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Registrations for the 2017 are closed (see below) 
 


Friday, March 3
League Sign-Ups - CLOSED.

Our regular sign-ups (in December) and late sign-ups (in January) have already passed.  We are no longer taking registrations for the 2017 season as teams have been formed and have begun practicing and playing games.  We are sorry if you missed sign-ups.  We recommend that you select the contact link at the left and leave your email address for future league sign-up notifications.



Friday, April 22
Tips from the Coach - Quality At-Bats

Baseball is a game of failure. It is how well you handle the failures not the successes that will be the determining factor in how well and how long a player plays the game. Stats are an integral part of the game but if used as a measure of how well one is performing can be a heavy burden and not a valid indicator of how well one is performing. A more valid and helpful measurement is Quality At Bats.

 

Quality At Bat is defined as:

1.     The batter goes to the plate with a plan. He should know what pitch he can hit with expectation of having the highest degree of success. Ted Williams knew that he hit .135 on back door sliders down and away but  over .500 on fast balls belt high, down the middle. We would never have heard of Ted Williams if he swung at many down and away sliders!

 

2.     The batter swings only at high success expectation pitches early in the count. For most young hitters that means not swinging at breaking balls early in the count. With no strikes he will swing at fast balls "zoned" say middle- in and thigh to waist high. The batter's hitting zone as opposed to strike zone is not static but changes with each count. Great "hitter's counts" are 2-0 and 3-1. The pitcher must challenge the batter and the odds of him getting a pitch that he can expect to hit with a high degree of success are much higher. Undisciplined hitters often never get to 3-1 because they won't lay off that pitch that is in the strike zone but not a quality hitter's pitch. They already made an out not because they aren't a good hitter but because they weren't disciplined enough to wait for a good pitch.

 

3.     Several other good things occur because a hitter is disciplined. The pitcher must throw more pitches. The batter "sees" more of the pitcher's stuff. The pitcher will tire sooner and when he tires he will make more  mistakes and then he is more hittable.

 

4.  The batter must take pitches to ever draw a walk. All walks are "quality at bats".

 

5. A strike out can be a quality at bat! If the batter makes the pitcher throw an inordinate number of pitches, he has helped his team much more than the hitter that swung at the first pitch and made an out.

 

It is vital that a hitter learn that the only thing he has control of at the plate is at which particular pitch he chooses to swing.!!! If he swings at a quality pitch, hits the ball sharply, and it is caught by a fielder, he has had a quality at bat!

 

If he can at the end of a game know he had 3 of 4 quality AB's, even if he was 0 fer, he must realize he had a good game at the plate. A byproduct of this emphasis on quality AB's will be that he will find not only his BA rising but his slugging pct. as he gets more balls that he can drive. His mental well being will improve and if the whole team adopts this approach, they will WIN more games.



Upcoming Games
Date Event Time Location
Tue 4/25 Baseball Reds v. A's 5:00 PM Majors-Division Field
Tue 4/25 Baseball Cardinals v. Tigers 5:00 PM AAA-Division Field
Wed 4/26 Baseball Giants v. Angels 5:00 PM Majors-Division Field
Wed 4/26 Baseball Orioles v. Cubs 5:00 PM AAA-Division Field
Thu 4/27 Baseball Padres v. Tigers 5:00 PM Majors-Division Field
Thu 4/27 Baseball Dbacks v. Brewers 5:00 PM AAA-Division Field
Sat 4/29 Baseball Red Sox v. Reds 9:00 AM Majors-Division Field
Sat 4/29 Baseball Brewers v. Cubs 9:00 AM AAA-Division Field
Sat 4/29 Baseball Angels v. A's 11:30 AM Majors-Division Field
Sat 4/29 Baseball Dbacks v. Giants 11:30 AM AAA-Division Field
Sat 4/29 Baseball Tigers v. Dbacks 2:00 PM Majors-Division Field
Sat 4/29 Baseball Cardinals v. Astros 2:00 PM AAA-Division Field
Sat 4/29 Baseball Giants v. Padres 4:30 PM Majors-Division Field
Sat 4/29 Baseball Mets v. Orioles 4:30 PM AAA-Division Field
Mon 5/1 Baseball Reds v. Tigers 5:00 PM Majors-Division Field
Mon 5/1 Baseball Orioles v. Tigers 5:00 PM AAA-Division Field
Recent Games
Date Event Time Location
Tue 4/18 Baseball Tigers v. Giants 5:00 PM Majors-Division Field
Tue 4/18 Baseball Brewers v. Cardinals 5:00 PM AAA-Division Field
Wed 4/19 Baseball Red Sox v. A's 5:00 PM Majors-Division Field
Wed 4/19 Baseball Cubs v. Tigers 5:00 PM AAA-Division Field
Thu 4/20 Baseball Reds v. Dbacks 5:00 PM Majors-Division Field
Thu 4/20 Baseball Astros v. Giants 5:00 PM AAA-Division Field
Sat 4/22 Baseball Angels v. Tigers 9:00 AM Majors-Division Field
Sat 4/22 Baseball Giants v. Brewers 9:00 AM AAA-Division Field
Sat 4/22 Baseball Giants v. Reds 11:30 AM Majors-Division Field
Sat 4/22 Baseball Mets v. Tigers 11:30 AM AAA-Division Field
Sat 4/22 Baseball Dbacks v. A's 2:00 PM Majors-Division Field
Sat 4/22 Baseball Orioles v. Cardinals 2:00 PM AAA-Division Field
Sat 4/22 Baseball Padres v. Red Sox 4:30 PM Majors-Division Field
Sat 4/22 Baseball Dbacks v. Astros 4:30 PM AAA-Division Field
Mon 4/24 Baseball Red Sox v. Dbacks 5:00 PM Majors-Division Field
Mon 4/24 Baseball Mets v. Giants 5:00 PM AAA-Division Field