Ruffnecks Initiate “College Tour”

Brown Coaches Address Ruffnecks

This fall, players enrolled in the Ruffnecks Fall Baseball College Prep program have an opportunity to participate in a new initiative: The “College Tour.”  The program is simple in its intent and purpose.  On specified weekends, a group of Ruffnecks players in the classes or 2019 through 2021 travel with Ruffnecks coaches to college fields in the New England Area. Once there, we conduct our own workout, by our own design.  Drill work lasts approximately an hour.  We follow the drill work with an intrasquad “Red vs. Blue” game.

On Saturday, September 16th, the Ruffnecks held the first “College Tour” in the newly turfed baseball stadium at Brown University.  Brown’s coaches were in attendance, but did not participate in the drill work in accordance with recruiting regulations.  After the session was complete, Brown coaches addressed the players and the parents in separate groups.  The session was well received by all who participated.  The four hour commitment was comprehensive, while still maintaining the developmental objectives of a fall baseball workout.

Parents get to hear and ask.

The goal for the program is to experiment with one or two additional College Tour stops this fall.  Schools under consideration include Trinity College, UMass-Amherst, and Amherst College.  The effort to include limited travel during the fall is intended to meet the demand for more information about the recruiting process.  What better way to offer some education than to see schools first-hand, practice in front of the coaches, and to ask questions of recruiting coordinators and college coaches?  28 players attended the Brown event.  We look forward to improving and expanding this initiative.