OLSH BASEBALL
**NEW PLANS FOR UNIFORM TURN IN: players should have all uniform items washed/folded neatly and placed in a large size bag (preferably a garbage bag) with their name affixed to it or in it.  The bag should be turned into the AAC (not my classroom or the main office).  The bags should be taken up to the hallway of the coaches offices and placed along the wall outside of Coach Mac's office.  Uniforms should be turned in by next Tuesday at the latest.  If you have any questions please see Coach McCarren.
 
Items to be turned in (laundered):
-Jerseys: white, purple, grey, white pinstripe, black, camo
-Pants: white, grey, pinstripe, black
-Hooded jacket
-Belt
 
(players keep hats, practice shirts, pullover - practice shirts and pullover will be used again next year)
 
**Neil Walker WPIAL Showcase for Juniors - Friday June 7 - Russelton, PA.
 
Upcoming Schedule:
 
Fri 5/31 - Banquet - required event for players. Attire is collared shirt, dress pants, dress shoes (no t-shirts, shorts, jeans, tennis shoes, etc)
 
 
 
 
 
 
**Good book on the mental game of baseball (recommended by Coach Craig): Heads-Up Baseball 2.0; 5 Skills for Competing One Pitch at a Time. By Ken Ravizza and Tom Hansen.
https://headsupbaseball2.com/
 
**Good article on hitting...players must read....
https://www.beabetterhitter.com/lost-secrets-of-hitting/
 
 
OLSH Baseball apparel and gear:
 
Catchers chest protectors: NFHS/PIAA regulations on chest protectors state that all chest protectors must be NOCSAE certified with proper heart protection.  The other option is a special undershirt with padding that is NOCSAE certified is permitted.  https://www. .org/articles/high-school-baseball-rules-changes-focus-on-player-safety/ 
 
 
A PLAYER WHO WANTS TO BE GREAT CANNOT ONLY PRACTICE AND PLAY THE GAME ITSELF, BUT HAS TO BE A TRUE STUDENT OF THE GAME!
(Otherwise it's just a hobby, and the player will never achieve greatness.)
 
 
**Video by Alex Rodriguez on hitting.  [Very good except I would explain that the hands do go to the ball, but they need to level off and get on the plane of the ball and go through the ball for square contact.  He is correct in saying that a "launch angle" approach is not correct for the high school player.  But chopping down to "get backspin" I don't agree with either (at least as far as the high school game is concerned - the pitcher's velocity and batspeed are not high enough to generate the desired effect).  The truth lies more in the middle.]
 
 
**Excellent article on a great hitting book (The Mike Schmidt Study), pointing out some of the key takeaways:
 
 
The book is out of print but can be bought used if interested:
 
 
Other great timeless hitting books:
The Science of Hitting (by Ted Williams):
 
Rod Carew's Art and Science of Hitting
 
Great book on the mental approach to baseball
The Mental Game of Baseball
 
Pitching:
Nolan Ryan's Pitchers Bible
https://www.amazon.com/Nolan-Ryans-Pitchers-Bible-Performance/dp/0671705814/ref=sr_1_1?crid=19VEFBWWD224Y&dib=eyJ2IjoiMSJ9.Uz-Sbr8tF_A-GqzCz8zIgG9QbPVFOuc3bt9vkJGLHM3NUX4iUE5W0ZxPjNMkLm06hzB-J0Dq57Wi5BUwFx6abWgcEIa8i2sj9tijYKPWDFIdQ-sR0qT0hDa4QTxlsbkX94pvghRgbRHAnrxo7glozuUYThxEl-c5hOMmbaQ7lKwnHxcvCDFev7BWsRfkk7su94jcGl2OqXuJKiHrwJm-aBauMkINtlQ5Z2s9_hAuUq4.8is9g-0uMcsmoJmDmOyx7BxL31xSSjmy8bc5jj7LZsU&dib_tag=se&keywords=nolan+ryan+pitchers+bible&qid=1710263280&sprefix=nolan+ryans+pi%2Caps%2C100&sr=8-1