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Playoff Bound!

The purple polka dot monkeys are PLAYOFF BOUND this week. Of course every team has made the playoffs but it’s hugely exciting for the girls to realize they are done regular season and now playing for the championship. We are guaranteed two games (tomorrow night and Saturday morning) and we’re having a practice tonight to get the girls ready.

The scary thing is that it’s 90+ degrees here today with a scary amount of humidity. We considered canceling practice but the coaches and I feel that the girls will benefit from some batting practice and perhaps some pitching and catching practice. I think if we can nail down our hitting consistency and pitching we will do REALLY well in our two scheduled play off games.

Over the past couple of weeks we’ve seen very significant improvement in the girls and their abilities. They’ve been hitting the ball incredibly well… they’ve been paying very good attention to the game and calling out the plays. They are throwing the ball and covering bases. All in all they’ve made some really strong improvements this season. With one more practice to focus on some key fundamentals and I think we’ll be in great shape as a team.

I think in this evening’s practice the plan is to do some batting (with CK pitching to the girls) and a few people playing around the infield to pick up the balls that are hit. But I’d also like to work with the girls who’ve been playing catcher and teach them some of the true fundamentals of being behind the plate. Where to stand… what to do… how to move. Some of the girls on our team are showing some very serious potential behind the plate and I’d really like to develop that  bit more before breaking for the season. We may also want to do some dedicated work with our pitchers. They’ve been doing really really well and have learned so much. But they still struggle a bit with form, technique and release point. One girls walks up to the pitch like she’s bowling… and while occasionally effective she will start to get called for illegal pitching as she moves up to higher levels. Since she’s one of our older girls there is risk that she will move up next year and I would definitely like for her to be better prepared for it – as she is one of the few who has consistently LOVED pitching.

Although I am very proud of the work the girls have done I am also getting a bit sad that the season is coming to a close. It’s been an incredibly rewarding few months and it’s DEFINITELY something I want to do again next year. I think if we can gather the same team up again for another season (and maybe get started just a bit earlier) we will do great things together next year. These last couple of weeks not only have the girls improved in skill, they’ve also gelled as a team an started cheering for each other and for the game and for every play. It’s been great to see. I’d love to see what could happen if they are allowed to stay together for another couple of years.

I think in order for me to coach again next year (and not go completely crazy) I may have to give up one other ‘activity’ during the week…. but I guess we can wait and see on that a little bit. While it’s been a crazy couple of months I think all in all I’ve handled it pretty well. I am fairly used to it now – although I do have to say it will be nice to have at least one more evening a week at home where I might get some laundry and house cleaning done on a regular basis.

But, this week… there will be no focusing on laundry or house work. This week it’s all about taking these monkeys to the PLAYOFFS baby!!

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May 31, 2011 Posted by | Little League | , , | Leave a comment