I met George Zuraw, an exceptional man and professional scout for the Cincinnati Reds, when I coached high school baseball in the early 1970’s. He took me under his wing and let me help him at a lot of tryout camps. He then opened the doors that allowed me to coach baseball at Florida State University and at the very innovative Kansas City Royals Baseball Academy. I called him a few weeks ago and he told me an acronym that he used to write on a small number of scouting reports. He used KHTP to designate a young man who Knows How To Play. Number crunching and sabermetrics have skyrocketed into the athletic world in recent years and they certainly have value. But, there is still immense value in the quality of Knowing How To Play. Let’s be careful about overusing numbers to project performance, whether it is in athletics or any other part of life. Promise yourself to look deeper inside people. Often, internals can trump externals.
Go to the ant, you sluggard; observe its ways and be wise!
~Proverbs 6:6 NET
COME TO US or BRING US TO YOU: June 19-24 in Columbus, GA – Twenty-First Annual College Prep SELECT CAMP (Residence Camp – 13 & Older, individual or team; late arrival or early departure is okay); SPECIAL GUEST INSTRUCTOR – Dionna Harris, leading hitter for USA in 1996 Olympic Games, will be at SELECT CAMP and FUTURES CAMP); June 21-23 in Columbus, GA – Inaugural FUTURES Day Camp (10-12 years olds); July 18-20 in Pooler/Savannah, GA – TEAM CAMP. Camp Details & Registration Online; U-PICK A DATE: Customized Clinic for your team or organization. We work with YOU to jointly personalize an event at your chosen site.