The East Boise Youth Baseball and Softball organization prides itself on doing the right thing for its players.
“It’s not about anything else, it’s about the kids,” said East Boise Youth Baseball Vice President Eron Sloan. “As soon as we get them out there for T-ball and give them the opportunity to get better and compete the right way, I think that’s what we’re proud of.”
Being “about the kids” is one main reason the organization has been successful.
The organization, which is a part of Cal Ripken Baseball, is run completely by volunteers. Those who take precious time out of their lives to help youngsters learn the game is invaluable.
“A successful organization starts with having great volunteers and people that are passionate about baseball and the youth in our area,” Sloan said. “Like many organizations, it is all about the volunteers.
“The parents mean the world to us, and they deserve great recognition as well in helping with our success.”
East Boise Youth Baseball recruits parents or relatives of the players to coach the teams.
“There is no doubt finding great coaches is the No. 1 step to success,” Sloan said.
The coaches are directed to focus on and teach the minor details of the game, starting in T-ball and going up until the players hit high school. Since baseball is a game of inches, Sloan said the players are taught and drilled the fundamentals.
The organization has been able to expand every season: There are 700-750 players league-wide this year, a result of East Boise’s strong tradition over the years. The 12U all-stars team has advanced to the Cal Ripken World Series three of the last five seasons. In 2010, East Boise placed third in the World Series. Two years later, it was fifth, and the following season it also got to the World Series. The 13U all-stars team made a trip to the Babe Ruth League World Series in 2011.
“Our organization is well known for being successful because of the ballplayers that come through our league and have great successful careers in high school and college,” Sloan said.
Sloan believes the program is attractive to parents and players because it’s well organized.
“Just like anything, you market your league and you get more successful and you throw in the professional side of it, the coaching side of it and just the sportsmanship,” Sloan said. “I think that’s the biggest three keys for us, is just the accomplishments, being professional and great coaching.”