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The ITP Way

Integrity:  Respect your teammates, coaches, parents, umpires, opponents, and most of all, the game.  Show character and class, win or lose, on and off the field.

Toughness:  Compete, play to win, play hard, never quit, no excuses.

Passion: Play the game the right way, with energy, focus, joy, intensity, with a positive attitude and to the fullest of your ability. 

Ken Caldwell

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Don't Fall for the Timeline
The amount of "bad" information out regarding amateur baseball there is beyond alarming. This can span from recruiting to player development and everything in-between, but today I want to focus on a player's "timeline".
It seems like everyone thinks that if they don't hit certain check points at certain ages (Little League All-Star, "top" 13U travel team, DI offers as a Sophomore, etc.) then their career is over. Please do NOT buy into that timeline and checklist.
Being a Little League All-Star doesn't mean you'll be a HS stud or a DI college player. It means that you're a Little League All-Star.
Getting a DI scholarship doesn't mean you'll be drafted or even that you're going to be a good college player. It means you got a scholarship.
Getting drafted doesn't mean you're going to play in the MLB some day. It means you were drafted.
Absolutely ENJOY these milestones! That's not what I'm saying at all. Any of them are awesome accomplishments, but don't allow that them to distract you from your long term goals in this game. Keep your foot on the gas.
If you DIDN'T hit these markers...who cares? All they are is a reflection of how "good" you are right this second. To allow them to have an impact on your work ethic and love of the game is really short sighted. Believe in yourself. Keep your foot on the gas.
At the end of the day, being the best 14 year old matters very little in this game long term. Don't focus on the "timeline". Focus on being the best player when it's all said and done because, honestly, that's all that matters. Be obsessed.

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