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Weekly Update
by posted 05/22/2022


Update for the Week of May 22nd

Upcoming Events

Tuesday May 24th Make-Up Game 5pm Laverty Park. Please arrive BEFORE 4:30pm. Snacks provided by the Hiltz family.

Wednesday May 25th Game at Maddux #2 6pm. Please arrive BEFORE 5:30pm. Snacks provided by the McCreary family.

Friday May 27th Practice 6:30pm Laverty Park.

Saturday May 28th NO GAME DUE TO MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND

Please note that we have another busy week scheduled. Pay special attention to the make-up game scheduled for Tuesday May 24th. This game will be played at 5:00pm at Laverty Park. Please do your best to arrive before 4:30pm for pre-game warm-up and infield. We also DO NOT have a game this weekend on May 28th due to the Memorial Day Weekend holiday. Thank you to everyone who has a family member who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our nation. 

As we begin to wrap up the month of May, we will continue to encourage broad position rotations and use a randomized batting line-up. Once we enter June, we will begin to be a bit more selective of where kids play on defense and where they bat in the line-up. Players with stronger fundamentals, quicker reaction times, and better focus will play more in the infield. Players with better hand-eye coordination and stronger swings will bat more towards the top of the line-up. Every kid will still play at least four innigs in the field, but some players will play more in the outfield than in the infield. Some things that we will take into consideration when making line-ups will be natural ability, practice attendance, attitude/effort, and coachability.

May 27th marks the last day of school for many of the kids on our team. It is also the Friday before Memorial Day weekend. If you are planning on being out of town this weekend and will not be at practice on Friday, please be sure to complete the GoogleDoc at https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Jbt1eZPf0N-ycyFu6Z69OeoKGLv1dA-uvqwEX2bjkkw/edit?usp=sharing . Additionally, many families will begin taking summer vacations once school is out. Please use the form linked above to keep me informed of any absences.

Remember that our players will be introduced with the Florence Y'alls on Sunday June 5th. This will be a fun experience for our players as they get the chance to be on the field with a minor league baseball team. I will send out tickets once I receive them from the Y'alls. 

We still need to improve our pitching as the season progresses. Any work you can do at home with your child is greatly appreciated. Simply playing catch in the back yard is a great way to develop the ability the consistently and accurately throw the baseball. 

Drill of the Week: Step Behind Curl Hops

Some Additional YouTube videos can be seen below.

USeful Links:

Snack List

Conflicts with Games & Practices

Practice Plans

Game Line-Ups


 
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Update for the Week of May 15th
by posted 05/15/2022


Upcoming Events

Monday May 16th 5:00pm Game at Riverside #2. Please arrive BEFORE 4:30pm. Snacks provided by the Oester family.

Wednesday May 18th 6:00pm Game at Riverside #1. Please arrive BEFORE 5:30pm. Snacks provided by the Case family.

Friday May 20th 6:30pm Practice at Laverty Park. Please arrive BEFORE 6:15pm.

Saturday May 21st 12:00pm Game at Juilfs #3. Please arrive BEFORE 11:30am. Snacks provided by the Case family.

Please pay special attention to the game scheduled for Monday May 16th. This is a make-up game from earlier in the season. It is important to note that this game will begin at 5:00pm. Please do your best to be there before 4:30pm for warm-ups, infield, and hitting stations. As always, please complete the GoogleForm at https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Jbt1eZPf0N-ycyFu6Z69OeoKGLv1dA-uvqwEX2bjkkw/edit?usp=sharing  if your child can't attend.

This will be a busy week for us as we have three games and a practice scheduled. We are continuing to see growth from our players as the season progresses. Each practice and game is an opportunity to improve. We will always strive to focus on improving fundamentals. When we have more than 9 players at the game (which is almost every game), we will continue to take the players not in the field and do drills with them between innings. Each time we meet is a chance to get better. This is also true for pre-game warm-ups. This is another opportunity to get more practice and grow. When in doubt, always choose a practice opportunity over a game. Research (Daniel Coyle - The Little Book of Talent) shows that students/athletes do best when they have 5 hours of practice for every 1 hour of game/play. Understanding that we have two games at 2 hours each week with only a 1.5 hour practice, our practice to game ratio is inversely proportional. That is why it is so important to be at practice and maximize what time we have during pre-game.

We are still in need of snacks for a few games near the end of the season. If you have not signed up for a spot or would like to contribute again, snack sign-ups can always be found at https://docs.google.com/document/d/1dky1WksOlymcLqwAZgWseJ8qTcCYlUQzxTzkEEfJmdw/edit?usp=sharing. Thanks in advance.

Drill of the Week: Double Tee Drill

Hitting off of a tee is one of the best exercises a baseball player can do as long as it is focused and purposeful. This week's clips will focus on using two tees. Again, these are simple things you can do in the backyard with your child.

Double Tee Drill

Inside Outside Tee

More work can be seen below:

Useful Links:

Snack List

Conflicts with Games & Practices

Practice Plans

Game Line-Ups

 


 
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Picture Reminder
by posted 05/11/2022

Our pictures are scheduled for Saturday May 14th 1:10pm at the Beech Acres Amphitheater. Please use the link at https://mcintire-photography.hhimagehost.com/V2/Home/LoginConsumer?EK=197861 to order. 


 
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Schedule Update
by posted 05/11/2022

We do NOT have a game on Tuesday May 17th. It will be moved to Tuesday May 24th 5:00pm Laverty Park vs. Astros. The change should appear on the league web-site later this week.


 
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Weekly Update
by posted 04/30/2022


Doesn't Matter, Get Better!

Update for the Week of May 1st

Upcoming Events:

Wednesday May 4th: 6:00pm Game vs. Orioles Summit #1. Please arrive BEFORE 5:30pm. Snacks provided by the Pastura family. 

Friday May 6th: 6:30pm Practice @Laverty Park.

Saturday May 7th: Game Cancelled

This is just a reminder that our game originally scheduled for Saturday May 7th has been cancelled due to first communion for many of our opponent's players. We are tentatively scheduled for make-up games on Monday May 16th and Monday May 23rd. These are not yet official. I will let you know once they are finalized.

Please put your child's name on all of his apparel and equipment. Many of our players have bats, gloves, hats, batting helmets, etc. that look alike. Please make sure everything is labeled so our players take home the correct items.

Mark Sunday June 5th on your calendars for our players introduction with the Florence Y'alls. Hopefully, everyone completed the GoogleForm from last week so that we can order the appropriate number of tickets. More information will be coming in the upcoming weeks. If you still need to do so, please visit https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScaZQFt2kUyyBqkmjJO_o4ucsytkJCYnZBtUE4BfURezT2ggw/viewform?usp=sf_link

Please temember the importance of pre-game warm-ups. We need players to arrive at least 30 minutes before each game. This allows us enough time to warm-up throwing, take a pre-game infield, and work some hitting drills in the outfield. As the season progresses, players who are late for pre-game will simply not be given gthe opportunity to pitch and will be moved to the bottom of the batting line-up. Thank you for understanding.

As stated in prior updates, game line-ups will be pre-determined for the month of May. We will continue to pitch and catch as many players as possible during May. Batting line-ups will also be randomly generated throughout the month. This will give each kid a chance to develop in some of the more selective roles for this age group. As we enter June, players will be placed in positions that are more appropriate for their skill level. In other words, we will be a bit more selective of who can pitch and catch during the last month of the season. Until then, kids will work every position and continue to be instructed in both pitching and catching while at practice.

One of the areas where we need major improvement is with our throwing mechanics. The pitching distance in this league is 40 feet. We need our players to be able to consistently throw the ball accurately and with velocity for at least 40 feet. Therefore, many of the drills that we will do in the next few practices will focus on developing and emphasizing proper throwing mechanics. If you can take a few minutes at home to work long tossing with your child, it would be greatly appreciated. In addition, we need to be more aggressive. This means that we need to be aggressive as hitters, charge ground balls, throw with velocity, blocked passed balls, advance as runners on passed balls, and quickly get after any ground balls we miss. In order to elminate some of our timidness, we will do drills that emphasize energy, quick-thinking, quick-reactions, aggressivness, and toughness. Please encourage your child to give maximum effort in all that he does.

Drill(s) of the Week: Throwing Drills

Below you will find linked multiple drills that you can do at home with your child to help improve his throwing ability.

Hook Ems

Long Toss

Step Behind Curl Hops

Throwing Drills for Catchers

Turtle Shells

Upper Body Throwing Rhythm

Useful Links:

Game Line-Ups

Practice Plans

Snack List

Conflicts with Games & Practices


 
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Weekly Update
by posted 04/24/2022


Update for the Week of April 24th

Upcoming Events:

Wednesday April 27th: Game vs. Indians 6:00pm Summit #1. Snacks provided by the Hiltz family.

Friday April 29th: Practice 6:30pm Laverty Park

Saturday April 30th: Game vs. Red Sox 3:00pm Sherwood #1. Snacks provided by the Pastura family.

As we progress through April and May, our players will continue to play a wide range of positions. Our goal is for every player to learn multiple positions throughout the season. Keeping this in mind, we will try to have every player play in the infield and outfield during each game. In addition, we will continue using as many different players as possible at specialty positions like pitcher, catcher, and 1st base. Once we reach June, we will have a better idea of each player's defensive role in the field. Until then, expect broad position rotations just like we did last Wednesday. It should also be mentioned that until June the batting line-up is randomly generated. 

Please remember to arrive at least 30 minutes before any scheduled contest. This will allow us enogh time to throw, do some hitting drills, and take infield. 

Now that Spring Break is over for our students, we should have most players in attendance at each game. If players are not playing in the field during an inning, we will take them to the outfield and do drill work with them. In other words, we generally do not have players sitting on the bench. Players will either be in the field during the game, or tney will be doing drills with a coach in the outfield. Each player will do drills for at least one inning each game.

Drill of the Week: Nerf Knee Drill

One of the common problems we are seeing this season is players "stepping out" when swinging. This drill will help players stay balanced and avoid opening up the front shoulder and front foot too soon.

Nerf Knee Drill: https://drive.google.com/file/d/10KLw3ZtBGzX8tOuzVFOCwHM1U4gSowK6/view?usp=sharing

Team Outing with the Florence Y'alls:

Please keep Sunday June 5th free on your calendar as our players will be introduced prior to the Florence Y'alls game on this date. More information will be coming in the next few weeks.

Useful Links:

Snack List

Practice Plans

Game Line-Ups

Conflicts with Games & Practices


 
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Weekly Update
by posted 04/16/2022


Happy Easter!

Update for the Week of April 17th

Upcoming Events:

Wednesday April 20th: 1st game of the season @Royals 6pm Ayer#1. Please arrive by 5:30pm. Snacks provided by the Lynch Family.

Friday April 22nd: Practice Laverty Park 6:30pm.

Saturday April 23rd: GAME CANCELLED

We will have our first game of the season this Wednesday April 20th at Ayer #1. Please arrive by 5:30pm. It is important that everyone arrives before 5:30pm so that we have enough time to warm-up, do a few hitting drills, and take infield. Game line-ups can always be found in the following GoogleDoc https://docs.google.com/document/d/18uBB4nO1FZ21agChpa-5LcD34ClREe9FU9bGzyXvveU/edit?usp=sharing . Due to IHM's Spring Break, we will have numerous players missing this week. Because of this, we will only have six players at our game on Wednesday. After speaking with the opposing coach, we will simply bat our six players and use extra players from the opponent to help us when we are in the field defensively.

Please note that the game on Saturday April 23rd has been cancelled. It has been rescheduled for later in May. I typically do not like cancelling games unless of extremely poor field conditions, but this was done at the request of our opponent. For some of my thoughts on cancelling games or practice, you may watch https://drive.google.com/file/d/1X1sKMSTyDOe343Cm08A65PYBfnwa35aR/view?usp=sharing

Since this is the first year of "kid pitch" baseball for most of our team, there are a few specific rules that apply to this level of baseball. The pitcher's mound is at 40'. Kids will pitch, but there are no walks. Once a player throws 4 balls, a coach will come in to pitch and finish the at-bat. However, there are strikeouts. There will be an umpire to call balls and strikes. Also, there are no lead-offs or stealing. A player may advance on a passed ball if it goes behind the catcher. In other words, if the catcher blocks the ball and keeps it in front of him, the player must remain on the base. 

Florence Y'alls 10th Man Experience:

Mark your calendars for Sunday June 5th. On this date, our players will have the opporunity to be part of pre-game with the Florence Y'alls (formerly the Florence Freedom). Players will be announced in pre-game and be on the field for thr National Anthem with members of the Florence Y'alls. Kids will get into the game for free and additional tickets for parents/family will be available for $8. This has typically been a fun event for players in the past, and I'm sure they will enjoy ir again this year. More information will be coming in the next few weeks, but please set this date aside.

Drill of the Week: Hockey Goalie Drill for Catchers

Useful Links for the Season:

Game Line-Ups

Snack List

Practice Plans

Conflicts with Games and Practices


 
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Weekly Update
by posted 04/10/2022


Update for the Week of April 10th

Upcoming Events:

Friday April 15th: Practice 6:30pm Laverty Park

With the Forest Hills School District on Spring Break this week and with IHM on break next week, I am sure many families will be out of town at some point during the next two weeks. Please keep me informed of any dates your son will be missing using our GoogleDoc at https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Jbt1eZPf0N-ycyFu6Z69OeoKGLv1dA-uvqwEX2bjkkw/edit?usp=sharing

While nothing is yet official, we will most likely be cancelling our game on Saturday April 23rd as we have a few players missing due to vacation, but our opponent has over 8 players missing as they attend Guardian Angels. Once I receive more details, I will let you know, but I think it is safe to assume that the game will be rescheduled for a later date in May/June. However, our game scheduled for Wednesday April 20th is currently still ON.

With the number of absences we will have over the next two weeks and with the season rapidly approaching, I may try to do some more optional batting practices or schedule an optional practice depending on field availability. If I can find an available field or open indoor facility, I will reach out in the upcoming days. Due to the short notice, I understand if players can not make it.

At this point, all players should have received their hats and uniform if they were at the last two practices. If they have not yet received these items, I will distribute them at our next practice.

We are still looking for a parent to keep score. If you are interested, please let me know and watch the YouTube video below on using the GameChanger APP.

Each week we try to provide a video(s) of a drill you can do at home with your child. In the past, we have posted videos on using the high tee, basketballs, birdies, and soft-toss work. These are all simple things that any parent can do in the backyard. This week's videos will focus on fence swings.

Drill of the Week: Fence Swings

The Fence Drill

 

Fence Swings with Front Toss

Fence Swings Against the Fence

Another Example of the Fence Drill

We still have a few dates available for snacks. If you have not already done so, please sign up for 1-2 of the remaing dates before games begin on Wednesday April 20th. Snacks sign-ups are available at https://docs.google.com/document/d/1dky1WksOlymcLqwAZgWseJ8qTcCYlUQzxTzkEEfJmdw/edit?usp=sharing 

Finally, I came across this video of Don Mattingly talking about taking chances and making mistakes at the youth level. I thought it was a good listen. https://twitter.com/ReformedSptProj/status/1510932343233601544?s=20


 
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Weekly Update
by posted 04/01/2022


Update for the Week of April 3rd

Events for the Week:

Friday April 8th: Practice 6:30pm Laverty Park

Uniforms have now been delivered. Last week you should have received an email with a link to a GoogleDoc to select your child's number and size. If you have not already done so, please visit https://docs.google.com/document/d/1RdBlwJPMdXG-F0FypW4SyxSPsaxvP2bB18N3jqNSx3M/edit?usp=sharing to complete the uniform process. My goal is to distribute the uniforms at Practice on Friday April 8th. The uniforms are bright white. As mentioned in prior emails, I would suggest navy, black, or gray pants with orange, navy, or block socks. 

As we continue throughout the season, please emphasize the importance of practice. Our players get better by doing drills at practice much more than they do playing in a game. In most games, a player pitches while another player bats, and the majority of kids stand around. To maximize skill development, we try to design our practices as efficiently as possible to allow our players to get as many repetitions as they can. We will always place a premium on practice time over game time.

 We already have a tremendous group of parents that help with practices but we are always looking for more volunteers. If you'd like to help at practice, simply show up. We will use as many bodies as we can. In addition, if you would like to keep score for us this year, please let me know and watch the tutorial video below on the Game Changer APP.

Drills for the Week:

1. High Tee Drill

2. Behind Toss

Useful Links:

Practice Plans

Snack Sign-Ups

Conflicts with Games & Practices

Uniform Selection


 
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Practice Plan for Friday April 1st
by posted 03/31/2022


Friday April 1st 6:30pm Laverty Park

Absent: Paul Hiltz, Henry Case, Coach Case, Baron Wisniewski

Coaches: Lynch, Pastura, McCreary, Schaeff, Morgan

6:15pm    Players Arrive and Begin Stretching

6:30pm-6:40pm    Throwing Sequence

  • Do each throw for 5-10 reps

    • One-Knee Wrist Flips → Two-Knee No-Glove Toss → Two-Knee w/ Glove Toss → One-Knee Point-Shoulder → Two-Feet Stationary Body-Twist No-Glove → Two-Feet Stationary Body-Twist w/ Glove → Traditional Step Shoulder-to-Target → Long Toss

6:40pm-7:00pm    Hitting Tools & Stations

  • Each station will be 4 minutes in length, then rotate

    • All drills will be done on the outfield fence

      • Use the foam balls where possible

 

Coach Lynch

 

Coach McCreary

Coach Schaeff

Coach Pastura

One Hand Bat Soft Toss

Insider Bat

Lax Tracking/Bunting

Hit Stick

Quick Hitter

Jon Lynch

Nate Oester

 

Reid McCreary

Jonah Detter

Zach Schaeff

Drew Barton

Jack Morgan

Dom Pastura

Cam Cassiere

Coaching Point: elbow and finish

Coaching Point: do one-handed to focus on palm up, palm down

Coaching Point: track the ball; soft hands

Coaching Point: move the location of the ball

Coaching Point: don’t drop the ball too high

7:00pm-7:20pm    Defensive Station Work

  • Each station will be 4 minutes in length, then rotate

 

Coach Lynch

 

Coach McCreary

Coach Schaeff

Coach Morgan

Blocking Drills with Catchers

Agility Sklz Ball

Middle Infield Toss and Cover

Pick Ups

Fly Balls

Jon Lynch

Nate Oester

 

Reid McCreary

Jonah Detter

Zach Schaeff

Drew Barton

Jack Morgan

Dom Pastura

Cam Cassiere

Home Plate

3rd Base Area

SS & 2nd Area

1st Base Area

Right Field

Coaching Point: drop knees, curl around ball

Coaching Point: no glove, roll the ball slowly

Coaching Point: underhand toss, make contact with the bag

Coaching Point: stay low on the shuffle, see the top of the hat

Coaching Point: catch the ball above the head, start with no glove

7:20pm-7:36pm    Side Toss Infield & Pitching Work

  • Split into two groups as shown below.

    • Rotate after 8 minutes

  • Side Toss Infield will hit a soft toss while the defense fields and throws to first

  • Pitchers will pitch to targets on the fence.

    • Focus on balance point and follow-through

 

Side Toss Infield

Pitchers

Jon Lynch

Nate Oester

Dom Pastura

Cam Cassiere

Reid McCreary

Jonah Detter

Zach Schaeff

Jack Morgan

Drew Barton

Coaches Pastura, McCreary

Coaches Lynch, Schaef

7:36pm-7:46pm    Team Infield

 

1st Base

2nd Base

3rd Base

Shortstop

Reid McCreary

Jonah Detter

Jack Morgan

Nate Oester

Drew Barton

Jon Lynch

Cam Cassiere

Dom Pastura

Jonah Detter

Coach McCreary

Coach Pastura

Coach Pastura

Coach Schaeff

7:46pm-8:00pm    Lead-Off vs. Passed Ball

  • Have two players be a catcher

  • A coach will pitch a ball

    • On the pitch, the runner will lead off

      • If the catcher receives the ball, the runner will return to the base.

      • If it is a passed ball, the runner will steal 2nd.

        • Once a runner is on 2nd, the drill will continue to 3rd base

8:00pm    End of Practice

 

 
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Weekly Update
by posted 03/26/2022


Update for the Week of March 26th

Upcoming Events:

Sunday March 27th: Open Batting Practice 10am-11am Champions Baseball Academy

Friday April 1st: Practice 6:30pm Laverty Park. Practice plans can be found in the links below.

Schedules are now posted on the league web-site at http://www.atll.org/Schedule.asp?org=atll.org . Our games will typically be on Wednesdays at 6pm and Saturdays at anytime from 9am-3pm.

Games will begin on April 20th. This is the first week back in school after the Forest Hills Spring Break Week. With this in mind, I understand that some families may be taking a vacation in the near future. We will continue to have practice each Friday, even during Spring Break week. Please keep me posted by using the Conflicts with Games and Practices GoogleDoc near the botoom of this message.

Behavior: After the first practice of the season, it is clear that we have many players full of energy. However, we need to make sure that the energy is directed in a positive fashion. We had a few instances that were a little concerning to me. We had one player throw a bat towards a teammate and another player throw a ball into a group. For safety purposes, we can't have things like this happen. Please understand that there will be a level of correction, discpline, and change in behavior for players who put teammates at risk. Typically, I will discuss the situation with the child, have them sit on the bench for a while, or run a lap. If you are uncomfortable with my correcting your child with running, please let me know. During the season, inappropriate behavior will simply result in less playing time.

Coaching Cues: As we progress through the season, your child will be exposed to certain phrases that we frequently use. Some of the most common phrases and what they mean are below...

Down-Dirty-Open = keep the glove down in the dirt with open fingers and palm when fielding ground balls

Eyes = stop what you're doing and get your eyes on the coach speaking

High Hands = get the hands in a loaded position near the shoulder when batting

Alligator = use the glove hand and top hand in the shape of an alligator's mouth for fielding

Snake Fangs = grip the ball with two (or possibly three) fingers across the seams of the baseball when throwing

High-5 the Ball = catch fly balls above the head like you are giving it a high-5, hands and fingers up

Drills of the Week:

1. Birdies 

2. Basketball Tee Drill

Useful Links:

Practice Plans

Conflicts with Games and Practices

Snack Sign-Ups

Team Web-Site


 
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Open Batting Practice
by posted 03/25/2022

There will be an open batting practice from 10am-11am on Sunday March 27th at Champions Baseball Academy for anyone interested.


 
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Practice Plan for Friday March 25th
by posted 03/24/2022


Friday March 25th 6:30pm Laverty Park

Absent: Dom Pastura, Zach Schaeff, Cameron Cassiere, Coach Pastura, Coach Schaeff, Coach Morgan

Coaches: Lynch, McCreary, Case

 

6:15pm    Players Arrive

6:30pm-6:35pm    Team Rules & Introductions

  • Properly equipped, equipment organized, EYES, always hustle, have fun, transition, safety with bats, player and coaches names

6:35pm-6:50pm    Throwing Sequence (focus on proper form)

  • Do each throw for 5-10 reps

    • One-Knee Wrist Flips → Two-Knee No-Glove Toss → Two-Knee w/ Glove Toss → One-Knee Point-Shoulder → Two-Feet Stationary Body-Twist No-Glove → Two-Feet Stationary Body-Twist w/ Glove → Traditional Step Shoulder-to-Target → Long Toss

6:50pm-7:00pm    Pitching Mechanics

  • From the stretch

  • Use targets attached to the outfield fence

  • Find a balance point

  • Hit target 5 times

7:00pm-7:09pm    Fielding Fundamentals

  • 3 Stations

    • Each station will be 3 minutes in length, then rotate

 

Traditional Ground Balls

(3rd Base area)

Fly Balls

(CF Outfield area)

Receiving at 1st Base

(1st Base area)

Coach Lynch

Coach Case

Coach McCreary

Jon Lynch

Drew Barton

Nate Oester

Henry Case

Jonah Detter

Jack Morgan

Reid McCreary

Paul Hiltz

Baron Wisniewski

Field ground balls off of a coaches hit

Focus on down-dirty-open

Catch foam fly balls above the head with no glove

After a few reps, use the glove and a regulation ball

Work on finding 1st base

Extended to receive the throw

7:10pm-7:19pm    Tee Work

  • 3 Stations

    • Each station will be 3 minutes in length, then rotate

 

MuhlTech Advanced Skills Tee

(Left Field Fence)

High Tee

(Center Field Fence)

Back-Spin Tee

(Right Field Fence)

Coach Lynch

Coach Case

Coach McCreary

Jon Lynch

Drew Barton

Nate Oester

Henry Case

Jonah Detter

Jack Morgan

Reid McCreary

Paul Hiltz

Baron Wisniewski

Coaching Points: hands above the ball, no casting, inside-out swing

Coaching Points: place ball at top of strike zone, high hands

Coaching Points: attack bottom half of the ball, get lift

7:20pm-7:30pm    Soft Toss

  • 3 stations

    • Each station will be 3 minutes in length, then rotate

 

Two-Ball Soft Toss

(Left Field Fence)

Traditional Soft Toss

(Center Field Fence)

Heavy Ball Soft Toss

(Right Field Fence)

Coach Lynch

Coach Case

Coach McCreary

Jon Lynch

Drew Barton

Nate Oester

Henry Case

Jonah Detter

Jack Morgan

Reid McCreary

Paul Hiltz

Baron Wisniewski

Coaching Points: eye discipline, focus on the called ball

Coaching Points: drive the ball

Coaching Points: aggressive, violent swing with follow through

7:30pm-7:40pm    “Live” Pitching    

  • 3 Stations

    • Each station will be 3 minutes in length, then rotate

 

Mini-Wiffle Balls

(3rd Base)

Regular Wiffle Balls

(1st Base)

HBP Drill 

(Home Plate)

Coach Lynch

Coach Case

Coach McCreary

Jon Lynch

Drew Barton

Nate Oester

Henry Case

Jonah Detter

Jack Morgan

Reid McCreary

Paul Hiltz

Baron Wisniewski

7:40pm-7:50pm    Team Infield

 

1st

2nd

3rd

SS

McCreary

Hiltz

Lynch

Barton

Detter

Morgan

Case

Oester

Wisniewski

7:50pm-8:00pm    Soft Toss & Base Running

  • All players will hit a soft toss and run through 1st Base

    • Run hard through the bag, do not look at the ball

      • Turn the head to the right in case of an over throw

  • All players will then hit a soft toss for a double

    • Teach a slight banana turn, inside corner of the bag, accelerate to 2nd

8:00pm    End of Practice

  • Next practice is next Friday

  • Wear pants to every practice

  • Dress appropriately for the weather

  • Player of the day

  • Clean up the field


 
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Weekly Update
by posted 03/20/2022


Update for the Week of March 20th

Parents,

Each week you will receive an update with important information concerning that week's events. This is the first week of the season for ATLL baseball. Let's start the year on a positive note and have a great practice this Friday.

Friday March 25th: 1st Practice Laverty Park, arrive 6:15pm (please remember to arrive 15 minutes early to any practice and at least 30 minutes early to every game). 

Practice Plans will always be available at https://docs.google.com/document/d/1awjructOXDGNtxWgClBYOPen8NeCHJ8-D3MJcwU9vmc/edit?usp=sharing

Important Links:

Conflicts with Games and Practices

Snack Sign-Up

Practice Plans

REMIND Account Sign-Up

In the coming weeks, you will receive a GoogleDoc to select your child's uniform size and number. Once I receive the uniforms from ATLL I will send the link. Sizes and numbers will be issued first-come, first-served. While discussing uniforms, I would recommend that all players wear gray, black, or navy blue pants. Our jerseys are white. Please remember to also wear pants to all practices and games. I would also recommend that players wear orange, navy, or black socks. 

Communication and parent involvement is the key to a great season. Please let me know of any conflicts you may have and if you are willing to help in any capacity.

Finally, we still have a number of families who have yet to sign up for our REMIND accounct or snacks. I would appreciate it if both of these are completing early this week. Links for both of these can be found above. Thanks in advance for your prompy cooperation.

Drill of the Week: Two-Ball Soft Toss

Two Ball Soft Toss Example 1

Two Ball Soft Toss Example 2

Two Ball Soft Toss Example 3

Let's have a great season. I look forward to seeing everyone this Friday at 6:15pm at Laverty Park.


 
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Snack Sign-Ups
by posted 03/16/2022

We are asking each family to bring snacks and drinks to 1 or 2 games this season. The snacks should be something simple like Gatorade, juice boxes, pretzels, chips, cookies, crackers, etc. Try to avoid peanut products in case of allergies. Please use the GoogleDoc linked below to sign up for dates. The GoogleDoc is somewhat incomplete at the moment as we are still waiting for the official schedule to be released by ATLL, but our games are on Wednesdays and Saturdays so you may still select an appropriate date (we just don't know the location of the game at the present time). Thank you.

2022 AAA-A Tigers Snack List

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1dky1WksOlymcLqwAZgWseJ8qTcCYlUQzxTzkEEfJmdw/edit?usp=sharing


 
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Conflicts with Practices or Games
by posted 03/16/2022

Please use the GoogleDoc linked below to keep me informed of any practices or games that your child will miss. Simply write your child's name in the box for the date he will miss. The sooner I know about any conflicts the better I can plan practices and line-ups. If you are coach, I would appreciate it if you would do the same. 

2022 AAA-A Tigers Conflicts with Practices or Games Document

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Jbt1eZPf0N-ycyFu6Z69OeoKGLv1dA-uvqwEX2bjkkw/edit?usp=sharing 


 
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Welcome to the 2022 AAA-A Tigers
by posted 03/15/2022


Parents,
 
You are receiving this email because your child signed up for ATLL AAA-A baseball for this spring. Your child has been placed on the AAA-A Tigers. My name is Jason Lynch, and I will be your child's manager for the upcoming Spring baseball season. Please read this email in its entirety as it will provide information for the upcoming season.
 
Below you will find information that will be helpful as we begin the Spring baseball season. As always, don't hesitate to contact me if you have questions. My cell is 513-460-9116, and my email is JasonLynch@ForestHills.edu . 
 
My Background:
Before having children, I was the head baseball coach at Walnut Hills High School in Cincinnati. I have coached football, baseball, wrestling, and softball at the high school or middle school levels over the past 23 years.. Additionally, I am a high school mathematics teacher. Therefore, everything we do is grounded in sound coaching/teaching principles.
 
Practice & Game Times:
Our practices are scheduled for 6:30pm-8:30pm on Fridays at Laverty Park. We have a limited amount of time to use the field as another team practices from 5:00pm-6:30pm. In order for practices to run smoothly and efficiently, we need to begin promptly at 6:30pm. Therefore, it is important that players arrive 15min early so that the actual practice can begin at 6:30pm prompt. When players are late, the quality of practice suffers for all involved. Additionally, players should arrive 30min prior to scheduled game times. This provides us the opportunity to get the dugout ready, warm up, and take infield prior to the start of the game. Thank you in advance for your readiness and promptness.
 
Restroom Facilities & Water:
Most of the locations where we will be playing baseball this Spring do NOT have restroom facilities. Please make sure that your child uses the restroom prior to any practice or game. This also means that we will not have access to running water at most events. I would recommend that each player bring a filled water bottle to each practice and game. I will provide cold towels and ice water on the few occasions where we play in extreme heat.
 
Coaching Philosophy:
I do not believe in trying to win at all costs. This is the first age where score is kept in ATLL, but to be completely honest, I have very little interest in the outcome of the game. My goal is for players to learn the fundamentals of the game and have an enjoyable experience playing baseball. My intention is for each player to learn an infield position, an outfield position, and, possibly, a specialty position (pitcher or catcher) for players with an advanced skill set. Players will play multiple positions during a game and the batting line up will be routinely changed. It is of greater value to me to see players show growth and develop their skill set as opposed to winning a youth-level baseball game. Therefore, the score of the game never enters my mind when making a decision on personnel. In other words, our best pitcher may not pitch all of the time, and our best hitter may be moved around the line-up frequently as examples. At this age, the skill set of each child is so different that my goal is to develop each individual's fundamental knowledge of baseball, as opposed to trying to win a youth recreational contest. My entire coaching philosophy is based around teaching class, sportsmanship, and player development.
 
Snacks:
Once a formalized schedule is set by ATLL, I will be sending out a GoogleDoc requesting parents to sign up to bring snacks to one or two games this season. Snacks should be small and easily carried (gold fish crackers, pretzels, Gatorade, etc.). We will have 13 players for which we need to provide snacks and drinks. In case of allergies, please refrain from bringing peanut-products. Additionally, please let me know if your son or daughter has any allergies of which I need to be aware.
 
Uniforms:
T-shirts and hats are provided by ATLL. Once I receive them from ATLL, I will distribute them to the players.  However, each player is responsible for their own pants, belts, socks, etc. This year our primary Tigers uniform is bright white. I would recommend purchasing a pair of black, gray, or navy blue pants. Black, orange, or navy blue socks would also be appropriate. I am requesting that each player wear pants to each practice, as well as games, as we will be teaching sliding and don't want to scrape any knees or legs.
 
Equipment:
Players are responsible for providing their own gloves. We do have team bats and helmets, but I have found that most players prefer using their own helmet and bat. If you do purchase a bat for your child, make sure that the barrel is less than 2.25 inches. Anything over that is not permitted. Catching equipment is provided by the league.
 
Safety & Expectations:
Any time a player has a bat in his hands he/she needs to have a helmet on. Also, a player should never touch a bat unless told to do so by a coach. Proper behavior is vitally important to ensure everyone's safety. This means that I will expect your child to be seated in the dugout, listen to coaches just as they would a teacher in the classroom, and eliminate "horseplay." I will also expect your child to run to and from drills, run on and off the field, and keep an enthusiastic and positive attitude.
 
Assistant Coaches:
Myself, James McCreary, Tore Pastura, Ryan Morgan, Dave Schaeff, and Ben Case will be working with your children this year. As jobs sometimes interfere with practice times, it is crucial that we have other parents willing to assist with practices and games. If you have any interest in helping, please contact me as soon as possible. If you don't know baseball, there are many things we can have you do such as monitor the dugout, keep score, help the catcher get ready between innings, and general management responsibilities. In order for this Spring to be the best it possibly can be for your children, we will need the help of all parents. My one of favorite sayings for parents is, "Increase your participation or lower your expectation." Our season will only be as successful as our level of commitment. Thanks in advance for your understanding and willingness to assist as needed.
 
Remind101:
Many of you have already joined the Remind APP. If you have not, I am attaching the instructions below or use the link https://www.remind.com/join/atlltigers . This is the APP that I will be using to send messages about time changes, uniforms, snacks, etc. Please remember that once the season begins REMIND will be my most common form of communication.
 
Conflicts:
Please let me know of any conflicts with our schedule well in advance. I can better plan practices if I know who will be attending and who can't be there. I also understand that many families will be taking a vacation this Spring. I am requesting that you make me aware of any dates your child will be missing with as much advanced notice as possible. As a reminder, our practices will be on Fridays and most games will be on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Once the schedule is officially finalized by ATLL, you will be receiving a GoogleDoc to keep me posted of any dates where your child will be unable to attend practices or games. 
 
 BATTING PRACTICE: There will be times throughout the season where we schedule optional batting practices at places like Champions Baseball Academy, The Sports Shack, or Cincy Crush Courts These are entirely voluntary. They are simply opportunities for your child to improve if he/she wishes.
 
PLAYING TIME: All kids will play in the field for at least three innings. We will do our best to get each player time in the infield and outfield during each game, but this is not guaranteed. There is a continuous batting line-up, so all players will hit regardless of where they play in the field. My goal is for every player to learn multiple positions. Therefore, your child will play multiple defensive positions throughout a game. We will also spend time teaching players how to pitch and catch. Please remember that this is an instructional league. With that in mind, our goal is to develop the skill set of every individual, not just to put players in positions that they prefer. As the season progresses, we will get a better idea of each player's skill set. What this means is that for the months of April and May, line-ups will be determined before each game. Kids will play multiple positions, and the batting line-up will be different each game.
 
EVALUATING YOUR CHILD: Again, this is an instructional league, and our primary goal is to help your child learn the skills needed to play baseball and show growth throughout the season. However, your child will still be evaluated on a daily basis. Below are the items that we will use to evaluate your child: 
1. Attendance. Players who attend practice and are always on-time will have a greater chance of being on the field.  
 2. Attitude. We are looking for players who have a tremendous positive attitude. 
 3. Effort. We want players to always hustle. Never do we want to see a player walking on the field. 
4. Coachability. Players need to be able to take instruction. Does your child follow directions and apply what is being taught? 
 5. Teamwork. This is a team game. Players must encourage one another. Players who criticize teammates will not be allowed on the field.     
 
  QUICK REVIEW: 
1. Our first practice is on Friday March 25th at Laverty Park  at 6:30pm. Please arrive at least 15 minutes early. 
2. We need parent volunteers. Let me know if you would like to help coach. We will also need parents to help manage the scorebook. We will use an APP called Game Changer. If you are interested in keeping score, let me know and watch the tutorial video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qo1JMRTjY_o  
3. Make sure your child has pants and that they are worn to every practice and game. 
4. Keep me informed of any conflicts with practices and games. You will receive a GoogleDoc for this in the next few weeks. 
5. Be on the look-out for a Snack Sign-Up and Conflicts with Practice Google Docs. These will be sent once the schedule is finalized. 
6. It's not about winning and losing; it's about developing our children. 
7. Remember to sign up for our REMIND account as soon as possible using the attachment to this email or visit https://www.remind.com/join/atlltigers .   
 

I look forward to a fantastic season with your children this year. Thanks for your help, patience, and support this season. I look forward to seeing everyone at our first practice on Friday March 25th at 6:30pm at Laverty Park.


 
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Manager 
 
Jason Lynch 
 
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