Coaches Forum
February 26, 2013 / Travis Punt

Last week, I introduced you to Aaron and DeMarco, the two young men who spoke at our Aspire Gala this past Friday.  This week I want to share their stories with you.  Both Aaron and DeMarco did a fantastic job speaking in front of 1,000 people—a feat that would make most adults nervous!  In fact, when they were done, they walked off stage to a standing ovation.

Both kids shared a little bit about their experiences with the Badges for Baseball program....

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February 21, 2013 / Janice Chan

This is a follow up to our post, “Getting Started on”

After you’ve watched all our Classroom videos, you’re ready to download all the tools and resources we have to offer in the Materials section.  There’s a lot to choose from, so here’s a quick little guide to help you get started.  Here are the categories:


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February 20, 2013 / Janice Chan

This is the final installment of a series of blog posts on using Toobie: Healthy Choices, Healthy Children Edition.  If you missed our first post on Toobie, you should read that first so you can view the first installment of the movie and learn how to use it to start a dialogue with your kids. 

As promised, here is Part 4:


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February 19, 2013 / Travis Punt

This Friday, we are hosting our annual Aspire Gala, which is an awesome event.  Not only do we raise funds for programs like Healthy Choices, Healthy Children and Badges for Baseball, but each year we honor public figures for their work in the community. This year we are honoring Muhammad and Lonnie Ali, Robbie Callaway, and Under Armour for all their hard work and contributions to their communities.

My favorite part of the Aspire Gala is when we bring in a youth speaker to tell the attendees a little about themselves and their experience...

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February 15, 2013 / Janice Chan

You play a crucial role in making the best resources out there for youth coaches and mentors.  You can contribute by commenting on blog posts, submitting topics (link on the right), and letting us know how we can improve the portal. 

But we also need your help to get the word out! 

As a key tenet of “The Ripken Way” is to make it fun, we thought we’d introduce a little friendly competition…

The 3 organizations* with the most users registered for...

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February 14, 2013 / Janice Chan

Thanks for joining the team at!  This online training platform offers many tools and resources to help you in your daily work with kids.  Here is a quick guide to help you get started.

Getting on base

  • Watch all the Classroom videos, starting with “Introduction” (Corresponding materials are linked below videos where applicable)
  • Go to the Materials section to view and access all materials

Rounding third

Check out the Coaches Forum (editor’s note: we refer to all mentors as...

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February 13, 2013 / Rosina Ciattei

This is part of a series of blog posts on using Toobie: Healthy Choices, Healthy Children Edition. If you missed our first post on Toobie, you should read that first so you can view the first installment of the movie and learn how to use it to start a dialogue with your kids.  

For those of you who have already viewed or used the first two parts of Toobie, what did you think? How did you use it with kids at your organization?  Are there parts of the video that the kids really connected to?


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February 12, 2013 / Travis Punt

Regardless of age, whenever most people are put into a new situation or group, they tend to be a little more reserved than normal. One of the best ways to combat that is by “breaking the ice” to get everyone more comfortable. Icebreaker games are one of the easiest and most fun ways to “break the ice.” This particular game has been used in a number of our trainings and events and always results in the same thing…FUN!

Partner Challenge
Group size: 10-50
Length of Activity: 10-20 minutes
Goal: To...

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February 08, 2013 / Flynn Burch

Have you ever been given a task and your first thoughts that come to mind are negative ones on how you cannot achieve it? I have. 

Have you ever gotten into a situation where everything looks bleak and thought there is no way out of it and just given up?  I have. 

Have you ever watched your favorite sports team lose three straight, or go down by 20 points, and think this is over, they are done? I have.

In all of these instances, we not only have let ourselves down but we have failed those around us.  The reason why we have failed is not because of any...

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February 08, 2013 / Travis Punt

Every month we will shine the spotlight on a coach and/or organization doing great work for the kids in their community. 

Scott Graham is a youth development professional at the Lumberton County Parks & Recreation in Lumberton, North Carolina. Scott has been working in youth development for 13 years and continues to act as a champion for the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation’s Badges for Baseball program in North Carolina.

We asked Scott about why he works in youth development, his experiences working with kids in general and through the Badges...

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