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Re: Should Your son Play Fall Ball

bballdad2016 ·
Fall Ball is great for freshman. Gets them accustomed to the coaches, teammates, and quite frankly... its the longest tryout they will ever get. For the Upperclassman, it all depends on if it fits into their plan (see JOEMKTG's post, above).
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Ripken Fan ·
Son is a position player who played fall ball throughout. He used it to tinker with a few things in swing, or used more situational approaches (hitting the other way, etc). Son played varsity soccer during fall, few conflicts. Fall ball coaches knew he would not make any practices. Hit fine and threw, but baseball running was more sluggish from soccer. Fall ball particularly was beneficial junior year, when he went to a couple of school specific camps, where he remained sharp.
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3and2Fastball ·
the article talks a lot about pitchers and innings pitched but doesn't as much discuss position players My Kid (2021) isn't playing Fall Ball this year. Instead he's focusing on getting Bigger/Stronger/Faster and working on swing mechanics. He's taking 2 straight months off from throwing and will take at least the 1st two weeks off of school from all Baseball activity just to get acclimated to high school academics and take a break from hitting Fall Ball can be a great thing, and my Kid will...
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Should Your son Play Fall Ball

S.Young ·
Hey All, I just read this interesting article from Cressey Sports about the value, if any, to your son playing baseball in the fall. I think for most of us, many of our decisions come down to asking the right questions, and I think this article does a great job of helping us ask the right questions as it pertains to fall ball. Check it out here https://ericcressey.com/should-you-play-fall-baseball Enjoy!
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Chico Escuela ·
Thanks for posting the article. It does make some good points. My 2020 son gave up soccer this fall (he made varsity last year) to play fall ball. I would have been fine either way, but he decided he wants to focus on baseball and he wasn't happy with the way he played this summer. I think that multiple sports are best, especially before HS. And because my son Is primarily a pitcher, I absolutely count his innings and his total pitches--if he were near 100 innings, he wouldn't pitch this...
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Re: AZ Jr Fall Classic - Strategy

SanDiegoRealist ·
Agree with batty and real green. He's gonna start with a 1-1 count. If that pitcher can through a breaking ball or off speed for a strike and you take, it's now 1-2...advantage pitcher. Know thy enemy. If the kid pitching is throwing off speed and breaking balls for strikes, change your approach, don't expect to hunt fastballs. But be ready to recognize and jump on the FB if/when it comes. For some kids, they are going to be wanting to throw strikes and they may rely on the FB...better...
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Re: Should Your son Play Fall Ball

joemktg ·
It's a question without any context, and the answer is more complex than what the article delineates. The question that should be posed is this: "What is the role that 2017 fall ball plays in the long term plan?" Prerequisite: a long term plan. Without that, then the player/parent is floating along without a rudder. So for you parents out there with middle schoolers and early HS players: pull together your plan.
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BOF ·
Good advice, but remember pitchers are there to show their stuff also...so they will be throwing their best pitches and they have to show good velocity so I would be sitting FB. They also need to show good breaking balls so look for hangers. They rotate a lot of pitchers in and out so pay attention to who is warming up and what pitches he is warming up with and also what he is throwing in what sequence. Regardless where a ball is hit bust his a$$ down the line to show speed. Good Luck!!!
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smokeminside ·
good questions! My opinion: be aggressive at the plate; It's not a typical game situation. Coaches are there to see swings. as far as the 60, not sure how coaches use the time recorded there. My guy has run a 6.75 at a showcase, but I timed him at 6.63 in practice, so he's gonna try to beat the 6.75. If he runs slower, he's gonna ignore it when he sends out his emails/letters etc. If he beats it, he'll tell everyone how much he's improved. Is your boy in the academic tryout? If so, he'll...
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AZ Jr Fall Classic - Strategy

Boilermaker ·
My 2019 C/OF is playing in the Fall Classic in October. I've never attended, but I understand no scores are kept and there are 6 batters/inning. Interested in thoughts from those that have had kids participate on a couple items Question #1: What is the strategy as a hitter? Is situational hitting expected/valued? Is getting walked just a missed opportunity show hitting skills or does it still show plate discipline to a coach? I guess what I'm asking is should a hitter do anything they can to...
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Boilermaker ·
He's not participating in the academic tryout (I'm just trying to keep his GPA north of 3 . On the 60, since being timed at 6.59 he's been doing core training and I've also got him signed up to spend an hour with a sprint trainer (as I suspect his form is pretty inefficient). So I have some reason to believe he can do better. Tough call. Just a bad start and you're 0.2s higher.
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2019Dad ·
Do you have to run the 60 at the academic game tryout? I mean, does everyone run it?
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2019Dad ·
Thanks. Unfortunately, no time right now to train for the 60.
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smokeminside ·
I suppose you don't have to run it. Position groups move through the tryout together but you could probably duck out and join the group at the next station. They have a list, though, (alphabetical?) and they announce a kid's name before the defensive and offensive turns.
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2019Dad ·
Thanks, Gov. He'll run it and I expect he'll do OK, but it would be wise to spend some time prepping for it (working on start, etc.). Where to find the time . . . ?
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Gov ·
The 60 is at the academic tryout - standard showcase format
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Fall Baseball

Coach 2 ·
Norwood Blues looking for recommendations and inquiries regarding Fall 2017 roster to compete on weekends for six to eight weeks. Must be a well above average varsity level high school player. Contact Head Coach Rich Pildes at rpildes@uicalumni.org. Team Website at www.eteamz.com/norwoodblues
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Re: Should Your son Play Fall Ball

bballdad2016 ·
Regarding Fall Baseball with a Travel Team vs. High School team: I wholeheartedly agree that it should be one or the other to prevent overuse or fatigue. That being said, make sure the juice is worth the squeeze, IE: is your TB team playing a similar amount of games and similar completion as your HS Fall team? If so, is the cost worth it? Bottom line, just make sure which ever direction you go, your son is being developed properly without overuse or without breaking the bank before he's even...
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2019Dad ·
The article begs the question. I mean, it starts with "we know that playing baseball year-round is a bad idea" . . .
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johnnysako ·
If you dont play football or soccer and dont throw 10,000 pitches all year why wouldnt you
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CaCO3Girl ·
I read that article last night, and it made sense. Cressey is a shoulder guy, it's an easy concept to understand that the less stress on your shoulder the better your overall shoulder health will be. A tweet that he retweeted yesterday shortly after this article was "The best arm care tip you can give is not an exercise; rather, it's telling a 12-year-old not to pitch 12 months a year."
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cabbagedad ·
S. Young, welcome to the site... thanks for posting that Cressey piece. I sent you a PM
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johnnysako ·
My 2021 hasnt thrown (until this week) since 7/16. He's not a starting pitcher but does throw inning's here and there. That stretch of downtime was hard for him and is itching to get back on the field. We spent that time being a kid of course but also on the bigger/faster/stronger. He managed to put on 6 pounds during that time that he drastically needed. His HS has a fall team in which he can make 6 of the 15 games, his commitment is with his TB team which is about 8-10 games and 3-4...
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Re: AZ Jr Fall Classic - Strategy

Boilermaker ·
Speed is his greatest asset for sure. Measured a 1.93 pop time at the same event but I imagine he transitions to OF if he continues beyond HS to take advantage of his speed. Needs LOTS of development as a hitter.
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2019Dad ·
That's a fast catcher you have!
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real green ·
Not specific to that event, but a hitter has to swing to showcase his ability. Remind your player the quality of the swing is much more important than the result of the swing.
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Gov ·
AZ Fall Classic - 1-1 counts and a new Pitcher every inning. Complete Pitcher-Catcher outing.... Work on timing & rhythm...the hitter has to get dialed into the pitcher while in the dugout and in the on deck circle. Work on his routine...all eyes are watching the moment he steps out of the dugout. Look at the list of colleges which attended last year - which schools appeal to him? With a 60 time and pop time like your sons he will get attention. Email some of those colleges and offer his...
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DesertDuck ·
If memory serves (both Jr. & Sr. Classic last year)....counts start out at 0-0. First walk for batter, stay in the box and runner on first from dugout. Start AB over (may start @1-1 now) and only fastballs. Second walk for same batter in the game and he takes first himself (swing the bat boys!). Some of this can vary 'a bit' based on Coach's desires at plate meeting with Ump just prior to game start. Innings are 3 outs or 6 batters whichever happens first. No score kept. Can run 60 off...
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Consultant ·
2019 DAD; a few years ago at Candlestick Park, I visited with Joe Morgan, Jack Clark and Jim Lefebvre and they were using a "drill". Take a large rope wrap around your waist and attach to a large truck tire. Pull this tire 30' ten times and your 1st step quickness will improve. Bob
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Batty67 ·
And I thought my 2017's 6.95 60 was good for a catcher. Your son definitely has exceptional speed and arm strength. Sounds like he has a bright future. In response to your questions. #1 in general, the coaches want to see the swing so a walk, unless the pitches are woeful (which can happen), at best is a wasted opportunity. Try to square one up and if that is the first pitch, go for it. If a breaking pitch, probably lay off unless it is a cement mixer. If your son has legitimate power, I'd...
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smokeminside ·
gotta find me a bus' up Peterbilt.
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NTX Banditos Fall TRYOUTS

CBS ·
NTX Banditos are holding High School Team Fall TRYOUTS August 1st & 2nd at Prestonwood Christian Academy Pre-Register today at www.ntxbanditos.com click on tryouts then registration. NTX BANDITOS TEAMS HAVE WON MULTIPLE STATE AND NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS AT VARIOUS AGE DIVISIONS ACROSS MANY COMPETITIVE BASEBALL ASSOCIATIONS, SANCTIONED LEAGUES AND TOURNAMENT PLAY. THE BANDITOS ORGANIZATION HAS WON OVER 77 NATIONAL TITLES AND 142 STATE TITLES. PLAYERS...
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Arizona Fall Junior Classic 2016

Gov ·
For what it's worth, I took my 2018 to the one day academic tryout and game yesterday. Due to the ACT he isn't playing with a team this weekend. The event was very well organized. Total of 227 kids, they held tryouts from 8-1:30, and posted 2 teams of 27 kids that played each other last night in SD Padres spring facility stadium. Each team consisted of 9 pitchers, 17 position players, 1 DH. With the position players getting 4.5 innings of play and 3 AB's. Son made the team. He was very...
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Re: Arizona Fall Junior Classic 2016

smokeminside ·
Anyone with a 3.7 GPA or 1200 SAT (new version)/ 27 ACT score can apply for the tryout. Not everyone is picked for the tryout. Tryout consists of 60 yd. dash, defensive workout, and two rounds of hitting. A LOT of kids tryout but as Gov said they whittle the numbers down to two manageable teams. The game is very well scouted, but so are the tryouts themselves. Just getting to tryout is a nice way to be seen by a captive audience. There are no other games going on during the tryout, so the...
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Gov ·
Bogey, to be selected for the tryout they review academics and skills video. I was told it's easier to gain entry to the Junior HS event because people are just learning about the event and the players don't have enough graded semesters for the high academic colleges to be looking seriously at them. For the Senior HS event you'll have more kids scrambling to be seen due to their short time line to get an offer. Good for the D3's, it's a one day or weekend event to get a last look to fill...
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smokeminside ·
There's likely some truth to the D1 jr classic/D3 sr. classic distinction. However, my 2017 got some mid-major D1 interest coming out of this year's sr. classic, and several D3s got in touch with him as well, both at the event and by email a few days later. Gov, how did the skills video work? We didn't submit any for the tryout; wondering if it might have been useful to get selected for the actual game.
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Bogeyorpar ·
Any idea how they "select" the ones to tryout? Do they base it on academics? Clearly they haven't seen the kids play so can not be based on skills. Has anyone heard any kids got denied? So far anyone who applied seemed to have been selected to tryout. Other question (I remember it's already discussed somewhere): it seems logical that if you are aiming for D1 you go to the Junior event; if you aim for D3 you go to the Senior event. True?
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Gov ·
It was an item asked for on the application. We figured we'd include the video to increase the odds of being selected. I'm not sure if it influenced his selection for the game or not... I guess it could have put him on the radar... At the tryout he performed well and it's a small pond in a way - kids with a 3.7 that can play. Minor note: the game was pitching dominated, only a few kids hitting, and the same 2-3 kept hitting. My son had 2k's & F3, so his bat was off at the game, which was...
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roothog66 ·
I definitely think there is something to this. My son, a 2018, attended the Senior event and, while their were a pretty good number of recruiters watching when he pitched, the only D1's I spotted were schools there because we had pre-arranged it. The VAST majority standing there were from D2's, D3's and JC's - lots of JC's.
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Re: AZ Fall Classic Junior/Senior All Academic Game

Backstop22 ·
So my 2017 applied to be a part of this year's Senior All Academic game. His primary position is a catcher, but he also pitches a little bit now and then on his travel team. Once he confirmed with his travel team that we were in for the Senior Classic games, he then signed up on the web page. I want to say it was early July. He listed Catcher but they have a question if you are willing to be a pitcher if not selected for your primary position. He checked yes. As the date neared for them to...
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AZ Fall Classic Junior/Senior All Academic Game

SanDiegoRealist ·
First off, is there a feature where one can search the forums? I can't seem to find that function anywhere and I have to think someone has asked this question already...but here it goes: Besides the obvious academic standards a player has to meet in order to be eligible to play in one of the AZ Fall Classic All-Academic tryout and game (Must have at least a 3.7 GPA OR an ACT score of 27 or higher OR SAT score of 1700 is the minimum for tests taken prior to Jan 2016. 1200 (new scoring system)...
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Gov ·
My son applied for the AZ Fall Junior Classic All Academic Tryout; we were told they accept most, if not all Juniors that apply, but it's helpful to include skills video, when in doubt, they will look at it. It's a family operation that has some true baseball guys involved. Given we were traveling for a one day event, my son was offering them as much material as he could to increase his chances of making the All Academic Team. (I was told they did look at my son's video and he did make the...
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StrainedOblique ·
Excellent event. Video isn't important . Just GPA / Test scores. The try-out part of the event is stacked w/ schools as is the all-star game in the evening. Good luck!
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SanDiegoRealist ·
Just submitted my son's application for the 2019's AZ Fall Classic Junior All Academic game in October 2017, but they did not ask for a video link on the application, just the GPA or SAT/ACT Scores, High School, email for school counselor...and not surprisingly my credit card number :-( . Just as an FWIW, video was not asked for.
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Backstop22 ·
I'm not sure if the itinerary is the same for the Junior Classic as it is for the Senior one, but be sure to let your travel team coach know that your son may be invited to the tryout and that he could be selected for the Academic Game that night. They now have scheduled other games and activities for that same Thursday, so there could be a conflict with his travel team schedule. Better to be safe than sorry and tell the coach of your plans. My 2017's team was cool with it, but his day...
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Backstop22 ·
Great idea to revive this post now while the application period is open for both sessions. I am not sure there is any preference given to the early applicants over the later ones, but better to get it in early to be on the list. And remember there is no guarantee of even getting invited to tryout, but they refund the money if a kid is not selected. Reading back over my posts above, I see they ended in 12/2016 before my 2017 knew his fate. He was so fortunate to get the chance to pitch in the...
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Trust In Him ·
I thought I would revive a thread like this instead of creating a new one or hijacking others. IMHO this is one of the better showcase game for those who qualify. As stated above there is a minimum GPA, SAT/ACT to even be considered. My son participated in the Jr, made the team and did well in the game. Basically breaks down as 1/2 day tryout by position (have maybe 15-20 balls, throws, bats) and the results are announced later that day. Evening game follows. What makes this different is it...
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smokeminside ·
You asked if it was going to be worth it. If it's the only thing you're doing, and it sounds like it is, you're asking a great question. There will be scouts at the tryouts, so a kid will be seen whether they make the game or not, but most kids do NOT make the evening game. It's incredibly competitive and if a kid does make it, practically every scout at the Classic will be there watching. The tryout has a lot of stuff going on at once--some positions hitting, some running, some doing...
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8-on-8 Fall High School Baseball League

Marshals Baseball ·
FALL LEAGUE Our Fall League is designed to give players as many reps as possible , both offensively and defensively , to maximize skills development . It will NOT interfere with fall ball in your high school. Here are the details: All games machine-pitch , two pitches per at-bat (approximately 90-95 at-bats in a 2-hour game). These are 8-on-8 games with full defense, full offense, played just like regular baseball (just no pitchers). Eight weekends of games (weather permitting). Competitive...
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Nonamedad ·
I have searched this site and the web but really can’t find much info. I know all schools have fall ball and this how the team is finalized. Is there a schedule any where, is it mainly inter squad? The NCAA site said the coaches get 8 hours per week, is that right? Any info would be appreciated.
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