Parents Page

At Dierker's Champs we believe that sports provide a great opportunity for young people to grow physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. But this growth requires an intentional effort from coaches and parents. This page contains important information and helpful tools for parents. We hope this information will be useful to you as a parent.  

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Larry's Parent Address

posted Oct 26, 2011, 2:01 PM by Ray Hughes   [ updated Oct 26, 2011, 2:02 PM ]

Larry Dierker's Talk to Parents at the 2011 DC Baseball Camp

At Home Drill - Four Seam Grip

posted Oct 24, 2011, 1:11 PM by Ray Hughes   [ updated Oct 25, 2011, 7:29 PM by Pam Nelson ]

There are more drills for improving baseball skills than can be counted. Many of the best drills are simple and can be done by players of any age. Parents are often duped into believing that the answer to improving skills is professional instruction. Many parents pay large sums of money to have their child receive personal instruction from a professional coach. While this is helpful at times, the truth is, young baseball players are made at home, not with private lessons. Many great drills can be done at home and don't require extensive knowledge of baseball. This also provides parents a great opportunity to spend quality time with their children. Your child is growing up fast. Seize the opportunity to spend quality time with him. These at-home drills can be a great way to do that.

Grip Memory

The proper way for positional players to grip the ball is across the seams. This is called a four-seam grip because when thrown properly, this will result in friction with four horizontal seams in each rotation of the baseball. Throwing across the seams, with the proper throwing motion, will result is a straighter throw that will travel farther. See the picture of the proper four-seam grip.

This simple drill will help the player learn to naturally grab the ball in the proper way without thinking about it. The goal is that muscle memory takes over and every time the ball is transferred to the throwing hand, the fingers adjust to grip the ball properly. This just takes time and repetition. Practice the following steps:

1. Lie on your back.
2. Throw the ball up above your face and catch it with your glove.
3. Transfer the ball quickly to the throwing hand.
4. As quickly as possible, move fingers to get a four seam grip on the ball without looking at it.
5. Repeat over and over again training the fingers to grab the seams properly.

This is a simple drill that can be done anywhere and at anytime.

Have fun!

Home Training Drill of the Week - Wall Ball

posted Sep 28, 2011, 3:29 PM by Ray Hughes   [ updated Oct 4, 2011, 7:34 PM by Pam Nelson ]

Wall Ball

Throw a ball against a hard surface with a target on it. Try to hit the target.


When the ball bounces back off the wall, get into an infield ground ball fielding position and catch it. Then shift feet for next throw.


Remember, "Aim small, miss small" meaning that players should be taught to always zero in on a small target. Don't throw to the first baseman, throw to the first baseman's chest or even pick a letter on the shirt.

Invite a friend and have a competition to see who can get the most points for hitting the smallest target. Always aim to make practice fun and your Champ will practice more and improve his skills!

Welcome Parents!

posted Sep 28, 2011, 12:38 PM by Ray Hughes   [ updated Oct 4, 2011, 7:37 PM by Pam Nelson ]

DC Parent,

You have an important role to play in Dierker’s Champs. We want all the spectators at our games to look at the DC on our hats and know we’re the real deal. We want them to see a bunch of kids and their families and friends having a great time at the ballpark. We want them to sense that there is something going on in our program that is essentially good, even if they can’t see it. 

This is not a life or death struggle, but it is organized competition. Our kids will have to compete in one way or another throughout their lives. We want them to win. And that means we want them to be prepared. We expect our coaches to teach values, such as teamwork and discipline. That starts with every player being on time for practices and games. We also want our players to practice on their own, or with mom or dad or a friend or sibling.  

We are equipping our coaches with all the tools they need to teach baseball properly. And we will be giving every player suggestions for practicing at home. So when spectators see the DC hats, we want them to be impressed with what they do see – energetic, organized ballplayers who hustle all the time and understand their responsibilities. We are demanding a lot from our coaches. And we want all of you to be on board too.

So please,

  • Do not yell at the coach or umpire.  
  • Provide positive feedback only.  
  • Do not second-guess the coach in front of your children while watching the game, or even when riding home from the game or at home.  
  • Support the coach and umpire, even when you think they are wrong. 

Think about discipline in your own home. Let’s say you tell your child not to do something and he or she goes directly to your spouse for a second opinion. How do you feel if your spouse contradicts you? What message does that send to your children? Don’t give the kids mixed messages. We’re all in this together.



Larry Dierker


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