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Baseball Update
by posted 05/25/2020

Fireflies Parents-

Happy Memorial Day and hope this email finds you all well.  Just want to give everyone an update regarding town baseball.  Right now, we are at the mercy of the state as to when we can get out on the field again.  As I'm sure you are all aware, youth sports is part of Phase 3 of Governor Baker's reopening plan so we need to wait for the official word from our state leaders - I'm sure you will all hear the bigger picture prior to when our official plan would be published.  Please understand that every effort will be made to have a baseball season regardless of when it starts.  Remember, regardless of what other towns do, we are in control of whatever we want to do.  I will all posted.

Few things:

Next "Practice". I would like to have a "practice" this Thursday at 7:00 PM - 7:30.  Nothing major, just an opportunity for the team to regroup and I can provide an update on the season.  The details are as follows:

Topic: Fireflies Meeting
Time: May 28, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 753 9820 8021
Password: 4zbm5y


Skill Videos.  I had provided a number of skill videos in my previous communication.  Hopefully everyone has had an opportunity to review them.  I will reference them during the meeting on Thursday.  If you have missplaced that info, please let me know and I can reshare.

Battleship Tournament.  This has been slow going.  Please reply back to me if your son is interested in an on-line Battleship tournament via Zoom.  As of now, we have 3 willing participants, 1 decline and 6 non-responses.  I will build the tourney bracket based on responses recieved by the end of this Wednesday.

Anything Else?  If you have any questions aboiut baseball this season, please let me know.  

Hope to see all Fireflies on Thursday night!  Zoom for now but the field soon enough!

Joe Armstrong



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Fireflies Update
by posted 05/03/2020

Fireflies Families-

Hope all are doing well considering.  I feel that I need to provide the update on spring baseball out of the gate before getting into the details for our team.  First off, regardless of what other towns may be doing with their spring baseball program or other Duxbury town sports are doing, Duxbury Youth Baseball will be making every effort to play our spring baseball season.  The expectation is that summer baseball programs (All Stars etc.) will not take place and the focus will primarily be on town ball.  Every effort will be made to have the season but the current environment will dictate when we will actually begin.

In the meantime while we wait for those wonderday days, lets move forward with our informal team activities:

Skills.  During our last call, I encouraged our players to just go out and play catch, field some ground balls and some fly balls.  That is best readiness exercise we can have regardless of the timing of the season.  Hopefully everyone has been able to do that.   In addition to that, see below for some high level drill videos that our players can watch and participate in their backyards - family member participation likely needed (hopefully the links work, if not, copy and paste):

  • Throwing (pt 1): https://youtu.be/qp7d7Cb9XJE
  • Throwing (pt 2): https://youtu.be/-aO9KtcUQCo
  • Throwing (pt 3): https://youtu.be/RBFQF2xsuEI
  • Hitting: https://youtu.be/7MTJRe5nEZI
  • Fielding - Ground Balls:  https://youtu.be/EZtJ9JNPE2k
  • Fielding - Fly Balls (pt 1): https://youtu.be/uY8YL1i2xCE
  • Fileding - Fly Balls (pt 2): https://youtu.be/7rAdbVEWEik
  • Pitching (position): https://youtu.be/ydBcOcfUjCo
  • Catching (position): https://youtu.be/1na4TJ6W0GY

Pitching. As stated during our meeting, there is a major rule change this year where only 4 balls will be required for a base on balls versus 6.  This will make it more difficult for our players learning to pitch so it will be the coaches and potential pitchers responsilbity to get everyone as prepared as possible.  Of course, this is hard for the coaches to have anhy influence at this time so if your son is interested in pitching, please encourage them to start practicing now.  Goes without saying but be sensitive to their arms and don't have them throw too much.  

Catching.  There will also be extra focus on catching this year as there is a rule change that allow the opposing team to steal 2nd and 3rd base from the 4th inning on regardless of pitch location.  If your son has an interest in catching, please encourage them to practice now.   I understand that this is challenging due to lack of equipment.  

Battleship Tournament via Zoom.  I had mentioned previously that I would like to have a Battleship tournament amongst our team.  I will develop the tournament bracket but I need to know fi your son is interested in participating.  If you don't have a Battleship game, I can provide a link to the website that provides a paper template that mirrors the actual game board.  Please reply to this email confirming your son's interest in. particing.  More to come but please let me know if your son wants in.  This goes for the coaches too.  Maybe we hve the winner from the players bracket play the winner from the coaches bracket.

Baseballs.  I understand that all of the drills above are challenging if you don't have a baseball.  If there is anyone that needs a baseball, let me know and I can provide one from my stash.  I will just drop in your mailbox to avoid any violation of social distancing!

Helmets.  Please let me know if your son already has their own batting helmet or if you plan to purchase one.  Just trying to get ahead of the game for an item that will be a consideration when we get back to normalcy (or as close to it) on the baseball field.

Next "Practice".  I will try and schedule something for later this week.  Once again, I don't want this to become a burden or chore and participation is purely optional.  

Once again to the coaches and players, let me know if you are interested in participating in the Battleship tournament.  Also, let me know if you need a baseball.  Other than that, let me know if you have any other questions.

Thank you.

Joe Armstrong




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Fireflies "Practice"
by posted 04/19/2020

Fireflies Parents-

I hope this email finds you and families well.  No worries, I am not actually scheduling a practice.  I would like to schedule a virtual team meeting via Zoom as a good way to begin to get the kids involved in baseball.  Playing catch with their siblings or parents is certainly a simple activity to get the kids out of the house especially with no (home) school this week.

As I think everyone is now familiar with Zoom, I will be using Zoom to run the meeting.  Honestly, I don't expect the meeting to last more than 20 minutes.  Of course, this meeting is optional - I know everyone has their routine going and I don't this to derail your routine.  I do think it would be good for kids.

Here are the logisitics:

Joseph Armstrong is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Fireflies Team Meeting aka "Virtual Practice"
Time: Apr 20, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Meeting ID: 719 6042 5604
Password: 3sPB3T

Finally, I know that registration info on the DYB site can become stale if you don't update your email.  Thus, can you please reply to this emaikl to let me know that you are receiving these messages?  

Thank you and look forward to your seeing your Firefly or Fireflies (in two cases) tomorrow night at 7.

Coach Joe Armstrong




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AAA - Fireflies!!!
by posted 04/05/2020

Fireflies Parents-

Hope this email finds you as well as you can be under the circumstances.  As I'm sure you have seen via the eamil sent earlier this evening, we have proceed in building the rosters with the hope that we will eventually be able to play baseball this year.  I also thought that it would be good for the kids to know who their coaches and teammates would be to add a little level of excitment to their day.  As we are all aware, I wouldn't expect any outside baseball activities but will be trying to coordinate some activities that the kids can partake in the comforts of the home / yard.  For example, I expect to be sharing You Tube videos with baseball drills, some baseball websites to peruse, some baseball movie recommendations and even a Battleship tournament via Zoom (all voluntary of course).

I will be joined by two coaches this year, Paul Harrington and Anthony Dumont - we are all very excited to have a great baseball season (eventually)!  The name of our team is the Fireflies.  If the jerseys are the same color as last year, they are flourescent green (apologies for that).  I am really excited with our team this year - contains a lot of familiar names. For your convenience (in case you are having issues with the website), the roster is as follows (alphabetical order):

  • Jack Armstrong
  • Jasper Dumont
  • Hudson Flynn
  • Keegan Gallagher
  • Tate Harrington
  • Tommy James
  • Tyler James
  • JT Jefski
  • Eamon Kane
  • Max Symington

More info to come regarding the season but honestly, it will be obvious as to when the season will begin - current events will ultimately dictate.  

I am just going to use this email as the introduction but look for another later this week with other info to try and get your son get prepared for baseball.  

Take care and I look forward to seeing all of you.

Joe Armstrong




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