A Father's Day Pledge

Posted by -Wednesday , June 14, 2017

TO MY SON AND DAUGHTER on Father's Day, There are lessons every dad should teach his children, and, along with looking both ways before crossing the road, I pledge to teach the game of baseball. Funny how what you learn on the diamond -- and from other sports -- can be applied to life.
Presenting the top 10 baseball lessons every father should teach his kids:
1. Respect the game -- Great effort goes without saying. Hustling on and off the field and proper behavior are some of the ways to honor baseball's tradition and those who have played before us. It's a privilege to wear the uniform and represent the school or name on your jersey. Don't take it for granted.
2. Always have fun -- After all, isn't that what it's all about? Whether covering Little League games or World Series games, I've found a common theme from the most successful players and teams through the years.
"You want him to play the game like he's having fun and play hard. I look for that first, as a dad, to make sure he looks like he enjoys it," said Red Sox bench coach Brad Mills, asked about his son, Beau, who played against the Fisher Cats last week.
3. Teamwork -- In sports, there is nothing more rewarding than everyone believing in a common goal and pulling for each other, putting individual accomplishments aside. It's not about YOU. It's about TEAM. Championships, not batting averages, are what everyone remembers in the end.
4. Play by the rules -- There is no substitution for hard work. And no short cuts. "You can't skip ahead in life," New Hampshire pitching coach Tom Signore said. "If you want to be a lawyer, you've got to go to law school."
5. Sportsmanship -- Respect your opponent and umpires. Win with humility and lose with dignity. Failure is part of the game, and throwing your bat or helmet will not be tolerated.
6. Throw a fastball for a strike -- Forget the off-speed stuff until learning the importance of commanding your fastball. Then think about throwing a changeup.
7. Don't forget defense -- Wanting the ball and being ready to help your pitcher can be achieved 100 percent of the time. Fisher Cats manager Gary Cathcart says it's the most neglected part of the game among youngsters. How to field a grounder? "Get in a ready position. Move your feet. Get your glove in a good position to make the play," he said.
8. Throw some more -- There is some truth to an old-school philosophy: A sore arm is a sign of not enough throwing. Play catch. Throw a bullpen session. Long toss will help strengthen the arm.
"Too many pitchers only pick up the ball when they play," Cathcart says. "Our pitchers throw every day during the season."
9. Listen to coach -- Pay attention. Ask questions. Be coachable. It's a game of endless fundamentals and strategy -- and it keeps getting better with the more you learn.
10. Baseball is life -- Some of life's most valuable lessons are right there in our national pastime: focus on what you can control. A strong work ethic is needed to succeed. Be tough. Rise above critics. In the end, character and integrity are more important than hitting home runs.
-- First published by Kevin Gray in the Union Leader in 2008

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The Bobcats Experience

Posted by -Tuesday , June 13, 2017

Welcome! We love baseball and have a passion to teach the game the right way. That’s what brought Coaches KG, Monty and Nick together in the summer of 2012. We want to offer excellent instruction in a healthy atmosphere while keeping costs to a minimum. We have partnered with New Hampshire Orthopaedic Center to help make this possible. If your son loves the game and is driven to excel, we are thrilled to say you’ve come to the right place! The New Hampshire Bobcats are focused on skill development with an eye on the future -- in baseball and life. Yes, sports are great fun, but the Bobcats realize instilling values of hard work, teamwork and sportsmanship are much more important than winning a game. We are all about the long term.
Some of the benefits of being a Bobcat:

-- Year-round membership to Ultimate Sports Academy, 201 Allard Drive, Manchester. Members have access to cages, HitTrax batting simulator, the basketball court, free weights and agility equipment. Our best players can usually be found at USA four or five days per week!

-- Professional instruction. Players are taught by Bobcats coaches who have college and pro experience. Winter training begins in January and continues with two workouts per week through March. 

-- 25-30-game schedule in the New England Elite Baseball League. Our players are compete against the region's top competition. The schedule includes division games, tournaments, playoffs and New England All-Star Game for top players.

-- Agility and strength training in November and December. We offer an 8-week training program ($200 value) that is included for Bobcats at no extra charge. Players will improve agility, core strength, speed and flexibility.

-- Professional portrait. These photos are used for player EBL pages and social media. We have "Media Day" in February -- just like the major leaguers -- and provide a photo studio and photographer. 

-- 12u Cooperstown Team! We celebrate a player's career on the "small diamond" with a week-long trip to Cooperstown Dream Park. This is the ultimate 12u tournament before players graduate to the 90-foot diamond. 

-- Dodgertown at Vero Beach. Each February, the Bobcats take a break from the frozen Granite State with a trip to Dodgertown for President's Day weekend. This is an optional trip. Players live like big leaguers for three days -- just as the Dodgers did before moving to Arizona for spring training.

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Developing some of NH's finest players

Posted by -Wednesday , June 7, 2017

We are proud of how much we've grown in five years and what our players and teams have accomplished. Here are just some of the players who have come through our system:

Cody Morissette -- NHIAA Division I Player of the Year for Exeter High ... Has played in more than 100 games for Bobcats ... Committed to Boston College after being recruited by several colleges while playing for the Bobcats.

Dakota Mulcay -- Rated as one of the top catchers in New Hampshire after playing three years for Bobcats Prospects. Signed national letter of intent to play for Southern New Hampshire.

Brody Dupuis -- NHIAA Division I All-State as corner infielder and RHP for Trinity High ... Bobcats 100-Game Club. Won a state championship with Londonderry HS as a freshman ... Power hitter with tools for the next level. Uncommitted. Will play in 2018 as a post-graduate student at Bridgton Academy.

Geoff Mosseau -- NHIAA Division I All-State as LHP for Bedford High ... Bobcats original and building block for the program ... Helped lead team to first-ever New England Elite Baseball League championship game. Committed to St. John's University.

Joseph Quintal -- NHIAA Division I All-State as RHP for Bedford High ... Bobcats original who played for IMG Academy and state powerhouse Bedford High. Pitched in first-ever Bobcats game at Dodgertown in Vero Beach, Fla. Committed to Fordham.

Richard Marique -- NHIAA Division I All-State as RHP for Pinkerton Academy as a sophomore ... Member of USA Baseball (Team New England) in National Team Identification Series in Cary, N.C. ... Bobcats 100-game club ... Uncommitted.

Mike Montembeault -- NHIAA Division I Second Team All-State ... Best defensive catcher in the state ... Bobcats 100-Game club ... Had a breakout senior season with two homers and 12 extra-base hits. Uncommitted. Will play in 2018 as a post-graduate student at Bridgton Academy.

Others: Dylan Bogacz, Keene State; Riley Denver, UMass Dartmouth; Tyler Coppo, University of Hartford; Cody Morel, Plymouth State; John Sapia, Johnson & Wales; Ryan Simard, Maine Farmington; Kyle Slevira, Brandeis; J.P. Somers, Plymouth State.

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Bobcats invited to World Power Showcase in Miami

Posted by -Saturday , August 20, 2016

A star-studded triumvirate of talent from the New Hampshire Bobcats is headed to Miami. Cameron Olivo, Luke Ramsey and Marcus Soucia, who all won New England championships in 2016, have been invited to the 11th annual World Power Showcase at Marlins Park in Miami on Dec. 27-31. The event features the most prolific amateur players from around the world and provides a center stage in front of baseball's top evaluators during a live worldwide broadcast. Players are selected based on ability, power, references and showcase performances. Olivo, a power-hitting catcher and pitcher, will represent New Hampshire in the "Future Stars" Home Run Derby and 12u All-American Game. Ramsey and Soucia will play for the East All-Stars in the All-American Game and also take their hacks in the HR Derby at Marlins Park. Bobcats director Kevin Gray, an associate scout for the Seattle Mariners, is honored to be among the East coaching staff.

Olivo batted .492 with seven home runs, including a grand slam in the New England Elite Baseball League Division II championship.  The Bobcats posted a 21-10 overall record, including a tournament championship in the Copa de Beisbol, culminating with a 10-9 win against the Dominican Republic. Ramsey and Soucia led the Bobcats to a 13u New England Elite Baseball League championship, culminating with an 8-5 win against the Nor'Easters at Tufts University. The Bobcats posted a 32-3 overall record, including tournament championships at LeLacheur Stadium in Lowell, Mass., and the Memorial Day weekend title in Manchester, N.H. 

Ramsey's skillset includes raw power, blazing speed and above-average arm strength. He collected seven hits in the Spinners Springshot tourney, including a clutch three-hit performance against the Jr. Spinners Prospects during an 8-7 triumph for the Bobcats. Overall, he batted .448 with 14 extra-base hits and 15 stolen bases. Ramsey is entering his freshman year at Concord Christian. Soucia, a freshman at Keene High School, batted .561 with a league-leading 11 triples and fashioned a 19-game hitting streak. On the mound, he posted a 9-0 record with 1.80 ERA and tossed a no-hitter against the Plympton Crush. The World Power Showcase is a five-day, all-encompassing experience that includes MLB Scout Day, mental strength sessions and a welcome dinner and jersey presentation ceremony. A representative from all 30 major league teams will be attending Scout Day at Marlins Park. MLB stars Kris Bryant, Bryce Harper and Anthony Rizzo have all competed in the Power Showcase.

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Tryout dates announced

Posted by -Monday , August 1, 2016

Travel baseball is for those seeking a high level of competition and development. We are passionate about long-term development and providing an atmosphere for your child to succeed as a student-athlete. If you are interested in the Bobcats, please consider attending one of our tryouts.

Arrive 15 minutes early to sign up. Players will be given a workout involving running, infield drills, outfield drills, pitching, catching and hitting. Players will be notified within one week if they have or have not earned a roster spot. There is a one-time fee of $10 per player.

Age classification: a player's league age is determined by his age on May 1, 2017. For example, a player born on May 1, 2004 would be eligible for 13u and up. A player born on May 2, 2004 would be eligible for 12u and up.

10u Division

Saturday, August 6, 9-10:30 a.m.

Gergler Field at Hanson Park (lower field), 37 Albin Road, Bow, NH 03304

11u Division

Saturday, August 6, 11a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Gergler Field at Hanson Park (lower field), 37 Albin Road, Bow, NH 03304

12u Division

Saturday, August 6, 1-2:30 p.m.

Gergler Field at Hanson Park (lower field), 37 Albin Road, Bow, NH 03304

13u Division

Saturday, August 6, 5-6:30 p.m.

Ultimate Sports Academy

201 Allard Drive

Manchester, NH 03102

14u Division

Saturday, August 6, 7-8:30 p.m.

Ultimate Sports Academy

201 Allard Drive

Manchester, NH 03102

15u Division

Saturday, August 13, 5-6:30 p.m.

Ultimate Sports Academy

201 Allard Drive

Manchester, NH 03102

Bobcats Prospects (ages 16-18) -- Invite only. Contact director Kevin Gray for information at 716-4433.

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