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Sunday, February 7, 2016

Volcanoes Español

#‎VolcanoesNation‬ -- honoring we have many players, fans and community supporters who speak Spanish as a native language, we'll be proving our updates also on our new Volcanoes Español Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Volcanoesespanol/

Thursday, January 14, 2016

We are the Gresham GreyWolves


We've are a new team, but hungry for a Championship,
We believe must-win games are still family friendly,
Our fans are loyal, local and legendary,
And our pack only has alphas.
We are your team; you are our inspiration.,
We are the Gresham GreyWolves.



We are the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes


We've won Championships but stay hungry,
We believe must-win games are still family friendly,
Our fans are loyal, local and global,
And Crater never, ever, breaks a sweat.
We are your team; you are our inspiration.,
We are the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes.



Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Between Innings with GreyWolves Head Baseball Coach Justin Barchus

GreyWolves (Lacche): What's the most fun & what's your great challenge being a baseball manager?

Coach Barchus: I think in everything I do, the most important and enjoyable thing is having a positive affect on young athletes. I have had a lot of different experiences as a young adult, and a young athlete. If I can help one athlete with a situation they may be in, or if they can learn one thing on or off the field from me, then I'm happy. As far as challenge, I think balancing winning and the rest of the stuff that goes with being a manager is difficult. Winning is important to me, but summer baseball is about so much more than just that. So finding that balance is challenging, but winning makes it a lot easier!


Between innings with Volcanoes 2015 Manager, Kyle Haines



Volcanoes (Lacche): How important is a strong home field advantage in professional baseball?

Coach Haines: It's always a great advantage to have a home field and atmosphere where the team can have great success. Most good teams at every level are much more successful at home than on the road so to be a championship or playoff team, success at home is a must, as well as, playing at least solid baseball on the road.

Friday, January 8, 2016

Between innings with Volcanoes 2015 Manager, Kyle Haines

Volcanoes (Lacche): How do you shield your players from all the pressures & expectations they sometimes bring from family, friends, past coaches/schools/programs etc?

Coach Haines: That's an aspect that most people really over look. Players are constantly under pressure to please everyone else. The big thing is if we can keep them focused on getting better and to stay focused on helping the team out, that hopefully takes away time for them to think about pleasing outside influences. Social media, prospect rankings, as well as people that they already know can place unfair expectations on them. It's a discipline but players need to learn not to let their outside influences, even if very close, determine if they are doing good or bad. The reality is the most important people for the players to please is the San Francisco Giants, themselves and their teammates.

Between Innings with GreyWolves Head Baseball Coach Justin Barchus

GreyWolves (Lacche): How important will a strong homefield advantage & community support be to the GreyWolves?

Coach Barchus: It's huge in this league; most of our players don't play in front of 750-plus fans every day. A group of passionate home fans can really magnify great plays for us, and it can really alter the visiting team's mind set. Batting with two strikes makes players a lot more nervous when they know 750 people are going to go crazy if they strike out! For us, our GreyWolves fans will be truly an important part of this team's journey.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

VolcanoesNation‬ -- Between innings with Volcanoes 2015 Manager, Kyle Haines

Volcanoes (Lacche): What do you enjoy most & what is a challenge being a professional baseball manager?

Coach Haines: I really enjoy just being around baseball and being around people who love the game and challenges that it brings as much as I do.. As far as a challenge, really everything in professional baseball is challenge & opportunity. From the time you wake up to when you go to sleep, the manager is constantly managing people and situations as well as organizing the entire day. Putting certain signs on really is such a small part of a managers day but it's what most people think of when thinking of baseball managers. For me, I honestly enjoy every moment of being a professional baseball manager -- and the great staff, players and front office I get to work with.

Between Innings with GreyWolves Head Baseball Coach Justin Barchus : on Leadership

GreyWolves (Lacche): What did you learn about yourself, leading some of the very best USSSA national teams this decade, posting an amazing record of 206-83-5?

Coach Barchus: I think I learned how many talented baseball players there are out there. We played a lot of good teams, and it allowed me to understand the demand of being prepared for every game. Being an ultra-competitive person, I learned how to react to the game as a coach. When you play good teams every day, you can't allow yourself to get caught up in every negative play, you can't let your players see it get to you. Always maintaining calm, and developing great communication with the players has always been important to me. In tense situations, you need to be the source of calm as the head guy, you need to be able to communicate your message while keeping them calm and focused.