Coaches Forum
July 29, 2015 / Darius Gardner

Ever wonder, hmm…how do people gain the attention of a group?

There are many techniques to use for getting the attention of a group. Here at the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation, we most often use, “If You Can Hear My Voice Clap Once.” This technique is usually used when dealing with children because it is a great way for children to have fun while paying attention. When I was a young kid, I remember this...

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July 23, 2015 / Jenna Mosketti and Sarah Kasun

Is it to improve health, get in shape, or is it just for personal enjoyment? According to the Harvard Opinion Research Program and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health there are many ways that sports impact your daily life now and in the future.

We concluded from their article on “Sports and Health in America” that it is important to encourage kids to start playing sports at a...

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July 22, 2015 / Janice Chan

Editor’s Note: Time flies when you’re having fun! Now it’s more than halfway through July, and I realized we had not introduced the wonderful students joining the program team as interns this summer!  One of them even has a surprising connection to our programming!  Here’s a little bit about each of them in their own words. 

My name is Jenna Mosketti, and I am from Fallston,...

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July 15, 2015 / Darius Gardner

Editor’s Note: This month, a familiar face reappeared at the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation. Darius Gardner was an intern with us last summer, and after completing his senior year of college, joined our team as our newest program coordinator. We’re excited to welcome him back! Here’s a little more about Darius in his own words.


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July 09, 2015 / Janice Chan

We have had a lot of new coaches and mentors sign up recently—especially from the Golden State of California—but whether this is your first time here or your 100th, we thank you for joining us and for your dedication to the kids you serve!  (In case you haven't figured it out, we call everyone "coach" who plays that role for a child, regardless of whether you teach baseball or music or life...

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July 01, 2015 / Sarah Kasun

Choosing the path that we want to take for our future can be difficult. There may be some obstacles or unexpected challenges that come in your way that may make you feel like quitting, but it is up to you whether you continue to strive for your goals. A strong work ethic and the decision of making positive choices gives us the ability to reach these goals that we set for ourselves. We can set both short and long-term goals that can help us accomplish our dreams. Through hard work, determination, and the drive to succeed, we all have the power to become successful contributors to society...

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June 18, 2015 / Sarah Kasun

During the week of June 8-12, we were able to watch the #CRSFcamp-ers learn more about baseball, face their fear on the zip line and ropes course, listen to inspirational presentations and enjoy spending time with their new friends that they have made during camp. Here are some of the highlights from our enjoyable and memorable experience throughout the week…


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June 10, 2015 / Janice Chan

This past Monday, we had over 130 campers come in for our first #CRSFcamp of 2015!  In spite of a few travel snags with flights and storms, everyone made it to Maryland safely (and boy, do we have some troopers!).  Girls and boys came from our Badges for Baseball program partners in Florida, Ohio, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Texas, and Tennessee—thanks to Southwest Airlines for helping to bring them to camp!  Then we got campers all geared up for the week with some help from...

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June 03, 2015 / Janice Chan

Last week, the CRSF Program Team went for our annual check-up.  No, not those physicals you have to get before going back to school, but our annual training/re-certification in first aid and CPR, as well as our annual background screening. 

While many of our partners run programs year-round, there are often additional staff (or volunteers) who may get hired for summer programming.  While we’re training and screening new staff/volunteers, it’s always a good idea to hit the refresh button for everyone else, too—especially for skills we may not use very...

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May 19, 2015 / Janice Chan

We talk a lot about the lessons on the field and how they translate to success off the field.  And there are plenty of life lessons in sports, but sometimes it’s good to look beyond the usual places.  Here’s some food for thought as you coach, mentor, lead by example, and work as part of a team:

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