Nominations Open To Help or Recognize a Person or Family
by posted 11/18/2019
Together, we can make a difference in someone's life this year
Do you know of an individual or family who might be in need this holiday season? Do you know someone who’s an unsung hero always giving of their time, talent, and resources to others but rarely recognized?
3&2 Baseball in partnership with Dick’s Sporting Goods are looking to our 3&2 members to nominate an individual and/or family to help a little bit this holiday season. Nominees will be accepted until 12/16 and then the recipients will be selected and sent their gift. Each recipient will receive a letter from 3&2 and a $100-$150 gift card to Dick’s Sports to use any way they want.
If you can think of a child, a parent, or a family that this small gift might make a difference for or you just want to recognize someone through their connection with you through 3&2, please take a minute and email us, and we’ll do our best to reach as many people as possible with this token of love and gratitude.
All we need is the person’s name, mailing address (if known), and perhaps a few sentences on why you’d like to recognize the person or family in this way. Nominations will be kept confidential.
Thanks to Dick’s Sports for sponsoring this terrific program, thank you for considering a nomination, and Merry Christmas from your friends here at 3&2.
HIT TRAX is BACK! 3&2 is pleased to once again offer an awesome indoor hitting league option for teams 9U-18U using the powerful Hit Trax baseball simulator technology. Hit Trax is where XBOX/PS4 meets real baseball in an interactive, dynamic and super-fun atmosphere. Reserve your spot in one of our fun leagues played at 68's Inside Sports in Overland Park.
You do not need to be a tradtional baseball coach to coordinate a Hit Trax team. The system and staff take care of all the game management so you really just need to be there to chaperone and encourage the players. This program is a great way to participate in your child's youth sports journey in some way, especially if you are not able to make a longer commitment during the tradtional seasons. Jump in there and help. Your summer or fall coaches would probably appreciate it greatly!
Player & Team Benefits/Feedback from Hit Trax:
Performance metrics meets fun entertaining baseball!
Players pick MLB Park to play.
Teams can choose to play tougher defensive sets. (Example: 10U team can play vs. a 12U simulated defense if they chose)
Full audio and visual experience as players watch the live ball hit and the simulator respond with precision and accurate metrics.
System provides immediate feedback
Distance of Hit
Strike Zone Analysis
Hard Hit Average
BA, SLG, and OPS
8 Game Season: One double header per week on consecutive weeks. Expect 6-10 at bats per game so a lot of hitting reps each game!
4 Age groups to choose from: 9-10u (3rd-4th grade), 11-12u (5th-6th grade), 13-14u (7th-8th grade), & high school (15U-18U)
Teams roster is a 4 player min - 6 player max, must bat a minimum of 3 each game
$75 per player
Games limited to 6 innings or 30 minutes, whichever comes first (Games can end in a tie)
Home team picks the stadium
All games use a pitching machine. Coach feeds the machine.
Whether you played the summer season, the fall season, or both, we journeyed through the wettest year on record at 3&2 in 2019. We played just over 10,000 games at 3&2 this year, but if you count the number of rainouts and rescheduled games due to conflicts, we probably coordinated another 40% of that game number as reschedules, and we are sure your family did too relative to that percentage. You all lived that with us, but we made it!
Why do we do this? Easy answer: the kids! The memories! The game of baseball! Even at its most challenging, there is so much magic at the ballpark every night… first home runs, first 6-4-3 double plays, first wins, first night game under the lights, first high school game as a freshman, and on and on. We have to do what it takes to give those memories to our kids.
In terms of numbers of teams overall, league ball was down marginally in 2019. There are a lot of reasons for this, but we expect that to change in 2020. Teams playing in a lot of tournaments or teams that only play in tournaments experienced a brutal year due to rained out games, cancelled events on weekends or accelerated games with time limits as brief as one hour. As a coach or a parent of a team experiencing this, you begin to ask yourself, what are our personal and team goals? Usually those goals center around development and having fun playing baseball and making memories with your friends.
The Value of League Baseball at 3&2. In years like 2019, league baseball really shows and proves its value in meeting those development and memory-making goals. There is no hurry in league baseball. You get your games in, you get the development opportunities, you get the competition within your league, you get a free playoff tournament at the conclusion of the season and all the memories along the way. We understand the value and excitement of tournament ball too, but believe a healthy balance of league and tournaments is the best recipe for success and memory making in youth baseball.
Transparency in Pitching Records. In league, 2019 was the first season we tracked and published pitching records. Pitching limits have been in our rules for decades, but coaches just exchanged that information in pre-game on the honor system. Teams now turn in their pitching records along with the scores at the end of the game, which is great for transparency and just keeping player safety a high priority always.
Umpiring Landscape & Evaluation Tools. There are many ways to participate and make memories in baseball and umpiring is one of them. We really made some strides in our umpire development program and coverage this season. There is a well-documented shortage of officials nationwide mostly attributed to verbal abuse they take when trying their hardest to stay out of the way of your games and let your kids play it, but the league culture at 3&2 is changing and while there is certainly still discord with umpires at the park from time to time, we saw a sharp decline in major sportsmanship incidents, protests, and general complaints.
Just because coaches didn’t protest, were they happy? We think so. We sent umpire evaluation forms to coaches after their games this season in electronic form in addition to the green evaluation cards they receive or fill out in our offices. With over 1000 surveys filled out over 85% of our umpires scored Excellent or Good on the fundamentals measures (Attitude, Hustle, Knowledge, Etc). If a “poor” rating was entered on the form, it automatically sent that to our umpire chief who could address the issue with the umpire or spot trends. We feel this process just made us a little better this season, and we hope to continue that in 2020 and beyond.
Improved Options on Practice Fields. One of the biggest challenges our league coaches face today is determining where to practice. In the summer, supply and demand for premium practice fields are at odds. 3&2 works very hard to advocate for our league teams to get affordable practice fields on a consistent basis for our teams. It’s one of the key reasons to play league at 3&2. In 2019, we added premium practice fields in Overland Park to help serve our teams in the SM East, SM South, and Blue Valley areas. We also completely restored a practice field at Crestview Elementary in the SM North area creating another great place to practice in NE Johnson County. We maintained strong relationships with our partners in the cities we serve with Parks & Rec departments in Lenexa, Shawnee, Prairie Village and Olathe. We plan to continue to restore distressed fields that could serve our league teams, work with Parks & Recs to secure practice fields in parks near you, and find new fields to meet the needs of our growing program as it grows westward and resurges throughout Johnson County.
Field Maintenance. Our age-appropriate fields are one of our differentiators in youth baseball in this area. Your kids play on fields that they can hit a home run, gap a double or triple, or make an assist from the infield or outfield. We laser grade multiple fields per year to keep them safe and properly convex so they drain well for swift resuming of play after rain. In addition to grading and daily maintenance, you might have noticed new portable mounds on select 3rd-8th grade fields this season. We purchase top of the line portable mounds to give the kids a consistent platform to throw from and safely stride and land.
League Events Outside the Lines. 3&2 leads many annual events outside the ballpark and encourages its members to make these events part of your baseball plan. We hosted a Royals Night at Kauffman stadium last season, where one of our members got to throw out the first pitch. We also hosted two nights out of the T-Bones stadium where teams paraded the field and watched two great games. Each February, 3&2 hosts a Coaches Clinic bringing in top varsity coaches from the area and key note speakers. Dr. Dan Lorenz spoke about arm care and safety and the varsity coaches lead discussions on hitting, fielding, pitching, and leadership for our coaches.
Winter Leagues. Did you know you can get some light league baseball indoors in the winter through 3&2? In 2019 and rolling out again this season, 3&2 will run Hit Trax leagues (hitting only) from December – March. In 2019, we had our first high school division in Hit Trax and it was super successful. There’s a reason for that. It’s fun! It’s a little competitive, it’s very affordable, and you’re still giving your arm a break from throwing. If you haven’t participated in one of 3&2’s indoor leagues or Hit Trax at 68’s Inside Sports, give it a try later this winter or early 2020.
Fall Ball. In the 2019 fall league season, we really started to recover from the wet summer. We had very few rainouts this fall and many truly perfect nights in terms of the weather to play during the week for league. League numbers were strong and tight 10-game league races ran from August through early October. We hope you got the development you were looking for in 3&2’s fall season.
2020 Season on Deck. The conclusion of each season is bittersweet. We all need a break from youth baseball, but it only takes our staff a couple weeks to recharge and get fired up for spring ball right around the corner. Though we work hard day in day out just like all of you, we know we are not perfect. Just like the game itself, we make mistakes, but we listen to our members, we learn from those mistakes, and we move onward and upward with you and your kids through your youth baseball journey getting better along the way. We are very grateful for your participation in our league programs in the last year, and we hope to see you at the park in March perhaps for an outdoor practice and league games starting in April. 2020 Manager’s Applications are open! Jump on in there for 2020 and let’s make some new baseball memories next season.
After determining on which weekends it won’t rain, 3&2 has set its tournament schedule for 2020. Get out your calendars and circle the dates for the great tournaments at 3&2 Baseball this next season. Get in on all the fun that more than 2600 teams in 2019 experienced!
Click here to view 3&2's 2020 Tournament Schedule.
Have a great off-season and we'll see you next spring at the KC area's home for league and tournament baseball - 3&2 Baseball Club of Johnson County!
Sports Management or Journalism Internship Opportunity at 3&2 Baseball
The 3&2 Baseball Club of Johnson County is excited to be attending the KU internship fair Wednesday, November 13th, 2019, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Burge Union. 3&2 is the largest, independent, youth, league baseball organization in the Midwest. We have over 6000 players in our programs and host over 10,000 baseball games per year.
We have had many successful interns that have been given a terrific opportunity to gain valuable experience and subsequently land great jobs in professional sports, small and large companies, and public service thereafter. We would love to meet you and see if an internship at 3&2 is right for you, and discover how we can help get you on that track!
3&2 is looking for a college student, majoring in the field of sports administration, sports marketing, journalism, communications, or similar field to serve as an intern for the 2020 spring/summer season.
The internship starts in early January as we register players, create teams, and create league schedules.
Latter end of July as the season concludes and/or once the necessary internship hours have been recorded.
Intern should possess strong organizational skills, computer skills (MS Office), and work well with people as there will be significant customer interaction.
This internship will give students significant exposure and opportunities in:
League and tournament operations management
Special event management and coordination
The business side of youth sport by understanding the income/expense component of events
Content contribution (producing stories for the league website and libraries of resources for coaches, parents, or the public)
New business development
Qualified applicants should make initial contact with Jeff Chalk, 3&2's Executive Director, via e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org
3&2’s Fall Select Baseball Seniors Earn Scholarships
by posted 11/04/2019
The 3&2 Fall Select program has been around for 13 years and its main goal is designed to provide an opportunity to players wanting to expand their baseball experience in a highly competitive fall baseball environment and allow these players to showcase their baseball talents and skills to area and regional college coaches and recruiters. Throughout the 13 years of the program’s existence, Bob Jones has coached the Fall Select Team, helping hundreds of high school players take the next step and play college baseball. Jones said, “The Fall Select program is the most cost effective program around for area high school baseball players.”
In addition to practicing once or twice a week this fall, the team traveled to 11 showcase events to display and enhance their talents. Each game was played against a high-level competitive team from Kansas and its neighboring states with players looking to showcase their talent as well. These games were played at Iowa Western Community College, Emporia State University, Benedictine University, Butler Community College, Newman University, Barton Community College, Highland Community College, Washburn University, Kansas City Kansas Community College, Johnson County Community College, and Missouri Western State University.
The fourteen seniors on the team are expected to continue their baseball careers at the collegiate level. Head Coach Bob Jones said, “As you know recruiting is an ongoing process that takes weeks and effort promoting players to coaches. That being said, I do think most, if not all, will have an offer to play college baseball.” One senior, Hunter Milstead out of Olathe South High School, has already accepted an offer to play at Northwestern Oklahoma State University. The team overall has seven players with scholarship offers, one player has a campus visit, and as mentioned earlier, one player has accepted a scholarship offer.
The current scholarship offers are coming from schools spanning across Kansas and other nearby states. Including, Allen County Community College, Bethany, Kansas Wesleyan (x2), Northwestern Oklahoma State University, Oklahoma Wesleyan, and Westminster College.
The Managers Application for 2020 Spring/Summer is now open!
This form must be completed before your players can sign up for your team.
Individual player registration for the 2020 season will open 11/18/19. Only the Manager's Application/Team Registration is currently open.
The first step in team formation/ team registration for next year if you are willing to lead/manage a team is to fill out a manager’s application from the website following the orange register team button. We will review the application, publish the team to the website under the manager’s name/area.
Managers only need to register their TEAM NAME in the correct, Spring 2020 school grade level (current grade for the 2019-2020 school year). Once your team is registered, your players will be able to register for your team using the online registration and payment system. Players will be placed on your roster once league fees are received. You will only need to confirm the players belong on your team.