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Wednesday, December 14, 2011


Over at Todd is hosting another fantastic winter camp.


This three session series will cover the skills involved with Pitching and Catching, Infield and Outfield play as well as the fundamentals of hitting.


This Clinic series will be conducted inside the climate controlled WB Baseball Training Center. The schedule is as follows:

Session #1 - Pitcher and Catcher Skills

Session #2 - Infield and Outfield Play

Session #3 - Hitting Fundamentals

The sessions will run from 9:00am - 12:00pm every day.

All sessions will be conducted inside the WB Baseball Training Center located at 3865 Mira Loma Dr. (MAP)

COST: $100.00 per player for all 3 sessions ($90.00 per additional sibling)


IMPORTANT NOTE: Please print out, fill out and sign the Required Waiver Form. Click HERE  to download the Waiver Form. Your player will not be able to participate in the clinic without this form.

Todd Coburn - Former pro catcher with Philadelphia Phillies Org., Founder & President of Gamer Baseball

Jason Olson - Former pro pitcher with the Los Angeles Dodgers Org., Current assistant coach at Wooster H.S.
If you have any questions or concerns prior to the clinic please call 775-997-9541 or e-mail

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Fall Baseball

This is reprinted from the Reno Gazette Journal.  Original article here.


» The WB Baseball & Softball Training Center offers private, one-on-one lessons, specialized skills clinics and a monthly hitting club membership (unlimited use of automated batting cages) for any baseball or softball players wanting to continue their training in the offseason. For more information or to sign up, call Todd at 775-997-9541 or email
» Throw like a pro training sessions. Taught by former major leaguer Dan Serafini. Packages start at $75. Call 775-220-7741 or
» Tommy’s Grand Stand baseball and softball instruction from Mike Riley and Denae Jones. Batting cages, tunnel rentals by appointment. Call Tommy at 775-355-7323.
» The Western Nevada Adult Baseball Association, a wood bat chapter of the affiliated NABA, is looking for local players, coaches and umpires in Fernley, Fallon, Lake Tahoe, Reno, Mason Valley and surrounding rural areas. Coaches and new players are encouraged to email Nevada president Bobby Amos Cost is $150 per player, includes insurance, baseballs, field cost, umpire fees, etc. For more information, visit, under league finder look at Western Nevada NABA.

Northern Nevada Little League District 1

Go check out NNLL District 1's Facebook page.

They need some help and it's a great way to volunteer for the sport we all love!

Saturday, June 4, 2011

More Summer camps

Pro pitcher and current Manogue coach Bob Ayault is hosting summer camps.

Offering 2 Summer Camp Dates:

June 20th - 24th
August 1st - 5th

WHERE: Ayralt's "The Yard" Sports Academy - 4792 Longley Lane - 345-3470
"The Yard" offers

Baseball - skills building, simulated games, throwing, batting cages
Dodge Ball
Board Games
* Snack Provided twice a day, bring your own lunch and water bottle
Visit for more information.

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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Gamer Baseball Summer Camps!


1. Choose an event,

2. IMPORTANT! Click "Waiver Form," print it out, fill it

out, and bring it to camp,

3. Click "Register Now" and complete the registration form.


Dates: June 6-9, 2011 | Times: 9:00am-12:00pm Daily

Location: Winnemucca Little League Fields |

Cost: $145.00 per player | Ages: 7-12
Print out the WAIVER FORM first, then click "Register"


Dates: June 13-16, 2011 | Times: 9:00am-12:00pm Daily

Location: Fernley Little League Fields |

Cost: $145.00 per player | Ages: 7-12
Print out the WAIVER FORM first, then click "Register."


Dates: June 20-24, 2011 | Times: 9:00am-2:00pm Daily

Location: Bishop City Park |

Cost: $200.00 per player | Ages: 7-12
Print out the WAIVER FORM first, then click "Register."


Dates: June 27-29, 2011 | Times: 8:00am-12:00pm Daily

Location: Wooster High School Varsity Field |

Cost: $200.00 per player | Ages: 8-15
Print out the WAIVER FORM first, then click "Register."


Dates: June 27-30, 2011 | Times: 9:00am-12:00pm Daily

Location: Regional Park Baseball Fields |

Cost: $145.00 per player | Ages: 8-12
Print out the WAIVER FORM first, then click "Register."


Dates: July 5-8, 2011 | Times: 9:00am-12:00pm Daily

Location: Shadow Mountain Park |

Cost: $145.00 per player | Ages: 7-12
Print out the WAIVER FORM first, then click "Register."


Dates: July 11-15, 2011 | Times: 9:00am-2:00pm Daily

Location: Damonte Ranch High School Varsity Field |

Cost: $135.00 for Half Day sessions (9:00am-12:00pm)

$200.00 for Full Day sessions (9:00am-2:00pm) | Ages: 7-13
Print out the WAIVER FORM first, then click "Register."


Dates: July 18-22, 2011 | Times: 9:00am-2:00pm Daily

Location: Terrace Park Baseball Fields |

Cost: $135.00 for Half Day sessions (9:00am-12:00pm)

$200.00 for Full Day sessions (9:00am-2:00pm) | Ages: 7-12
Print out the WAIVER FORM first, then click "Register."


Dates: July 25-29, 2011 | Times: 9:00am-2:00pm Daily

Location: Governors Fields Baseball Compex |

Cost: $135.00 for Half Day sessions (9:00am-12:00pm)

$200.00 for Full Day sessions (9:00am-2:00pm) | Ages: 7-13
Print out the WAIVER FORM first, then click "Register."


Dates: August 1-5, 2011 | Times: 9:00am-2:00pm Daily

Location: Ernie Hall Baseball Fields |

Cost: $145.00 for Half Day sessions (9:00am-12:00pm)

$200.00 for Full Day sessions (9:00am-2:00pm) | Ages: 7-12
Print out the WAIVER FORM first, then click "Register."



Our week long summer camps cover every aspect of the game of baseball including pitching mechanics, catcher skills, infield play, outfield play, hitting, base running and the often forgotten mental game. We place a large emphasis on good sportsmanship, positive attitude, 100% effort & controlled emotions. Participants will be separated by age and skill level and rotate through several fundamental skill stations. There will also be daily contests with prizes and instructional scrimmage games each afternoon. As always, each day will end with a "Final

Thought" which will cover different aspects of the mental side of the game of baseball.

CAMP SCHEDULE: All Summer Camps will be conducted from 9:00am-2:00pm. Due to past experiences with extremely hot weather and camper fatigue we have decided to shorten our camp times and end each day at 2:00 - prior to the hottest part of the day.


Half Day Option
(9:00am-12:00pm Daily) = $135.00 per player ($115.00 per additional sibling)

Full Day Option (9:00am-2:00pm Daily) = $200.00 per player ($180.00 per additional sibling)

PLEASE READ! When registering on-line, you will need to "build" your registration. If you are planning on having your child attend only half days, you will need to click on the Half Day Option. You will then need to add any other options you are interested in from there (i.e. - Extended Care, Cancellation Protection, Equipment and/or merchandise).
Please note: The shirts, hats, sweatshirts, etc. that you see listed on the registration page are College Baseball Camps (CBC) items, NOT Gamer Baseball items. Gamer Baseball merchandise will be on sale at the camp site.

Camp will begin at 9:00am and end at 2:00pm each day. If you need to drop your child off early and/or pick them up late we do provide Extended Care. Extended Care camp hours are from 8:00am - 3:00pm each day (The camp director and/or a staff member will be on site early and leave late for anyone needing to drop off early and/or pick up late). Extended Care fee's are as follows (You only have to pay for Extended Care once if you have multiple children attending camp):

Early Drop-Off = $3.00 per day ($15.00 for the week)

Late Pick-Up = $3.00 per day ($15.00 for the week)

Early Drop-Off & Late Pick-Up = $6.00 per day ($30.00 for the week)

Our Summer Camps are conducted at different facilities around the area. Check the Event Calendar for the location of your chosen camp(s).

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please print out, fill out and sign the Required Waiver Form. Click HERE or use the link on the Clinic Calendar to download the Waiver Form. Your player will not be able to participate in the camp or clinic without this form.


Please wear baseball or other athletic clothing (NO sandals and shorts are not recommended)

Baseball hat (helps keep the sun off of your face)

Baseball cleats (tennis shoes are not recommended)

Baseball glove

Baseball bat & helmet (if you have your own - if not some will be provided)

Catchers gear (Catchers only)

Water bottle (Ice cold water will be provided)

Sun Block

Lunch (Please bring your lunch in a sealed, hard plastic cooler to keep insects and wildlife out)


Todd Coburn - Former pro player with the Philadelphia Phillies Org., Founder & President of Gamer Baseball

Jon Foss - 18 years of coaching experience at all levels

Jason Olson - Former pro player with the Los Angeles Dodgers Organization

CJ Lang - Former pro player with the Chicago White Sox Organization

Please Note: Camp and Clinic staff is subject to change due to availability.


9:00am - 9:20amProfessional, Active Dynamic Warm-up
9:20am - 9:30amThrowing fundamentals & Kids throw
9:30am - 10:30amPosition specific practice - Pitching, Catching, Infield, Outfield
10:30am - 12:00pmOffensive practice - hitting, bunting, base running
12:00pm - 12:30pmLunch Break (In shade)
12:30pm - 2:00pmInstructional Scrimmage Games


  • IMPORTANT! Please make sure to bring your Required Waiver Form (Waiver Form) to ensure you child will be taken care of properly in case of an emergency.

  • Check in will begin at approximately 8:30am on day one. Please arrive early to get checked in and receive any important information about the week.

  • We will provide coolers with ice cold water to drink. We recommend that each child bring their own water bottle to carry with them throughout the day. They will be allowed to fill up their water bottle from our coolers.

  • Please send your child to camp as if they were going to their teams practice. Shorts are not recommended. A hat is highly recommended to help keep the sun off of their face. Please have them put on sunblock each morning.

If you have any questions or concerns prior to the camp please call 775-997-9541 or e-mail To register for a specific camp please go back to the camp calendar and click on the register now link attached to the camp details.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Monday, April 4, 2011

Reno Aces are Back!

I've had a few of these guys on my fantasy roster! 


Pitchers: Josh Collmenter, Josh Ellis, Zack Kroenke, Tom Layne, Kevin Mulvey, Jordan Norberto, Micah Owings (should bat him DH), Rafael Rodriguez, Daniel Stange, Matt Torra, Jason Urquidez, Esmerling Vasquez.

Catchers: John Hester, Konrad Schmidt.

Infielders: Tony Abreu, Brandon Allen, Sean Burroughs, Cody Ransom, Andy Tracy, Josh Wilson.

Outfielders: Collin Cowgill, Cole Gillespie (One injury away from AZ), Wily Mo Peña (Can he still fly?), David Winfree.

Disabled list: Robby Hammock, Chris Rahl, Ed Rogers, Clay Zavada.

WHO: Aces vs. Nevada
WHEN: 6:05 p.m. Tuesday
WHERE: Aces Ballpark
TICKETS: $13 adults, $10 Nevada students, $7 children

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Great Practice Facility

I recently visited Bret's Baseball Academy where the Muckdogs and Nevada Lightning practice. Great facility to hold a practice and they have a strong group of individual instructors.

A Fundamental Approach To Success

Bret Pagni

Private Baseball Instructor

BB&SA Facility Contact Information:
Tel/Fax:         775.856.2434
Cell:                775.843.5172

Private Instruction: (lessons are one hour in length)

Weekly Clients: $50 per lesson (lesson package amount is paid at the beginning of the month and is based on number of sessions within the month- minimum of three)

Drop- In Clients: $55 per lesson (you pay as you go)

Individual Batting Cage/ Pitching Mound/ Infield Rental: (Please call ahead to make an appointment)

$25 per hour for Walk-In Customers                             
$20 per hour for Instructor Cage Rentals

Team Practices:  (Reserve a time before the weather changes)

Weekly team rate $100   

Practices are 2 hours in length, pitching machines not provided.  This includes an hour of at least one batting cage and one pitching lane, and one hour on the infield area.  Teams will be asked to provide their own baseballs and softballs.

12-Month Lease: $60 per week per time slot              
6-Month Lease; $70 per week per time slot

Team Practice with an instructor for 2 hours:  $150

Directions to BB&SA Facility (From Interstate-80):

Take McCarran (East) Exit. Turn right (South) off of freeway onto McCarran.  Head over overpass, and then turn left (East) onto E. Glendale Ave., Take your second right hand turn into the parking lot across from Flips Gymnastics.  451 E. Glendale is the middle warehouse.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

2011 Summer Baseball Camp

The Reno based Muckdogs are hosting baseball camp June 16th 2011 and June 27th. These 4 day camps are held at the South Valleys Sports Complex.

Get the info here!

Monday, January 31, 2011

Jordan Meganhardt/

Check out that delivery. This is Josh Collmenter who was recently named to the Diamondbacks 40 man roster. Tore up the minors last year. 24 yr old 6-4 235lbs. Granted he isn't throwing a 4 seamer but I'm a 41 year old dad and think I have better mechanics.

Here's a 10 question article from MiLB

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

More on the Composite Ban

The more I read about the composite bat ban, the more frustrated I am.  By the way, it is a "non-wood" approved list,   This list has always existed.  Look for the "little league" writing on the barrel.

However,  approved composite bats is a pitiful list.  The -3 are big barreled for Babe Ruth/High School and not approved for the Majors and lower divisions.  There is currently only 1 approved for little league composite barreled bat.  And it is $199.

Features of the COMbat B1 Composite: B1YB1 -10 Youth

  • -10 Length to Weight Ratio

  • 2 1/4 Inch Diameter Barrel

  • Approved by All Youth Leagues that Allow 2 1/4 Inch Barrel Diameter

  • Barrel Length: 29"- 10.5"barrel, 30"- 11.5"barrel, 31"- 12"barrel, 32"- 12"barrel

  • BPF 1.15

  • Extreme Performance

  • Free Shipping

  • Full End Load

  • Full Twelve (12) Month Manufacturers Warranty from COMbat

  • Model No: B1YB1 -10 Youth

    Local Little League Baseball Signups

    Washoe Little League

    Reno Continental

    Reno National

    Reno American

    Sparks National

    Sparks Centennial

    North Valleys


    Wednesday, January 12, 2011

    Composite bats banned!

    Looks like I"m late to the table on this one.. Most everyone knows that Little League applied the composite ban to the 12 and under divisions as well.

    Here is their complete article on the Little League site.

    On Dec. 30, 2010, Little League International announced it had expanded its moratorium on the use of composite bats to all of its baseball divisions, including the Little League (Majors) division, effective immediately.
    Because of the moratorium, several common questions have arisen. We have addressed the most common questions below with Patrick Wilson, Little League International’s Vice President of Operations.
    If you have further questions, we encourage you to sign on to Little League’s Facebook page. At that page, over the past few days, Little League International staff has answered hundreds of questions regarding the moratorium. The Little League Facebook page is here:
    By definition, a moratorium is: An authorized delay or stopping of some specified activity. As applied by Little League International, the moratorium disallows the use of all baseball bats constructed with composite material in its barrel.
    Information on the composite baseball bats that have received waivers for the Junior, Senior, and Big League Baseball Divisions of Little League can be found here:

    A listing of licensed baseball bats approved for use in the Little League (Majors) Division and below can be found here: 2011 Approved Non-Wood Bat List (PDF)  (This list was updated on Jan. 11, 2011.)
    Wooden and aluminum metal/alloy bats are not subject to the moratorium. Bats that have only a metal or alloy barrel (and no other material, unless it is in the end cap of the bat), and if it meets the other standards (length, diameter, etc. for the respective division in which it is used) are not subject to the moratorium, regardless of the composition of the handle or the transition to the barrel.
    “The moratorium is not the result of Little League changing its bat standards, or influenced by any relationships with bat manufacturers,” Patrick W. Wilson, Vice President of Operations at Little League International, said. “Rather, it became evident through scientific research, that some composite-barreled bats exceeded the current standard after a breaking-in process. Until that research was in hand there was no data to support an earlier decision. With that said, there are no other moratoriums contemplated at this moment.
    “The decision to place the moratorium on composite bats in Little League’s baseball divisions is based on the fact that scientific research showed that composite-barreled bats may exceed the performance standard after being broken in.”
    At present, no composite bats for the Little League (Majors) Division and below have received a waiver. If and when any models do receive a waiver, Little League International will inform its leagues of that decision. Check here for the current list of approved bats: 2011 Approved Non-Wood Bat List (PDF)
    On Sept. 1, Little League International placed a moratorium on composite bats in the Junior, Senior, and Big League Baseball Divisions of Little League. Subsequent to that moratorium, some composite bat models have received a waiver and may be used in those divisions.
    “Once there was scientific research showing conclusively that the composite bats in teenage play - after a break-in process - exceeded the standards, the moratorium was imposed,” Mr. Wilson said. “That research only applied to the larger bats, like the ones used in high school.
    “While to some it might seem that a similar idea would apply to a smaller barrel bat, that's not the way the science works,” Mr. Wilson said. “We needed to wait until there was conclusive scientific research on the smaller barrel bats. Within hours of receiving enough of that data to make a decision, Little League made it, and we let our constituents know about it.”
    The moratorium on composite bats, which now applies to all baseball divisions of Little League, does not apply to any softball divisions of Little League.
    Local Little Leagues were first informed of the ongoing research in September 2010.
    “From the beginning, and throughout this process, we wanted to keep everyone informed,” Mr. Wilson said. “Our intent was to provide local league constituents clear direction regarding composite bats. There is a process through which manufacturers can submit individual models for a possible waiver if they wish to seek it. Going forward, we will let our leagues know which ones meet the standards for the Little League Baseball (Majors) 12-and-under divisions, if any.”

    Frequently Asked Questions – Composite Bat Moratorium
    Q-1: How can you identify composite, alloy and half-half bats?
    A: Most bats indicate whether it is composite or metal/alloy. Look closely at the barrel for its designation and composition. For any others, you would need to check the manufacturer website or call them to see if the specific model has a composite barrel. Bats that have been manufactured to date may have the Little League name on them, as well as the BPF. However, going forward Little League will not approve new composite bats that have not been tested to meet the performance standard through the life of the bat, and any bat with a composite barrel cannot be used in the Little League (Majors) Division and below. The position also applies to the teenage baseball divisions for bats that have not received a waiver.
    Q-2: How does someone identify an older composite bat that is not labeled as composite?
    A: Older composite bats, or any non-wood bats, would not be allowed to be used in Little League play without the BFP 1.15 printed on the barrel. Additionally, composite bats that have the BPF listed, and may even have the Little League name and logo on them, are now subject to the moratorium.
    Q-3: What if my bat has a composite handle, and a metal/alloy barrel?
    A: If the bat is labeled as having a composite handle and a metal/alloy barrel (and not a composite barrel), provided it meets all the other standards for the division, it is acceptable. The transition from the handle to the barrel can be composite.
    Q-4: Why did you make this decision right after Christmas?
    A: We worked diligently to get the research in place. We didn't have the research information one, three or six months ago. Instead, when the information came to us, we made the decision within hours of receiving it. With that kind of scientific research in hand, not making a decision, or delaying it, was not an option. In this case, the scientific research showed that composite youth baseball bats that had a BPF rating of 1.15 when new, actually could exceed the 1.15 rating after being used, broken in. That's why we announced the moratorium ... and why we let parents know about the research last September.
    Q-5: Why are softball bats not covered?
    A: To date, there is currently no similar scientific research available on the performance of bats used in Little League’s softball program.
    Q-6: Did Little League do this just to get more royalties from all the new bats that need to be bought?
    A: This decision by Little League International was made completely independent of any manufacturer of bats, and was based on performance of the composite bats, as opposed to metal/alloy or wood bats. The bats used in the research that Little League International commissioned at the University of Massachusetts - Lowell, were bought anonymously by Little League International. Little League International's royalties from bat sales represents a very small percentage of Little League Baseball, Incorporated’s operating budget. For various reasons, our decision to impose this moratorium will result in lower royalties. Despite the fact that we face lower royalties doing the right thing was first and foremost on our minds. In fact, our District Administrators and League Presidents were informed of the results of the decision before our bat licensees were informed and before any of the bat manufacturers were informed. The decision making all bats that can be used in any game perform - throughout the life of the bat - within a certain acceptable standard, is the clear and common-sense best answer.
    Q-7: Is my bat (insert model here) OK?
    A: It should be clear that Little League International has not changed the standard. The BPF remains at 1.15, which is, essentially a measure of the performance of the best wooden bat. But the BPF needs to remain at or below the 1.15 level throughout the life of the bat. That is why we now have a moratorium on some bats. Until just recently, there was no scientific research available on youth model bats that would show whether or not they maintained the BPF throughout the life of the bat. A list of bats licensed and approved for use in Little League Baseball (Majors) 12-and-under divisions is available here: 2011 Approved Non-Wood Bat List (PDF)
    Q-8: Are the bat manufacturers going to offer a rebate on the bats that are deemed unusable in Little League?
    A: Each bat manufacturer will decide on its return/exchange policy and possible rebates toward the purchase of Little League compliant bats. Check with your local equipment retailer for guidance on possible rebates or returns.
    Q-9: Does Little League realize even more people are going to go to other organized youth baseball organizations because of this?
    A: Ultimately, if other programs, and parents, choose in favor of programs that may not have the same philosophy as Little League, we cannot help that. We can only make rules and regulations for Little Leaguers, based on the best interests of the children involved, using data from scientific research. Whether or not any of the smaller non-Little League programs follow our lead is up to them.
    Q-10: Is the list of licensed baseball bats (linked above) a complete list of all the bats that are “legal” for use in the Little League (Majors) Division and below?
    A:   No, such a list would be impossible to create, since it would include all bats in the world that meet the criteria for the division of play. A baseball bat only needs to meet the criteria for the division, which includes all pertinent specifics in Rule 1.10, and must meet the criteria of the moratorium on composite-barreled baseball bats.
    Q-11: Will Little League be releasing any details of the research, or a list of bats that may or may not have completed the research?
    A:     No. The details of the research are proprietary and will not be released by Little League.