7-0)

   2   - O.C. Sun Devils - Irvine, CA  (7-2)

   3   - Apaches - Bellflower, CA  (5-2)

   4   - San Diego Show Black - San Diego, CA  (5-2)

   5   - Oklahoma Outlaws - Yukon, OK  (5-3)

   6   - Texas Stix - Keller, TX  (4-3)

   7   - Avenger South Force - Dickinson, TX  (3-3)

   8   - Millard Elite - Omaha, NE  (2-4)

   9   - San Diego Show Blue  - Chula Vista, CA  (3-3)

   10 - Naturals Red - Lee's Summit, MO  (3-3)

   11 - Texas Crushers - San Antonio, TX  (3-3)

   12 - Mac-N-Seitz Royals - Overland Park, KS  (2-3)

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