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Rockmart High School Baseball Current and Future Parents

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What_ive_seen

Cedartown, GA

#1 Feb 25, 2013
Although I am sure many of the athletes and parents of the athletes know of the coaching situation for the highschool baseball team, I would like to give everyone a heads up on how it is being run and some things I believe needs to be done. I am aware of all of the issues in hiring a better coach with our lack of funds etc. but I have seen the baseball program gradually turn to pretty much shit since Coach Steve Luke left the program. If you were to just drive by the baseball field you would notice that it is clearly not taken care of, grass is growing in the dirt of the infield, trash is everywhere, and just the overall look is pathetic. Not to mention that the indoor facility is an absolute wreck. The reason I am writing this is because some of the currents players told me that Georgia Highlands College came to a game to recruit some of the players who have potential to play college ball. Everyone knows Highlands is not a top of the line school athletically but the Highlands coach's remarks about the Rockmart baseball program are concerning. He said that he would never return to Rockmart high school for another recruiting trip again because the indoor facility was disgusting and stuff was thrown everywhere, the players uniforms and cleats were not clean, and the head coach is an idiot. If Georgia Highlands coaches, what will bigger colleges and universities think. This concerns me and I'm not even a parent of the kids in this program. In my opinion, something needs to be done. There are many current and near future high school kids that have good potential of playing at the next level and the coach is absolutely ruining that opportunity for many of them. Practices only last around an hour most days, the practices don't consist of anything more than hitting infield and outfield and batting practice. The kids have no respect for the coach, the team, or the program. There are no break downs of swings, fielding, or pitching mechanics to make the kids better. The only coaching they get is a big man screaming some mumbled words that do not make any sense. Then he laughs to his favorite player, that of whom has been the biggest waste of raw talent I have ever seen. I hope something is done to help this program in need. I wish I could do it myself but the work ethics of most of the kids on this team have gone to crap because of the coaching allowing it.
I KNOW

Dallas, GA

#2 Feb 26, 2013
In response to WHAT I'VE SEEN..........
You surely must be a parent who's child in not receiving much play time...I KNOW!!!
You must not have a daughter who plays softball, or you would know Coach Luke does not want to coach the boys....I KNOW!!!
You must not know Coach Hammocks credentials, graduated Cedartown High School 1990,Bachelors Science Degree Criminal Justice,Tennessee State University,Head Baseball Coach RHS/assist football. Could not be an idiot. He is FRIEND TO ALL...I KNOW!!!
You must have child involved, or you would not know detailed practice sessions ...I KNOW!!!
You must know Mike Mara the Ga. Highlands coach is no PROFESSIONAL, or he' would not have been BAD MOUTHING ROCKMART HIGH SCHOOL...I KNOW!!!
You must know the child he was there to recruit, is not going to Highlands, anyways....I KNOW!!!
You must know, because of Board of Education cuts, CLEAN UP days are on Saturday. The players MUST practice, so it's left for the PARENTS TO CLEAN UP....I KNOW!!!
WE BOTH KNOW WHAT OPINIONS ARE....THIS IS MINE!!!!
What up

Douglasville, GA

#3 Feb 26, 2013
I KNOW wrote:
In response to WHAT I'VE SEEN..........
You surely must be a parent who's child in not receiving much play time...I KNOW!!!
You must not have a daughter who plays softball, or you would know Coach Luke does not want to coach the boys....I KNOW!!!
You must not know Coach Hammocks credentials, graduated Cedartown High School 1990,Bachelors Science Degree Criminal Justice,Tennessee State University,Head Baseball Coach RHS/assist football. Could not be an idiot. He is FRIEND TO ALL...I KNOW!!!
You must have child involved, or you would not know detailed practice sessions ...I KNOW!!!
You must know Mike Mara the Ga. Highlands coach is no PROFESSIONAL, or he' would not have been BAD MOUTHING ROCKMART HIGH SCHOOL...I KNOW!!!
You must know the child he was there to recruit, is not going to Highlands, anyways....I KNOW!!!
You must know, because of Board of Education cuts, CLEAN UP days are on Saturday. The players MUST practice, so it's left for the PARENTS TO CLEAN UP....I KNOW!!!
WE BOTH KNOW WHAT OPINIONS ARE....THIS IS MINE!!!!
Coach!?
Ready to play ball

Riverdale, GA

#4 Feb 26, 2013
No it's not but y'all chicken shits say your name and I will am a patient of one of the players
What up

Douglasville, GA

#5 Feb 26, 2013
Ready to play ball wrote:
No it's not but y'all chicken shits say your name and I will am a patient of one of the players
Jonathon
Big dawg

Dallas, GA

#6 Feb 26, 2013
What up wrote:
<quoted text>
Jonathon
your just mad cause your kids suck and don't play
What up

Douglasville, GA

#7 Feb 27, 2013
Big dawg wrote:
<quoted text>your just mad cause your kids suck and don't play
If you only knew...
Big dawg

Dallas, GA

#8 Feb 27, 2013
What up wrote:
<quoted text>
If you only knew...
knew what
What up

Douglasville, GA

#9 Feb 28, 2013
Big dawg wrote:
<quoted text>knew what
What I know about HS and College ball.
Baseball Mom

New York, NY

#11 Mar 1, 2013
I can say I'm not 100% satisfied with the coach, but I'm glad he takes his time to work with the boys. I don't think itís fair for one coach to come and then speak nasty of the coach. I'm sure the Georgia Highland gets a lot more funding then Rockmart High School. They are boys and I'm sure the indoor facility is a wreck! How can you bash the kids for what he said was a coach problem? And how can you say the work ethics of the boys have gone to crap, have you been around any of them? Itís hard to get anyone to spend any extra time with the kids and sports these days. You are correct most of the players do not respect him, and parents need to whip their butts. Regardless to how he coaches, the kids should get on the field and do their best at all times. Practice maybe does lack some time...but it's been freezing and the basketball players have just starting with the baseball them this week. Yes my child is on the team, not that I'm really happy the way the JV & Varsity teams were picked and that he has 3 freshmen that started on the varsity team, which in my opinion should not happened, due to other kids being looked over. I think coach does have his picks, but there is a lot of good talent within the boys and he should recognize them all and place them where needed. My concern is that the boy's with the real talent do not give up! They need to hear positive feedback from adults, and parents don't need to be bashing the coach in front of them.
My point of view

Cedartown, GA

#12 Mar 1, 2013
I have always been taught you have to give respect to earn respect. Unfortunately Coach Hammock has no respect for himself or his team. Therefore, the boys have very little respect for him. Yes this is wrong, but Hammock has created this mess himself. These boys work hard, give up time for baseball, and deserve a coach who brings out their talent with positive and constructive criticism. If you have been to any of the games you surely have seen his coaching style. It is less than productive. The comment about the boys work ethic is very unfair. If a team lacks proper leadership everyone suffers. In this case, the team is suffering. There are some very talented boys that are not being developed into the great players they could be. I totally agree with the statements about the freshmen that are playing on the Varsity team. Everyone knows players earn their spot on the Varsity team. Alot of the current Varsity players spent time dressed out sitting on the bench as JV players and never touched the field during a Varsity game. For some reason, the freshmen are starting players while the experienced players ride the bench. The whole dynamic of the team is messed up this year. I don't know if this is some kind of strategy, but it is not working. It is my hope that someone takes notice of what is happening. I fully believe in giving praise where it is due. I do commend anyone who spends time developing an athlete, but my question lingers... Is Coach Hammock developing athletes or bringing down a team?
baseball player

Rockmart, GA

#13 Apr 1, 2013
I play baseball for Rockmart Coach Hammock plays buddy ball he has favorites he looks over talented players and do not give them a chance to prove them self's. He is more concerned about joking with us and fooling around.He does not coach he yells he does not teach us when we mess up and does not help us on the things we do wrong.We do no drills at practice and he wonders why we do not get any better. Its he same thing every practice stretch,get yelled at,for no reason take infield get yelled at for no reason and go to the nasty facility and go hit and then get yelled at some more. There is no coaching whatsoever and it hurts us in our game and on the field.

Since: Nov 11

Rockmart, GA

#14 Apr 3, 2013
All the good coaches in high school baseball are in Cobb, Gwinnett and Bibb where they can draw from real baseball programs from actual baseball communities. Columbus and Athens are consistent areas also. Too much bubba and buddy ball in Polk as the previous posts have shown.
so true

Cedartown, GA

#15 Apr 5, 2013
Cedartown is the same way, buddy ball & coaches with zero coaching experience. I hope next year when the 8th graders move up, the coaches come with them & take over JV & Varsity.

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