OLSH BASEBALL
**WPIAL Playoffs will run from May 14 - May 29; should we qualify for the PIAA Playoffs they will run from June 3 - June 14.
 
**Neil Walker WPIAL Showcase for Juniors - Friday June 7 - Russelton, PA.
 
Upcoming Schedule:
 
Fri 5/17 - Batting Practice 4:00-5:30 AAC - Mandatory for the following: Bn. Brazell, By. Brazell, Santelli, Wentling, Schulz, Hansen, Hudac, Rippole, G. Williams, Minton, Minzer, B. Williams, Hanna.  For other players, today's practice will be optional and swings will be minimal. (At today's BP I want to maximize swings for varsity starters/regulars).
Sat 5/18 - Practice 12:00-2:00 YT (moved back for weather reasons)
Sun 5/19 - Practice 1:00-3:00 YT
Mon 5/20 - WPIAL Playoff Game vs. Riverview 4:00 @ Seneca Valley HS; E.D. 1:20; White Pinstripe Unis / Purple Hat - probably molded cleats only
Tue 5/21 - WPIAL Playoff Game TBD
Wed 5/22 - Practice 4:00-6:00 YT, study hall 2:35
Thu 5/23 - Practice 4:00-6:00 YT, study hall 2:35
Fri 5/24 - Practice 4:00-6:00 YT, study hall 2:35
 
 
**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