Source: Grosse Pointe News Online

Learning the fundamentals

by the Grosse Pointe News

January 10, 2013

About 65 kids on Thursday and another 70 or so on Friday participated in an annual Dan Griesbaum baseball camp during the holiday break. They learned a lot about how to properly play the game of baseball from coaches and players. In addition, Griesbaum spoke at the American Baseball Coaches Association national convention in Chicago last weekend. The title of his talk was “Tradition Never Graduates,” the Grosse Pointe South baseball program motto. Griesbaum spoke on building a consistently winning program, both on and off the field. He focused on several areas that made the program successful year in and year out, such as great feeder programs, as well as youth camps and coaches’ clinics, community support and involvement, a great support system within the school, a credible coaching staff, the tremendous Dugout Club, and parental support, and an overall winning culture of high expectations. But, it is also about doing things the right way, with the utmost integrity, and teaching life skills in the process. Griesbaum was especially gracious about this community and its overall academic and athletic success and how others can emulate the Grosse Pointe South model. There were about 4,000 to 5,000 coaches there, both high school and college.