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Belmont Bandits 11U baseball team

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Easy come, Easy go

Mar. 20, 2019

It comes and it goes. The Belmont Bandits are ranked #7 in the 247Travelball NC state rankings this week after our first full weekend of play - and that is great. The kids will love it- and beating the teams we won against is something to be proud of, which opened the door to this high ranking. But, baseball is a fickle lady. It is the most humbling sport on earth. You can be great one day, and a bum the next. While that website is really cool, we need to pay attention to what matters most in our baseball world. Focus on getting better at baseball while we are practicing and playing - just like we ask our kids to do their best in school, church, community.

We have not had a whole lot of time to practice this year, which is what we typically hang our hat on when entering these tournaments. We have had a few years of good skill development which we lean on for sure, but we need to really push to get better from the place we currrently reside. I'm not talking about polls either;  I'm talking about the things we work on in practice. We haven't done much small skill stuff this year, and are rough in a lot of areas. It is time to push, and really sharpen our edge as we enter a stretch run of condensed tournaments with solid to great compeition every weekend we play until July.

Our team is not made up of the best player in every town amongst three counties. We have to give a great effort in practice and games every time out....the Bandit way. The sun, the lights, the weather, the field conditions...none of that is an excuse we are allowed to use. Our boys are taught to find a way to change those elements. The pretenders will joke about it. The baseball players will find a way. We have steep hills to continuously climb to even be able to compete with some of these best teams in NC and SC that we will play regularly. In addition to that, we have upcoming regional dates in other states that will offer even more great competition. Now isn't the time for fishing. Now is the time for grinding. We need to win today at practice, and every day we spend time on baseball, to make sure we can give our best effort when the game is live. We really have not even started working hard yet - but we are about to.




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