Golf Outing Captures Beautiful Day

Golf Outing Captures Beautiful Day

80 Golfers Enjoy Spectacular Weather

Over 250 Benefit From Ruffnecks Fall!

Over 250 Benefit From Ruffnecks Fall!

NEBC is Terrific new Home

Derek Jeter – A Reflection and a Lesson

Derek Jeter – A Reflection and a Lesson

Jeter Leaves Important Legacy for All

Golf Outing Captures Beautiful Day

Jim Rice and Rich Gedman with Nancy Whiting

The 5th Annual Ruffnecks Golf fundraiser went off without a slice or a hook as over 80 golfers took to the links at Charter Oak CC in Hudson, Massachusetts under beautiful autumn skies.  The brunch and post-golf dining provided a great time for golfers to mix, chat, and make excuses before and after tee time.  Former Major League players Rich Gedman and Hall of Famer Jim Rice both participated and spent time talking baseball with guests.  Current Minnesota Twin Chris Colabello also joined the outing for the second year.  Nancy Whiting had everything organized perfectly for the day.  Golfers never went hungry and had numerous opportunities to dig into their pockets for prizes and golfing challenges such as “Closest to the Pin,” the annual putting contest, longest drive, “Beat the Pro,” and raffle items.  The silent auction also served as an additional fundraiser for the Ruffnecks program.

Which golfer is a current Ruffneck?

The annual event has become a fun and important opportunity to help defray the cost of the program and to provide the financial aid needed to support the participation of players who otherwise could not afford the Ruffnecks experience.  Former Ruffneck Isan Diaz and his father Raul were the beneficiaries of the Ruffnecks generosity, and they took the time to phone the office expressing their regrets at being unable to attend, but also expressing their appreciation.  Isan just completed his first professional season as an 18 year old 2nd round draft pick in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization.

For all the golfers, friends, businesses, and acquaintances who contributed, we express our heartfelt appreciation for taking the time to be in Hudson, Massachusetts on Monday, October 20th.  Next up… The Ruffnecks Banquet… Save the date… Monday, November 24th.

Over 250 Benefit From Ruffnecks Fall!

More than 250 players have participated in a variety of Ruffnecks Fall Baseball programs since the first weekend after Labor Day.  And never have there been more opportunities to play, participate, and develop.  Fall Baseball, by definition, is a relaxed atmosphere in which players get to play baseball once or twice a week.  Even though the game is not designed for that kind of intermittent play, fall ball presents an environment where players can experiment, manage their own work load, and play baseball simply to keep sharp.  The brand new NEBC (New England Baseball Complex) creates a spectacular venue to take advantage of Fall Baseball in New England.  The following is how the Fall Program has shaken out for Ruffnecks.


First of all, Fall Baseball is an opportunity for players from many different backgrounds to experience the Ruffnecks program up close.  It provides a chance for the program to open its doors.  With the advent of the NEBC, players in Ruffnecks Fall Baseball have had opportunities to play in purely developmental, drill-oriented sessions, as well as in Fall League games and intrasquad games.  Each is a slightly different experience.  At the College Prep level there is more emphasis on games.  At the High School Wood Bat level, there is a balance between league play and intrasquad play, where coaches can focus more closely on individual development.  And of course, the 13U Fall Program has become well known for its emphasis on development and teaching, with up to 15-18 coaches working with 60 new 13 year olds on the “big diamond.”

13U Fall Program

The program is filled to capacity for the fourth consecutive year, serving 60 players who seek to improve their skills and advance to baseball as it was designed!  For six to seven weeks players participate in a variety of drills that introduce new elements and concepts that are either missing from, or are overlooked, from baseball on the smaller diamonds.  Drills lead to concepts; concepts lead to greater understanding; greater understanding leads to the ability to play game situations on the full sized field.  Teaching is paramount as players gradually adapt to game situations.  While 13U Fall Baseball also serves the Ruffnecks program as part of the selection process for next year’s team, it is a development program first and foremost.

High School Wood Bat Program

The High School Wood Bat program serves over 130 players ages 14U to 16U.  Over 100 are new to the Ruffnecks.  The program is designed to provide maximum flexibility and attendance options.  Rosters are constructed weekly based on the availability of individuals, positional needs, and pitching interest.  With rosters constantly shuffled, players get to play with many different players and against each other.  There is a blend of competition against outside opponents (in the NEBC Fall League) and competition against each other in games with two Ruffnecks rosters playing with umpires.

College Prep Program

The College Prep program has taken on a new dimension in Fall 2014.  Not only is the NEBC a valuable resource that ensures playability, it has become an attractive spot for college coaches to visit while evaluating future college talent.  The College Prep Fall League provides consistent weekly competition and opportunities for high school varsity level players to get their work in.  With the creation of the October Classic Fall Tournament, the spotlight has expanded to the activities at NEBC. Participants in the Ruffnecks Fall College Prep program are the beneficiaries.  With 60 new players and 20-30 returning Ruffnecks filtering into weekly rosters, the College Prep Program provides the same flexibility as the High School Wood Bat Program.  Players can manage their schedule and even advance heir recruiting efforts.

Future is Bright

The future is exciting, indeed.  The Ruffnecks will continue to roll out sound developmental programs and clinics for our own players and others in the greater baseball community.  Plans are under way for a Catcher Clinic, a Hitting Clinic, and other skill and position-oriented development opportunities.  The NEBC provides a spectacular “home” for the program, but it also provides a great place for the program to welcome others.  Fall 2014 has been a good start.

Fall Baseball Notices

(Updated Thursday, Oct, 23 at 10:00am)

13U Ruffnecks Fall Baseball
No additional sessions scheduled

HS Wood Ruffnecks Fall Baseball
Weekend October 25-26
Final Weekend of Fall Baseball
Assignments are posted below

College Prep Ruffnecks Fall Baseball
Limited Rosters to participate in College Prep playoffs
Rosters to be posted Thursday, Oct. 23

Ruffnecks Golf Outing

The New England Baseball Complex is located at:

333 Southwest Cutoff

Northborough, MA 01532


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