GRANITE STATE BASEBALL
NEW HAMPSHIRE'S HOME FOR BASEBALL
The Granite State Baseball Association provides New Hampshire baseball players between the ages of 13 and 16 the opportunity to play baseball during the summer months. Prior to the GSBA's Summer Wood Bat League, NH ballplayers had limited options for playing baseball once they moved up to the 90 foot diamond. They could choose costly Travel Teams, attempt to find tournaments in other State or just not play ball past the Middle School, High School and Town League seasons.
In 2005 GSBA started their first summer season, at that time the league used metal bats and had three divisions for players ages 13 to 15 year old. Since then the GSBA has grown significantly, over the summer months the GSBA offers wood bat leagues for players ages 13 to 16. In addition to the summer league the GSBA started their fall wood bat baseball league in 2006, the GSBA's fall leagues are for players ages 13 to 19 year old and in 2007 the GSBA started the Showcase League, a league designed to provide New Hampshire High School ball players exposure to college coaches while playing the highest level of baseball New Hampshire has to offer in the fall months.
Back in 2005 at the GSBA's start the purpose of the GSBA was to provide New Hampshire Ball Players the opportunity to play baseball and while doing so improve the overall quality of baseball played in New Hampshire, now entering our 7th summer season in 2011 our goals remain the same as we try to include more and more players with each season. GSBA takes pride in the fact that the towns that enter teams in our programs year after year find themselves deep in the NHIAA tournaments. Including Class L's 2009 Final between Keene (Champion) and Alvirne (Runner Up) who competed for the 2008 GSBA Fall Varsity League Championship in 2008, and Class L's 2010 Final between Londonderry (Champion) and Salem (Runner Up) both who competed in the 2009 GSBA Fall Varsity League Championship Game, our results speak for themselves, to find out how to get your team or son involved with the GSBA contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Those Who Paved the Way
We at Granite State Baseball feel it is important to acknowledge the efforts of those who came before us to make New Hampshire Baseball what it is today, these people are owed a great debt of gratitude for what they have meant or mean to baseball here in the Granite State.
He started coaching baseball at Concord High School in 1973. He won state titles in 1974 and 1980, being named Class L coach of the year both times. Over those years, he complied a career record of 376-194. He coached the concord American Legion Post No. 21 baseball team from 1981 to 1995, winning three state championships. From 1997 to 2000, he coached the Granite State Senior Babe Ruth Big Blue team, taking them to three world series appearances. During 2000, he was general manager of the Concord Quarry Dogs of the N.E. College Baseball League. He was host of the "Coaches" Corner on Continental Cable years ago and was an avid and loyal Boston Red Sox fan. He was inducted into the NHIAA Baseball Hall of Fame. One of the finest fields in New Hampshire Warren H. Doane Diamond at Memorial Field is named in memory of what he ment to not just to Concord Baseball but baseball here in the Granite State.
He has served as head coach of the New Hampshire Vipers, one of the premier AAU baseball programs in New England, since 1999, and during that time also operated Power Series Sports, LLC--a baseball and softball training center. He also served as a hitting instructor for the Nashua Pride in 2002 and 2003, and prior to that spent eight years as an assistant baseball coach at Merrimack College. A resident of Greenville, N.H., he began his coaching career at Mascenic Regional High School in New Ipswich, N.H. During his 11 seasons as head coach (1987-97) he led the team to 11-straight appearances in the Class M Tournament and two (1989, 91) state tournament runner-up showings. Caswell was named the New Hampshire Coach of the Year in 1989.
Underwood remains one of if not the most respected men in New Hampshire baseball, spending the better part of the past four decades coaching here in the Granite State. As head coach of Plymouth Regional High School Underwood has lead six teams to state titles, and six other teams were state title game runners up. Seven times in his career he has been recieved a coach of the year award, and on April 17, 2009 Underwood won his 450th NHIAA game. Underwood has been committed to building ball players his whole career, and now some 40 or so yeas since he started his passion is as strong as anyone here in the Granite State, truly an individual worth recognition.