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2023 Sluggers Fury: Team Scout Day – Scouting Blog

January 23, 2023

Andrew Ciechanowski |Operations | Firecracker Sports

Sluggers Fury: Team Scout Day (1.21.23)

Over 40 players attended the Sluggers Fury Team Scout Day this past Saturday – Firecracker Sports’ first event of 2023.  The talent was on display for eight DIII and DII college coaches, with players ranging in graduation classes from 2023 to 2026.  Thank you to the Fury coaching staff…

Sweet Spot Showcase Classic Baseball Tournament- The Sweetest Place on Earth

4th Annual Sweet Spot Showcase Classic Baseball Tournament –

The Sweetest Place on Earth!

One of the favorite events each by our staff…not just another showcase baseball tournament with 80+ teams competing on college and pro fields. Over the past few years our college and pro scouts in attendance have increased annually for college recruiting and showcase baseball exposure.

In 2023 our 4th Annual Sweet Spot Showcase Classic will take place July 27th through July 30th with pool play consisting of 4 games guaranteed (weather permitting) then playoffs only on Sunday. This event includes your umpire fees, baseballs, 4 games on quality fields, player profiles and social media promotion of your players, teams and experience to 31K followers nation wide.

Some of the premier fields we use for reference include Clipper Magazine Stadium

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Showcase Baseball Tournaments in Cape Cod

Showcase Baseball Tournaments in Cape Cod
We all know that Cape Cod is a place full of history and tradition for college baseball and youth baseball around the country. It’s also home to some of the best baseball tournaments in the world. Imagine yourself playing or watching baseball games and having Cape Cod as the backdrop.

2022 Dodger Nation: Team Scout Day – Scouting Blog

September 15th, 2022

Keith Grant | Digital Media Strategist | Firecracker Sports

Long Island Dodgers Nation: Team Scout Day (9.10.22)

It was an awesome turnout this past weekend for the LI Dodgers Team Scout Day with lots of young talent on display and some rising seniors looking for a home in 2024 that helped their stock. The event took place at PAL Stadium in Holbrook, New York. We saw 8 college coaches attend the event from the surrounding area. In total we had 40 players at the event ranging in graduation classes from 2023 to 2027. Thank you to the LI Dodgers coaching staff for giving us the chance to evaluate their guys.

We are going to highlight some of the top players that participated but also some up and comers who you should keep an eye out for in the coming months. Top performers are listed at the bottom of this email for the major testing categories, including the schools that were present for this event. While many players showed good ability here were some of the top players who showed well at the scout day

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12 Hours from Home: O’Halloran Sees Familiar Faces

Andrew Ciechanowski | Firecracker Sports

“12 Hours from Home: O’Halloran Sees Familiar Faces”

Hyannis Harbor Hawks pitcher Connor O’Halloran was able to meet with his former travel program this past Thursday. Terriers Baseball, an organization based out of Mississauga, Ontario, are in town for Firecracker Sports’ 1st ever Underclass National Pro Showcase. O’Halloran played in the program for three years and took time to meet with players to shed some light on his experiences at the University of Michigan and in the Cape Cod Baseball League, playing for the Hyannis Harborhawks.

Mental Monday with Go 4 Gold

Jon Gold, M.A | Go 4 Gold

“Helping your athlete work through Failure”

Good results don’t change the fact that loosing or bad results still hurt. No matter how many times we win or no matter how well your athlete does, bad results and losses will always be more hurtful and difficult emotionally. Because of this we become susceptible to avoiding failure and losses. 

We call this… 

Mental Monday with Go 4 Gold

Jon Gold, M.A | Go 4 Gold

“The System & Toolbox”

This past Wednesday I spoke in front of a group of students (and future entrepreneurs) about having a side-hustle. I was noticing some of those pre-performance nerves before speaking, and as a performance coach and counselor, I questioned those nerves. I wondered why I still get nervous when I teach and work with others in manage their own nerves. “If I coach people through this, shouldn’t I be able to do this!?” I teach others to manage physiological and….

Scout Book with Mike Alberts

Mike Alberts | Scout Book 4.27.22

“The Recruiting Process”

There is no such thing as a typical recruiting process.  It is different for every player.  How does it begin? When does it begin? What should I be doing?  The questions are endless.  This process can cause a tremendous amount of stress on the player.  In this blog I will try to tackle some of the most common questions…

Scout Book with Mike Alberts

Mike Alberts | Scout Book 4.20.22

“Winter Training, Developing at Home, and Nutrition”

In this episode of Scout Book we tackled 3 topics.  They are different in nature but what makes them common is the timing.  They all help kickstart the offseason.

As a coach and scout I always valued Winter (Off season) training.  Often you see a player who has ability but many things that you would like to see improved.  If you want to gain 10 lbs of muscle…

Scout Book with Mike Alberts

Mike Alberts | Scout Book #2

“Importance of the 5 tools”

Everyone knows the 5 tools of a baseball player: Hitting, Hitting for Power, Defense, Running, and Throwing.  Each player can be graded in each category.  When you grade a player’s tools he receives 2 grades; One for the present and one for the future.  Depending on the player’s age and ability…

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