This Week in Baseball
We bet you didn’t know that there is baseball on the island of Ireland, did you? Well, baseball is there – but barely. There are only about 150 youth playing the sport on the entire island today. That’s just about how many kids tried out for a Falls Aces team this past Fall! You can learn more about the strategy of expanding the game by Baseball Ireland, or donate to the cause, or just learn more about the overall effort. Expanding baseball globally opens so many doors for not just the children in those countries, but for ours as well.
As we are just beginning to get indoor practice time, what should parents expect their Ace to be exposed to?
While the weather doesn’t suggest it is still Fall, it is, and Fall is the time that we try to clean up mechanics or learn a thing or two. Hitting, fielding, throwing, catching, and running mechanics and movement patterns will all be a primary focus early on, then transitioning into learning a skill that plugs a gap as we get closer to 2019. For instance, if your Ace has never learned how to bunt, that may be a focus for him to learn before we get into Winter Workouts.
We are entering week 4 of 6 of our Bat Speed Program, which focuses on three core metrics to help hitters improve their bat speed. Improving bat speed provides a number of benefits to hitters, including giving them more time to react to pitches, and increasing their ability to hit the ball hard somewhere.
The first session of our program is spent collecting data on each hitter, which is then provided to them during session #2. Hitters are also presented with Targets to hit. These Targets are the 50% percentile average of all hitters at their age group in the nation, so certainly an area where we want to be or be beyond.
Bat Speed Program
|Max. Barrel Speed||Peak MPH||Max. Barrel Speed||Avg. MPH||Target|
The above chart is one of the metrics we capture, certainly not the only one. Using Diamond Kinetics technology allows us to more accurately train athletes on their strengths and weaknesses with data – not just the “eye test”. We will share the results of the Program after these young dudes finish week 6. Good luck Aces!
Camps, Clinics, and Lessons
Don’t wait to register for any of the training options we have available for your youth baseball player. Register by clicking this link.
- Introduction to Pitching
- Pitching Velocity Training
- Black Friday 1 Day Camps!
- Ace of the Staff
- Pitching 101
- Introduction to Catching
- Catcher Program – Stealing Strikes
All training sessions are conducted by qualified, professional instructors with college baseball playing experience.
Without the support of our families, we wouldn’t be as far into our goals of providing the best possible baseball development program as we are. If you told me that by year three we’d have our own indoor training facility, I would have laughed. I mean, we had 13 kids show up for tryouts in year one, so having the ability to move on a structure seemed to be well into the future.
Speaking on behalf of all of us associated with the Falls Aces, we are truly thankful for the support provided by our community. Enjoy a safe, and enjoyable Thanksgiving!
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