Round Trip Sports Facility To Open This Week

We are so excited to share this sneak peek of the Round Trip Sports facility with you! The turf is in and the nets will be up by the end of the week for baseball and softball lessons.

Join us on Tuesday for our Strength and Conditioning class or Wednesday for the Speed and Agility class. Don’t forget to sign up for your one-year Round Trip Sports membership at the special grand opening price to save over 50% off regular pricing!

We look forward to seeing you at the facility soon!

All-Star Dreams

In a recent USA Today article, Bryce Harper said, “If you don’t have dreams, you don’t have a life.” I believe Harper is right. He has proven to the entire Major League that his dream is to make it in the Majors, which is evident every time he steps on the field with increased energy and passion. This week Harper will be the youngest guy on the field for the All-Star Game in my old stomping grounds, Kansas City. In fact, Harper is the third-youngest player ever selected for an All-Star Game.

We all have dreams of our own. Some of you may dream of playing varsity for your high school, being team captain, playing baseball in college, or going pro. Whatever your dream is I encourage you to stick with it, don’t be deterred. You’re going to have to overcome some challenges and moments that just about seem impossible to get through, but those hurdles will only make you stronger on and off the field. Maybe it’s out of your control– like an injury, or something you could work on improving– like your grades in school or you batting average. Accept the challenge as a God-given blessing. If it’s an injury, push through your rehab and overcome. If it’s an obstacle off the field, figure it out and fix it. There’s always something to learn from the detours that life throws at you. The point is to pour your heart and soul into your dream. It takes passion and dedication. How committed are you?

The phrase, “practice makes perfect” may be overused in our society, but isn’t it true? You won’t get better grades if you don’t study and you’re not going to improve your ERA without spending some quality time in the bullpen.  Dreams take work and no one ever said it was going to be easy to achieve. In reality, it’s a lot of work.

Make sure you can look back on your decisions and be thankful that you poured your energy and dedication into the game. Harper seems confident in his decisions and I hope you can portray that same confidence on and off the field. “I play the game a certain way. I play it hard. I don’t take anything back at all. I live with no regrets,” said Harper.

Go Nats! And Royals! (I have to give my hometown team a shout out too!)

Kendra Hall

Vice President of Marketing and Communications

Articles: USA Today

http://www.usatoday.com/sports/baseball/nl/nationals/story/2012-07-08/Bryce-Harper-All-Star-Game/56108740/1

http://www.usatoday.com/sports/baseball/allstar/story/2012-07-09/All-Star-youth-movement/56121708/1

Building Out Round Trip Sports

The construction of Round Trip Sports is well underway, but still has some work to be done before a target June 2012 opening. The picture to the right shows the current view from the entrance. The doorway on the right side of the photo shows the entrance to the fully turfed training area. Montgomery County teens will finally be able to train the way they have wanted in the facility, then see their hard work and dedication getting better, faster and stronger, and pay off on the field.

When it’s all said and done, the Round Trip Sports facility will occupy 9,000 square feet in Gaithersburg, Md. with 7,500 square feet of turf for sports training and conditioning. Furthermore, the modern facility will offer three full size 72′ hitting tunnels with pitching machines, two junior 50′ tunnels, three full length 72′ pitching lanes, and a TV lounge with WiFi.

Customers will have the opportunity to work with professional training staff through personalized instruction and video evaluation, as well as private and semi-private lessons, team training, tunnel rentals with baseball and softball pitching machines, and speed and agility classes.

Stay tuned for more details as we build out the Round Trip Sports facility. If you have any questions about the new place, contact Marty Cornish at marty@roundtripsports.com or Paul Poto at paul@roundtripsports.com.

Wootton Baseball Speech 2004

With high school baseball season upon us, and many of my longest customers playing their final season of varsity baseball, I thought I’d share with you the speech I gave following my senior season at our awards banquet in May of 2004. I didn’t modify the
speech to post it– this is it in its original form.

Marty Cornish

President, Round Trip Baseball

Wootton Baseball – May 2004

This might be hard for me, so if I stumble a little, I apologize, and I’ll try not to pull a Dick Vermeil on you.

When I was a freshman, and even as a sophomore, I didn’t expect to do all that much when I was a senior because I just couldn’t see enough talent or desire to have a great team. But still, every day I dreamed of winning a state championship. This year, I saw those dreams beginning to come to reality, as every single member of Wootton Baseball, varsity or JV, came together to play as a single unit. I have never in my life seen so many different kinds of people come together like we did, and I am honored to play on a team like this one. Every single member of the team poured their hearts out, especially in the playoffs, where it mattered most.

Baseball is a funny game…and I think that’s the reason why we all love it so much. No matter what the score, if there’s a will, there’s a way. Other sports have a clock, but in baseball there is no point in a game where the outcome is sure. Baseball is a game of failure, and that is why baseball players make the greatest people in the world. Dealing with failure is one of the hardest things for us to do, and on the baseball field you’re forced to deal with it every game. Win or lose, you didn’t catch every ball, you didn’t get every hit, you didn’t throw every strike. Baseball is a team game. There is no way that one player can do it all on his own. Maybe one game one player has a great game and carries his team to victory, but the next game someone else is going to have to help boost the team. We did that, and that’s what made our team so great. Every game a new player stepped up.

Coach Cassidy…he was my high school coach. I played for him for most of all of my four years at Wootton, and I couldn’t have asked for a better guy to coach me through some of the best times of my life. The best part was I could see us both growing and
maturing together as player and coach through the four years, and learning so much from each other. Coach, these seniors are the only ones you will ever have for all four years, no matter how long you coach, and I couldn’t be more proud to be part of such a great bunch of kids.

And to you seniors. Guys, I can’t even begin to say how much we’ve bonded over the years. These four years have been the greatest times of my life, and all of you made my baseball career at Wootton a better one. From that freshman conditioning when we all busted our asses to try to earn a spot on this prestigious team, to all the seniors pushing us around, making us run countless hills, carry all the stuff, and bringing us to the point where our love for baseball was tested, to now, when all the hard work paid off, we have done it all together. I know every one of us is thankful for the opportunity to play with such great guys as each other, and to continue the tradition of Wootton baseball when it was our turn.

When I was a freshman, sophomore, and junior I looked up to the seniors as role models. They were the leaders. If they asked me to do something, I’d do it in a second. “Cornish, carry the water…Cornish, carry my bag for me…Cornish, you better make sure everything gets up that hill!” While the seniors would always get on me and make it tough for me, I know now that everything they said was to get me to be a better player, because without them I would never be the player I am today. I hope that all of
you younger guys look up to me, and the rest of the seniors as your leaders and role models.

Through this year, we all went through good times and bad. We fought with each other from time to time, we picked on each other, we argued sometimes at practice. But through it all, we gained love for one another. There isn’t a single one of you that I could have gone through this season without.

As Tim McGraw sings in one of his songs, “Sometimes you don’t know what you got ‘til it’s gone.” To all the guys who still have some high school baseball left…cherish every second of it…it’s one of the greatest things you will ever do.

I could not have asked for a better bunch of guys to go through this season with, and I love you all.

The Importance of Fundamentals

Have you ever complained about having to “waste” practice time covering first base, fielding bunts or backing up home plate? Well let me tell you I was one of those people growing up. After college, when my playing days ended, I started seeing these “bothersome drills” through a whole new perspective. A perspective that I wish I saw during my playing days.

One of my baseball memories that sticks out to me actually pertains to this exact concept. My senior year of high school, I can remember a game I pitched against Whitman High School. It was the first inning of the game, there was one out, and no one on base. There was a ground ball to first base and whoops, I forgot to cover the bag. The runner was safe. My coach sprinted halfway towards the mound and yelled at me as if I had just given up a game losing bases loaded walk. I went on to get the next two hitters out and did not think much of the whole ordeal. The next day in practice the coach
called everyone off the field except me. He had the entire JV and Varsity teams sit by the dugout while I was on the mound. I felt like the loneliest guy in the world. He then pulled out a stop watch and said start running to first base and back and don’t stop until I tell you. Five minutes later, panting for my life he told me I could stop. He then said to me, “Are you ever going to forget to cover first base again?” I replied, “No Sir!” From that moment on, I don’t think I ever hesitated even a split second to cover first base on a ground ball hit to the right side of the infield.

At that time, I thought having to do this was the most ridiculous thing ever, and considering we won the game and I had thrown a 3 hitter, I was even angrier. Looking back on this, it all makes perfect sense. Baseball is a game of inches. Most games are not blow outs, and the team that does the small things right, “the fundamentals,” is going to
end up on top most of the time. It is amazing how many times that a pitcher backing up home can save a run or outfielders backing each other up can stop a runner from taking the extra base. These little things are the difference in taking your team from a good team to a great team, and from a great team to a championship team.

Next time it is 95 degrees outside and you don’t feel like working on these little fundamentals, just think, doing them right in the game could be the difference between getting your team to the regional final and winning the state title. I cannot stress enough how important it is to work on these fundamentals in practice so that come game day it is second nature. Remember, practice makes perfect!

Not only is this lesson true in baseball, but also in life. By doing the small things right, and not cutting corners, it can and will lead to bigger things. This can mean rereading your essay that one extra time, studying that one extra hour, helping your elderly neighbor out, etc. If you work hard and take the small things seriously, you WILL be successful. Once you are successful in one part of your life, it will follow you in whatever you do.

Matthew Swissman

Instructor, Round Trip Baseball

Nobody is Looking

It’s always fun to see professional athletes coasting through the game, watching
actors and music stars on private islands or celebrating with lavish parties, or wealthy
businessmen get out of $200,000 cars. The media tends to make it seem as if all of
our stars got to where they are out of some supernatural circumstance, stroke of luck,
or whatever you want to call it. Let’s take a step back and consider the reality of what
almost 100% of the time goes into true success.

Sean Combs, now known as Diddy, P. Diddy or Puff Daddy was born one of the richest
music producers in the U.S. right? He threw lavish parties from the time he was six years old right? WRONG. Combs grew up in Harlem, one of the worst areas of New York. His father was murdered when he was seven. He paid his way through college by driving an airport shuttle at night. Diddy was not an overnight sensation, he worked his ass off to get to where he is today.

Michael McKenry, a catcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates and friend of mine, stayed at my
house in Rockville for the summer of 2005 when he was playing for the Bethesda Big
Train of the Cal Ripken Sr. Collegiate Baseball League. There was not a day that entire
summer that he did not take extra swings, and make it to the gym. That was his summer
vacation. His day was not gym, tan, laundry. It was gym to get stronger, early to the field
to get better and on the field at game time to prove it. Now he gets to play in front of
40,000 people and gets paid for it. Michael didn’t make it to the show by working on his
tan while other guys were working, he was the one working while nobody was looking.

We’ve all been hearing stories about Steve Jobs lately, and Bill Gates’ story is similar.
Each one of these guys started their multi-billion dollar companies in his garage. They
worked tirelessly on their products and passions until they were made a reality. Both did
not just have a dream, they had their dream and created it. Paul Allen, Gates’ business
partner, describes how they “would program until…6 or 7 p.m., go have dinner, see
a movie, come back, and basically write, or cut code until three in the morning, four in the
morning sometimes…every day was like that.” If you believe in yourself, in your own
dream, that’s the kind of effort it takes to build something great.

Nobody is looking at you during the offseason, before you’re a star, while you’re building
yourself. Nobody was watching Combs, or McKenry, or Jobs, or Gates when they were
striving to make it. Nobody is around watching you either while you’re running hills or
at the gym lifting. Nobody will see you when you’re getting in some extra long toss, or
taking extra swings, or fielding ground balls until you’re drenched with sweat. They’ll all
be looking when, because of you’re effort while nobody was looking, you’ve become the
best player you can be and can prove it on the field.

Marty Cornish

President, Round Trip Baseball

Choosing the Right College

Three years ago, as a college senior and the editor of the newspaper at Wootton High School, I got a lead on an event that would totally change my perspective on the whole process of applying to college. A club at Whitman High School and parents from Wootton and Walter Johnson had collaborated to host Lloyd Thacker, the author of the book College Unranked.

To understand how powerful Thacker’s message is, you have to look at the culture of the college admissions process in this area. In Montgomery County, students are not taught to aspire to attend college—they are expected to. Unfortunately, the result is that teens are conditioned to view college admissions as an end, instead of a means to achieve greater success and happiness in life. For my friends and me, the ultimate goal of high school was to get good enough grades and extracurriculars to gain admission to one of the “top ranked” colleges. After getting admitted, we would be set for life! Right? Not really.

At the time, I had no idea how arbitrary and silly college rankings are. One of the ways that US News and World Report ranks schools is by taking into account the college’s acceptance rate. As a result, Ivy League schools benefit from getting people to apply who have no chance of getting accepted. Ever wonder why top schools send so much mail? It is not because they really want you to consider attending. It is because they want you to apply, so that they can (almost certainly) reject you.

Thacker argues that college admissions are stressful because students are disproportionately aiming for admissions into a small, prestigious, and very overrated group of colleges. The college admissions industry, together with college marketers, feeds the misguided notion that students must gain acceptance to a highly ranked college to succeed in later life. Research has shown that this is simply not true. According to a study published by Alan Krueger, a Princeton University economist, students who are accepted to elite colleges, but end up attending lower-ranked schools have the same earning power in their adulthood as those students who did attend the higher-ranked schools.

Read his most recent research.

With the sheer volume of advice about college online, it is easy to get overwhelmed. College will be the best time of your life. Why should applying to it be the most stressful?

It’s easy to get caught up in the technical aspects of college admissions: Should I take the ACT or the SAT? What is the best topic to write my essay on? How do I fill out the FAFSA?

These topics aren’t unimportant, but the key aspect to the college search is to find a great school that offers a great education at a price that you can afford to pay.

Most students go into the process without truly assessing the factors that are most important to their success at a particular school. Think about the subjects that you really enjoy studying. If you are a political junkie like me, does the school you are looking at have a good political science department? If you highly value staying fit and working out, does the school have a high quality gym? Do the people on campus go running/biking frequently? If you have a high value on volunteering, is there an organization on campus that links people to local opportunities to help the community?

The single best thing that you can do to move your college search forward is to seriously think about the things that would make the perfect college. With this list in hand, look at different schools to see how they stack up on these criteria. If you hate the cold, you can knock out a ton of schools right away.

Since it always helps to have specific tips, here are a few that I think will be really helpful:

  • Anytime that you see a deadline, put it into a special “college search” calendar. Google calendars are perfect for this. You can put into the calendar the application deadlines for the schools you apply to, the dates of tests you are taking, schedules of different college tours, etc. Putting everything into a central place will be far more helpful than having information scattered across a variety of sources.
  • Talk to a lot of people. Ask older people about their experiences in college. What did they like about their school? What didn’t they like? How did they choose their school?
  • Talk to actual students. When I was at Furman, I hosted college seniors who were applying or had already been accepted. It’s really hard to get a feel for how you’ll enjoy a school based simply on brochures and college tours. Do an overnight at your prospective schools. Go into the dining hall. Get the same food that students eat and listen to what kids are talking about while they’re eating. You’ll get more from eavesdropping in the cafeteria than you will from any tour.

Ultimately, if you keep an open mind and a positive attitude, you will have a great experience at almost any school that you could possibly choose. But, if you do your homework and seek to truly understand what you want and how different colleges fit in, you will have the best time of your life. You might even get a great education, too!

Preston Cornish

Special Guest

Discovering Your Passion

Brady Stouffer

December 26, 2011

If there’s one thing that the team at Round Trip Baseball shares it’s our passion for the game. Throughout our lives, we all strived to play professional baseball. While some made it further than others, we were all driven and motivated by the same thing: our love and passion for the game of baseball.

To me, being considered passionate is the best compliment someone can give you. I was always the type of player who wore my emotions on my sleeve. I put my heart and soul into the game, from trying to beat out ground balls to short stop, to pushing out one last rep of squats in the off-season. Coming to the realization that my playing days were over was devastating.

Passion cannot be taught. Passion cannot be forced. Passion has to be discovered.

Upon graduating college, I was hired to become the General Manager of an indoor baseball facility. I was familiar with the company because I had worked there during my off-seasons throughout college. In my four years of working at the facility, I taught countless players of all ages in, group clinics, private lessons, and off-season workouts, including coaching a 16U travel baseball team. Over the years, I noticed that the best players to work with are those who share the same passion as I do. These players were lucky enough to discover their passion for the game on their own.

There are other kids who play baseball for different reasons, which is fine. As a young kid, you don’t have to be extremely passionate to play baseball and enjoy it. But the saddest thing to see is a kid who is only playing because their parents want them to, and their parents are more passionate than the player is.

I’ve come across parents who push their kids so hard at such an early age because they want nothing more than for their kid to be good at what he does. I’ve seen them chirping in their son’s ear as he’s up to bat, shouting “keep your elbow up!” I’ve even had a father get into the cage during a lesson and sit behind the L screen that I was throwing BP behind to get the best view of his son’s swing.

The reason parents do this is because they love their kids and want them to succeed. The problem is that they are inhibiting their son’s focus, and half the time what they are teaching their kid is incorrect. Sometimes less is more.

In my opinion, the best thing a parent can do is put their entire trust into an instructor and let their son develop a relationship with that instructor. Even if the father was a great player himself, there comes a time in a kid’s life where he simply doesn’t want to listen to what his dad has to say.

We instructors do this for a living. We teach because we know the game and we want to see others improve and succeed at it. We are driven to teach because we know the best way to prepare a player to succeed, and when we see them make progress we get addicted to continuing their upward trend. As an instructor or coach, being responsible for a player’s improvement is as gratifying as hitting a ball in the gap as a player.

If you truly want your son to become good at what he does, allow him to become passionate about something he loves, and then provide him with the resources to improve at it. Take advantage of those who share his same passion and let them both fully enjoy their time trying to reach the same goal of constant improvement. It will pay off for everybody.

Brady Stouffer

Instructor

Round Trip Baseball

Is the hard work worth it?

This time of year means big decisions have to be made by a lot of high school seniors, with college around the corner. I would like to provide some help there, but we’ll save that for next week, when a real expert can write about that. I got lucky with my opportunities in college. That said, it wasn’t until I really started busting my ass that my luck started to
change for the better.

I sometimes say life is not a competition against others, but a competition against yourself, and that’s true. Nevertheless, those people we face off with, whether it be for a job, on the field or for a spot in college, create a strong indicator of how hard we are working to better ourselves every day. We can look at others around us and make sure we’re doing better, but we can’t see everyone out there. To really reach the top and outwork everyone else to achieve any of our dreams takes a level of dedication that sometimes seems impossible to give. Those who get there ignore the impossible.

Last month, I attended a seminar in California put on by Brendon Burchard. One of the speakers there was Bo Eason, who I had never heard of, but since he was on stage I listened to his story. This guy had a dream when he was little. Not just a dream, a plan, to be the best safety in the NFL. He was great in high school, because he spent time
working, and then he went on to college to play at University of California- Davis.

When he got there, he was the smallest player out there. After a day of practice, the coach called him over and told him he would never play for UC- Davis, and took away his meal money and dorm key. So Eason did what any young athlete who has his mind-set on reaching the top would do, he took the ten dollars he had to his name, bought stale bread and a huge jar of peanut butter to eat for the 3 weeks before classes started, and slept in his pick up truck while waiting for practice to start. Eason had to beg the equipment managers to let him use one of the old jerseys so that he could
continue to just practice with the team.

Obviously, this story has a happy ending or I wouldn’t be telling it. Along with his hard work and dedication, Eason grew, and by the time he was in his senior year was known for his hard-hitting style. He was drafted with the 54th pick in the 1984 NFL draft, and played 4 seasons with the Houston Oilers. He went on to spend time with Al Pacino
learning how to become a Broadway actor and playwright, but that’s another story.

Eason’s story is just one example of how a star got to the top. Read the stories of Steve Jobs, Will Smith, Tiger Woods, Lance Armstrong or countless other American heroes to gain an understanding of the amount of work it takes. I credit one person, Tom Cassera, for teaching me about hard work.

I graduated high school in 2004. I was always one of the best players among those I competed against, so I thought I had a ticket to the big leagues (at that time I didn’t think about competing with myself). I had a couple of college offers to play baseball, but nothing that seemed right for me, so I went to some summer 7 AM lifting workouts at Montgomery College- Germantown to see what that program was all about and see if I could see myself there.

At MCG, I found a coach in Cassera ready to outwork any of his players, and a group of guys who loved it, at 7 AM during the summer! Every day that summer, I went up to Germantown workouts, then on to work at the Bullis Baseball camp afterwards, then on to the game I had that evening. I had never been part of a group of guys who wanted to work so hard to win, and I loved it. When Coach told us to run, we did it, as a team. When Coach told us to clear ice and snow off the field, rake the field after practice, take the nets down or even pick up what geese left behind on the field, we did it. As a team. We ran more that one year with Cassera than I have run in my entire life. As a result, when Cassera told our team that we worked harder than any team in the country, including Clemson, I knew it was true. Even though we were on probation that season, for the actions of someone I never met, we broke the record for most games won in MC history. I can only imagine what we would have done if we had the opportunity to compete in the postseason.

That year, I not only learned how to work hard on the baseball field, but in the classroom as well. I wasn’t a particularly strong student in high school, but was amazed my first year of college how well I could do when I put the work in. I was a NJCAA All-American after my two years at MC, and was able to get into a great academic school, Rollins College, as a result. Not only did my work in the classroom allow me to get in, but my work on the field offered me the opportunity to earn a large baseball scholarship to the university. At Rollins, I earned my degree in May of 2009, after playing the game I love for two more years in the process.

If you have dreams, no matter what they are, work hard for them. Is it worth it? You bet your ass it is. Nothing tastes sweeter than achieving something you’ve been working for your whole life. The blood, sweat and tears may hurt a little, but they make success taste all the sweeter.

Marty Cornish

President, Round Trip Baseball

The Importance of Having a Good Coach

Throughout ones baseball career they will encounter many obstacles that can either make or break them as a player.  Players will grow up playing on different teams with several different coaches. Some of these coaches might be excellent and some you might not like.  When you find a coach that you like, it’s important that you soak in as much information as possible.  I can tell you from experience that when you have a good coach, especially at a young age, it can be the difference between you being an average player or a great player.

I, along with many other Round Trip Baseball employees, was fortunate enough at a young age to come across a coach that truly shaped and molded each of us into the players we are today.  When I was 14-years-old I played for GSA and joined a team called Metro Fleet, which was coached by Joe Stolz.  Before I joined the team I had heard many stories, some good and some bad, about Mr. Stolz.  What was important to me though was the history and success that Mr. Stolz had brought to Metro Fleet year in and year out.

I played two years for Mr. Stolz and it was two of the best years of my baseball career.  He completely changed my perspective and attitude towards the game and made me into the player I was to become. He challenged his players both mentally and physically.  We would practice day in and day out, in the rain, in the cold and under the lights. We would practice for hours, working on bunting and working on defense. He was passionate and strongly believed that defense wins championships.

At practice he would have every player stand in the outfield while he shot major league fly balls to us from a pitching machine.  For hours we would run as hard as we could in an attempt to track them down hearing Mr. Stolz in the background yelling “MOOOOOOOOOOVE.”  He shot fly balls higher and further than any 14 or 15-year-old could ever hit, but he expected us to catch them. After many practices, we were running down fly balls that you would never expect a 14 and 15-year-old to catch.

Mr. Stolz would sit on a bucket two feet from the third base foul line as we practiced our bunting, trying to bunt the ball between the bucket and the foul line. He never asked, but demanded that we be excellent bunters and would not allow practice to end until we all put down perfect bunts in a row. He swore that if we became good bunters it would help win us countless ball games and he was right.

A particular moment that changed my perspective on the game was one night when we were playing a game against Olney, who was one of our biggest rivals. A fly ball was hit to me in right field. I went back to track the ball and mis-played it.  The ball fell in allowing the runner to get to second base.  Already frustrated with myself for dropping the ball, Mr. Stolz comes out from the third base dugout and yells, “JENSEN, GET IN HERE.” The jog from right field to the dugout was one of the longest and most embarrassing moments in my life.  At first I couldn’t believe that I was only 14-years-old and being pulled from a game in the middle of an inning just for dropping a fly ball.  I kept thinking to myself that even major league baseball players drop fly balls.  This was Mr. Stolz way of telling me that the game can’t be taken for granted and every play needs to be played as if it’s your last, because in an instant it very well could be your last. Every play needs to be played with 100 percent focus, passion, dedication, determination and relentlessness.  From that play on, I approached every pitch as if it could be my last.

Mr. Stolz didn’t put up with players who weren’t serious and who didn’t put the team first. I remember like it was yesterday, the day Mr. Stolz deemed “Cinco de Mayo Massacre”.  A few players had missed practices and games for reasons that Mr. Stolz didn’t think of as acceptable excuses. These players were cancers to the team and on May 5th he decided to get rid of these players and kicked them off of the team. He knew in the long run it would help the team and it would give other players who had worked so hard every day the chance to step in and make an impact.

Over those two years we won more games and more championships than I had on any other team.  We won the county championships and then proceeded to win the Maryland State Championship.  We traveled and won many tournaments including the Cove Creek Tournament and the Disney Wide World of Sports Tournament.

To this day I still talk with Mr. Stolz and we reminisce on those days 10 years ago.  Without ever having him as one of my coaches I would have never developed into the player I am and had the successful baseball career that I had. He was one of the coaches that you either loved or hated.  His methods were proven and the players who stuck with him would go on to have long successful and fulfilling careers.  Handfuls of players who I played with on Metro Fleet went on to play college baseball, some even being drafted, including Round Trip Baseball’s Brian Conley and Ian Marshall.

When you find that coach, be respectful, be grateful and learn as much as you can from them.  I can’t utter enough how important it is to have a good coach who is so passionate about the game that they would do anything if it meant success for their players.

Jensen Pupa

Instructor & Vice President of Sales

Round Trip Baseball