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.