The Closing Pitch

The Closing Pitch

By Spiker Helms & David Birkby
Battling social norms and knowing what works in team culture we speak on how to create a thriving team that wins. We do this through our own life experience of helping manage a baseball and softball organization of 150 teams. As you can imagine there are a lot of topics surrounding culture and people.
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The Worst Fear But Possibly The Best One For You To Lean Into | Ep 21
This is SCARY! Spiker starts the show by telling a story about the worst possibly thing that could happen. It's a fear most of us have. We want to be perfect and present ourselves in a respectable form. Sometimes we get in our own way and we elect not to take the path. A situation that could be the best thing for you ends up being a regrettable moment. Dave shares his side of cold calling and gives you insight on how he overcame it. If you like the episode please share it with a friend. This is absolutely the best way to give us a compliment. Thank you for listening!   Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/closing-pitch/message -------  GET NOTIFIED WHEN WE UPLOAD A NEW EPISODE! SUBSCRIBE and GIVE US A REVIEW ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️  -------  Do you want to be recognized as a player or coach? Wondering how to build a winning lifestyle and culture? To explore this topic and have a conversation with Dave, Aaron, or myself visit www.rawlingstigers.com We'd love you to review our show on Apple Podcasts.  ---
39:28
May 28, 2020
1 Email and 1 Conversation Later Brought Us To This Opportunity For Players | Ep 20
Generational change happens and we want the best for everyone, but does teaching through FEAR really help a student? Spiker and Dave dive into an email that was passed to them by a friend. After a conversation by two varying opinions and approaches that came up with this conclusion. What are your thoughts on communication, branding, and teaching approach?  ------- GET NOTIFIED WHEN WE UPLOAD A NEW EPISODE! SUBSCRIBE and GIVE US A REVIEW ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ------- Are you wondering how to build a baseball or softball team that is streamlined?  To explore this topic and have a conversation with Dave, Aaron, or myself visit www.rawlingstigers.com and fill out a team application.  ------ We'd love you to review our show on Apple Podcasts. Also use the link below to submit your own audio wave tot he show. Record your own voice. 
43:23
May 26, 2020
The Goliath Mentality | Ep 19
Let me know if this story resonates with you. A small, weak, unexpecting character with determination rises from the ranks and finds himself or herself amid in front of a giant entity. The battle is well fought with many spectacular scenes. In an unforeseen moment, the unexpecting character finds the blow that brings him to victory. We all love this story, but is this an accurate depiction of those who have winning longevity? Do they repeat this story in their life? What is their mindset going into their most significant battles?   -------  GET NOTIFIED WHEN WE UPLOAD A NEW EPISODE! SUBSCRIBE and GIVE US A REVIEW ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️  -------  Do you want to be recognized as a player or coach? Wondering how to build a winning lifestyle and culture? To explore this topic and have a conversation with Dave, Aaron, or myself visit www.rawlingstigers.com We'd love you to review our show on Apple Podcasts.
38:53
May 21, 2020
The Tactical Guide to Getting an Athletic Scholarship | Ep 18
In this episode Spiker and Dave review the new legislation that was handed down by the NCAA this past week. They give a tactical game plan to get yourself recruited in 2020 and beyond. The strategies said on this show can be applied now and into the future. Don't just sit still! Listen to this show and take notes to develop your plan.  GET NOTIFIED WHEN WE UPLOAD A NEW EPISODE! SUBSCRIBE and GIVE US A REVIEW ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ------- Do you want to be recognized as a player or coach? Wondering how to build a winning lifestyle and culture? To explore this topic and have a conversation with Dave, Aaron, or myself visit www.rawlingstigers.com We'd love you to review our show on Apple Podcasts.
56:59
May 19, 2020
Is Your Goal To Be Famous Or To Be Well-Known?| Ep 17
What's the end goal? Are you wanting to be well-known or famous? Is being well-know or famous a good thing? Is it desirable. Spiker and Dave go down the path and entertain the idea of how to become well-known or famous. Spiker brings up a good point around the various degrees of the topic and Dave gives a simple comparison.  What's your thoughts on becoming well-know or famous? Send in your closing pitch.  ------- GET NOTIFIED WHEN WE UPLOAD A NEW EPISODE! SUBSCRIBE and GIVE US A REVIEW ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ------- Do you want to be recognized as a player or coach? Wondering how to build a winning lifestyle and culture? To explore this topic and have a conversation with Dave, Aaron, or myself visit www.rawlingstigers.com We'd love you to review our show on Apple Podcasts. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/closing-pitch/message
40:53
May 14, 2020
This Is What To Expect For Your 2020 Summer (Ft. Tom Davidson of Pastime Tournaments) | BONUS 5
In this bonus episode of the Closing Pitch, Spiker sits down with Tom Davidson of Pastime Tournaments to speak on the summer 2020. The conversation took an interesting take and they also spoke on the youth sports industry and how it's evolving. This episode first aired on Instagram LIVE on the Rawlings Tigers account.  ------ GET NOTIFIED WHEN WE UPLOAD A NEW EPISODE! SUBSCRIBE and GIVE US A REVIEW ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ------- Do you want to be recognized as a player or coach? Wondering how to build a winning lifestyle and culture? To explore this topic and have a conversation with Dave, Aaron, or myself visit www.rawlingstigers.com We'd love you to review our show on Apple Podcasts. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/closing-pitch/message Sponsorships: off for this episode
48:35
May 13, 2020
The Blueprint To Become Clutch | Ep 16
Spiker received a text message late at night from a Tiger player. In this episode, we are going to the underbelly of the Rawlings Tigers and giving you an inside look into a conversation that Spiker and Dave have on an annual basis with their players. Below you will find the original text message from their player and how the show is tailored.  Questions:  First I was wondering about how you would manage the blast. I got the blast sensor and was wondering how you would recommend using it. Would you use it every time you hit or like once a week. Also, what stats are the most important to you and what should I watch for on the sensor? Second, I’m and 8th grader and 2 goals that I’ve had for a while now are making the varsity team as a freshman and making the black team for the tigers. What should I do for both my physical and mental game to make sure I’m able to achieve this goal? Third, I now baseball is extremely mental. How would you recommend training the mental parts of the game? I work very hard on the physical side, but I notice that my mental game is a little underdeveloped. Fourth, baseball is a game where you will make mistakes. If I make a mistake I’m a tryout, how do I turn the mistake into a good impression? What are your best tips for body language? Lastly, I was watching a documentary on Tom Brady, and I realized how clutch he was. How do you become clutch? What type of mindset do you have to have? Can you become clutch, or is it just something you have or don’t have (can it be worked on and improved)? ------- GET NOTIFIED WHEN WE UPLOAD A NEW EPISODE! SUBSCRIBE and GIVE US A REVIEW ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ------- Do you want to be recognized as a player or coach? Wondering how to build a winning lifestyle and culture? To explore this topic and have a conversation with Dave, Aaron, or myself visit www.rawlingstigers.com We'd love you to review our show on Apple Podcasts. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/closing-pitch/message
52:36
May 12, 2020
Use This Idea To Motivate a Person or a Team | Ep 15
"I am quarantined out!" exclaimed Spiker. In this episode, we go to the comment board section of our YouTube Channel from a Cincinnati listener named Coach Hall. He delivered a very interesting question around motivating young athletes. Spiker and Dave take the question even further and talk about motivation and how you can motivate a team by doing this one thing.  ------ Thank you everyone for the unbelievable support. The text messages, tweets, and emails have been great. Please share this podcast with a friend and give us a review. This is the biggest compliment we could receive.  GET NOTIFIED WHEN WE UPLOAD A NEW EPISODE! SUBSCRIBE and GIVE US A REVIEW ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ------- Do you want to be recognized as a player or coach? Wondering how to build a winning lifestyle and culture? To explore this topic and have a conversation with Dave, Aaron, or myself visit www.rawlingstigers.com We'd love you to review our show on Apple Podcasts. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/closing-pitch/message
37:52
May 7, 2020
The Cross Section Between MLB, Olympic Ski, and The X-Games (Ft. Bret Kelly of EXOS) | BONUS 4
Whats the cross section of MLB, Olympic Ski, and The X-Games? Let me give you hint: it's a person. His name is Bret Kelly. He is currently with EXOS, which is an athletic performance business that helps train athletes. They are best known for helping NFL combine athletes prepare for the event and the draft. EXOS just doesn't do football and Bret Kelly explains. He goes in depth about his career and how you as an athlete can maximize your performance at home. Enjoy this BONUS EPISODE of the Closing Pitch and if you're a repeat listener please give us a review. It will only take you 5 minutes.  GET NOTIFIED WHEN WE UPLOAD A NEW EPISODE! SUBSCRIBE AND GIVE US A REVIEW ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ------- Do you want to be recognized as a player or coach? Wondering how to build a winning lifestyle and culture? To explore this topic and have a conversation with Dave, Aaron, or myself visit www.rawlingstigers.com We'd love you to review our show on Apple Podcasts. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/closing-pitch/message
56:21
May 6, 2020
Do You Know How Hard This Is? | Ep 14
At some point we lose our confidence. This could be culmination of events or surrounding ourselves with a toxic environment. In reality though we can find its' origin in our own insecurities and belief systems. In this episode Spiker and Dave talk about insecurities. Spiker tells a story about how he used a 2 lane highway and music to battle his future self. Dave talks about a player he used to coach that approached things a lot different. We hope you enjoy this episode. Share your own stories with us by sending us a DM.  GET NOTIFIED WHEN WE UPLOAD A NEW EPISODE! SUBSCRIBE and GIVE US A REVIEW ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️  -------  Do you want to be recognized as a player or coach? Wondering how to build a winning lifestyle and culture? To explore this topic and have a conversation with Dave, Aaron, or myself visit www.rawlingstigers.com We'd love you to review our show on Apple Podcasts.  ---  Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/closing-pitch/message
49:44
May 5, 2020
The #1 Thing You Should Be Aware of in 2020 as a High School Player | Ep 13
We received a Facebook message from Jon Handy out of California and he brought up some interesting points on tech. The conversation triggered an idea for us. We don't think many player's know about the tech that is rising and how it makes an impact on their careers! The game is rapidly changing. It's changing so fast that tech is consuming every move of the game. College coaches are now looking at wearable and non-wearable technology that gives them indications if you're a recruitable player. There's no guessing game anymore for players. They know exactly what numbers they need to get, to be considered a recruitable player for D1, D2, D3, JUCO, and NAIA. In this episode, we dive into the topic of tech.  GET NOTIFIED WHEN WE UPLOAD A NEW EPISODE! SUBSCRIBE and GIVE US A REVIEW ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ------- Do you want to be recognized as a player or coach? Wondering how to build a winning lifestyle and culture? To explore this topic and have a conversation with Dave, Aaron, or myself visit www.rawlingstigers.com We'd love you to review our show on Apple Podcasts. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/closing-pitch/message
47:45
April 30, 2020
He is only 5'8 and Has Hit Over 40 Home Runs In College (Ft. Erik Webb) | Bonus Ep 3
We went LIVE on Instagram with former Rawlings Tiger player Erik Webb. Erik was the MVP of MIAA and a 1st Team ABCA All-American. If you're wondering how a small guy can hit home runs you're in the right spot. To give you hints he focusing in on his nutrition, weight lifting, and keeping his approach simple at the the plate.  Just few accolades Mr. Webb holds:  • ABCA First Team All-American (2019) • ABCA Central Region Player of the Year (2019) • ABCA First Team All-Region (2019) • NCBWA First Team All-American (2019) • NCBWA Central Region Player of the Year (2019) • NCBWA First Team All-Region (2019) • D2CCA First Team All-American (2019) • D2CCA Central Region Player of the Year (2019) • D2CCA First Team All-Region (2019) • NCBWA Second Team All-Region (2018) • MIAA Player of the Year (2019) • All-MIAA First Team (2019) • All-MIAA Second Team (2017-18) • MIAA Hitter of the Week (2017) • MIAA Academic Honor Roll (2017) • MIAA Hitter of the Week (Three Times)T Thanks for listening and please give us a REVIEW! SUBSCRIBE to get notification when we upload our next edition of The Closing Pitch.  --------- GET NOTIFIED WHEN WE UPLOAD A NEW EPISODE! SUBSCRIBE and GIVE US A REVIEW ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️  -------  Do you want to be recognized as a player or coach? Wondering how to build a winning lifestyle and culture? To explore this topic and have a conversation with Dave, Aaron, or myself visit www.rawlingstigers.com We'd love you to review our show on Apple Podcasts. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/closing-pitch/message
43:11
April 29, 2020
An Unhealthy Want For Competition | Ep 12
After watching the first episodes of "The Last Dance," Spiker and Dave have an interesting perspective on the career of Michael Jordan. The conversation takes an interesting twist where we speak on work life balance, inner drive, and of course competition. Join in on the conversation and give us your closing pitch on the Bulls documentary series.  GET NOTIFIED WHEN WE UPLOAD A NEW EPISODE! SUBSCRIBE and GIVE US A REVIEW ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ------- Do you want to be recognized as a player or coach? Wondering how to build a winning lifestyle and culture? To explore this topic and have a conversation with Dave, Aaron, or myself visit www.rawlingstigers.com We'd love you to review our show on Apple Podcasts. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/closing-pitch/message
32:22
April 28, 2020
This Is the Scariest Feeling | Ep 11
I don't know about you, but speaking in front people for the first time is terrifying! But, we all have these kinds of fears. We even have fears of leaving a community we've been a part of for a long time. We're afraid to branch out because it's all we know at the time. We have fallen a custom to the situation.  What if I told you, you need to lean into that fear? The fear is a calling card for your to move forward. In this episode, we talk about this weird feeling we get when we're about to reach the brink of something good.  Do you like the podcast? GET NOTIFIED WHEN WE UPLOAD A NEW EPISODE! SUBSCRIBE and GIVE US A REVIEW ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ------- Do you want to be recognized as a player or coach? Wondering how to build a winning lifestyle and culture? To explore this topic and have a conversation with Dave, Aaron, or myself visit www.rawlingstigers.com We'd love you to review our show on Apple Podcasts. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/closing-pitch/message
28:21
April 23, 2020
Don't Underestimate This Valuable Conversation (Ft. Dexter Swims) | Bonus 2
I recently jumped on an Instagram LIVE with one of my former players. He was the Division 2 MIAA Freshman of Year. We speak on social media, college recruiting, and what player's are doing now to get to the next level.  I hope you enjoy this episode! Please give us rating on the show.  Do you like the podcast? GET NOTIFIED WHEN WE UPLOAD A NEW EPISODE! SUBSCRIBE and GIVE US A REVIEW ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ------- Do you want to be recognized as a player or coach? Wondering how to build a winning lifestyle and culture? To explore this topic and have a conversation with Dave, Aaron, or myself visit www.rawlingstigers.com We'd love you to review our show on Apple Podcasts. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/closing-pitch/message
1:00:43
April 22, 2020
How To Get Out Of The Dead Zone | Ep 10
Dreams weigh more than excuses, but we easily give up on our dreams because we face a barrier. How do you build a tolerance and perseverance to get past those dead zones? Mount Everest is the pinnacle of any climber. There's a spot in the climb where a climber has a choice: Should they head back down the mountain or risk their life for the chance to reach the peak. Our dreams are similar to this climb. We have to have the right support system, mindset, and training.  Do you like the podcast? GET NOTIFIED WHEN WE UPLOAD A NEW EPISODE!  SUBSCRIBE and GIVE US A REVIEW ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ------- Do you want to be recognized as a player or coach? Wondering how to build a winning lifestyle and culture? To explore this topic and have a conversation with Dave, Aaron, or myself  visit www.rawlingstigers.com We'd love you to review our show on Apple Podcasts. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/closing-pitch/message
38:51
April 21, 2020
Your Competition Will Be Mad When You Find Out How to Do This (ft. Tommy Woods) | Ep 9
Your competition will be mad when you find out how to do these three things as a player. Knowing how to play is just the start. The guys have their first guest on. They spoke about him in episode 2 and they wanted him to come on and speak for himself about recruiting and his journey so far. This episode bring the highs and lows of college recruiting. Emotional, physical, and social distancing are all described in this historic episode. 
59:20
April 16, 2020
Will This Pandemic Make Us Adopt The Air Five? | Bonus Episode
Youth, high school, and college sports might seriously change. We might not even see after game handshakes anymore. This sounds crazy, but it might be true. What do you think? How do you think we're going to handle this pandemic in our amateur sports?  Do you want to be recognized as a player or coach? Wondering how to build a winning lifestyle and culture? To explore this topic and have a conversation with Dave, Aaron, or myself visit www.rawlingstigers.com We'd love you to review our show on Apple Podcasts. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/closing-pitch/message
46:12
April 15, 2020
The Past Matters But Your Current At-Bat Matters More | Ep 8
Are you tired of being stuck? Do you think too much in the future or past? When were at our peek there's something we click. That moment is because we are living in the moment.  Have you ever told someone or someone else told you..."you think too much." Our thoughts are way to in the future on how to fix things or we're thinking about what has happened in the past. Live in the moment, be the moment. --------------- Do you want to be recognized as a player or coach? Wondering how to build a winning lifestyle and culture? To explore this topic and have a conversation with Dave, Aaron, or myself visit www.rawlingstigers.com  We'd love you to review our show on Apple Podcasts.
28:36
April 14, 2020
Embrace the Weird, You'll Be Surprised How Valuable You Are | Ep 7
Are you in high school? Or, if you're the same age as us, do you remember high school? What's the first word that pops into your mind...1...2...3.....GO! Weird, awkward, hard, different.  When I think about this time in my life. I think of myself as an awkward baby giraffe. Have you ever seen this animal run. No?....go ahead, I will wait. YouTube it right now. You will be amused.  This is literally how I felt. I thought I was an adult, I tried to act like an adult, BUT! I was not even close to knowing who are really was and I was very naive.  In this episode, we talk about this awkward time, but we also speak on what makes us great as individuals. We need to embrace our weird. This is our greatest strength.  🎙🎤 Subscribe to the show: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast...    LEAVE US A REVIEW! 🎙👍🏼    🔴SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL! 🔴    Follow our accounts: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rawlingstig...    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rawlingstigers    Visit our website: www.rawlingstigers.com  Rawlings Tigers Baseball and Softball (SUBSCRIBE)
35:29
April 9, 2020
The 3 Differences Between Long Term Winners and Losers | Ep 6
In this episode, Spiker and Dave talk about what it takes to be a long term winner. The show was structured differently this time with both hosts writing down their top 3 reasons winners are winners. They did not share these before the show. What happened was a canid conversation about mindset, belief systems, and core values of winners.  Enjoy this episode and give us your closing pitch! 🎙🎤  Subscribe to the show: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-closing-pitch/id1308056021  LEAVE US A REVIEW!  🎙👍🏼 🔴SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL! 🔴 Follow our accounts: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rawlingstigers/  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rawlingstigers  Visit our website: www.rawlingstigers.com 
35:41
April 7, 2020
It's a Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood to Master Your Relationships | Ep 5
In this episode, Spiker opens up with a weekend story of him and Chandni watching "It's a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood." It's a movie about Fred Rogers who is played by Tom Hanks. Spiker continues the conversation on how impressive Mr. Rogers was with his relationships. "He was the GOAT of relationships...he was good one-on-one and one-to-many. This is not even mentioning his range from children to adults." Dave jumps in with his process in building a relationships from his personal relationships to business. Relationships are everything when it comes to building a successful life. Send us your closing pitch by using the podcasting app called anchor. When you arrive to the public page click "message." https://anchor.fm/closing-pitch   Follow us on our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts by going to our anchor page: https://anchor.fm/closing-pitch   www.rawlingstigers.com
28:01
April 2, 2020
Flatten The Curves, Manage Your Peaks and Valleys | Ep 4
Dave and Spiker open with how they're handling the COVID-19 situation out their houses. Spiker shares a story about ramen noodle house that is impressive from a product and service standpoint. Dave goes into how his high school coach called him a walking snowball. The two host go into the 7 things people control. The mastery of the seven is hard for anyone, but Dave and Spiker talk about it being a north star to managing your emotional state in areas of life that feel uncontrollable.    00:00-04:10 -Intro  04:11-04:36 - The 7 Things You Control   04:37-25:30- Deep Dive Into the 7   26:00-27:34- Dave and Spiker's Closing Pitches    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rawlingstigers   Website: www.rawlingstigers.com   Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rawlingstigers/  Rawlings Tigers   (SUBSCRIBE)
28:46
March 31, 2020
Stop Worrying About FOMO, Honor Your Commitment | Ep 3
We head to our Facebook Groups to see where conversations are going about COVID-19. We checked travel baseball daily, travel ball parents, and travel ball. As we started looking we found interesting questions about finding a mentor/coach and should you stay on a team you committed to? Dave and Spiker give their thoughts on commitment, quarantine training, and how you should find the best coach you can. Send us your closing pitch by using the podcasting app called anchor. When you arrive to the public page click "message." https://anchor.fm/closing-pitch Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rawlingstigers Website: www.rawlingstigers.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rawlingstig...
21:36
March 26, 2020
Get Noticed Now, You're in Control | Ep 2
You're in control! In this episode we talk about the recent COVID-19 situation and college recruiting. The conversation takes an interesting twist with both speaking on best practices for players who want to play beyond college. Spiker shares his recruiting experience and Dave shares conversations he had with both college coaches and parents. We want to know your closing pitch. Use anchor app or comment in the comment section of your preferred platform of choice. We also accept DM's.  Last thing, please give us a review, 5 star, preferably and we will make sure we keep delivering our closing pitch.  Follow the links below:    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rawlingstigers  Website: www.rawlingstigers.com    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rawlingstig...
26:34
March 24, 2020
Building the Foundation | Ep 1
Setting up a base and building the right foundation is key to any project you undertake. In the first episode of "The Closing Pitch" Dave and Spiker set the table for what the show is about and their goals for the podcast.   Spiker talks about how content changes over time while Dave sets up for his close. You can listen to the podcast on Spotify and iTunes. You can make your closing pitch by either commenting below or adding in your own audio comment on anchor.fm. Follow the links below: YouTube: https://youtu.be/3YtiUo5dYJg Website: https://www.rawlingstigers.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rawlingstigers
09:47
March 23, 2020