LEAGUE LEADERS

League leaders for Batting Average and ERA must meet minimum requirements to qualify which includes an average of 8 plate appearances per week for Batting Average and 7 innings-pitched per week for ERA, so at the end of the season, the minimum number of plate appearances will be 96 and the minimum number of innings pitched will be 84. Plate Appearances is the sum of at-bats (AB), sacrifices (SH), hit-by-pitch (HBP) and walks (BB).

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League leaders for Batting Average and ERA must meet minimum requirements to qualify which includes an average of 8 plate appearances per week for Batting Average and 7 innings-pitched per week for ERA, so at the end of the season, the minimum number of plate appearances will be 96 and the minimum number of innings pitched will be 84. Plate Appearances is the sum of at-bats (AB), sacrifices (SH), hit-by-pitch (HBP) and walks (BB).

Tip of the week

Everybody wants to win. Many times people complain that the umpire lost the game for them. This is simply not true. Yes, some umpires are not as good as others. Yes, I know it is frustrating when the umpire will not give your pitcher that call. I know it is frustrating when an umpire misses a call. This is all understandable.
What I do not understand is the people who yell at umpires ALL THE TIME. I think all umpires deserve respect and patience EVEN AT THE PROFESSIONAL LEVEL. I know that umpires doing the games at the professional level should be the best of the best. But do they miss calls? Yes. Is it acceptable for a PROFESSIONAL athlete to stand in the field screaming at an umpire? NO. Is it acceptable for a high school coach or travel ball coach to yell at the umpire? NO. Why? Because professional athletes and coaches are role models and leaders.
As a player, I have no respect for a coach or another player who yells and screams at umpires. Why not focus on your job and what you can do to make the team succesful? You can control your performance and your attitude. If you disagree with a call or are confused about a call, simply call timeout and have a discussion with an umpire. I know from experience this will get you and your team a lot farther than screaming.

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Thunder Postpones Coaching and Skills Clinic Rescheduled for Sunday, April 5, 2009

February 13, 2009ROCKFORD – The Thunder announced today that they have postponed Sunday’s coaching clinic and youth clinic until Sunday, April 5, 2009.
The coaching clinic will run from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., while the first youth session will begin at 12:30 p.m. Prices range between $20-$35 per participant and the registration includes 2-3 hours of instruction, autographs, a coaching packet and lunch for all registered coaches.
Registration information can be found online at www.thunderprofastpitch.com or by calling the Thunder office at (815) 965-7000.
2009 Rockford Thunder Coaching and Skills Clinic
When: Sunday, April 5, 2009
Where: Thunder Indoor Training Facility (209 N. 3rd Street, Rockford, IL 61107)
Age Limit/Times: Coaches: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.; 7-12: 12:30-2:30 p.m.; 13-16: 2:30-4:30 p.m.
Cost: $35 per coach; $20 per player if coach attends clinic; $35 per player if coach DOES NOT attend clinic
Deadline: Thursday, April 2, 2009
Fee Includes
-Coaching packet
-Drills and fundamentals
-Q&A Session
-Autographs
-Instruction from Thunder player’s and coaches