10U - Weston
In Late July - Early August 2018 Blast Fastpitch will be opening a 10U Team. I have offered to manage that team with the intent of keeping our children’s skills sharp and developing future skilled players in our area.
I have been coaching Little League Softball and Baseball for 5 years now. I have three children who play multiple sports and I enjoy being a part of their learning experiences.
At this level my primary goal/philosophy around coaching is having fun, building lasting friendships, and learning the game of softball. The girls will have the opportunity to hone their skills, develop their situational awareness, and compete at a high level. I prefer to win, but I am not willing to sacrifice player well-being to do so. Win or lose I require a positive attitude and fun loving spirit. There will certainly be elements of competitiveness, and I will demand focus, effort, and attentiveness while on the field or in the dugout. I encourage all players to go beyond their comfort zones to develop new skills and confidence.
I believe in providing opportunities, especially at this age group. You just never know when you’re going to find the next budding star. These are still kids who are trying to find their own perfect coordinated motion to throw, hit, run, or slide. Some kids will develop these skills at faster rates and others may take a little more time. If a kid wants to play a particular position I will rotate them into the lineup and work with them at that position to enhance their abilities.
If a child has a desire to pitch, I will work with them, but I will also recommend they see a pitching coach regularly. This may mean additional outside expenses for the parents of these children.
During regular games I will usually have a couple innings for instructional play, but reserve the majority of the innings for competitive play. During tournaments, I will always put our best foot forward, which may mean less play time for our younger developing kids and more on field time for our older or more advanced kids.
Finally, I understand kids are playing other sports through the fall and winter months, which I strongly encourage and support. I will do my best to work with schedules as much as possible.
Michael J. Weston II, MPA
Coach Weston Bio
I am from Salem, OR. I’ve played baseball in Oregon, Arizona, and Montana ranging from T-Ball all the way up through Varsity my junior year and club sports my senior year after my family moved to Montana.
I joined the military out of high school, and completed a few tours overseas before returning home to attend College. Upon my return I attended Flathead Valley Community College where I received my Associate of Arts before transferring to the University of Oregon to acquire my Bachelors and Masters Degrees.
After College my wife to be and I moved to Astoria, OR where we settled down and started a family. Our Daughter was born in 2008, followed by our Son in 2010, and our second son in 2015. We bought a house and moved to Tigard in 2016, where we hope to be for a very long time.
One of my personal joys in life is spending time with my kids and coaching gives me the opportunity to ensure they have a fun and exciting environment to learn.
I started coaching T-Ball for my Daughter’s team in 2013, and quickly got suckered into returning the following year for coach pitch, and the year after for double duty with my son’s T-Ball and my Daughter’s Single A team. Last Year I managed my Daughter’s AA and coached my Son’s Coach Pitch team. We had such a great experience last year with the team families and kids that I agreed to come back for another year. This year I have been managing two teams through Tigard Little League, a Single A Baseball team and a Triple A Softball team.
My ultimate goal is to get these kids the skills they will need to compete at higher levels and have to fun learning them!
If you have questions about our program or are interested in joining our teams, please contact the coaching staff by using the Contact Us form.