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5/5
When I coached my youngest many years ago if Lil Diamonds was available each of our players and their parents would have been given a copy. And their coach would have echoed so much of what its author says about by how the game of baseball should be learned and should be played by our young people. Learning the fundamentals, yes. But doing it in a fun and encouraging way. Nice going Reggie Hammonds. Thank you! Parents and coaches need to take to heart what Lil Diamonds says as they give to their youngsters the wonderful game of baseball. And those youngsters will profit much as they read about how that wonderful game should be played.

Dr. Lawrence D. Hogan

Lawrence D. Hogan is an internationally known authority on the history of Negro League Baseball and has a touring exhibit on the subject that has traveled nationwide. He is also the author of several books including: The Forgotten History of African American Baseball and Shades of Glory, which was commissioned by the National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum. He is the Executive Director of the acclaimed documentary “Before You Can Say Jackie Robinson: Black Baseball in America in the Era of the Color Lines.” Dr. Hogan is also a Senior Professor of History at Union County College in New Jersey.

5/5

I enthusiastically approve of the Lil Diamonds program! Baseball and boxing drills are similar because they involve consistent training of the body and mind by multiple repetitions. To achieve improvements in your skill set, a portion of your training must be devoted to improving those skills in a structured way. Lil Diamonds is an excellent beginner’s baseball book because it combines understanding the game of baseball, focusing on fundamentals, and providing repetitive drills for constant improvement. Lil Diamonds is a youth baseball knock out!

Harold “Shadow” Knight

Current trainer for WBC champion Dillian Whyte. Previously co-trainer with Emanuel Steward, for Lenox Lewis, three-time World Heavyweight Champion. Professional accomplishments: Boxing Pro Record of 19-1 (15 Knockouts), USBA Junior Lightweight Champion and inducted into the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame.

5/5
Reggie Hammonds’ Lil Diamonds should be required reading for coaches and parents of any children being introduced to the game of baseball. This is a simple book, baseball for beginners, and Hammonds goes through the game position by position, making the fundamentals crystal clear. More importantly Hammonds explains how to make baseball fun and easy. These simple coaching methods, emphasizing patience and a love for children, as well as a love for the game, might have saved me a lot of steps – as an athlete growing up as a father. When new endeavors are introduced as easy and fun, and you have some success, the hard work needed to become the best you can be, becomes a joy. Reading this book was a joy, and a real eye-opener.

Kevin Kane

New York-based musician, playwright and educator, Kevin Kane’s “Breaking the Line with the Mudville Nine” was written for and first performed at the Cooperstown Baseball Hall of Fame. Kevin’s play, “A Love of the Game” was first performed in 1995 at the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference. Kevin’s depth of experience of theater led him to become a playwright representative for several people including August Wilson, who has been referred to as the “theater’s poet of Black America”.

5/5
I just finished reading Lil Diamonds and just wished it could have come out earlier! Not only was the information valuable, many parents could have done the drills with their little kids inside during the current health challenge. As a teacher, I appreciated how the information was presented in a straightforward way. Teaching kids is challenging, and Lil Diamonds does a great job of breaking things into small steps to guarantee success in baseball or softball. Thank you, Reggie Hammonds, for writing this book!

Harold Holland

Director, Financial Aid for a technology school and former athlete
5/5
I was looking for a book that taught the basics of baseball and I found Lil Diamonds. I’m a single mom of 4 kids. I’ve been a softball player my entire life but wanted to be sure I was teaching my kids the right way to play baseball (boys) and softball (girls), using drills and being consistently consistent with them while practicing to give them an edge on the field. The opening chapters that teach the basics of the field and bases was wonderful. I realized that I left several things out in teaching my kids the basics. My youngest son has special needs and I found the practice drills in the book basic enough for me to guide him through them. If you have a young child that is just starting out or you want them to play better or if you’re a coach, buy this book! There’s no better information than from a former professional baseball player!

Tami Gaines

Former athlete, former baseball/softball coach, author, entrepreneur and business strategist
5/5

I highly recommend this book to all parents of young children interested in playing baseball and to Little League coaches as well. It gives great demonstration and instruction of the fundamentals needed to learn the game and to improve the skills and odds of success of your player. And it shows them how to have fun at the same time!

I saw all the love and time that Reggie spent writing and publishing this book. He took the best of his personal experience as a professional ball player, and the coaching and guidance he received from his Dad and all of his coaches along his path to teach youngsters how to play the game. It’s also an easy read!

Bill Flagg

Former baseball teammate & ERA real estate professional

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WHY I WROTE THIS BOOK

Our family: Four Major League Baseball Draft selections (Pirates, Orioles, Blue Jays and Mariners)

The amount of success in one household is a true testament to my dad’s commitment and dedication to giving his three sons the competitive edge to compete and succeed in baseball. He knew the importance of having fun while practicing baseball. I decided to take the instruction I learned from my dad to write Lil Diamonds – Baseball Gems in the Making. The Lil Diamond program is designed to make your child successful while playing baseball and have loads of fun doing it!

Let me attempt to do for your kids what my dad did for us.

i believe that there are 4 things to focus on:

If you’re a parent or caregiver of a child playing baseball, you need to start now to give them long-term success.

Basics

Learning how to win is #1

Practice

Consistently drilling is #2

Encouragement

#3 There will be setbacks on the path to success. Your love and encouragement will help them on their path.

Fun

#4 As long as your kid achieves success on the field, he/she will have fun and then they’ll want to practice, do drills and keep playing.

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These are the same principles I have followed day in and day out that led me to get drafted by the Seattle Mariners and the Pittsburgh Pirates.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Under the guidance of his father, Reggie began playing sports at the age of five years old. Through practice, commitment, and focus, he excelled in high school and was named to the New York Daily News and the New Jersey Star Ledger All-State Teams two years in a row.

Reggie was recruited by dozens of colleges and chose Northwestern University, a member of the Big Ten Conference on a dual scholarship for baseball and football. As he was completing his junior year, he was drafted by the Seattle Mariners but turned down the offer to continue his studies. Following graduation, Reggie was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates and played in their minor league organization for four years. During his career, he played against MLB Hall of Famers Greg Maddox, Barry Larkin and Roberto Alomar and with or against stars Barry Bonds, Bobby Bonilla, Rafael Palmeiro, Joe Girardi and Ellis Burks. A wrist injury ended his professional playing career, but he never lost his love of the sport. Reggie became a New Jersey high school history teacher and later a licensed wealth manager.

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