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1.25.2020 Coach's Message

Reference is made to my last coach’s messages dated 12.1 and 12.28 (2019) which detailed our research and findings related to our SB trip this coming March along with anticipated cost per player. Please review those messages for trip details, our stated requirements and our collective efforts to keep costs to a minimum.


This is our 1st coach’s message of the New Year and traditionally we summarize a few issues in advance of the approaching spring season.


Player apparel and gear needs have been listed and detailed as required and optional. Online stores where set-up and orders should have been received by now. Navy and white hats are also in and we have made them available to players. They are sized, hence the urgency for players to get their hat(s) NTL this week since ordering additional hats will take 6 weeks. Player cost per hat is $25.00 payable to the Evergreen Baseball Boosters or EBB. Players have been instructed to inspect their gear so that they conform to new NFHS, CHSAA and/or District rules. New NOCSAE certifications will be enforced by umpires prior to play. Players were also asked to come in and get their batting helmets decaled. As coaches, we have moved on to coaching now that most of the above has been addressed.


Authentic Cougar Baseball hats, either the navy or new white hats, are also available for parent and friends of Cougar Baseball purchase. Just contact a member of our EBB. We will also make them available at our annual EBB meeting on 1.30 and at the player, parent potluck on 3.5.


The 2020 Varsity and JV will have two game tops (Home and Away). Players are required to have grey pants and a pair of white with navy pinstripe pants. New this year, we are allowing long or knicker style pants. If a player elects to wear knickers we have a supply of navy (over the knee) baseball socks with a gold cougar paw on the back calf and/or our Cougar stirrups with white “sanies.” Players can have both long and knicker style and alternate too.


Pre-season workouts are voluntary and since the number of players that initially came in and expressed interest in working out exceeded 40, we published then updated a schedule. This schedule broke players down into one of 4 groups (A-D), assigned a coach POC to each group. Groups were assigned specific days of the week and times in our indoor cages and separate times when our EHS Weight Room was available to the baseball program. Fridays are designated as cardio days and are open to all groups/interested players. Coaches also explained that we are using the MaxPreps Team app for text messaging and that interested players where to talk with their group’s assigned coach and get connected to that free text service. A current copy of the schedule with groupings is posted in our cages and uploaded to our website ehscougarbaseball.com. The focus of our voluntary workouts is conditioning and skill refinement in an effort to minimize the risk from injury. Baseball is a different kind of sport and certain activities such as throwing and hitting require a level of conditioning prior to the start of our season on 3.2.2020.


We asked that players let their group’s assigned coach know if they could not make a voluntary workout since we also have a waiting list of players that we would like to work with if a slot opens up. This can be easily done via a text message and is an important courtesy. This is improving but still not happening. We also stress to players and parents the importance of reading program text messages and messages posted to our website since communication is always a challenge. Another requirement was that interested players complete a Player Information Sheet or PIS and if they already have one filled-out to update it prior to the start of the spring season. The PIS form can also be found on our website.


Here are a few upcoming important dates:


February 3, 2020 (closes February 24): Jeffco spring sports registration opens. This is mandatory and very important. Can be done online.

February 22, 23, 9 and March 1, 2020: Cougar Field and the Upper Field Prep days (weather permitting). Need volunteers please.

March 2-3, 2020: Spring 2020 Baseball Try-outs.

March 4, 2020: Rosters set for Spring V, JV and identified “swing players”, uniforms handed out. Players not rosters to V/JV will be referred to C-Team try-outs scheduled for 3/7-8.

March 5, 2020: Team/Program-wide player Pot-Luck dinner 6PM EHS Cafeteria. Parents invited. Will have pre SB trip parent meeting. We are looking for parent help with meal and beverage preparation.

March 7, 2020: 1st Scrimmage at Fredrick H.S. Varsity plays at 10AM followed by JV. NO UNIFORM TOPS, WEAR COUGAR BASEBALL BRANDED PRACTICE TEE SHIRT WITH LONG SLEEVES UNDER IT.

March 9, 2020: EHS Team Photos 3PM. VARSITY TO WEAR PINSTRIPE PANTS WITH NEW TOPS AND WHITE HATS.

March 12, 2020: 1st Game HOME against Roaring Fork H.S. Varsity 4PM. NO JV game.

March 22, 2020: 6AM load, for 6:30AM chartered bus departure for AZ Spring Break trip (V and JV). Return March 28th ETA 12N.