A successful Fall Baseball season at the NEBC has put the Ruffnecks program in a position to move into the off-season, winter workouts, with clarity and direction. The on-field work accomplished during the Fall now transitions to indoor activity where the 13U and 14U Ruffnecks have begun hitting sessions. The transition has several short and long term implications for the program. First, we no longer have our “exclusive” indoor hitting Facility of the past 6 years. While the “Facility” will be missed, the program looks forward to building an outstanding new indoor hitting facility at the New England Baseball Complex. The new indoor facility will not be ready until next summer. Consequently, the winter of 2014-2015 is going to be a challenge to provide the kinds of hitting reps Ruffnecks are used to, especially for the older players accustomed to hitting regularly on their own. Fortunately, we continue to have access to Harvard University for our Winter Workouts from January to March. The Harvard Winter Workouts utilize the “Bubble” at Harvard to conduct full field drills, repetitions, and preparation. 13U and 14U Ruffnecks conduct their sessions on Saturdays. High school Ruffnecks conduct sessions on Sundays.
13U & 14U Ruffnecks Begin Hitting
The 13U and 14U Ruffnecks have found a spectacular temporary home for indoor hitting at St. Mark’s School, just a few miles from the New England Baseball Complex. Workouts commenced for both squads the week of November 10th and continue regularly throughout the winter. The hitting sessions provide an opportunity for concentrated work in multiple hitting stations that include two full length tunnels. The St. Mark’s facility is also fully turfed, so the workouts can include “medium” long toss sessions, bullpens, and even some infield skill work. So even though we no longer have unlimited access to our own hitting tunnels, we will make up that loss with opportunities to work on other things. Of course, we also have the opportunity to take advantage of any warm weekend day at the NEBC between now and our opening tournament in March! After all, nothing can match our access to full field activity.
Gedman Catchers Clinic at NEBC
Several Ruffnecks catchers plan to participate in the Rich Gedman Catchers Clinic that begins Sunday, November 23rd and runs for three sessions including Friday, November 28th and Sunday, November 30th. These activities are outside at the NEBC. Registration is available directly through the NEBC Website.