Fall Developmental Program in Maryland
Registration Now Open!
Registration for the Angels Baseball Fall Developmental Program in Montgomery County, MD is now open. Click on the link below to begin the Registration Process. Spots are limited, so we recommend you register as soon as possible. Individuals have the option this year to register for specific components of the program. This will allow for kids to participate in baseball activity while still participating in Fall Sports. Registration will remain open through August 15th. Contact Jason Aquilante to learn more (firstname.lastname@example.org).
An Important Component of Hard Work
We recently conducted a three-week program for kids ages 9-14. As part of the program, we conducted a lecture each week covering a different topic. The third, and final week, we covered the value of work. At the beginning of the first session, I wrote the following sentence on the board: "A significant level of focused effort over a long period of time". Throughout the lecture on this topic, I focused on this sentence as it summarizes the work that is needed to achieve the desired result, which is success. In this post, I will focus on my favorite part of the sentence, "focused effort". We hear it said often that practice makes perfect. Then we hear that perfect practice makes perfect. I'd like to spin it one more time. Practice gives you the chance to be good at what you are practicing. So yes, if you practice often, practice may make you perfect. But perfect at what?
Failure is Not Fatal
Face the Obstacles, Don't Run From Them
We are currently taking 25 youth, ages 10-12, through a three-week program introducing them to baseball and softball. Following an hour-long skill session, we are holding a lecture on various topics. This week's focus is on "Failure is not Fatal". Too often, we see people fail, then give up on their end goal. We can't view failure as the end. We need to have our children see failure as a roadblock, or some other obstacle that can be circumnavigated. Our youth need to start developing habits of dealing with obstacles; and not simply running from them. Below is a link to a great article that profiles many individuals who didn't run from their failures. They faced them, dealt with them, and achieved great success. Imagine what our world would look like if these individuals quit. Let's not shelve our dreams because we fear failure!
Before I joined the Angels Baseball program, I was a poor kid from a rough neighborhood in Philadelphia. Angels Baseball helped me earn a scholarship to Eastern University where I graduated with a bachelors degree in Education. I now have a full-time job and own a home in the Philadelphia suburbs. My dreams were realized because of the core traits of life that I learned during my time with Angels Baseball. I will be forever grateful for my time spent at the academy.
Coach Con is one of the greatest coaches, role models, and leaders that I have had to pleasure to know. He is an amazing instructor of baseball, but that is just the tip of the iceberg. His instruction goes far beyond the game and really is about building/creating great young men who also play the game of baseball the right way. I could never thank him enough for all that he has done and continues to do for my son, team, and myself.
Con imparts the knowledge he has gained over so many years to help everyone achieve the success they are seeking. With our boys, that knowledge and motivation he has imparted has grown beyond the baseball diamond. He has taught them the value and rewards of working hard in their school work, at home and in their community. Anyone who has had the pleasure of working with Con learns that he is guided by his belief of "servant leadership" helping others achieve things within themselves that they never thought were possible.
Con Aquilante's ability to tap into each of his player's focus, desire, and commitment to excellence both on and off the field is immeasurable. When you combine that with top notch technical instruction and a culture where players are focused as much on helping their teammates grow as they are themselves, the result is truly a special experience. Simply put, the Angels program encapsulates the VERY BEST of what sports are all about.
My son joined the Angels team at the age of 11. Though, he was the youngest amongst high-schoolers, Coach Con welcomed him and helped him not only to strengthen his baseball skills but more importantly challenged my son to be confident on the field and in the classroom. Each week, I sat at practice waiting for Con's quote of the day in order to claim it on Monday morning while encouraging my students to believe, work harder, and have fun while doing it.
Throughout the time I have spent with the Angels Baseball program, Coach A has ingrained so much knowledge into my brain in regards to baseball but in addition life skills. Coach is extremely passionate about forming young men not just athletes.
Angels Baseball and Con Aquilante was so much more than exceptional baseball instruction. My son learned about himself and every day ideals- things that he will take with him in life to be successful. The Angels Baseball program was a blessing!
I want to thank coach Con Aquilante, for all that he has done for me. Being a player with the Philadelphia Angels, Coach Aquilante has helped me prepare and continue to get better. He taught me how to train, play, become a better baseball player and be the best person I could be. I have spent a lot of time with Coach A to where he feels like a second father. I have tremendous respect for him in helping me become a successful baseball player and person.