Packed Banquet Celebrates Season

Packed Banquet Celebrates Season

Ruffnecks Seniors Celebrate 2014

Ruffnecks Begin Winter Training

Ruffnecks Begin Winter Training

New Plans for Winter Preparation in Place

Golf Outing Captures Beautiful Day

Golf Outing Captures Beautiful Day

80 Golfers Enjoy Spectacular Weather

Packed Banquet Celebrates Season

More than 160 guests packed into the banquet room at The Fours in Quincy, Massachusetts for the 6th Annual Ruffnecks Banquet.  Tim and Maize Colton, proprietors of The Fours, have graciously hosted the event since its inception in 2009.  They are also parents of Ruffnecks alumnus, Jack Colton, who is currently the captain of the Harvard University baseball team.  The evening is a celebration of all things Ruffnecks, with an emphasis on the Senior Class.  In fact, Senior Matt Messier traveled four and a half hours from his home in North Troy, Vermont with his dad to attend the festivities and be with his teammates!  The turnout for this event grows each year, as players and families anticipate the delivery of the Ruffnecks Yearbook, and (for the past three years) a video presentation of the program and the season.  The guest speaker was the father-son duo of David McCullough, Jr. and his son, David McCullough III, also a Ruffneck Alum, and currently a member of Yale University’s baseball team.  Both dad and son spoke about baseball from different perspectives.  Mr. McCullough (dad)  is the author of the book You Are Not Special and Other Encouragements.

The highlight of the evening is usually the delivery of the Johnny Pesky Teammate Awards to a member of each Ruffneck team.  The award is the only award the program issues.  The 2014 winners are: 13U Ruffnecks – Ben Rounds; 14U Ruffnecks – Jake McOsker; 15U Ruffnecks – Taylor Beckett; 16U Ruffnecks – Bradley Waddell; Senior Ruffnecks – Jacob Stevens, who is heading to Boston College.  With great cheer and camaraderie the Ruffnecks Banquet continues to be a great kick-off for the “Hot Stove” season.  It is also an opportunity to welcome the “New ‘Necks” to the program.  Most of the incoming 13U class attended the evening, as did new additions to the other rosters.  We appreciate all who traveled and took the time to be there.

Ruffnecks Begin Winter Training

14s Hit at St. Mark's

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.

Important Notices

(Updated Tuesday, November 25)

Friday, November 28
Gedman Catchers Clinic
at NEBC
10:30 - Noon
Please monitor NEBC website for weather updates due to a poor forecast.

Sunday, November 30
Gedman Catchers Clinic
at NEBC
10:30 - Noon

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Northborough, MA 01532

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