ABOUT THE REBELS
The Rebels started in 1991 and are Lincoln’s most experienced youth baseball program. It began with Dr. Dave and Kathy Bingham and Dave and Barb Smith talking in their front rooms about improving the level of youth baseball in Lincoln. After numerous informal gatherings, a plan was devised to start Lincoln’s first select program. The response from Lincoln’s youth baseball players was overwhelming. Over 200 players attended the first Rebel tryout! Fifteen players were chosen and the Rebels program had begun. This first Rebel team successfully completed a season of 50+ games and won a tournament in Fremont.
The Bingham’s and Smith’s dream of having one team was realized in 1991. However, it was obvious from the phenomenal interest for the first tryout that the youth of Lincoln had a need for more teams. Therefore, the Rebels expanded to include all age groups from 9 to 14. Because of this growth, the Rebels needed someone committed to youth baseball to help its growth and provide direction to the organization. This individual selected was Randy Brolhorst.
Coach Brolhorst was the longtime head coach for Lincoln Southeast Varsity baseball team and you would be hard-pressed to find anyone more committed to youth baseball in Lincoln. Since 1992, he has provide the Rebels with leadership and direction for our program. He works in conjunction with an Executive Board of Rebel parents to set the goals and objectives of the organization. Coach Brolhorst’s commitment to youth baseball and his players have helped make the Rebels the premier youth baseball program in Lincoln.
The Rebels support seven different teams from different age groups: 8’s, 9’s, 10s, 11s, 12s, 13s, and 14s. We have paid coaches for each team, which is important and different from many other teams. We pay our coaches because we expect them to make the same commitment to the Rebels program that our players and parents do. Coaching our teams must be a priority.
Is winning important? Absolutely, and that is our goal whenever we take the field. We select players with a strong work ethic and positive attitudes. We expect commitment from our players, and in turn, our players receive a commitment from our coaches and organization that we will all work to be the best team possible. The Rebels organization believes being the best means being the best person, team and program both competitively and socially. We want to win with integrity.
The overall philosophy of the Rebel organization is simple. We expect our “Rebel Family” to act with integrity and honesty in all matters. The goals for our players are to improve as a person, learn valuable lesson through baseball competition that will help in life and to improve as a baseball player.