68 minutes | Nov 26th 2020

012 Lale Esquivel - Coach of the Best 12u Team in the Nation

This episode we interviewed Lale Esquivel, coach of the Texas Canes Elite. His 12u team went 101-0 for their 2020 season. They also:Won 5 USSSA Super NITs, including 2 at 13u AAA levelWon the 2020 12u USSSA Wilson DeMarini Elite World SeriesWon the 2020 12u Perfect Game National World SeriesRanked #1 Team in Nation by USSSA and TravelBall Select (and probably everyone else)Here are a few questions we asked Lale.  How did they manage not to lose a single game? No injuries, no off days?        2.  How many players and pitchers on the 2020 team?  Typical speed they pitch at? Any protocol for pitching ? (# of pitches per game/day/week)        3.  Where do your players come from? What is the farthest a kid traveled for your 2020 team?         4.  What would a player have to do to catch your interest? What are you looking for (how hard would he have to throw, batting average, social media account… )?          5.  What is turnover like from year to year? Do kids continue at this pace or get burned out?         6.  Talk about player size/early maturity as a factor? (PG roster: kids 5'5" - 6'1" as of July for 12u)           7.  What does their season look like? How much travel is involved?Do they play year round? What does their practice schedule look like?           8.  At what age do recruiters start looking at kids? (If/when applicable) For kids that are offered a D1 scholarship at 12 yo, do any of them go to those schools?           9.  I imagine the kids must have fabulous mental toughness to be able to continuously perform and succeed under pressure... how do they get that toughness? Does that just come from constantly playing in high pressure situations, or do you as a team or players individually do any mental toughness training or anything?On Deck: Things we love and hate about travel baseballmomsandbaseball.weebly.com/podcastRESOURCES FROM THIS EPISODE:TravelBall Select Rankings: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=670275787206169USSSA 12u Texas Canes Elite 2020: http://www.usssa.com/baseball/teamHome/?teamID=2788179Perfect Game 12u Texas Canes Elite 2020: https://www.perfectgame.org/PGBA/Team/default.aspx?orgid=26168&orgteamid=68891&team=144009&Year=2020Youth baseball gone wild: 'You're selling your son's soul for a six-dollar trophy': https://www.star-telegram.com/news/local/fort-worth/article159060549.htmlKobe Bryant interview (23 min 30 sec to 26 min 15 sec): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T5-vgyEbtPU&t=1606s Mambe Waterproof Blankets Use the discount code "MOMSANDBASEBALL" to get 10% off any MAMBE products
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