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This Week In Baseball 12.2.18

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Baseball News

Youth sports is at a crossroads, mainly due to the expense that is associated with the various sports kids participate in. This article takes a look at the state of the game, the growing income inequality gap that seems to be rapidly expanding the ability (or inability) to play baseball.  It’s a good read, but more importantly it’s a reminder to all of us associated with the program that we can do more to ensure we are not inadvertently leaving kids behind. 


Aces News

We were lucky to get some air time this Saturday morning with Mike McGivern on the Youth Sports Show on 105.7 the Fan. In the rare event you missed the discussion about baseball in Menomonee Falls, you can check it out via this link.  Mike was such a gracious, knowledgeable host, it really made for a fun conversation.

We have added one more tournament to the schedule, this time for the U14 squad, who sold the most Kringle during our pre-season fundraising event. Details can be found on our Schedule page. This is a unique, one day tournament in Sussex that allows our program to gauge how well the tournament is run before committing all of our teams to an event. Based on the experience of the U14 squad, we will see if 2020 is a good year for all of our teams to compete in it. 


Training Updates

Wednesday night, our local Menomonee Falls High School baseball coaches led a training session with the Falls Aces coaches. Led by 2-time State Champion Varsity Coach Pat Hansen, the MFHS staff covered a number of drills and skills needed to be a better catcher, pitcher, fielder and hitter.  Our coaching staff was very appreciative of their time, and graciousness in delivering this valuable training. 


Camps, Clinics, and Lessons

In case you missed this great deal last week, you can now get up to 10 private lessons at a discounted rate by using the code “ACES2018” during checkout. This is an exceptional value reserved only for families who are on our email list.

Players get 1-on-1 time with a qualified coach to improve their fielding, hitting, pitching or catching. Hurry, this offer is valid on lessons reserved through 1/31/2019 only!

We have released a series of training starting after the New Year. Our Friday Fielders and Sunday Swings programs work on basic infield play and hitting mechanics to help build a solid foundation before our more advanced camps come out later in Winter. You won’t want to miss them! Registration is open now, and available here


Notes

Wow, what a week we have had! Besides the normal activities taking place, we also had the great opportunity to learn how to better develop our Aces by the experts of the Menomonee Falls High School baseball coaching staff. We spent over 90 minutes learning drills and techniques to help our young dudes become stronger baseball players. Coach Pat Hansen and his team dove pretty deep into their areas of specialty while copious amounts of notes were taken by Aces coaches.  

As mentioned earlier, Larry Hanson – our U11 Head Coach – and I spent an hour hanging out with Mike McGivern talking youth baseball on the 105.7 WFAN Youth Sports Show. Mike is a total baseball dude, and the conversation really was fun to be a part of. Thanks also to our Aces (Cayden Schnickle – U14, Luke Bliemehl – U11) who joined us on air to tell their stories about MFLL, Aces, and everything else. Those dudes rocked it! 

One last update: if you recall a couple weeks ago we posted a quick hit about growing the game of baseball in Ireland.  While there are not full details to share as of today, we are working to provide them with equipment, technology, and training to help the sport thrive on the Emerald Island. If you’d like to donate some time, equipment, or other resources just let me know. 

See you at the Pad!

-Coach Aaron

Questions about any item in this newsletter can be sent to fallselite@fallslittleleague.org

This Week in Baseball 11.25.18

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This Week in Baseball

Baseball News

Technology in baseball is changing the game, whether you care to admit it or not. Everything is evolving, from bat handles to pitcher usage to how hitters attack pitches. This article from March takes a look at many of these changes, challenging the reader to determine if the changes are good or bad for the game. No matter your opinion, what’s certain is that change and technology advances will be ongoing for the foreseeable future. 


Aces News

It may not even be 2019 yet, however we have scheduled a few tournaments for each team to compete in already. The latest bunch will take place over Father’s Day weekend, and are organized as follows:

Each team will have the opportunity to compete against area and perhaps regional teams. You can check your team’s schedule via the GameChanger app, or visit our website page for updated links to the tournaments. 


Training Updates

Our first Pitching Program finished up this past Monday, with Pitching Instructor Alex Tomter helping a dozen pitchers develop better command and velocity by improving their mechanics and mental approach. 

Alex is leading another handful of programs through the end of 2018, while also committing to a bunch of Private Lessons each week. In 2019, Alex will start another round of Pitching Programs that you will not want to miss! Stay tuned for more details on dates, days, and times. 

Many young hitters struggle to barrel up inside fastballs, oftentimes hitting balls off the bat’s handle or completely missing the pitch. This drill helps to keep the hitter’s elbows positioned correctly during the swing, provide maximum adjustability to put the barrel wherever the pitch is located. It can be done with a rolled up sock, wiffle ball, or any other circular, compressionable ball. Enjoy!


Camps, Clinics, and Lessons

In case you missed the picture at the top of the page, you can now get up to 10 private lessons at a discounted rate by using the code “ACES2018” during checkout. This s an exceptional value reserved only for families who are on our email list.

Players get 1-on-1 time with a qualified coach to improve their fielding, hitting, pitching or catching. Hurry, this offer is valid on lessons reserved through 1/31/2019 only!


Notes

Nothing makes me smile more than seeing kids having fun while learning the game of baseball. Over the past couple weeks I have had the opportunity to peak in on a few of our teams practicing, and it is awesome to see these kids (and coaches) having fun while learning a baseball skill. 

Many of our drills are designed to create a competitive environment, and when combined with positive coaching, these kids all are getting better minute by minute. I’m proud of all of our coaches, particularly the new guys to the program, for taking the proverbial bull by the horns and working hard to create the best baseball experience possible. Thanks for creating a challenging and rewarding environment! 

-Coach Aaron

P.S. We’re one of the first programs in the area to offer team practices in November, and when combined with the camps, clinics, programs, and private lessons, there are kids who are being exposed to baseball 5 or 6 days a week. We’re excited to watch these kids grow into baseball dudes! 

Questions about any item in this newsletter can be sent to fallselite@fallslittleleague.org

This Week in Baseball 11.18.18

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This Week in Baseball

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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.


Aces News

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.


Training Updates

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
11/2/2018
Max. Barrel Speed Peak MPH Max. Barrel Speed Avg. MPH Target
Riley 56 Riley 49.7 49.7
Logan 54 Logan 49.5 46.7
Tayler 50 David 46.7 49.7
David 49 Alex 42.4 49.7
Alex 44 Tayler 41.8 47.3
Jayson 39 Jayson 37.8 46.7

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!


oscarCamps, 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.

Sessions include:

  • 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.


Notes

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!

-Coach Aaron

Questions about any item in this newsletter can be sent to fallselite@fallslittleleague.org