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  • 19 Aug, 2016

(esp. in sports) a person who is responsible for managing and training a person or a team.     A coach is also an expert who trains someone learning or improving a skill 

Matt,  of course Tim will be in college this fall so he will not be playing with Full Count. I can not thank everyone at Full Count enough for all that you have done for Tim. Because of you asking him to play in Select Fest, he was noticed by St John Fisher.  

Tim could not be happier and more excited about going to this college from every aspect-baseball, academics and everything else about the school. My wife and I also can not happier about where he is going. We were up there this week for orientation and we all feel even more strongly about what a great school he is going to.

 Thank you again for all that Full Count has done for Tim and our family. If there is anything we can do to help Full Count or promote Full Count (other then that we already tell a lot of people how great it is), please let us know. 

Ken Geissel


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Cole would definitely like to continue. Nick has been a major influence and a large part of why Cole was able to get college interest. I’d be happy to speak with you at anytime to express my sincere feelings about Nick.

 

Thank you,

Scott Benner


Hi Matt and Jose,

Just wanted to tell you how impressed we are with Coach Bill Gratacos and to compliment him and thank him for his efforts to mold these boys into fine young men and athletes.   

As the boys get older and are in high school, they tend to push the boundaries and start exhibiting unsportsmanlike behavior, and they sometimes become 'full of themselves' and sometimes the parents think that their sons can do no wrong, which becomes a challenge for a coach to rein in these negative behaviors. We teachers deal with this on a regular basis, and can fully appreciate that Coach Gratacos does a great job.

 He really tries to instill in the boys more accountable behavior,  such as never giving up and running full out to get to base, even though it should be an easy out as anything can happen. That effort is most important. 

He has high expectations of the boys to not use foul language, to not display temper tantrums, to not to throw their equipment, etc., after a bad play or bad at bat. Lately, these behaviors have started to occur more than usual and it is clearly unacceptable and he let's them know that immediately.   We have nothing but the greatest respect for Coach Gratacos.  

Lastly, I wanted to let you know that he always has our players' backs, especially when coaches and players from opposing teams exhibit unsportsmanlike behavior or verbally attack our boys, which has been occurring most recently.   

Last week it was the opposing team in the finals that were taunting our players and our boys stayed above it. Yesterday, it was the opposing Coach, directing completely inappropriate comments and berating two of our players, my son and Jack Quinones.  As you know, both of these boys are reserved, well behaved, and very respectful. We were very thankful for Coach Gratacos to redirect the opposing coach to handle his own players rather than ours.

 In closing, with the season coming to an end, we just wanted to let you know about the positive experience it was to have Coach Bill Gratacos as the manager. He was the right man for this transitional age! As you know, most compliments usually go unspoken and unwritten.

 Thank you for putting together such a great staff!

 Paul

Hi Matt,
As the season is nearing the end we just wanted to send a note letting you know that we have been so impressed with John and Ruban. They make the game fun while teaching the boys. I believe (and I know I'm just a mom) that you can be passionate about the game without constant yelling. I know my son doesn't respond well to that. I have to say I never seen either of them lose it on the field even after errors or games lost. Instead I saw them teaching the boys as they came off the field or picking them up after a strike out or error. I often ask Christopher what the post game speech was and he always says they tell us the areas we did well in and where we need to improve. Never do they blame the boys for the loss . Christopher said to me the other day I can't believe my season is almost over I don't want it to end . I think this is a testament to John and Ruban. John was Matthews coach in the fall and I can say I saw the same qualities as he coached the older boys . I was at a GL game against Union during the season and overheard parents from Union saying such good things about John.

Sorry for the long ramble just wanted you to know .

Lisa and Steve B.

Coach K,

We just wanted to thank you for the way you are coaching the 12u team and players. We made the commitment to play with Full Count for the long term benefit we believe it will provide to Jake. It's clear to us that you are interested in learning about the players and giving them opportunities and instruction to build their skills and their character in a sustainable way over time. 

 We appreciate that approach, and what we have seen from you and the way you handle the boys validates our decision to commit to Full Count. It appears that you may have your hands full with some ex-parent coaches who aren't yet comfortable with "letting go", and we're sure that you are probably frustrated with some of the results from the first few games. Please know that we believe in the way you are teaching and reinforcing the "team" aspects of the game along with the individual skills.

Thank you,

Jon and Tracy D.


Matt:
Just wanted to drop quick note to say how pleased Steven and I are with the coaching for the 16U team. Coach Chuck in particular is awesome. He is a good guy with good values! Practices are probably the best we have had since joining Full Count. Please send Kudos to the Coaches.

Tx


All the Best, Scott
Scott B. Zederbaum



Matt and Jose,
I wanted to let you guys know how happy we have been with the whole Program this Fall season. Jared has not only had a great season but has a renewed love for the game. You made some changes with personnel since the Summer and it has been tremendous. Jared has many friends on this team which adds to chemistry and makes them more competitive. By allowing Jared to catch he has shown his growth and now loves playing. Thanks

Coach Gratacos and Coach Seader have done a tremendous job teaching the boys and preparing them for the next level. We all love Coach Grattie and we can see the Plan coming together.

Thanks for everything!

Rob Craig
Hi Jose and Matt,

Just a quick note to let you know that we've been very pleased this Fall with Ryan's experience at Full Count. He's having fun, meeting new kids, working on skills, and getting some really great coaching from Coach Ken and Coach Vega.

Thanks for doing such a great job. We're happy to be a part - even just a small part! - of the Full Count family.

Best regards,

Bill Nicholas

And thank you very much Coach Banos. While Full Count is relatively new to us, the dedication of you and the rest of the program to all these young men goes way beyond the call of duty . That dedication was certainly evident on Saturday and Sunday. Personally, I appreciate nothing more than a coach and mentor who stands behind and backs up his team from beginning to end . I truly believe the kids play harder when they know the coach wants to win as much or more than they do. The team and coaches certainly complemented each other well in this regard this past weekend. And it is agreed the life lessons and memories that weekends like this provide are priceless . Outstanding job.  

And by the way, what a great bunch of baseball players and young men you have assembled. I wish we were around sooner and only hope that Joey will play with a group like this in the future---though these fellas may be hard to top. I am confident in speaking for Joey when I say he was very proud to play with you guys. For a kid who does not say all that much, he raves about his teammates and coaches. He had a great fall season. Wow!

  Thanks again.

  Joe R.


Very nice note to the team and nice to see such passion from a coach . Take it from a baseball nut, it was terrific baseball to watch . Really nice group of boys and very accepting of Ryan despite his not having hit well(at all!?). It really is great to watch such well played baseball at this age. Says a lot about the Full Count organization.

I was standing by home plate outside of the fence when Christian got tossed. I have coached at some level since 1987 and have never seen anything like it, especially when the ump smiled at him after Chris turned around in disbelief. Glad it worked out. Great weekend and thanks for your patience with Ryan. 

Thanks again and congrats on a terrific weekend and fall season.

Peter H




Chuck – just wanted to take a moment to drop you quick note of thanks for your efforts this season. Mike had nothing but positive comments about you as a coach in general and as a pitching coach in particular. Mike greatly appreciates the confidence you showed in him and that he was consistently given an opportunity to pitch against the stronger teams we faced on any given weekend.

 I know that handling a group of 16 year old boys can be a challenge to say the least. I was impressed with your approach and demeanor in guiding the team through the season  which included success on the field and growth as ballplayers and young men. You are a true example of the organizational values which Full Count promises its customers and I know Mike’s a better ballplayer as the result of your guidance. You are an asset to the Full Count organization.

 Thanks again and best of luck going forward.

 Regards,

Frank Carlone

Testimonials

By info 11 Jul, 2017

Coach Belford,

  My son, Justin Ciambrone, is extremely interested in continuing his baseball career with Full-Count. In the past year with the program his skills have developed dramatically. In addition his respect for the game continue to grow.

  The program is well structured with committed leadership and coaches. The level of teaching has been excellent.

Justin has often said this is where he wants to play until college. In my mind that speaks volumes to the example the program sets for him. As a parent to watch his focus, drive and determination develop and strengthen is extremely rewarding.

  The coaching staff is excellent, they demonstrate professionalism and the boys are able to see how to always conduct themselves . In addition they are very patient about teaching and coaching to allow the boys to become their best.

  Hoping to hear from you soon that he is invited to stay with the club.

  Regina Ciambrone

By info 03 Apr, 2017

ALL Athletes should get a heavy jump stretch band and perform 10-15 minutes of daily stretching. This is a BIG component of your training and many who complain of tight hips or lower back stiffness are the same athletes who do NOT stretch at home.

REMEMBER: You MUST be a self thinker and self doer. Do work on your OWN, that is the mark of a successful athlete and overall, a successful person.

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4 Strategies to Stay Mobile During The School Year

By: Andrew Wary

Tight backs and hips, aching knees, these are things that should not plague the high school athlete, but they do. There are many things to blame such as sitting in school, busses to and from games/matches, playing video games etc. No matter the reason and or excuse there are some simple fixes that you can employ throughout the day to save yourselves from aches and tightness.

  1. Posture is everything.   Not only will it keep your body aligned properly, a good posture will exude confidence. Whether sitting or standing, your posture will aid you or destroy you. Here’s a checklist to keep yourself proper:
    1. Chest up
    2. Shoulders back
    3. Chin up
    4. Hips positioned even from side to side
  2. Stretching,   to an extent, will help undo the havoc that being cramped in a desk, car, or chair all day causes.  Yoga is tremendous for student athletes. Now I am not saying to go to a hot yoga studio with a bunch of 30 year old women, instead save your money and YouTube search hip opening yoga, it’s free and it’s like magic for your back and lower body. If you do not have confidence to perform yoga here is a list of stretches to focus on. Perform these 30 seconds at a time, 2-3 times a day:
    1. Couch Stretch
    2. Pidgeon Pose
    3. Cobra
    4. Elevated Hamstring Stretch
  3. Release techniques such as foam rolling should be used. Doing this will help to ensure less ‘tight’ muscles along with aiding warming up and recovering from intense workouts. Roller techniques should be taught by your coaches, and if they have not, make sure to ask and we will teach you!

  4. Movement is obviously important to staying mobile. During off days from practice and training, you should still be moving. Moving doesn’t have to be anything crazy strenuous, simple things like walking outside, hiking, a bike ride, or a pickup game of football will suffice. Moving more when possible instead of sitting around will help with chronic mobility issues and general muscle tightness.

Student athletes must realize that in order to be the best, they have to do what it takes to be the best. This includes staying mobile and uninjured.

Take advantage of these 4 strategies to keep your body ready for anything during the school year.

By info 19 Aug, 2016

Matt,  of course Tim will be in college this fall so he will not be playing with Full Count. I can not thank everyone at Full Count enough for all that you have done for Tim. Because of you asking him to play in Select Fest, he was noticed by St John Fisher.  

Tim could not be happier and more excited about going to this college from every aspect-baseball, academics and everything else about the school. My wife and I also can not happier about where he is going. We were up there this week for orientation and we all feel even more strongly about what a great school he is going to.

 Thank you again for all that Full Count has done for Tim and our family. If there is anything we can do to help Full Count or promote Full Count (other then that we already tell a lot of people how great it is), please let us know. 

Ken Geissel


                                                                                ________________________________________________


Cole would definitely like to continue. Nick has been a major influence and a large part of why Cole was able to get college interest. I’d be happy to speak with you at anytime to express my sincere feelings about Nick.

 

Thank you,

Scott Benner


By info 01 Aug, 2016

 Hi Matt,

I wanted to let you know DJ McGuinness is interested in staying with FC for the Fall season. We appreciate you and your coaching staffs professionalism and organization . I’ve personally watched DJ grow as a ballplayer with the help of your organization and coaching staff. Specifically, Coach Graticos is a class act, hard-worker, excellent coach and positive role model for these boys. I hope he stays with the 15U team as DJ and all the boys have learned a great deal from him.

I can’t say enough positive things about your program and I hope the referrals help to express my gratitude.

Please feel free to contact me anything if you ever need anything or have any questions.

Thank you,

Dennis McGuiness

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