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Reflections on a Travel Ball Tournament

Over the last 14 years, the Hard 90 Baseball Organization has participated in over 2,500 tournaments. Through this time we have gained a ton of experience in tournament ball - but also what it takes for a player (and his family) to be successful in tournament ball. Parents play a huge role in that success.

After tournament, here are some of the common reactions we have seen:

Elite Player - player never came off the field, hit in the heart of the order. Pitched one of the games.

-Good weekend - nice job! Let's keep working hard.

-Bad weekend - that was a rough weekend. Assess what went wrong. Let's work harder this week.

-Training regimen: Hit 4-5 days per week. 1-2 private hitting lessons per week. Catch 4-5 days per week. Fielding practice 2-3 days per week. Strength and conditioning 2-3 days per week.

Average Player - player plays most of the time, hits at the lower middle to bottom of the order. In the lineup in elimination games. Some time pitching.

-Good weekend - nice job! Stay the course. Hopefully the coach notices and moves you up in the order.

-Bad weekend - that was a bummer. Not your fault - defense should have been better behind you. Umpire wasn't great. The coach made some bad decisions.

-Training regimen: Hit 2-3 days per week. Some private lessons, but not consistent. Catch at practice. Fielding at practice. No strength and conditioning.

Below Average Player - player plays minimal time and rotates often, hits at the bottom of the order. Not in the lineup in elimination games. No time pitching.

-Good weekend - awesome job! Stay the course. That coach better notice what a great job you did!