Categorized | 13U, 14U

Early Season Games Get Played!

Spring Joy!

There is no question about it.  Young Ruffnecks are fortunate to have access to the NEBC as their home field and training facility.  The primary benefit… getting on the field!  Getting games in during a cold, wet, and sometimes snowy, early spring is another matter.  Game experience provides an opportunity to put the drill work, skill work, and team concepts to the test.  This is important for all baseball players and teams.  Major League players start exhibition games after just a week to ten days of work at Spring Training.  For Ruffnecks the process is longer, but nothing approaches the situations that arise through game experience.

A Cold & Focused Bench!

Throughout the winter, the 13s and 14s take reps with Ruffnecks players from the high school classes in the expansive Harvard Bubble.  Once the spring begins in early March the 13s and 14s practice, and often scrimmage together.  That arrangement is beneficial, but nothing approximates facing a different opponent.  This spring has been particularly cold.  Nevertheless, the 13s and 14s have been outside, on the fields of the NEBC regularly.  Chilly and windy conditions during mid-week practices harden and prepare the players for potentially uncomfortable weather during games.  The practice conditions also help to build skills, confidence, and the ability “to make routine plays routine.”  What impresses the most, is the desire and interest of the players to get out there, take reps, and really enjoy themselves.  “These kids are committed,” says new coach Ted Christie.  Indeed, the program is fortunate to attract such players.

As of the first weekend in April, the 13U Ruffnecks played seven games!  The 14s have played four.  This is a credit to the partnerships with several terrific opponents who share the objectives of getting games in, and getting out on a field.  Both teams prepare for the Patriot’s Day Bash weekend tournament at the NEBC to kick off the public school vacation week.  The tournament provides a chance to play in an early season event while logging four games (weather permitting).  Of course the turf of the NEBC helps! With a little cooperation from Mother Nature, the players may find warmer conditions a part of the routine.