It's not a big town; Constantine, Michigan. However, by the seventh grade, young Eric Egmer was already being put down in baseball.
"I kept the scorebook,'' Egmer noted.
When he was in high school the starting catcher on the varsity was caught with chewing tobacco and was sent away. Was this good news for Egmer?
"I had never caught before,'' he said.
Flash forward a few years. Egmer was now an all-conference catcher in the area. He went on to play community college baseball. And one time while playing summer travel baseball, he was spotted by university scout from Deerfield, Illinois. Off to Trinity University he went. In two seasons, Egmer was named defensive player of the year as a junior.
Clearly by this time, he was a fan of travel baseball. And now comes CC Baseball. That comes after he was going to area batting cages and giving lessons for cash.
What does the CC stand for? How about consistent contact. He and his coaches are now fully engaged teaching the sport they love. Obviously, Egmer teaches catching first. Also, he's the not the type to sit around the house all day. He teaches physical education in the city of Chicago to help his family. And he's limited the CC program. That is his program would teach the high school players to start with.
Of course he doesn't discriminate against the younger players. He's been the lead instructor for many catching and hitting clinics for first and second-graders.
A fall baseball program helped kick off CC baseball in 2012.
"We want to teach the kids the right way,'' Egmer said. "We want great kids and great parents. We are not going to run up the score on anyone. We are not going to throw at hitters. There is no need to do that."
In addition to the travel programs, there is cross-fit training for his players in the off-season.
"We like to do a smooth lesson,'' he said. "We have two hitting and two pitching coaches. We don't want to charge the parents too much for the program. I want to be honest with my prices. Our team fees are less than most."
CC houses two U-15 teams, one U-17 and one U-16 team.
"We teach ready position,'' he said. "How is your foot work? We keep hitting simple. We want our players to have fun."
Egmer has clearly learned some lessons along the way. He was working at another travel program and didn't appreciate their teaching methods and had to depart the program.
In these times where program charge money for tryouts, Egmer keeps his tryouts money-free.
"We also keep them indoors because I can watch how they interact with other kids and their parents,'' he noted.
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