OLSH BASEBALL
 
2022 FALL BASEBALL:
 
Upcoming Schedule:
 
Mon 9/26 - Practice 4:00-6:00 YT
Wed 9/28 - Practice 4:00-6:00 YT
Fri 9/30 - BP 2:45-4:00 AAC
Sat 10/1 - DH @ Washington
 
 
Full Game Schedule:
 
8/27 - vs. Weirton 10:00/12:00 YT
9/3 - @ Seton LaSalle TBD
9/10 - vs. Alderdice 10:00/12:00 YT
9/18 - Tournament @ Westminster - Game 1 vs. Serra 11:30
9/24 - vs. S. Allegheny 10:00/12:00 YT
10/1 - @ Washington TBD
**Playoffs would follow should we qualify.
 
This fall we will again play in the Western PA Fall Baseball League (WPFBL).  We will play doubleheaders on Saturdays and practice Mondays and Wednesdays at Youthtowne and possibly have BP in the gym after school on Fridays.
 
Our first practices will be August 15, 17, 22, 24 at YT.  The first games will be Saturday August 27.  The regular season will go through October 8.  Should we qualify for the playoffs they begin October 15.
 
The cost to play is $50 per player.  The fee is to help offset the cost of the league entry fee, umpires, baseballs, jerseys (for new players), etc.  Checks should be made out to "OLSH Baseball Fundraising."  We will be wearing the gold jerseys again from last year.  Players need to have white baseball pants.
 
Players interested should email me at [email protected] asap.  If anyone has any questions feel free to email me with those as well.
 
Looking forward to a successful 2022-2023 OLSH Baseball Campaign!
 
 
 
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 total garbage for the high school player.  But chopping down to "get backspin" I don't agree with either.  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