Welcome to Coach Staab's Website

Welcome!  If our players buy into the following philosophy, I like our teams' chances:

"The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don't play together, the club wont be worth a dime." -Babe Ruth

Our coaching staff continually emphasizes team play and attempts to help our players become young men built for others.  Only by placing individual needs beneath team goals can great things be achieved on the diamond, and in life!  

 staabjo@champaignschools.org  #217.840.6077

Policies and Regulations

1. General Purpose for being at CHS:

A. To get an education and graduate from school, and hopefully, to go on and get a college degree.
B. To participate in the baseball program, and to assist your team in winning the conference championship.  At the same time, with some ability and a lot of hard work, an opportunity to play college baseball.
C. To develop life-long friends in an atmosphere of cordiality and purpose, both on and off the field.

2. As baseball coaches, it is our responsibility to assist you in the above.  We will do this by:

A. Monitoring your grades to insure that you are working in class towards graduation.
B. Giving you the best possible baseball education to assure that you respond properly on the playing field so that your team may achieve its goal of winning the conference championship, and to allow you the opportunity to develop your skills to make you more attractive to college coaches.
C. Placing you in a proper environment, both on and off the field, so that you may be allowed every opportunity to enjoy your stay in the program.

3. Team policies to insure the above:

A. Class attendance:
1. You will attend classes regularly and on time.
2. No coach will intercede on your behalf with any instructor to allow you to circumvent any assignment due.
3. If declared ineligible by the athletic office, a student athlete will not be allowed to play until cleared and will encouraged to take all necessary steps in and outside the classroom to raise poor grade(s).
4. You will prepare yourself for assignments and exams over the entire semester so as not to directly conflict with practice or games.  If this cannot be helped, you must notify your coach prior to completing the academic work and you must bring a note signed by your instructor upon your return.
5. Your first responsibility will be your classes.  Your second responsibility will be the baseball team.

B. Conduct on and off the field:
1. You will be expected to conduct yourself in a first class manner around school and around the community.
2. The use of tobacco, drugs, and alcoholic beverages in any form will not be tolerated.  If caught drinking or using by any member of the coaching staff or law enforcement officials, you will be disciplined and suspension may result.  Please refer to Unit #4 handbook for procedures/penalties. 
3. We are going to ask you to refrain from swear words.  We will allow a short period of adjustment for those who have built up bad habits.  Increased conditioning and/or loss of playing time may result.

C. Practice and game schedules:
1. All open gyms and practice schedules will be posted on this website and on the CHS baseball bulletin board east of Combes Gym by 11 a.m. ("A" Lunch) each day.  You will be REQUIRED to read this schedule in order to understand your responsibilities prior to practice.
2. Practice times will vary, especially during the first couple weeks of the season when several teams compete for gym space.  Practice times at McKinley Field usually take place from 3:45-5:30/6:00 p.m.
3. If for some reason you will be absent or late to practice, you will personally talk by phone or in person with one of the coaches prior to the scheduled time for practice so adjustments can be made.
HEAD COACH- John Staab 840-6077 email address above
JV COACH- Kerry Rodeffer 898-4418 rodeffke@champaignschools.org

FROSH COACH- Cam Strang 649-4822 strangca@champaignscools.org
4. There will be no excuses accepted for kids being late unless we are notified in advance.  Any taping or therapy must be done prior to practice.  Exceptions may be made if notified in advance.
5. Anyone late for practice/meetings or spent time in the holding room for disciplinary reasons, will be required to run before they are eligible to participate in the next practice/game.  If a player strikes out looking on a called third strike, a pitcher gives up a hit on an 0-2 count, misses a sign, embarrasses the program on the field, or fails to run within a second of his 90-7 average time; those players will run extra conditioning. Players late for bus departure will not board.
6. No one will leave a practice session or a game without prior approval of one of the coaches.
7. A player who is absent from school on the day of a practice/game will not be allowed to participate. Refer to student handbook for partial day attendance policy.
8. Players who quit the team must meet with the coaches, parents, athletic director A.S.A.P.
9. Players should get at least 8 hours of sleep at night.  Bed checks will be instituted on Friday evenings as Coach Staab will call all varsity players.

D. Injuries and sickness:
1. All injuries and sickness must be reported immediately to the coaches so that treatment can be initiated as promptly as possible.
2. Coaches will adhere strictly to the limitations on practice/game performance prescribed by a physician.

E. Field house and transportation procedure:
1. You will be expected to help keeping the locker room in good condition.  All trash will be disposed of and ball bags/equipment will be kept off the floor to assist custodians in cleaning.
2. NO sunflower seeds will be spit on the floor of the locker room or bus.
3. Players will be transported to games by bus, van, or designated private car.  Players who do not wish to ride with the team must first get permission from their coach.  Players are strongly encouraged to ride with the team unless a unique family matter arises!  No earphones are allowed on bus rides.
4. No spikes will be worn in the field house or on the bus.  All shoes will be cleaned off prior to access.
5. There will be absolutely NO horseplay in the locker room, on the practice field, or bus.  Conditioning will result.

F. Equipment procedure:
1. No one will be allowed in the equipment room or coaches office without permission.
2. You will be responsible for all equipment issued.
3. All players will be issued practice pant, belt, mock turtleneck, coat, socks, hat, bat bag (Varsity/), helmet (Varsity only).  All players must wear pants at every practice and must bring sleeves to every practice.
4. All infielders and catchers must wear a cup during practices and games.
5. You will be required to take care of your equipment in a first class manner.  Fines will be assessed for lost or damaged equipment.

G. Awarding letters:
1. Players must conduct themselves in a manner which reflects credit upon CHS and return all issued equipment.
2. Catchers, infielders, outfielders must play in a minimum of one-third of all innings played.
3. Pitchers must either win two games or pitch a minimum of 16 innings.
4. Injuries, loyal service, and weather will also be taken into consideration by the coaching staff.

The coaching staff, working with administration of CHS and Unit #4, respectfully ask for your help in abiding by these guidelines.  Together, we can work towards a successful season on and off the field!  GO MAROONS!

Player Signature_____________________________________________________________ Date_________________

Parent/Guardian Signature_____________________________________________________ Date_________________

Parent/Guardian Signature_____________________________________________________ Date_________________  


Player Info Sheet

1. Name________________________________/________________________________/________________________
                                (Last)                                                  (First)                                         (Middle)

2. Parent's Name_________________________________________/_______________________________________
                                                    (Father)                                                           (Mother)

3. Local Address___________________________________/____________________________/__________________
                                 (Street Address or PO#)
                              (City,State)                                 (Zip)

4. Birth Date_____________/____________/_________________/________________________/_________________
(Month)             (Day)                  (Year)                            (City)                             (State)

5. Age__________   6. I am in advanced weight training ____No____Yes, Hour is____________

7. Year in School___________  8. My parent's phone#________________ 9. My parent's cell phone#____________

10. My cell#_______________ 11. Parent's email address____________________________

12. Primary position played______________________________Secondary position__________________________

13. Class rank (for college recruiting purposes only) ______of_______  G.P.A. ___________   A.C.T. score_______

14. Height_____________  Weight_______________ Throws R___ L___  Bats R___ L___

15. I Play a Fall Sport ____No____Yes, Sport is________________________________________

16. I Play a Winter Sport ____No____Yes, Sport is______________________________________

17. I Work ____No ____Yes, Hours worked are_________________________________________

18. Class Schedule:

1st hour Class__________________ Instructor____________________ Room#________________
2nd hour Class__________________ Instructor____________________ Room#________________
3rd hour Class__________________ Instructor____________________ Room#________________
4th hour Class__________________ Instructor____________________ Room#________________
5th hour Class__________________ Instructor____________________ Room#________________
6th hour Class__________________ Instructor____________________ Room#________________
7th hour Class__________________ Instructor____________________ Room#________________

19. I hereby give permission to the CHS baseball coaching staff to post information about my son on the CHS baseball website:

Parent/Guardian signature________________________________________________ Date______________________

Parent/Guardian signature________________________________________________ Date______________________   


Tryout Criteria

The following is the criteria we as coaches will be using during Selection Week in early March in order to better select players for each of our teams.  Players are evaluated in the six major areas listed below, with several sub-evaluations in each area.  The overall rating in each area will not always be an average of the detailed ratings since a sub-par rating in one area may hurt more than a top rating in another category helps.  The six ratings are then added up for a final rating. Keep in mind we may not be able to evaluate all of these categories as inclement weather may force us to use the gym. The coaches meet frequently to discuss and rate each student-athlete during Selection Week. 

Tryout Evaluation Form:
Name:________________________________________________ Grade:________
Position(s):____________________________________Height:____ Weight:______ Bats: L/R  Throws: L/R

Rate The Following Skills: 1=Cut   2=Frosh   3=JV   4=Varsity

Pitching:  Strike%:____(charted during bullpen sessions)  1st pitch strike%_____A3P%_____ Velocity:____  Offspeed:____  Mechanics:____ Player Rank____ Coach Rank____

Hitting:    QAB%____Stance:____  Hands:____  Fastball:____  Curveball:____  Power:____  Opp. Field:____ 

Bunt%:____Bat speed (jugs)____ Player Rank____ Coach Rank____

Fielding:  Footwork:____  Hand/Eye:____  Positioning:____  Backhand:_____  Throwing accuracy:____ 
              Arm strength_____(Jugs)

Catching:  Receiving:____  Framing:____  Blocking:____  Pop Time to second base:____ Transfers____ Quiz____

Speed:  40 yard dash:____  60 yard dash:____  mile run:____ pacer test:____ 60 second drill:____

Intangibles: Hustle:____  Summer baseball:____  Past CHS Baseball:____  Other Sports:____  Vacation:____ 
                  Roster numbers:____ Signs Quiz____Social Probation ____ Poor grades____ 


Total points _____  Total percentage ____ (since not all players are catchers, pitchers, etc.)


Parent Involvement
There are many ways in which parents can become involved in the program.  We ask for volunteers to host Friday night dinners for the varsity players during the season.  We need volunteers at the field on game days for concessions, scoreboard operators, etc.  Parents can also help with fundraising efforts, hosting banquets,  field maintenance, and selling clothing.  I welcome any suggestion you may have which will help our coaching staff better serve our players on the field.  We have a baseball booster club at CHS.  Officers are: President Harold Adams 841.7049, Scott Brown 722.2689, Delroy Robinson 621.9796, Molly McMahon 621.6729, Tim Born 722.6571, Mark Czys 722.1455, Jim Butler 649.0330, and Tony Hubbard 649.7576. Please contact these individuals or myself if you would like to help our program in any capacity!


Current News

Congratulations to Zak Hartleb who will continue his playing career at John A. Logan CC upon graduation. 

Alex Acheson ('06), former CHS standout and two-time Champaign News Gazette POY will speak at the First Pitch banquet on Sunday, March 11th at the City Center. 


Charlie Due Tournament
Charles L. Due was a teacher and a coach at CHS for 29 years.  During his tenure as the baseball coach, he won 356 games from 1958-1985.  During that span he won eight Big 12 Titles and captured seven regional crowns.  His 1968 squad qualified for the state tournament.  Coach Due was recognized by the Illinois High School Association when he was elected to its Hall of Fame.  After Coach Due's death in 1985, a scholarship in his name was established.  Each year, a Champaign Central senior is honored with a $1,000 college scholarship. Proceeds from the Charlie Due Tournament supplement this scholarship with additional monies being used by the Central High School Baseball Booster Club to help support the program.  If you would like to place an advertisement in our Charlie Due Program, please contact Harold Adams 841.7049.  The 28th annual Charlie Due Tournament held at McKinley Field on Saturday, May 19, 2018 and will include Rantoul, Pontiac, and TBA.  This tourney will be nostalgic from the standpoint that wood bats will be used for the seventh straight year:

2018 Charlie Due Tournament Schedule

Game 1                    9:00 a.m.                    Rantoul v. TBA

Game 2                   11:00 a.m.                   CHS v. Pontiac

Game 3 (3rd place)    1:00 p.m.                  Loser Game #1 v. Loser Game #2

Game 4 (1st place)     3:00 p.m.                 Winner Game #1 v. Winner Game #2


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