Get Discovered, Get Evaluated, Get Better!

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With the Under Armour Baseball Factory Tryouts just around the corner on May 12, I decided to talk to a couple former Boise Hawks about their personal experiences with the event.

For Bijan Rademacher it was an eye opening experience. “I would definitely recommend it because it gets you exposure and it opened my eyes to the talent that was around me.”

The Baseball Factory program gives players from age 12 – 18 the opportunity to be discovered and turn their hobby into a successful career. The goal is to move through the Baseball Factory at levels much like the minors of a Major League organization.

The first step is to go through an evaluation at a National tryout like the one being hosted at Memorial Stadium. The players are then placed in the best development program for their individual needs and move up as seen fit.

Baseball factory works on the players from both a physical and mental standpoint taking them through high level training and competition as well as life lessons in baseball IQ, life skills and academic guidance, ultimately molding them into a well rounded athlete for the collegiate level. “Baseball Factory’s vision is to guide both players and parents through the college recruiting process and to professionally train players in order to find a school that is the right fit … both academically and athletically.”

Through pro scout evaluations, player videos, professional instruction, high level competition and ongoing guidance, Baseball Factory is a leader in player development both on and off of the field.

While Dan Vogelbach only attended one event, he says it was a great experience. “I really enjoyed the way things were run, and the people that were a part of it.”

For more information or to register for the event visit http://www.BaseballFactory.com or call 800-641-4487.

The cost of the event is $99. Players must register prior to the event as there is limited space available.

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Around the Horn with Idaho Freshman Baseball

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Mountain View High Freshman Team

The Idaho Freshman Baseball League here in Boise was started last year with eight local high school teams including Borah, Capital, Centennial, Eagle, Meridian, Mt.View, Rocky Mtn., and Vallivue. Boise High joined the league for this season making it a nine team league with the hopes of growing again for next year. The league functions as a gateway to keep the kids actively participating in baseball while waiting for a shot at a spot on their varsity teams. You might think of the freshman league as the Minor League of high school baseball.

 

To get a deeper look into the freshman league and what it brings to the community; I spoke to Mountain View High’s coach, Judd Olmstead, who is in his second year of coaching freshman baseball.

“The most important thing is that it gives these kids a chance to go out and play twenty-five plus games and really grow as a baseball player before they play varsity.”

Judd got into coaching simply because he loves the game. “There isn’t a better feeling than passing your knowledge of the game to a young kid and seeing him take it and use it in his everyday game.”

When it comes to the players, they seem to love and appreciate the league. Not only do they get to play at great ballparks like Memorial Stadium, but they are put up against good competition. “These kids love the game as much as anybody!”

What do the players enjoy most about the league?

“Getting to play with friends at a higher level than a little league team.”

-Jace Forrey, Borah High

 

“Living up to the expectations of the school.”

-Ty Tustin, Borah High

 

“I like competing against the other high schools, and today my friend got a walk off so that’s pretty cool.”

-Daniel Boots, Mt.View

 

“My favorite thing about the freshman league is getting to play at the Hawks, that’s fun for me because you have to make it to the pros the next time to be able to play here. It’s fun just to be able to play here as a freshman.”

-Hunter Snooks, Mt.View

 

The freshman league sits close to the heart of Todd Rahr, President/GM, of YOUR Boise Hawks. It all started when Rahr heard Frank Wright, varsity coach at Eagle High, on Idaho Sports Talk . Wright was on air talking about the cuts the Meridian school district would me making for 2012, freshman baseball being one of them. He spoke about how tough this cut would be on baseball programs in the Valley which struck a nerve in Rahr to call Wright up the next day.

 

“We feel that freshman baseball is an important step in the lives of these players, playing the sport and staying active. We didn’t want to see a disturbance to this program.”

 

Wright brought all of the coaches in the Valley, minus Timberline and Boise, to a meeting at Memorial Stadium where they set up the league! For the first season the league received a grant but in 2013 they weren’t that lucky.  The games cost between two and four dollars to get in with the proceeds being fed back into the Idaho Freshman Baseball League and Hawks Nation Charity  for use of paying umpires, buying game balls, fielding equipment, etc.

 

Memorial Stadium acts as a neutral venue for the teams to play seven to eight games each. Lack of fields to play on and not being able to afford renting a venue was one reason the program was to be cut in the first place.

 

For the 2013 Master Schedule and information on joining the league for next year, visit www.froshbaseball.info.

4th Annual Blues, Brews and BBQ’s

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What better way to kick off the start of summer than enjoying a BBQ with family and friends! YOUR Boise Hawks will be hosting their 4th Annual Blues, Brews and BBQ’s event Saturday June 1 at Memorial Stadium to benefit The Idaho Humane Society. Tickets start at just $7 for admission, one soda and an ice cream or $10 for admission, a beer mug and two sample tickets. Those who choose to bring a bag of cat or dog food for The Idaho Humane Society Pet Food Pantry will receive two extra sample tickets along with their admission.  Extra sample tickets can be purchased for just $1. One ticket gets you a sample and three tickets will get you a full beer. Children three and under get in FREE!

Blues, Brews and BBQ’s is meant to act as a pet food drive to support The Idaho Humane Society. The Idaho Humane Society will have their staff and friendly pets at the event from 11AM-2PM. The animals brought to Memorial Stadium will be up for adoption that day!

As of now the event will feature seven bands from the Treasure Valley including Next in Line, Marshall Poole, Phantasmagoria, Lori B. Band, The Juke Daddy’s, and Jake Leg with The Blues Addicts headlining!

There will be six breweries open with more than twelve beers to choose from for sampling! Brewers include Payette, Grand Teton, 10 Barrel, Crooked Fence, Table Rock, and Highlands Hollow.

As for the BBQ, there will be three “Barbecue Masters,” Rolling Hawk Smokers, Idaho BBQ and Brown Shuga Soul Food!

Geno George, the master mind behind the Blues, Brews and BBQ’s event at Memorial Stadium, says there is no way, rain or shine, that the event can be a letdown.

“Just putting the three things together, the combination of Blues, Microbrews, and Pit BBQ along with family and friends makes for a great time!”

The idea came about while at an event to raise money to send his friend Pete to The Annual Jack Daniels Barbeque Cook -Off in Tennessee after winning the State BBQ Cook-Off here in Idaho. There were no bands, no brews, just food and friends. Geno said “hey, why don’t we do this on a bigger level and add in bands and Microbrews?”

Although the “brew” is a big part of the day, don’t hesitate to bring the kids! The Hawks Nest will be open with kid friendly food and beverages such as popcorn, peanuts, soft pretzels, french fries, Pepsi and iced tea. There will also be domestic beer, wine, margaritas and sangria available for the adults.

Hope to see you there!