What To Ask Coaches?

In January & February I hope to interview a number of Northern Sun Conference coaches to ask them about the upcoming 2010 college baseball season along with topics regarding the state of NCAA Division 2 baseball.

The comments section at this blog have never been more active.  I’ve already started a list of questions that I want to ask but I’m giving readers a chance to chime in as well.  So, with that in mind, what questions do you have that you think would be interesting and informative to ask the coaches?

32 Responses to “What To Ask Coaches?”

  1. 1 Wow December 21, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    I would like to know what is the average amount of money for a baseball scholarthip for a D2 baseball player.
    Do they know of any full ride scholarships for a baseball player in D2.
    Always a lot of discussion on this subject.

  2. 2 Wow December 21, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    That was scholarship. Hard to watch football, Monday Night Raw and blog at the same time.

    • 3 John Plasha Sr. December 21, 2009 at 9:44 pm

      Why are the majority of Pre and Post Season Awards based mostly on offensive stats? Doesn’t seam to be much emphasis placeed on the Defensive side of the game.

  3. 4 norse344 December 22, 2009 at 9:07 am

    I think that would be a good question to each coach How many scholarships their program have? How many scholarship players on their team? What is the average percentage of a baseball scholarship player?

  4. 6 WSCDad December 22, 2009 at 9:51 am

    Ask them if they can support or defend the unbalanced schedule that the Northern Sun puts on them and how much influence they have on the conference. I don’t understand why they haven’t gone to divisional play if the schedule is going to remain unbalanced.

    It really seems unfair sometimes.

    • 7 fishingmn December 22, 2009 at 9:56 am

      Decent question but dividing 13 into 2 divisions might be part of it.

      Can you imagine though if they used the same divisions as they do in Football? The northern division of Minnesota Duluth, Bemidji State, Minnesota Crookston, Mary, St. Cloud State and Northern State might be a tad easier than the southern division (not that I’d be complaining).

      • 8 WSCDad December 22, 2009 at 11:06 am

        I think they would need to add or delete a team. If they added a team, maybe they could do it so as to be able to get the peacocks into the north too!!

  5. 9 John Plasha Sr. December 24, 2009 at 11:25 am

    Ask them why last year 7 out of the 8 regions comprising NCAA Div. 2 baseball anounced Regional Gold Glove teams with the 1 lone exception being the Central Region? (NSIC + RMAC) From these Regional selections a National Gold Glove Team was picked nameing the best defensive player at each position and it was announced at the Div 2 World Series in Cary NC last May. This award was sponsered by Rawlings/ABCA.

  6. 10 imafan January 1, 2010 at 2:16 pm

    Which teams SID’s failed to do thier jobs and present thier players for preseason all-american recogition and why weren’t they fired for not doing thier job?

  7. 11 John Plasha Sr. January 3, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    Ask them if they have ever considered having a “Scout Day”? Perhaps rather than each individual team having their own The NSIC could conduct one as a whole. I’m sure the top 3 or 4 kids on each team would be interested so if you could put 52 of best ball players together on 1 field in a central location I’ll bet you could attract enough Scouts to make it worth everyone’s while. The hardest part would be finding a date that would work for everybody. I think these kids are owed every chance they can get to be “Seen” which we all know in this part of the country can be hard at best. It’s up to us to determine how to make that happen.

    • 12 IMAFAN January 3, 2010 at 6:57 pm

      Excellant idea. Perhaps an allstar game or games.

      • 13 John Plasha Sr. January 3, 2010 at 7:08 pm

        Now your talken! I can’t believe I didn’t think of that. My only fear with that one is that the NCAA would have some assinine rule that would prohibit an idea that actually makes sense.

  8. 14 IMAFAN January 3, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    This is something that could possibly be arranged irrespective of the coaches though it would be much better with them. Take the 1st and second team all conferences with a few coaches picks say 1 from each team just so there aren’t 12 shortstops and play a double header?

  9. 15 IMAFAN January 3, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    I’ll bet even perfect game or some organization like that might potentially be interested if the idea were run by them?

    • 16 John Plasha Sr. January 3, 2010 at 8:28 pm

      I’m already working that angle. I’m trying to find out on another BB web site if it is in fact not against any NCAA guidelines and it just so happens that the folks at PG frequent the site often. I’ll let you know if I get any feed back.

      • 17 John Plasha Sr. January 3, 2010 at 8:45 pm

        And I do agree with you that the coaches need to be involved. Next to friends and family they are the closest to these kids and I’m sure for the most part they have their players best interest at heart. I in no way want to do anything to undermine their efforts but I just think there is strength in numbers therefore the idea of pooling as much of The NSIC’s tallent together as possible poped into my head.

  10. 18 John Plasha January 4, 2010 at 6:46 am

    And, What about The Dome In Minn. as a location? What better place to hold an event than one that gurarenties good weather always

  11. 19 imafan January 4, 2010 at 8:58 am

    The dome would be a prefect venue. Even if the kids had to come up with some sponsorship to help with cost like they did for HS allstar gm in MN anything is possible.
    Maybe have the two top coaches(I don’t know how you determine this? Coach of the year for league and #2) pick a few other coaches to assist and they would than have some exposure as well?

  12. 20 cu17dad January 4, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    I wonder if there are sanctioned type events available for this.

    I beleive most of the teams in the Northern Sun are scouted. The quality of the front line players draw them to different series to observe and others can get noticed.

  13. 21 imafan January 4, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    I sure am not aware of a sanctioned event for college players? Various teams have tryouts

    I have been around for a couple years now and I sure haven’t seen many if any scouts? If there was for the playoffs they were not evident? And what about the kids on the teams who don’t make the playoffs? I have seen some at the North woods league games.

  14. 22 fishingmn January 4, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    Personally, I’m not so sure that a “scout/showcase” day is needed. Obviously, some D2 players do get noticed & drafted. That said, the vast majority of D2 players aren’t MLB players – that goes for even the best NSIC players.

    For those that do want the chance there are other venues already. The Minnesota Twins (and I’m sure every other team) hold open tryouts in June every summer right after the college season for those players who want to see if they can get signed to a minor league deal.

  15. 23 imafan January 4, 2010 at 10:04 pm

    Thats exactly the reason for an allstar game. For them to get noticed as not very many scouts attend D2 games.I agree the vast majority aren’t MLB prospects, but knowing several that have been drafted there are some that are and they will probably be found with or without however its a great game to get allstars togather to watch and a great game/expierience for the kids to play in.

    The MLB tryouts are really kind of a joke. Have you ever seen one?

  16. 24 John Plasha Sr. January 5, 2010 at 6:48 pm

    1st off I will say I have to agree with you about there not being many scouts at our D-2 games. If there is they are staying well hidden. I’m sure there are some as each year there are several NSIC kids drafted. Last year there were 2 (Odegaard, Glynn) from Minn. State alone although the Latter only only had to look across the kitchen table to see The Tampa Bay Rays scout. Although they were both talanted atheletes I’m sure It didn’t hurt having close contact with someone like that. That’s why I think something along the lines of an All-Star game or showcase would give others the same opertunity for some exposure.
    2edly I am aware there isn’t as many MLB prospects in D-2 as there are each year in D-1 but there are a whole lot of kids that make up the Minor League system in itself. Many athletes can look back at many fond memories chaseing their dream while doing something they’ve done since 5 years of age and enjoy doing more than anything else out there. I think it’s up to us as the seasoned veterans (Old Guys) we are, to put as many opertunities as possible in front of these young ballplayers.

  17. 25 John Plasha Sr. January 5, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    And 3rdly I beg to differ with you guys as far as future MLB ballplayes coming from within our system. MLB baseball has more than a few players who heard they were to small, to slow, not smart enough, or lacked the overall talent to make it to “The Show”. Roughly 22 years ago there was a kid who grew up and played ball right down the street who got drafted with the last pick in the 62ed round of the MLB Draft. He went on to a promissing big league career and will probably go down as the greatest offensive catcher of all time. Just think of what Mike Piazza would have missed out on if he heard and believed all the people telling him he wasn’t MLB material. I say “Good luck to all of em”

  18. 26 imafan January 5, 2010 at 8:03 pm

    John;Did your son ever play any tournaments at Penn State U? The MN Blizzard state allstar team played several teams in a tourney there about 4 years back that had several teams from around Philly?

  19. 27 imafan January 5, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    Did your son ever play any tournaments at Penn State U? The MN Blizzard state allstar team played several teams in a tourney there about 4 years back that had several teams from around Philly?

  20. 28 John Plasha Sr. January 5, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    When he played Legion ball their league all star team played in a tournament called “The Belfont Classic” about that time. It was a big torney with so many teams it was played at 3 or 4 (maybe 5) fields located all around State College. (PSU) Pretty 1st class set-up. I can’t remember specificaly but I seem to remember somewhere along the line seeing a team from MN at one of his tournaments. Hard to say, we’ve done so many over the years.

  21. 29 imafan January 5, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    I think that was the one. Small World!

  22. 30 John Plasha Sr. January 31, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    Well Bill,
    Did you get to conduct any of the interviews before circumstances forced you to take a less active role in this blog. I think out of all the topics I’ve read here that one had the potential to be the best. It provided people like myself from various parts of the country to get up close and personal with some of the men that are a big influence on our sons. Having vowed long ago to keep my distance in matters involving my son’s baseball career especially his coaches this forum allowed myself and many others to publicily voice our opinions about life in college baseball as it pertained to our favorite ball players. And in closing I must say I can certianly understand you having other obligations to take care up front and formost so good luck with whatever path life life leads you and yours down.

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