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Martinez Crush
Dan Mead
(925) 228-1731
2228 Forsythia Way
Martinez, California

Friday, February 3

Tuesdays and Thursdays at Waterfront Field 5 at 4:30 pm

The Crush have been selected to play in the Cooperstown Dreams Park tournament the June 30 through July 7, 2006.

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We would like to thank the following individuals, groups and businesses for their support.  The Crush encourage each of you to support the folks that support them.  If you would like to contribute and advertise on the Crush Website, please contact Dan Mead.
Imboden Pumps
The Mead Family
Bear Stearns
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Martinez Baseball Club Bronco Division 
The Crush

The Team
Brian Allec
Austin Barber
Jake Blum
Troy Borden
Danny Eddleston
Tyler Hawkins
Joshua Lopez
Blake Martin
Orlando Martinez
John Mead
Tad Odom
Zachary Schmid

Martinez Baseball Club 11-12 year old baseball team is dedicated to teaching baseball to the young players. Our coaching philosophy is to bring out the best of each individual. This includes challenging them, encouraging them and teaching them. Martinez Baseball Club's home page is The Mission of Martinez Baseball Club is to see every player develop into a well rounded, healthy individual in the community, at school and on the baseball diamond. MBC would like to assist in the development of our youth into responsible, productive, healthy young adults. We aim to help each player develop the skills, determination, commitment and temperament to be successful in our local high school baseball programs and the drive to attend college. We hope that because of some of what they have learned through their experience with MBC's program, their college experience might include baseball and their adult years will include physical fitness along with volunteering in their community. MBC wants all players, coaches and board members to HAVE FUN while contributing to the development of self confidence and true team spirit. The managing and coaching staffs of the team is dedicated to the development and delivery of a program designed to improve individual player's competitive baseball skills, while fostering in each player a sense of teamwork, mutual respect and good sportsmanship. Equally important is the staff's commitment to make the program a positive experience for the players and their families.

1. As a non-profit organization dealing with youth, PONY Baseball, Inc. (a.k.a. PONY Baseball), shall be non-discriminatory in its hiring practices and the general conduct of Corporate business.
2. The Corporation cannot tolerate physical, mental or sexual harassment by staff, Field Directors or Local League officials representing PONY Baseball.
3. Conflict of interest on the kpart of any employee, member of the Board of Directors, Field Directors or Local League officals is to be disclosed. Such persons shall avoid voting on an item related to their conflict of interest and shall, if requested by the President, absent themselves from the meeting until discussion and subsequent voting on such subject has been completed.
4. Employees of the Corporation, members of the Board of Directors, Field Directors and Local League officials are expressly forbidden to use their position and authority in PONY to require or unduly pressure leagues to purchase and/or use products, (such as baseballs, trophies, concession supplies), or services (such as umpires, ground care, fund raising), which provide profit to that individual as an individual, or part of a specific group of individuals.

1. Expand its youth baseball program to young people throughout the world.
2. Continue to seek corporate and organizational partnerships to expedite and enhance the work of the corporation.
3. Seek ways to subsidize the cost of tournament travel for participating teams and World Series hosts.
4. Provide additional materials to member leagues to assist them in providing an improved baseball experience for the young people of their community.
5. Provide increased funding for Zone operating expenses.
6. Plan and develop a new headquarters facility.
7. Expand the display of historical materials and equipment at the headquarters.
8. Expand the headquarters display of state-of-the-art equipment available to leagues.
9. Continue to seek ways and means of providing continuing education and training for staff, Field Directors, league officers and managers and coaches to enable PONY to provide an ever more effective program.
10. Cooperate with Major League Baseball, Baseball USA and other groups interested in the continued development and expansion of the game of baseball.
11. Seek partnerships with other organizations that may enable PONY to more effectively carry out or expand its mission.
12. Find ways to recognize and acknowledge the efforts of individuals, groups and organizations whose efforts, at any level, have been an asset to the PONY organization in its work to help young people develop into healthier and happier adults.

Welcome to PONY Baseball.

Thanks for visiting our website. We hope that you find everything you are looking for. Take a few minutes to browse the site to learn more about our PONY, among the fastest growing international youth sports organizations in the world. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) What does PONY stand for? PONY is an acronym for Protect Our Nation's Youth. The concept for the name originally came from boys at the local YMCA in Washington, Pennsylvania and stood for "Protect Our Neighborhood Youth," but when PONY became an international program in the early 1950's "Neighborhood" was switched to "Nation's."

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THE CRUSH have been selected to participate in the Cooperstown Dreams Park tournament the week of July 1. We will be playing baseball against 95 other teams from across the nation, including Hawaii and Canada.

You would not play the game with half a baseball. Why continue learning half of the game?

Give it some thought. Not permitting the runner to lead-off and steal bases, according to regulation baseball rules, means that the youngsters are playing, being taught and learning only a part of the game of baseball. Base stealing, even the threat of base stealing, is a major part of the game of baseball. The byplay between the runner and the pitchers, between the runner and the shortstop and second baseman, are being omitted.

Base stealing means the infielder must adjust for the runner, covering his bag as well as his normal fielding position. It means the pitchers must concentrate on the runner as well as the batter. It means the catcher must hold the ball, learn how to throw better and, in essence, really learn how to catch.

And it means a runner must think, bluff, challenge the pitcher and catcher and learn to slide.

The big pitcher who is a good pitcher only because of his ability to throw hard will no longer overwhelm the position with brute power alone. The pitcher can no longer ignore any player who gets a walk, but must split his concentration between batter and runner. With base stealing permitted, the runner becomes a threat and has a chance against the pitcher. The player who pitches must become a pitcher, not just a thrower.
The smaller player who does not hit big has a far greater chance to contribute to the team. As a runner who can become a threat by stealing and threatening to steal bases, such a player may be as much help to a ball club as a bigger player. Special talents can, at last, be put to use.

The players themselves will be far better equipped to play in high school or older age leagues, having had the experience of playing the complete game of baseball. This will enable managers of teams in high school or older age leagues to concentrate on strategies and fine points of the game. They will need only to review the fundamentals, not introduce them.

1.       Can catchers throw well enough?
Many cannot because they have never been taught to throw. Because there was little need for a "strong arm" behind the plate in a league that did not permit the runner to steal, few managers bothered to look for or train a player with the required physical assets for this position. In addition, it was found that players do not have as much trouble throwing for distance as they do with accuracy. Catching is one of the most important positions in baseball, as it is played under regulation rules, and managers in leagues that permit runners to steal bases pay much more attention to the position. They select stronger, above average players to play the position and spend more time teaching them how to throw.

2.       Does the extra distance between bases affect the throwing of the other infielders?
Not to any noticeable degree. Infielders throw from the spot where they pick up the ball and, unlike the catcher throwing to second base, they are not required to throw the ball a specific distance.

3.       Can pitchers be taught to hold runners on base?
Yes. Players who had been pitching in leagues that did not permit stealing had to learn to pitch from the set position. They had little difficulty mastering the transition. Younger players, trained to throw from the set position from the beginning, developed just as rapidly as pitchers had in previous years.

4.       Will permitting base stealing increase game scores?
Maybe in the early stages of transition when pitchers and catchers are still learning to hold and catch runners, but not once the techniques have been learned. The lengthened baselines also give the fielders more opportunity to throw runners out on hit balls, and it is not nearly as easy to load up the bases on a series of bunts.

5.       Is complete baseball too difficult for 9 to 12 year-olds?
No. Players in this age bracket react quite favorably to the greater challenge of a game which makes them concentrate on the runner as well as the batter and, offensively, to a game that permits the runner to do more than merely stand on a base waiting for someone to hit the ball.

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