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Inside the 20

With the regular season over, we move into bowl and playoff season. This has been one of the most fun and competitive seasons I have ever been apart of. 

The postseason matchups are going to be exciting, so check the schedule below:

2/3rd Grade Division

Sugar Bowl – Ravens vs Rockets 

Playoff Semifinals:

Hurricanes vs. Terrapins 

So What Else vs. Eagles 


4/5th Grade Division

Cotton Bowl – Tigers vs Sooners

Hawaiian Bowl – Aggies vs Warriors

Koa Bowl – Hurricanes vs Mud Dogs

Champions Bowl – Wildcats vs Vikings


6th Grade Division

Boca Raton Bowl – Samurai vs Mustangs

Peach Bowl – Giants vs Hilltoppers

Holiday Bowl – Green Wave vs Redskins

 Fiesta Bowl – Swarm vs Wolverines


7/8th Grade Division

Mardi Gras Bowl – Packers vs Renegades 

Citrus Bowl – Bears vs Steelers

Rose Bowl – Bulldogs vs Trojans 

Independence Bowl – Broncos vs Eagles

Playoffs

Playoff Semifinals – Jets vs Lions 

Championship – Jaguars vs Winner of Jets vs Lions


Good luck to all the teams and see you this Sunday. 

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Inner Koa, News

October 2019 Newsletter!

Koa Families,

WOW!  What an amazing World Series, and go Nats!  The parade is Saturday 11/2 and I hope your family can witness this once in a lifetime celebration.  I know if my boys were older, I would be taking them downtown to enjoy the crowd, music (Baby Shark- doo-doooo), and positive energy.  This Nationals team was unique, they were 19-31 and in last place in May.  Several of their star players were sidelined with injuries, and they were never in first place in their division.  Their grit, fight, and resilience (they battled through 5 elimination games) is one to admire, as well as the team chemistry and we over me.  The 2019 team truly exemplifies one of Koa’s core values, Team First.

In a world where analytics (object measures) of exit velocity, launch angle, spin rates, etc….dominate scouting, what about subject value to a ball club?  The closely-knit clubhouse, support from management, executing timely trades made this Nationals Team.  The next time you step on the diamond, court, turf, with your team think about caring more about your teammates than yourself, take that WE over ME approach and watch how that improves your overall game. GO Nats!  As a third-generation Washingtonian, I never thought I would say, “it’s no longer a Redskins town!”

Another positive note- the construction for Koa’s new office/parent mezzanine viewing area begins Monday.  Pardon our dust, the goal is to finish the project by 1/1/2020 and have all the furniture ready by 2/1/2020.  We are excited to improve the parent viewing experience inside our state of the art training facility.

Thanks for your continued support!

Tony

PS- I was recently featured by iHeart Media as a CEO’s You Should Know- take a listen to the interview below if you have 90 seconds.

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What’s New?

Basketball: 

The NBA is off to a hot start, while Koa Fall Hoops season is coming to a close! Ten teams begin playoffs this weekend in the highly competitive Force One League and one team is wrapping up in the DMV Soaring Stars League. The athletes and teams are always focusing on development and skills as they head into the winter, December season.

Calling all 3rd Grade ballers! We are hosting 3rd Grade Winter basketball tryouts Saturday, Nov. 9th, 12:00-1:30 pm at Koa HQ. There is a $5 registration fee, to register please click here. Don’t get left on the bench this winter!

Looking to build confidence and skills?  We host dynamic small group training sessions at Koa HQ Monday-Friday and Saturdays for athletes 3rd-12th grade! The first session is a FREE 30-minute workout with one of our professional trainers. Please contact our training team to schedule your FREE 30-minute workout, basketballtraining@koasports.org.

Did you know? Koa now has girls basketball! We have two weeks left of our first Girls Basketball Skill Development Clinics. Turnout is tremendous turnout and we can’t wait to offer the program again in the winter! Dates are still TBD, to learn more, please click here!

For all things Koa Basketball, please email evan@koasports.org or please call 301-229-7529. We hope to see you at Koa HQ soon!
Baseball:

A huge thank you to all of our BABL and Travel players for an outstanding Fall season, it was one for the books!

Congratulations to all of the BABL All-Star players and your 2019 Fall BABL Champions!!

A – Legends
AA – Bay Sox
AAA – Bulls

Looking For An Edge? The Fall Season may be over but, that doesn’t mean your training has to be! We have the newest technology to help your athlete with a data-driven approach.  Don’t leave your player development to chance, our professional coaches track and measure progress.

We offer pitching, hitting, and catching clinics for ages 8U-HS. All the training goes down at our indoor training facility (Koa HQ). Learn More and Register Here!

We also offer private training lessons for that detailed one on one coaching. Our professional coaches strive to teach you the skills you need to help propel your game!

For questions or to schedule a private lesson email Eryk!

For everything else Koa Baseball, please email Andrew or Eryk or call us directly at 301-229-7529 ext.1!

 

Flag Football: 

Koa Flag Football is underway and electric this fall!

What’s new? Food Trucks will be present both days of flag football moving forward, enjoy this convenient perk.

Gain an edge with Speed and Agility Training! This training is crucial in all sports, especially those that require lateral quickness and explosiveness.

During our new Speed and Agility Training sessions (equal to game style intensity), you can expect plenty of bodyweight and speed & agility exercises to build up athletes’ muscles as well as the tendons in their bodies.

What: Speed & Agility Training (SAT)
Date: Wednesday’s @ 5:00-6:00 pm | Saturday’s @10:00-11:00 am *All Session at Koa HQ
Who: 3rd-8th Grade | Boys & Girls
Where: Koa HQ (4960 Boiling Brook Parkway, Rockville, MD 20852
Value: 5 sessions for $100

Contact Nick Tolisano to learn more about Koa Flag Football and Speed & Agility Training!

 

Field Hockey: 

The Fall Season has come to an end! Our Club and DT teams had a blast participating in the DMV league!

Congratulations to our u14 DT team for coming in 1st and our u12 team for finishing 2nd! It was an amazing season and we are impressed with how well all of our teams did all season!

Indoor field hockey tryouts start this Saturday for u10,u12,u14 Development Teams! Join Koa FH and get in on the fun! Click here to register!

Rec League remains to be a fun-filled program that develops our athlete’s fundamentals and game strategy. Join us for Winter Rec League (2nd-8th grade)! Learn more here and register here!

Contact Simone Vagnoni & Jen Spagnuolo for more information on Fall Field Hockey!

Multisport Summer Camp:

Multisport Summer Camp SALE! Only $225 for a limited time – Sale ends Cyber Monday! Register here!

Session 2 of Koa’ Future Stars will start on January 11th and will run for 10 weeks on Saturday mornings! Kids will perform skills directly applicable to Flag Football, Basketball, Soccer, and Street Hockey. Parents must be present during each session. Value: $250 for 10 weeks. Register Here!

No School Day: Need to keep your kids busy with school off, sign up for Koa Sports No School Day Camp on January 27th! Only $59! Email Emily for more information!

Our 2020 Multisport Spring Break Camp is around the corner! Join us in a fun-filled week!
Registration is limited and will fill up fast!
Need before and/or aftercare? No problem! Register Here!

Contact Emily Fornatora for any questions!

 

Tennis:

Koa Tennis is making lots of memories on the court this Fall! Due to an exceptional season, we have now extended our Fall programs till Nov. 24th!

It has been an exciting season this Fall and we are already excited for what is to come! Stay tuned for our Spring and Summer programs – you’re not going to want to miss out!

Looking for Lessons? We offer private lessons, semi-private lessons and customized lessons (3+ players)!

Contact Marco Impeduglia & Nim Mohan for more information on programs and lessons!

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Koa in the Community:

Coach of the Month:

 Coach Evan: 

Coach Evan started at Koa in Summer 2019 and has been a kid favorite coach since. You will find Coach Evan spending his Saturdays with Koa Sports going from Koa Future Stars to Speed and Agility Training to Flag Football. While studying to become a personal trainer, Coach Evan has been working with our Koa kids to enhance their footwork, agility, and strength. Congratulations Coach Evan! Thank you for all your hard work and for helping these kids further their love for sports!

 

 

 

Athlete of the Month: 

 Olivia F.:

Olivia played on the U14 Black DT this season. If she wasn’t at practice before everyone else working on her skills, she was always asking what she can do to improve her game. She is always working extremely hard and is someone her teammates can rely on! Olivia is a great team player and leader, both on and off the field!

 

 

 

 

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Community News:

Check out the new eSports Center!!
(Just around the corner from Koa!)

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Thank you all for voting Koa Sports Best of Bethesda 2019!

We want to hear your feedback! Have any questions you want Koa Sports to answer? Or want to hear about a specific topic? Let us know! 

Email Us

info@koasports.org
(301) 229-7529 (PLAY)
www.koasports.org

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Inside the 20

As the season progresses and we near the playoffs, we wanted to introduce everyone to Koa’s new Flag Football playoff structure. Starting this year, teams will be playing in Bowl games, selected by a committee of coaches, with a number of factors (record, performance, quality wins/bad losses) considered.

Here are the committee’s initial predictions:

2/3rd Grade Division

Playoffs:

Eagles vs. So What Else – Semifinal #1

Terrapins vs. Hurricanes – Semifinal #2

(Eagles/So What Else winner) vs. (Terrapins/Hurricanes winner)-Championship

Koa Bowl:

Ravens vs. Rockets

6th Grade League:

Playoffs:

Wolverines vs. Hilltoppers – Semifinal #1

Swarm vs. Giants – Semifinal #2

(Wolverines/Hilltoppers winner) vs. (Swarm/Giants winner) – Championship

Sugar Bowl:

Samurai vs. Mustangs

Orange Bowl:

Redskins vs. Green Wave

4/5th Grade League:

Playoffs:

Hurricanes vs. Warriors – Semifinal #1

Vikings vs. Wildcats – Semifinal #2

(Hurricanes/Warriors winner) vs. (Vikings/Wildcats winner)-Championship

Fiesta Bowl:

Aggies vs. Sooners

Independence Day Bowl:

Mud Dogs vs. Tigers

6th Grade League:

Playoffs:

Wolverines vs. Hilltoppers – Semifinal #1

Swarm vs. Giants – Semifinal #2

(Wolverines/Hilltoppers winner) vs. (Swarm/Giants winner) – Championship

Sugar Bowl:

Samurai vs. Mustangs

Orange Bowl:

Redskins vs. Green Wave

7/8th Grade League:

Playoffs:

Trojans vs. Eagles – Semifinal

Jaguars vs. (Trojans/Eagles winner) – Championship

Rose Bowl:

Jets vs. Broncos

Sugar Bowl:

Bears vs. Packers

Peach Bowl:

Bulldogs vs. Lions

All bowl and playoff games will be played on December 8th. Every week we will continue to update the playoff standings.

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oscar espinalA New York native, Oscar Espinal, Jr was born and raised in the Lower East Side of New York City. As a child he grew up with a sincere passion for baseball. Once Oscar reached high school, he began playing the sport and his passion grew. After he graduated, Oscar spent one year assistant coaching the baseball team at his former high school.  He has been a BABL coach at Koa since January, 2018, winning two championships in the Koa BABL A Division. Oscar also coaches in the BABL AA Division and assists with the travel baseball program. Now, he has moved into a role within baseball operations.

While baseball is a true passion for Oscar, he has also found another: comedy. Oscar merges his coaching and comedy zeal to provide his athletes with a unique coaching style that centers on lighthearted motivation. He is a comedic man even in the office, brining positivity and laughter in high stress situations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Around the Horn

BABL Week 8 Recap

 

BABL Playoff Blog (Also Located on Our Blog! – Around the Horn!)

Congratulations to our BABL League Champions: Legends (BABL A), Bay Sox (BABL AA), Bulls (BABL AAA)

 

BABL A:

 

Hot Rods vs. Bees (Wild Card Game)

It was a close game under the lights on Friday, but the Bees came out on top 5-2 to move on to the semifinals. The Hot Rods were leading after four innings of play 2-1. Erick B. started on the mound for the Hot Rods and pitched 3 innings only giving up 1 run and striking out 6. Jake H. came in for relief and pitched a scoreless fourth inning for the Hot Rods. However, in the last inning of play the Bees put their rally caps on and were about to score 4 runs bringing the game to 5-2. Andrew B. started on the mound for the Bees and Max F. came in for relief to shut to the Hot Rods down for the save. Max F. also drove in 2 runs after a bases-loaded walk for insurance runs for the Bees. 

Bees Player of the Game: Max F.

Hot Rods Player of the Game: Erick B. 

 

Bees vs. Legends (Semifinal)

Legends defeated the Bees 18-2 to advance to the championship. Henry B. pitched 3 great innings for the Bees to keep it close in the beginning. Bees got ahead 2-1 but the Legends put together good AB’s in the 3rd to go up 7-2 and not looking back in the 4th, the Legends put the game away. Shout out to Max R. from the Legends with a big 2 RBI double to give the Legends the lead and start the momentum for the Legends.

Legends Player of the Game: Max R.

Bees Player of the Game: Henry B. 

 

Riverdogs vs. Lugnuts (Semifinal)

Riverdogs win 12-6 in the semifinal game. Despite the Lugnuts great pitching, the could not top of the Riverdog as their lineup was too quiet this time around.. Zain S. pitched great to close out of the season for the Lugnuts. Riverdogs had a great pitching performance by Topher T. and Daniel P. Paul T. added 3 more RBIs to his season and Daniel P. had 3 great hits. Riverdogs had a great time win to bring them to their second championship appearance in a row.

Riverdogs Player of the Game: Daniel P. 

Lugnuts Player of the Game: Zain S.

 

Riverdogs vs. Legends (BABL A Championship)

 

Legends defeated the Riverdogs 14-2 in the championship game! Pitching and hitting carried the Legends from the 1st inning throughout the whole game. Nick G. started on the mound for the Legends and cruised through the first 3 innings handing it over to Eric F. who battled through 2 innings. Adam K. came on to close the last inning for the Legends. Nick H. went 2-2 from the plate with 2 RBI’s and a double. Shout out toWarren (Mack) W. who pitched his heart on his sleeve for 3 innings for the Riverdogs. Congratulations to the Legends for becoming the 2019 Fall BABL A Championships.  

Riverdogs Player of the Game: Warren (Mack) W. 

Legends Player of the Game: Nick G.

 

 

BABL AA:

 

Lookouts vs. Thunder (Wild Card Game)

Lookouts topped Thunder in the wildcard game, 5-4. Ryan S. started for Thunder getting a 1-2-3 top of the 1st and continued to pitch a great game. Thunders bats were lead by Grady O. The Rubin twins dominated on the mound for the Lookouts. Zach J. closed the door for the Lookouts with two huge strikeouts to end the game. Shout out to Joe L. for the Lookouts who had one of his best games at the plate!

Thunder Player of the Game: Ryan S.

Lookouts Player of the Game: Zach J. 

 

Drillers vs. Biscuits (Semifinal)

Biscuits defeated the Drillers 10-3 to move on to the championship game. Connor M. started on the mound for the Biscuits and only allowed one 1 run, striking out 6. Evan P. and Jason P. from the Biscuits bats were hot as they both hit triples in the game and each had a pair of RBIs. The Biscuits bats were also led by Drew L. and Connor M. Evan P. came on the mound to finish the last 2 innings of the game for the Biscuits. Ian L. started on the mound for the Drillers and pitched a great game with help from Luke S. and Lucas T. Ben H. came in for relief and pitched well! Shout out to Miles U. from the Drillers for catching the whole game and making some great plays along with some good hits. 

Drillers Player of the Game: Miles U.

Biscuits Player of the Game: Evan P. and Jason P.

 

Lookouts vs. Bay Sox (Semifinal) 

Bay Sox defeated the Lookouts 5-3 to move on to the championship game. Bay Sox jumped out to a 5-1 behind hits from Oliver H., Jack A., and Taisei K. Taisei K. started on the mound for the Bay Sox and pitched 3 great innings. Kei K. came in to close the game’s final 2 innings for Bay Sox. John W. started on the mound for the Lookouts and pitched a great game to keep the game close. Charlie T. and Joe L. dominated at the plate for the Lookouts. 

Bay Sox Player of the Game: Taisei K. 

Lookouts Player of the Game: John W. 

 

Biscuits vs. Bay Sox (Championship)

Bay Sox defeated the the Biscuits, 8-7, to bring home the AA league championship title. Biscuits were down 7-0 going into the top, when they put their rally caps on and tied it up 7-7. Biscuits bats came alive scoring 4 runs before Evan P. came up to the plate and hit a 3 run home run to tie it up. In the bottom of the 6th with 1 out, the Bay Sox got a runner on first then stole second and third. Taisei K. hit the walk off run on a ground ball to bring home the winning run for the Bay Sox. 

 

Biscuits Player of the Game: Evan P.

Bay Sox Player of the Game:

 

BABL AAA

 

Iron Pigs vs. Mud Hens (Wild Card Game)

Mud Hens defeated the Iron Pigs 13-7 to move on to the semifinals. Dorian S. and Matt H. both pitched a good game for the Iron Pigs, but the Mud Hens bats were hot from the start, bringing in the runs they needed. Aaron W. pitched a great game for the Mud Hens and had 5 RBI’s to top that off. Brendan R. led the team offensively for the Iron Pigs with a big 2 RBI double. 

Mud Hens Player of the Game: Aaron W.

Iron Pigs Player of the Game: Brendan R. 

 

Mud Hens vs. Red Wings (Semifinal)

Red Wings defeated the Mud Hens 8-5 in the semifinal playoff game. Luke R. gutted out 5 innings on the mound for the Red Wings. Ryan Y. and Justin G. had great hits and key RBIs for the Red Wings to bring home the victory. Noah S. started on the mound for the Mud Hens and Brenden N. came in for relief and pitched 5 great innings, only letting up 3 runs (2 unearned). Brenden N. also had some great hits going 2-3 at the plate!

Red Wings Player of the Game: Luke R. 

Mud Hens Player of the Game: Brenden N. 

 

Tides vs. Bulls (Semifinal) 

Bulls beat the Tides 8-5 to advance to the championship. Bulls opened up scoring in the first inning, when Bobby B. signed on the first pitch of the at bat, scoring one run. Bulls bats got hot in the 6th inning when they brought home 4 runs with Robert D., Luke P., and Kevin Z. all contributing in the big inning with RBIs. Zachary B. got the start on the mound for the Bulls. He allowed 1 hit and 1 run over 4 innings, striking out 7. It was a team effort win for the Bulls as the Bulls store up the base paths and did not commit a single error in the field. Although the Tides had a rocky first inning, Michael K. pitched 5 great innings, getting 8 strikeouts. Billy M. lead the tides offensively with 2 hits and 3 RBIs. 

Bulls Player of the Game: Zachary B. 

Tides Player of the Game: Michael K. 

 

Bulls vs. Red Wings

Bulls defeated the Red Wings 16-3 on to bring home the championship. 5 runs batted in from Will M. helped lead the Bulls to their win. Will M. went 3-3 at the plate to lead the Bulls in hits. Bulls notched 7 runs in the fifth innings with their bats led by Charlie R., Robert D., Will M., Kevin Z., and Jacob K who each had RBI’s in the inning. Luke P. pitched 3 great innings for the Bulls, allowing only two hits and striking out three. Bobby B. came in for relief and recorded the last 7 outs to earn the save for the Bulls. The Bulls ran wild on the base paths with 12 stolen bases. Congratulations to the Bulls for becoming the 2019 Fall BABL AAA Championships.  

Bulls Player of the Game: Will M. (hitting) & Luke P. (pitching)

Red Wings Player of the Game

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