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The 2018 schedules for Junior & Senior teams are complete. Please call if you have any questions. 603-341-2330
Merrimack/Bedford Legion Baseball – tryouts
Post 98 will sponsor American Legion baseball tryouts for Merrimack and Bedford on Sunday, May 20 at 11am on the Merrimack High School varsity baseball field. We have added of June 3, 4:00pm at Merrimack High School Field for tryouts. Players that are aged 17U are eligible for the junior team and players aged 19U are eligible for the senior team. Both team will tryout together on May 20. Each team will play 20-25 games from June 11 – July 30. Contact Mike Henzley for more information at 603-341-2330, email@example.com or go to www.leaguelineup.com/post98baseball
The 2017 Junior team were exciting to watch. EVERY PLAYER were better players at the end of the season. The team became very aggressive both defensively and offensively. At the end of the year the team stole 80 bases! The young squad just missed the state tourney in 2017 but there is a lot of potential in the future. The pitching staff also made great strides.
The 2017 Senior team reached the NH State Tourney for the 2nd consecutive year. The team was anchored with a very veteran group.
Why Team Chemistry is So Vital
Team chemistry can sometimes be hard to define, but when it’s absent, it’s readily apparent. Some fans might doubt the importance of having a close-knit team, or how getting along inside the locker room can benefit a team between the lines, but few coaches share that logic.
Allen (Texas) High School head baseball coach Paul Coe is one coach who considers team chemistry very important.
“Talent obviously is important, but if you don’t have guys pulling for each other, I think it actually hurts your team. I think it’s important for the guys to like each other, to work together, for your team. It’s a team sport full of individual battles, but at the end of the day, it’s a team sport and they got to be able to work together,” Coe said.
In Coe’s case, strong team chemistry is almost a given. Many of his players started playing together at a young age, maybe in elementary school or earlier, and they have already been teammates for a number of years. So not only do they know one another quite well off the diamond, they also know exactly what one another is capable of between the lines.
Of course, no matter how well a group of players already know one another, there are certain shared experiences that help bring them even closer as a group.
“We spend a lot of time in the offseason, not necessarily on team building, but we work out a lot in the weight room, we run a lot and that builds team unity, doing things together, doing things that aren’t fun,” Coe said. “You’re sweating together, you wake up together.”
But having a tight-knit group doesn’t mean that it’s a hard team to break into. In fact, Coe believes quite the opposite.
In the rare situation of a new player entering his program, Coe has seen his players go out of their way to make those newcomers immediately feel welcome.
Part of having strong team chemistry is the built-in support system. When one player struggles on or off the field, his teammates are there to pick him up.
“When the kids care about each other and they see somebody going through something, then they’re going to naturally try to pick him up. When you have genuine care and team camaraderie, that’s something kids do,” Coe said. “They’re very resilient and they care about each other, so they try to step up and help their teammate out, stay after to help him out, do whatever they need to pick him up after an at-bat.”
That chemistry also helps coaches anytime they want to tinker with their lineup because they know each player roster will be on board.
“You’ve got to do it the right way, visit with the kids, make sure they understand why you’re doing something,” Coe said. “But having a good relationship with kids and having good team chemistry, it’s easier to have those conversations and know that the other players are going to be there for that person also.”
From GameChanger and Stephen Hunt.
13 Causes of poor control
Here are 13 possible causes of poor control that you may not have considered:
- Does the pitcher have good posture and balance? (The pitcher should keep his chin over his belt with an erect trunk.)
- Is the pitcher tall and fully loaded over his back leg before moving toward landing, or is his back leg collapsing?
- Is the pitcher moving toward landing leading with his front hip but getting his pelvis moving using his back hip? Or is he trying to move using his legs, which will create problems?
- At what point does the pitcher start to move toward landing? Too early or too late? Does the back leg collapse?
- Does the pitcher’s lower body move toward landing prior to hand break?
- Does the pitcher rotate his hips too early? Does his back leg collapse where his back knee starts to turn down toward mound? (He should be using a lunge-type move off the back leg.)
- Does the pitcher’s nose stay over his bellybutton all the way until landing? (Draw an imaginary line upon landing from the ground to the sky – the nose should be on or behind that line. This will indicate whether he is rushing his motion or not where he is not leading with his lower body.)
- Does the pitcher land on the midline with his front foot slightly angled, or is he landing more toward first or third base? (Both ways he will lose power and add stress to his arm.)
- Does he land on a flexed leg and does the leg not begin to straighten until just prior to ball release? (Big control problems occur when the front leg is beginning to straighten as the pelvis and trunk are rotating. This will indicate whether his stride is long enough or not. Should be somewhere between 85-90%.)
- Upon landing, is the pitcher’s back leg nearly fully extended (straight) or is the back leg flexed too much? (If it’s flexed, he is losing velocity and trying to get power from his arm instead of his lower body.)
- Is the pitcher directing his body sideways so his trunk (front shoulder) is pointing directly at the target upon landing? Is his trunk erect with his head over his belt or is he leaning back with his head over his butt?
- Does the pitcher’s throwing arm elbow reach shoulder height just as his front foot is getting ready to turn and land or is his arm getting up too early or never reaching shoulder height? (This will indicate proper timing between his arm throwing arm and his lower body.)
- Is the pitcher rotating his trunk before flexing his trunk forward?
D-I coaches push Legion over travel ball in forum
MERIDEN — The four Division I college baseball coaches who spoke at the youth forum at Platt High School Sunday stressed the importance of playing summer ball in the American Legion program.
UConn coach Jim Penders, Hartford’s Justin Blood, Bill Currier of Fairfield and new Quinnipiac pitching coach Pat Egan all said that the high school/Legion pipeline has advantages over travel baseball.
“There are some really good travel programs out there,” said Penders, who just completed his 11th season as the Huskies’ head coach. “There are some really good travel baseball players and some really good travel baseball people out there. However, the coaches that I still rely on the most are the high school coaches.
“It doesn’t matter to me what level of baseball they played or coached at before. They can tell me if a young man is accountable, if he’s dependable, if he’s caring, if he’s self-disciplined, if he pays attention to detail. Those are the building blocks. Then it’s up to me to evaluate him as a player.”
With the number of travel programs growing by the year, probably in the 25 range now, the college coaches acknowledged that some are more responsible than others and that it’s buyer beware.
“The Legion coach, what’s his motivation?” Penders asked. “These guys aren’t in it for the money. The high school coach isn’t in it for a $3,000 stipend. It’s all about helping young people get to where they’re going.