Where We Go From Here

Where We Go From Here

The "New Busy" Keeps Us Going.

Ruffnecks – The Game We Teach

Ruffnecks – The Game We Teach

Are we teaching Baseball as it is no longer played?

When We Next Take the Field – Rejoice!

When We Next Take the Field – Rejoice!

Diamonds Await A Return to Baseball

When We Next Take the Field – Rejoice!

When our Ruffnecks teams take the field again it will be a time to rejoice.  We can look to the sky for the angle of the sun, gauge the direction of the breeze, kick the dust (or the infill on the artificial turf), dig in and play.  Right now, we don’t know when it will happen. For now we all bide our time, do our duty for the greater good of public and personal health, and do what we can to prepare for the privilege of playing (and coaching) baseball.  As a community, Ruffnecks continue to communicate with each other.  Bonds of friendship among players and families foster welcome conversations through phone and social media.  Some are getting together with appropriate precautions to play catch or to hit balls.  From us to you… Be careful, take care of yourselves.  Be aware that the youthful sense of invincibility may lead to carelessness for those who may be more vulnerable.  Baseball will be here when the time comes to resume.  And our goal is to preserve the Ruffnecks experience.  Things are changing rapidly; Eventually we hope they turn for the better.

On Thursday, March 12th, 13U and 14U Ruffnecks conducted a practice that was high energy and fun.  The next day, amidst rapidly changing events and precautions, we suspended the spring season for 13s and 14s.  We await an opportunity to reassemble, play ball, and instruct.  Our older Ruffnecks await their high school seasons with uncertainty.  Ruffnecks alums have seen their college seasons come to an abrupt halt.  During this time we all can consider the blessings and joys of the game, our children, and the hopes and aspirations for them as athletes.  We also hope that this serves as a starting point for greater awareness of the meaning of sport.  Perhaps the next time an umpire blows a call we can ignore it more readily.  The next time our child strikes out for the third time in the game, we won’t lecture him quite as long on the car ride home, or take away his cell phone.  Sports, and especially youth sports, have always provided the “Great Distraction” from the troubles of the world.  No one could have imagined a worldly trouble that would preclude gathering together on a ball field to provide relief from our problems.  But here we are.  We all seek ways to turn a negative into a positive.  When we next take the field, everyone be grateful for the moment, enjoy, and celebrate the game of Baseball.

2019 Banquet – Thanksgiving

Alum Paul Campbell

For the 12th consecutive year the Ruffnecks program held its annual Banquet on the Monday prior to Thanksgiving.  The atmosphere was festive, and as usual, it was a full house of 150 at The Fours in Quincy.  The ride to Quincy is always a difficult journey, but the commitment of so many to celebrate an evening with friends and teammates is a source of grateful appreciation for everyone in the program.  The 2019 Banquet featured wonderful talks by three individuals.  New York Yankee scout Matt Hyde, used the example of former Ruffnecks pitching coach Matt Blake in his talk about perseverance and the importance of studying the game.  Coach Blake was recently named the pitching coach of the New York Yankees.  He served the Ruffnecks program for seven years immediately following his college career at Holy Cross.  He also coached with Kirk Fredericks at Lincoln Sudbury HS during the same period.  His impact on the Ruffnecks program and at Lincoln-Sudbury is significant.  His experience at both places, along with his innovative partnership with Cressey Performance, led to an association with Matt Hyde as an associate scout with the Yanks, and then to a job with the Cleveland Indians.

Babson Coach - Matt Noone

The featured speaker this year was Matt Noone, Head Coach of Babson College.  Coach Noone has been at Babson for 17 years, and led his team to the NCAA Division III College World Series in 2019.  Coach Noone’s message centered around his personal relationship with Johnny Pesky and the significance of being a good teammate.  It is the Johnny Pesky Teammate Award that is the highlight of the Banquet evening each year.  It is anxiously awaited and respected.  It is the ONLY award the program hands out or recognizes.  Coach Noone wove a talk about teamwork, teammates, personal stories, illustrations of players who contributed without being in the lineup, and numerous other examples of what truly matters in a team sport such as baseball.  His support of the Ruffnecks program goes all the way back to 2004 when Babson College was considered our “home” field.

Former Ruffneck player and pitcher, Paul Campbell and his father, Alan Campbell also spoke briefly.  Paul is a terrific example of Ruffnecks perseverance, growth, and development.  He is currently a top pitching prospect in the Tampa Bay organization.  He is also a former Johnny Pesky Teammate Award Winner and helped to present this year’s awards.  His dad, Alan, gave a sincere and humorous talk about his experience as a Ruffnecks parent.  It was hilarious!  Of course, the Johnny Pesky Teammate Awards followed the talks, the 2019 video, the meal, and all the banter.  The 13U Teammate Award was earned by Aodhan Lee.  The 14U Teammate Award went to James Henshon (his brother, Mark, earned the distinction in 2017).  The 15U Award went to John Tully.  The 16U Award went to Jesse McCullough who came to the dinner directly from football practice!  And of course, the Seniors were recognized for their fantastic season.  This year there were TWO Senior Johnny Pesky Teammate Awards. Six year Ruffneck, Seamus Barrett (Lousiville commit), earned one recognition.  Five year veteran Richie McNamara (Bowdoin commit) earned the other recognition.  Of course the evening included a shout out for the tremendous, devoted, and instructive coaches at all levels of the program.  Lots to give thanks for!  On to 2020!

The Week Ahead - Notices

(Updated Saturday, May 30)

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS:

The NEBC is closed to all indoor and outdoor activity until further notice.

17U Team Meeting
Monday, June 1
6:30pm

16U Team Meeting
Tuesday, June 2
6:30pm

15U Team Meeting
Wednesday, June 3
6:30pm

13U Team "Practice"
Thursday, June 4
5:30pm

13U Team "Practice"
Thursday, June 4
6:30pm

Please be well!

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