You've discovered the home of one of Indiana's finest youth select clubs under the direction of the Bandits Youth Foundation, Inc. Bandits Baseball is in its 18th year of providing training for players ages 8 to 18. Bandits teams are not about winning at all cost, but rather seeing the "big picture" of a player's career. The Bandits stress fundamentals, knowledge and playing the game the right way. We're here to assist the player with achieving their goals, whether it be playing high school baseball or softball; college baseball or softball, or possibly beyond. The Bandits' program has produced scores of talented high school players and almost as many college players in the past 16 years. Feel free to browse our site and contact us if you should have any questions. Our mailing address is P.O.Box 156, Greenfield IN 46140.
The 9U Indiana Ameircan Bandits defeated the Rushville Red Storm 10-2in to win the 2014 Rumble in the Jungle in Shelbyville, IN. The Bandits were 4-0 in the tournament. Great job Bandits!
The Twins have settled on their starting rotation for the 2014 season.
The club is expected to announce that, barring late developments, righthanders Ricky Nolasco, Kevin Correia, Phil Hughes, Mike Pelfrey and Kyle Gibson will open the season as starters one through five. Right hander Samuel Deduno, who has a 2.19 ERA this spring, will start the season in the bullpen.
Gibson comes out of the pack of contenders to nab a rotation spot after posting a 2.70 ERA in four outings (two starts). In 13.1 innings, Gibson has given up four earned runs on 10 hits and three walks with six strikeouts. He went 2-4 with a 5.63 ERA in 10 starts last season, his first taste of major league action. He vowed to come to spring training a different pitcher, and he has.
The Twins also feel that it's time to give Gibson a shot, as the former first-round pick is 26 years old.
Gibson's chances of making the rotation didn't look good when camp opened, as Scott Diamond, Vaance Worley, and Dedundo are all out of options. Diamond posted a 5.79 ERA and Worley 13.50.
With spring right around the corner (think positive!), my thoughts turn to baseball. I love baseball for many reasons, and among them are the life lessons the game provides. Every player knows why baseball is called ‘a game of failure.’ Major leaguers can make 7 outs in 10 at bats and reach the Hall of Fame (gambling and PEDs aside). Players understand that to succeed they must put past failures aside and focus on the next pitch, the next play.
I am now watching, and sometimes helping, my three teenage sons as they try to master the game. I should say, as they try to excel in the game because true mastery will elude them as it eludes all players. In the film ‘A League of Their Own,” when one of his players observed that ‘baseball is hard,’ manager Jimmy Dugan replied, “It’s supposed to be hard. If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. The hard…is what makes it great”
Clint Hurdle, the current Manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates, describes Eight Leadership Strategies that he used to become the 2013 MLB Manager of the Year. These strategies will be featured in an upcoming book by Patti Johnson.
Here are few of Hurdle’s core beliefs on how to be a trusted leader:
1. Leadership never takes a day off. You have to model leadership every single day. Actions matter a lot more than your words. Everyday repetition is critical.
2. Players have to trust you before you can coach them. Hurdle explained, “Players have to believe you can help them get better. But it starts with trust. They want to be seen as more than a fast left-hander. They need to know that you are care about them as individuals and what is going on in their lives.”
3. Listen before you change anything. When you start with a new baseball club, or group, Hurdle starts by asking questions and then listening. Hurdle said, “Why wouldn’t I? Do I know everything already? Why take the time? Because they will know I care. And I want to gather enough information before I know the changes I want to make.”
4. Leading can be lonely. Making tough decisions is hard and it can be a lonely place. That is part of it.
5. Let voices be heard. Hurdle explained, “I always say if you don’t speak up, you can’t complain. I need to hear your voice.” He has used an open communication technique called ‘Three up, three down.’ He asks players to share three things going well and three things that aren’t. This is a way for him to hear from each player regularly, even if it is uncomfortable for them at first.
6. Three encouragements for one negative. Remember to encourage with honesty. Share where improvement is needed, but also share what has gone well too. See the good.
7. Confrontation is important. Hurdle explained that confrontation isn’t negative if it’s done with the right intent and honesty. He gave the example of a base runner that gets picked off. Hurdle said, “If a base runner makes what looks like a poor decision, you have to confront it—but do it in the right way. I ask the question, ‘Tell me what you saw out there’ and I listen to the answer. Then, the next day we look at the tapes together and match that up to what he saw at the time. This is a chance to learn. And it’s a lot more effective than yelling at a player ‘that was a stupid play’ in front of the team as he comes into the dugout. He knows he made a mistake. Confrontation, in the right way, is how we learn and understand each other.”
8. Fear has a short shelf life. Fear doesn’t motivate over the long haul. For a Major League Baseball manager who led the Pirates to their best season in over twenty years, Hurdle isn’t focused just on results. He said, “It’s never about focusing on field results. It’s about how players talk and how they think. They need ownership of the game and the team—and to trust themselves and each other. Then, the results will take care of themselves.”
The success for our 2012-2013 season exceeded expectations. Players and coaches alike ended the season with overwhelming responses. We had three teams that finished third at the World Series in Indianapolis. Many teams walked away as tournament champs this season. Even though it is not our clubs' primary goal to win every tournament, it is always a great accomplishment.
As with any size club, this year has had challenges. However, our overall growth and its membership support was at an all time high this year. I can not thank everyone enough that pulled together to make this season a success. It is the volunteer spirit and hard work of our members that make this club what it is, one that we can all be proud of. Our board welcomes suggestions and volunteers. Continued prayers as we look to our future.
The future is right around the corner. The Greenfield Daily Reporter introduced our field construction plans to the public on July 20th. The overwhelming support that we have received from our local government and businesses has been amazing. We are grateful to have so much support from the community. We are still on schedule to have four fields and four practice fields ready in the upcoming spring. 2014 will be a huge step for our club after so many changes in the past year. We are excited at the opportunities that we have been blessed with and look forward to the years to come.
Bob Jennings and the facility he built at 84 Sports have proved to be a monumental step for the Bandits and our continued growth. A big thank you to Mr. Jennings for his support. He has continued to improve the facilities that will be seen this winter.
We are excited to have confirmed 15 teams for our upcoming 2013-2014 season with three additional teams that have requested to join. Those teams are going through the interview and evalution process now. This just confirms the positive influence and reputation that the Bandits organization has in the baseball community. We would like to welcome Mike Hill our new 8u Head Coach, Scott Brown (a returning Bandit) as our 13u Head Coach, and Ryan Spearman as the 16u Head Coach.
We are also proud of the fact that all ten of our head coaches from the end of the 2012-2013 season are returning as well. We are still interviewing a few other coaches for additonial teams. In addition to returning coaches, 80% of the existing club base has committed to return next season as well. Our goal is to have 100% of our players return, however, we understand that this is huge goal and not likely. Our return rate this upcoming season is the highest our senior board members recall in many years.
The board thanks you for your support and prayers. Our future is bright and we are excited at what is to come.
President, Bandits Baseball Inc.
Our 13U Bandits team brought home the title of Express Summer Slam Champions on June 23rd. The boys were undefeated in four games before bringing home the title. Congratulations boys!!
The 11u Bandits Team were crowned the CITL Champions 2013 the weekend ending June 23rd at the Field of Dreams in Noblesville. Nice job boys!
The 2014 8U team still has roster openings! For more information, please contact Head Coach Mike Hill at (317) 498-5620.
The Bandits Youth Foundation has just completed its 17th season of providing an atmosphere in which players, ages 8 to 18 (and college age), experience baseball instruction at the highest levels.
Our 8u team was named the champion of the Annie Oakley Baseball Classic Tournament in Greenville, OH July 19-21. The boys won 4 of 5 games winning the championship game 17-7. They scored a total of 91 runs in 5 games over the weekend. Great job boys!!!
The 13u team finished the 2013 season with a win. They were crowned champions of the Indiana Cardinals 5th Annual Jacket Classic in North Vernon July 14th. Great season boys!
The 11u went 5-1 July 4th Weekend to bring home the championship at the Lights Over Morse Lake Tournament in Cicero. Nice job Guys!
We will be collecting orders until February 7th for fan wear. We need to have the orders emailed by 2/7 (you can mail to PO Box 156 Greenfield, IN 46140 - but needs received by 2/7)
Questions, please contact Sue Ramsey 317.448.7879 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Indiana Bandit Class of 2013 players are busy getting ready for their final HS season of baseball. Several of last year's 17u Bandits have already made commitments to colleges and several others are considering options. We wanted to update you on what these young men are looking at now.
We'll try to keep this list updated as more information becomes available. The Bandits and Bandit Coaching Staff are extremely proud of all of our former players. We'd like to wish each of them much success in the future with their career path. Best of luck gentlemen!
By focusing on the little things, our 14u Bandit team was crowned the champions of the Early Bird Tournament in Morning View, KY on March 24. The team went undefeated at the tournament bringing home their first title of the season. Way to go team!!!!!
From the classic comedy routine
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