As part of our relationship with the Rockies organization, we have a great opportunity for Thunder Baseball players ages 11-16 to participate in a program at Coor's Field this Saturday, May 25th free of charge. I realize this is very late notice and I apologize. However, I just received the call and invite this morning.
If you are interested or have any questions, please email
. This is first come, first served and they are accepting the first 75 kids.
Here are the details:
What: PLAY Campaign clinic. PLAY – Promoting a Lifetime of Activity for Youth A Program of the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society, The Taylor Hooton Foundation, and Major League Baseball Charities
PLAY is based upon using the appeal of Major League Baseball and all of it’s teams and players to help fight steroid abuse and to educate the young people of America about the dangers of steroids as well as promote a healthy and active lifestyle.
Who: Colorado Rockies baseball players, The Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society, Taylor Hooton Foundation & the Henry Schein Cares Foundation, 75 11-16 year old baseball and softball players
When: Saturday May 25th 2019, 10 am – 12:30 pm
Where: Coors Field
Reminders: No cleats, No need to bring baseball/softball equipment other than glove, Parents/coaches are welcome
Are you looking to get a better understanding of the game? Know anyone 14 years or older looking for work? Think you can do a better job than some of the umpires you have seen calling your games? Here is your chance to be part of the solution:
From: Nicholas Prosser <
Date: Mon, May 13, 2019 at 11:57 AM
Subject: Umpire Training Information
To: Harvey Mccarthy <
We have finally finalized our videos and dates. We will be offering dates for the mechanics training on May 18th and 19th with a make up date the following weekend, most likely on Sunday, the 26th. The make up date will be if you're unable to make one of the two previous dates. We need you at two of these three dates in order to teach proper positioning and mechanics. We moved from this coming weekend because of Mother's Day and still needed time to get our training videos put together. If you are interested in taking this accelerated class, it will be $100 instead of the original pricing system we used of $120 and $150. It is cheaper, because you are receiving slightly less instruction in person. As far as the mechanics sessions, they will be the equivalent of 4 weeks worth of mechanics, just put into two longer days. We will plan to work on the 18th and 19th from 8AM until 2PM. The make up session will also be 8AM to 2PM on the 26th. These sessions will be held in Arvada, most likely at Campbell Elementary. Those sessions will be run by myself and two former minor league umpires.
Once registered/paid, you will receive the videos, quizzes and the final test. All of these must be completed prior to the mechanics sessions this weekend. The rules videos are about 30 minutes each, but I would watch them more than once prior to taking the exam. We do have quizzes per unit to help you get used to how questions are asked and to get you thinking about the game in a different way. I will also send out a link to a positioning manual so that you have the proper materials in order to succeed in this class. I'd love to do another 4+ week session with all of you, but we need umpires and I want you to be able to make money. Please email me back if you'd like to register and I will tell you where to send the money to. These fees allow me to keep former minor league umpires on my staff and pay for your registration fees to our group on our assigning system as well. All of which will be covered through email communication through me. Payment will take place through PayPal or Venmo. Please take a screenshot of this for your keeping as you are a private contractor in this business. So everything you pay for regarding this business, you can write off on taxes. Uniforms, meals, mileage on your car, uniforms, gear and all of that good stuff. Please let me know if you have any questions or need more information to decide if this class is a good option for you.
Bats for a Cure Silent Auction - save the date May 31
by posted 05/10/2019
2019 Bats for a Cure Silent Auction
Our Bats for a Cure baseball tournament is just around the corner. Every year Thunder Baseball League donates proceeds from this tournament to Susan G. Komen, Colorado; raising almost $125,000 in seven years with help from our community! This cause is near and dear to many of our Thunder families. Our goal this year is to once again raise over $25,000.
Our Silent Auction at the Friday nightKick Off Event on May 31st plays a huge part in helping us achieve our fundraising goal. If your team is playing in the tournament it is highly encouraged that your team participates in the Silent Auction by donating a TEAM gift basket and/or other silent auction items. Team Managers or Coaches, please fill out this Google Form by May 10th with the information about yourTeam Donation - https://forms.gle/pcjKd4CnouPsPfQD8.
Thunder Families, if you have other items to donate to the auction, please submit the form as well. We truly appreciate all your support! All Silent auction items due are by Tuesday, May 28th. Please drop them off to the tournament committee at Thunder Academy from 5:00PM – 7:30PM. If you need to make other arrangements to drop off your items or have any questions, please contact Arlene Gines at
As we begin our season, a reminder that your job as a baseball parent is to encourage your player and all the players on your team. It's recommended to tell your player that "you love to watch them play the game". Directly after the game, there is no need to talk about specific mistakes or things they could improve upon, rather take the time to enjoy a special meal or treat. These are special times and let them enjoy being kids. Let the coaches handle training tactical, fundamental and mental side of the game to your players. They will be in High School sports before you know it and the expectations of players from coaches are different.
Also, the dugout is a sacred place for players and coaches. Thunder Baseball League and Thunder Academy Dugout Policy: ONLY PLAYERS AND OFFICIALLY ROSTERED COACHES are allowed in the dugouts during games (this applies to all games, regular season, postseason, fall ball and any exhibition games) The only exception will be if a coach asks a parent to help or fill-in for a missing coach and/or specifically asks that a parent be in the dugout for a particular game. No siblings (unless serving as batboy/girl), friends, parents, grandparents, etc. are allowed in dugouts during games. This applies from pre-game warm-ups until the coach dismisses the players after the game. The only exception is in the case of a serious injury to a player.
My name is Tab Howell, Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) Area Director Boulder/Broomfield. I am working this summer with FCA Greater Denver Area golf fundraiser at the Omni Interlocken (Broomfield) on July 29, 2019.
I only have a flyer (see link below) at this time and I will have a playbook soon which explains the logistics of the fundraiser. I can have 4 golfers total, 2 teams of 2. It is $5,000 a team or $2,500 a person. It is 100 holes of golf. Most participants have people sponsor them, such as 1, 2 or 3 dollars per hole etc.
For my ministry in Boulder/Broomfield : the funds raised will help me meet the budget for my position as the Area Director to the Boulder/Broomfield area. This will also include starter money for new hires. I currently have approximately 15 high schools and 20 middle schools that have no FCA presence and I need to hire staff to minister to these campuses. The money raised also goes towards camps so that we can scholarship students as well as support the FCA/Special Olympics camp that we are starting for the first time this summer. I am also responsible for the CU campus and hiring the chaplain for the CU football team. I also manage my own huddles (Bible studies) on school campuses as well as in the community with club teams/leagues with students and coaches.
To learn more about FCA visit https://www.fca.org/ or contact me with any questions prior to my April deadline.
The 2019 spring season will be here before you know it! The Academy teams finished their first week of training.
All Thunder Baseball League players can get extra work with individual private professional lessons. Players can invest in the Progressive Hitting and Progressive Pitching programs that are currently taking registrations. For more information, see Club News on the Thunder Baseball League website or contact Thunder Academy Office Manager
We are excited to present the attached “2019 TBL Annual Calendar” to help plan your season. Some dates and times are “subject to change”. Thunder Baseball League offers many different opportunities beyond league baseball games.
Exciting events like “Opening Day, Team Picture Day, Day at the Rockies, and Bats for a Cure Tournament” help build our Thunder Community. Talk to your team manager to ensure you don’t miss any important events.
Youth baseball parents have a difficult job. On top of making sure your child is dressed, fed and prepared, you get to sit in the stands while all of the pressure rests on your player.
However, there are several things that you can do that will not only help your child, but help your coach and the team. A team of parents who fulfill these 11 roles is most likely to have a drama-free season!
11 important ways that youth baseball parents can support their child, team and coach.
Volunteering is the first and most obvious way you can help your coach. It’s the most visible way you can contribute to the team.
Assistant Coach: Do you have experience as a baseball player or coach? If you have a desire to teach, this is a great option. But the motivation must be for you to help the entire team, not just your child.
This is something to consider for the experienced baseball parent. Instead of complaining on the sidelines, be part of the solution!
Scorekeeping: Your coach may need two or three scorekeepers. Some teams choose to have both a pencil and paper scorekeeper as well as a parent who manages the scoring virtually like with Gamechanger or iScore. Some teams may even need a parent keeping track of innings or pitches.
Some teams experiment with a defensive scorekeeper this season — that’s going to require yet another volunteer!
Fundraising: Travel baseball is expensive. Most teams have some sort of fundraising or process to recruit sponsors to help with the costs.
Of course, doing these things well requires some skill. A good fundraiser is an organizer and networker. If that’s you, let your coach know!
Team Manager and Culture Keeper: Maybe the most important role. Your coach needs someone who is a liaison between the parents and coach. This person is the buffer for complaints and helps with communication.
Additionally, a team parent is often the one who collects paperwork and makes sure everyone is paid up and eligible. These are responsibilities that, if taken on by the head coach, can add significant stress and distraction.
2. Provide Healthy, Timely Meals
Don’t be that parent who doesn’t feed your child prior to a game. And don’t be that parent who sends your child to the dugout with a bag of fast food prior to warmups.
We know that home cooked meals are a challenge during baseball season. However, it doesn’t need to be a gourmet meal. Your child needs fruits, vegetables, protein and water to supply the energy needed to get through a day of games.
Please, no fries. No soda. No candy.
Timeliness is important, too. A meal shouldn’t be consumed on the way to the game. Have something ready in between games, too!
3. Enforce a Curfew
Traveling is one of the fun experiences of tournament ball. However, it’s easy to fall into the trap of staying up too late prior to morning games.
Your coach has plenty to worry about. He doesn’t need to add tired kids to his list of concerns.
Understand the schedule, and establish a reasonable curfew for your child even if your coach does not.
4. Be Dependable
It’s not expected that you’ll make every practice. And exceptions can even be made for missing the occasional game. But please… Please be dependable.
Make attending practices — on time — a priority. Make getting to games — on time — a priority.
In fact, you can relieve a lot of coaching stress by not only arriving on time, but by getting there 10 or 15 minutes early.
Of course, you may have conflicts. But when you know of these conflicts, you need to tell your coach ahead of time so that he knows — and remind him a week and a few days ahead of time!
5. Stay Away From the Dugout!
This is a pet peeve of ours, and we think we speak for most coaches. When the game begins, let your child be.
We know this is tough. It’s tough for us, too, when we are attending our kids’ games as a spectator. And we admit that we occasionally violate this rule.
But this can be a major problem. You think you are helping, but it often isn’t the case.
Your child just made an error in the field. Or he did something wrong that you think needs to be corrected. Resist the urge and stay away.
Ultimately, your coach or his assistants are the ones who need to talk to your child during the game. They may have already, and you didn’t see it. But your involvement often makes things worse.
Your child wants to please you. Your presence at the dugout only reinforces that they messed up. This often leads to tears and more emotion than was there prior to you being at the dugout.
Additionally, your advice may not be consistent with what the coach is telling your child. So while you think you know the perfect thing to say in that situation, your encouragement may just cause more confusion.
6. Reinforce the Message
Understand the coach’s philosophy. Know the approach and strategies that he teaches. And support that approach.
Let’s say that your son swung at the first pitch late in a game when he was given the take sign. Support your coach by explaining that approach and why your child should follow it. Don’t completely oppose your coach by saying that he was right to swing in that situation.
You need to be an extension of your coach. Even in cases where you disagree, it’s important that the kids buy into the system. Conflicting messages only makes things more difficult.
Treat your player to ice cream, frozen yogurt, or even a frozen slurpee after a game. Avoid the temptation to discuss the baseball game in the car ride home. The best thing to say is "I love to watch you play". Players need to know you are sharing the experience good or bad.
7. Remain Positive
When the team is struggling, remain positive. Cheer louder. Encourage the players. Remain positive about the team when talking to your child.
Just as importantly, remain positive when your child is struggling. Don’t yell at them during a game after they make a mistake. Talk constructively with them about their struggles after the game.
These kids will be kids. They can be delicate emotionally. Your coach needs you to remain positive to keep them positive since the mental side of the game is so important.
8. Support ALL OF THE PLAYERS
It’s exciting when your child makes a big play. It always means a little bit more when it’s your child who is in the spotlight. But there are 10 other kids out there. Cheer them on!
This is where it becomes a baseball family. Don’t be on an island, only supporting your own child. And if players other than your child make mistakes, encourage them, too.
Treat these kids the way you want the other parents treating your own.
You may get frustrated with other players on the team. Avoid talking negatively about them in front of your child as they are bound to take that with them.
9. Show Appreciation
We don’t want to be a martyr here, but being a coach is hard. It’s stressful. It’s rare that everyone is happy. We don’t get paid. We lose sleep and our health can suffer.
Appreciate the sacrifices your coach makes!
Oftentimes parents will get together to get the coach or coaches a gift at the end of the season. That’s awesome and appreciated. But keep them in mind during the season, too.
No, that doesn’t mean you need to keep giving them gifts. Just appreciate all that they are going through. Reflect that in the way you talk to and about your coach.
10. Avoid the Drama
It’s funny. When a team is playing well, everything is right with the world. But as soon as things start going downhill for a youth baseball team, watch out!
Fingers are pointed. People start complaining. Arguments begin.
Don’t be part of this madness. It’s not helping. And really, it’s this drama that creates the cracks that inevitably lead to a team imploding.
11. Communicate Well
You won’t always agree with your coach. But when that happens, know how to handle it.
Don’t yell at a coach during a game. Don’t walk through the dugout and onto the field to ask why your son is on the bench. Don’t send a series of long emails at midnight after a game.
Yes, you might imagine that we’ve experienced all of these things. But our experiences are not unique. As great as the families have been during my years of coaching, these things happen to all coaches.
Don’t ever talk to a coach during a game about your child’s playing time. Seriously. Please, avoid this at all costs. You won’t get what you want, and in fact you may just get the opposite.
When emotions are high, emails are also a bad idea. It’s far too easy for tone and intentions to be miscommunicated. Emotional emails almost always make things worse.
Follow a 24-hour cool-down period. If you’re upset, don’t talk to the coach after the game. Think about it for the next 24 hours. You may even realize that whatever was bothering you isn’t a big deal after all.
If you still need to talk, set up a time to chat face-to-face with the coach. Do so calmly. Don’t be combative or confrontational. Again, understand the complexities that go with coaching and trying to keep everyone happy.