Having coached youth ballplayers for many years, I have learned how to explain to them, on their own level, how to play the game
Marshall (Vocus) May 19, 2010
Experienced and regionally known coach Tom Sharpley recently launched Stay Sharp Training, a baseball and softball organization based in Marshall.
Stay Sharp is offering baseball and softball training and clinics for youth ages 9-18. Stay Sharp Training is positioned to become the area's premier baseball and softball training organization, with programs for individuals, teams and groups. Led by Sharpley, the Stay Sharp team of trainers all played or are playing collegiate baseball. Baseball training includes hitting, pitching, fielding, catching and base running. Softball training includes hitting and fielding.
"Having coached youth ballplayers for many years, I have learned how to explain to them, on their own level, how to play the game," Sharpley said. "Being able to connect with them then allows me to stress to them the importance of doing things right both on and off the field in an attempt to develop fine young people."
Sharpley has compiled many hours of coaching, training, mentoring and instructing youth sports. He is local to mid-Michigan but is a respected and well-known coach regionally. Prior to coaching, he played collegiately at Glen Oaks Community College and then Spring Arbor University while also playing Stan Musial AABC during the summers. He began coaching in the mid-1980s at Bloomfield Hills Andover High School. Since 1996 he has founded and coached the Marshall-Battle Kids, Mid-Michigan Tigers and Battle Creek Jr. Bombers youth travel baseball teams.
Two of his players were his two sons, Evan and Ryan. They both started playing baseball as soon as they could pick up a bat. They learned to play baseball with some of the same drills that Sharpley still uses today. Evan is playing professionally with the Seattle Mariners (after playing both baseball and football at Notre Dame) and Ryan was drafted out of high school by the Chicago White Sox, instead opting to go to the University of Notre Dame on a baseball scholarship.
For more information or to make an appointment for training, visit http://www.staysharptraining.com or call 269.753.5995. Stay Sharp Training also is on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/staysharptraining.com.
Stay Sharp Clinics
Stay Sharp is holding a comprehensive, all-skills baseball clinic for boys ages 9-14 on June 14, 15 and 16 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Marshall Athletic Fields. Sharpley and a team of former and current collegiate baseball players will work with the boys, in groups based on age and skill level, on batting, fielding, base-running and pitching. There also will be position-specific instruction. The registration fee for the three-day clinic is $140 before June 1 and $150 after June 1. Registration is limited to 65 kids.
Stay Sharp is also holding a softball clinic for girls ages 9-14 on Monday, June 14 from 1-3 p.m. at the Marshall Athletic Fields. Sharpley and former and current collegiate baseball players will work with the girls, in groups based on age and skill level, on batting and fielding. Kellogg Community College Softball Coach Russ Bortell will be a guest instructor. He has been a college coach for more than 30 years. The registration fee for the clinic is $32 before June 1 and $34 after June 1. Registration is limited to 40 kids.
For more information on the baseball or softball clinics, to register online or to download a registration form to mail, visit http://www.staysharptraining.com.