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Showcases and spotlights local high school sports and sports leagues. Recreational resources are also reviewed.

It’s not too late! Register for Winter Break Baseball Camp at Titans Sports Academy!

Improve your game over Winter Break with Baseball Camps at Titans Sports Academy. Camps available for players ages 8-18. Days, times and cost vary. Camps include hitting, pitching, advanced baserunning and catcher’s camp. For details and registration information, visit

Founded by Chance Beam, Titans Sports Academy believes in developing champions for baseball and life.  This is based on Accountability, Responsibility, Attitude and Effort! These are not tag line but a staple of the Titans program and breathing entity that they follow daily.

Titans Sports Academy is located at 1235 Kennestone Cir Suite A in Marietta. Visit them online at


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Bike Roswell Christmas Ride


The Bike Roswell Christmas Ride is Saturday, December 20, at 8am. Meet at Roswell Area Park – first parking lot on left. Ride follows Bike Roswell Saturday morning route. This ride is the last Saturday morning Ride before Christmas and is a no-drop ride open to road cyclists. Helmet required. Decorate your road bike with lights and bells and then cycle in the holidays with Bike Roswell. If raining or snowing, the ride will be cancelled.

For more information call 404-775-6717 .

Atlanta Swim Academy celebrates the season with Underwater Tree Lighting and Canned Food Drive

Cans and Tree

On December 6, Atlanta Swim Academy (ASA) brought back an old company tradition! A 7 ½ foot live pine tree was submerged in their Jr. Olympic pool, where families with kids of all ages joined to decorate the tree with glow sticks. Participants brought canned goods to receive a glow stick,  generating over 500 canned food donations benefiting Marietta’s MUST Ministries.

ASA double matched the can contributions, bringing a total of 1,500 canned food items to families in need for the holidays. Santa Claus and his Polar Bear friend mingled with guests poolside while overseeing the “water elf” instructors assisting the kids decorating the tree. Everyone also enjoyed open swim and holiday refreshments leading up to 6:45pmwhen all the lights were shut off to observe the tree light up in the water, decorated with 300 glow sticks.

Facebook comments from event attendees included “Definitely Unique!”, “We had a blast! Thanks for having this!” and “Great event! The kids loved it! Thank you!”

Atlanta Swim Academy is located at 732 Johnson Ferry Road in East Cobb.


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SEBA Atlanta High School Hoop Festival is Saturday

On Saturday, December 20, the 7th Annual SEBA Atlanta Hoop Festival will feature twelve Top High School Boys teams from throughout the Metro Atlanta area matching up in six highly competitive games throughout the day at Pope High School, 3001 Hembree Road. It’s sure to be a tremendous display of high school basketball featuring some of Georgia’s top programs, coaches, and players.

Games begin at 1pm when Kell High School takes on St. Pius. Teams from Sprayberry, Pope and Walton will also play throughout the afternoon and evening. For a complete game schedule visit


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TODAY’s the DAY to list in our Early Bird Summer Camp Guide


To get in the Early Bird Summer Camp Guide which will be featured in the January 2015 issue. Mail or FAX your completed listing form to:

EAST COBBER – Camp Listings Editor
P.O. Box 680455
Marietta, GA 30068
Fax: 770-559-3185

All listings are subject to editor’s discretion. Every attempt will be made to include all camp listings submitted. Advertiser’s listings are guaranteed. Form due date: December 15, 2014.


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Submission form can also be found on the last page of our December issue. CLICK HERE TO READ THE DECEMBER ISSUE. 

Atlanta Braves releases four new conceptual renderings


The team also announced Atlanta-based architectural design firm Wakefield Beasley & Associates as the lead designer of the mixed-used development. The company has designed mixed-use developments throughout the southeast, including The Forum in Norcross, Ga., Town Center at Atlantic Station and Avalon in Alpharetta, Ga.

The new renderings provide additional architectural detail, highlight the massing of proposed buildings, showcase the interaction of SunTrust Park and various elements of the mixed-use project, and demonstrate the integration of the project with the surrounding area.

Both the ballpark and mixed-use development will open in April 2017. To view or download these renderings go to

(Source: Cobbline)


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Register for the Dynamite Days Off Camp at McCleskey YMCA

During the school holiday breaks the McCleskey YMCA is providing healthy fun activities for children 5-12 at the Dynamite Days Off Camp, December 22, 23, 29 and 30. Activities include swimming, crafts, sports and group games. Camp hours are 9am-4pm with extended care from 7:30am-6pm.
Cost for Y members is $40/day, program member cost is $60/day. Camp held at McCleskey YMCA, 1055 E Piedmont Road, Marietta. For more information call 678-569-9622.



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East Marietta National Little League (EMNLL) offers Early Bird Discount


Register for East Marietta National Little League (EMNLL) by December 20 and receive a $20 early bird registration discount. Leagues play at Sewell Park, 2055 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta  30068.More info/to register:


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Stingrays Lead Coach Featured in National Magazine

Kim Seaman, Stingrays Lead Coach

At age 12, Kim Seaman, who is now the Georgia Stingrays Lead Coach, had a decision to make: commit to swimming year-round, or pursue a  competitive tennis career.

“I loved both sports, but I always had a deeper passion for swimming that I couldn’t shake,” Seaman says.

After dedicating herself to the sport of swimming, Seaman never looked back. She says she knew it was exactly where she was supposed to be, and the same has held true for her swim coaching career.

“From my very first coaching position right out of college, I have always loved being a coach,” she says. “I had a bit of fear starting out, but in time I realized how fortunate I am to have a job where I do not feel like what I am doing is ‘work,’ but is rather truly fun and meaningful.”

With a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s in kinesiology with an emphasis in coaching, Seaman says that understanding motivation and sport psychology has been critical to her success as a coach. In her studies, Seaman learned that intrinsic motivation (motivation from within) is tied to an individual’s perceived sense of autonomy, belonging and competency, and she remains aware of those three needs when working with her swimmers.

To give her swimmers individual ownership over their swimming and decisions, Seaman gives them choices that allow for autonomy and encourage an open environment.

“I want my athletes to feel like they can freely talk with me and ask questions,” she says. “I also strive to promote a team spirit and positivity toward everyone on the team so that all feel encouraged each day – both by me, as their coach, and by the group as a whole. This works towards creating belonging. As for competency, I rely on teaching and instruction to create an overall sense of confidence.”

As the coach of the Stingrays’ youngest swimmers – ages 6-14 – Seaman appreciates the responsibility that comes with setting the foundation upon  which swimmers enter the sport. Her greatest achievement? “Seeing my swimmers keep coming back for more because they love it!” she says.

Before joining the Stingrays coaching staff, Seaman coached for various summer leagues, schools and other USA Swimming club teams. This year, she was selected as one of nine coaches in the country to be a 2013-2014 ASCA fellow, which has allowed her to further develop her skills as a coach. Of the many people she has met through ASCA, her new friendship with Doug Ingram has inspired her to become a more organized, humble and service-oriented coach.

Seaman is also currently working with the Stingrays to implement a new program called LAPS that will allow for some flexibility in the year-round swimming structure.

“The program will seek to give athletes of other sports, as well as swimmers with competitive and/or non-competitive goals the opportunity to be  involved in swimming. Through that open door, my goal is to reach more young children with a love for swimming, health, and fitness,” she says.\

Whatever program Seaman has worked in, she has found that through it all, keeping a positive attitude, being intentional and caring about swimmers is  the ultimate pathway to victory.

Here are five of Seaman’s specific keys to success:

1. Enthusiasm – It’s contagious and helps make swimming fun for everyone.

2. Purpose – Seeing the importance and impact behind my job in the lives of children creates a deep dedication within me to do my best for them.

3. Relationship minded – I take my swimmers seriously no matter how young they are or how naïve their questions may seem to be. I think they sense this, which gives them the confidence to ask questions and really grow and learn from where they are.

4. Setting clear expectations – Communicating to my swimmers my expectations for behavior, safety, and effort level allow the fun atmosphere I strive for to be possible and still effective for reaching the goals of the practice and program.

5. Being open to grow and learn myself – I was always listening to every word my coaches said as a swimmer myself, and I see myself still using what they taught me. Additionally, I always try to be open to learning and growing so I can keep improving myself.

Reprinted from USA Swimming.

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Lady Greyhounds Fastpitch Softball State Champs For 2014


Pictured above is the Pope High School’s Fastpitch Softball Team (Top row, l-r:) Coach Michael Nelson, Samantha Crabtree, Leah Higginbotham, Devyn Smith, Kelly Barnhill, Caelyn Dougherty, Sydney Higginbotham, Madeline Dobkin, Shawna Finister, Kyra Williamson, Coach Jennifer Miller, Coach Al Savransky. (Bottom row: l-r:) Lea Mcfadden, Lindsey Monkiewicz, Lauren Palace, Head Coach Chris Turco, Tamaya Turner, Quentin Staton, Hannah Rogers, and Megan Metzinger.

The GHSA Softball State Championships were held October 30-November 1 at the South Commons Softball Complex in Columbus, GA. For the second time in three years, Pope High School’s softball team made it to the state playoffs. On the final day of the playoffs, November 1, the Lady Greyhounds beat Hillgrove High School, another Cobb County school, 4-0. This win secured Pope High School’s fast pitch softball team in the top spot for all of Georgia. Chris Turco has been the head coach for the Greyhounds Fastpitch softball program for the past 7 seasons. He has guided the Greyhounds to the GHSA state playoffs 5 times (2006, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013) and advanced to the State finals in Columbus Georgia twice in 2012 and 2013. Coach Turco graduated from Pope High School in 1998.


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