Ruffnecks Begin Winter Training

Ruffnecks Begin Winter Training

New Plans for Winter Preparation in Place

Banquet Scheduled for Monday, Nov. 24

Banquet Scheduled for Monday, Nov. 24

Evening of Celebration is Set

Golf Outing Captures Beautiful Day

Golf Outing Captures Beautiful Day

80 Golfers Enjoy Spectacular Weather

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.

Banquet Scheduled for Monday, Nov. 24

Ruffnecks Seniors 2013

The annual Ruffnecks Banquet is scheduled for Monday, November 24th at The Fours in Quincy, Massachusetts.  Activities begin with beverages and social hour from 6:00 to 7:00pm.  Dinner and the program begins at 7:00pm.  This is the 7th Annual Ruffnecks Banquet, and it continues to be an evening to celebrate all things Ruffnecks.  Of course, the “Senior” class is always among the most important to recognize, as it is their final opportunity to assemble as Ruffnecks with the memories and experiences of their time together still fresh.  There will be a fun video of the 2014 activities and plenty of stories.  The highlight of the evening is the awarding of the Johnny Pesky Teammate Award to a member of each team.  We hope that many of the newly selected 13U Ruffnecks have an opportunity to attend the evening’s festivities.  It is a great way to get to know the program.  And while The Fours is not easy to get to, the evening is well worth it!  Mark the date… Monday, November 24th.  Begin the Thanksgiving Week with a Ruffnecks feast.

Important Notices

(Updated Wednesday, November 19)

Thursday, November 20
13U Ruffnecks
Hitting Session
at St. Mark's School
7:30 - 9:00pm

Sunday, November 23
Gedman Catchers Clinic
10:30 - Noon

Ruffnecks Banquet
Monday, November 24

at The Fours in Quincy
6:00pm Social Hour Begins
7:00pm Dinner & Program

Ruffnecks Store

NE Ruffnecks Banquet


The New England Baseball Complex is located at:

333 Southwest Cutoff

Northborough, MA 01532

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