Winter 2021

2021 Ruffnecks Winter Workouts Schedule & Plan

2021 Winter Workout Schedule Updated Feb. 22, 2021

The 2021 Winter Schedule is available by clicking on the image of the boys playing baseball (to the right).  Our 2021 “Winter Workouts” continue through the beginning of March at the New England Baseball Complex (NEBC).  Details follow below.  We will monitor the weather during the week.

The OUTDOOR Winter Workout for Sunday, February 28 is scheduled for 2:00 to 4:00pm.  Hitting Groups are assigned for the indoor cages at the same time.  Hitting times and groups are specific.  Players must be dressed in Ruffnecks baseball gear.

OPEN Hitting is scheduled at the NEBC Saturday, February 27th.  13U and 14U Team Hitting sessions are from 8:15 to 11:00.  OPEN Hitting follows from 11:00 to 1:00pm.

Winter Workout Information

 

Ruffnecks Winter Workouts are designed to provide Spring Training-like preparation for players to get ready for the upcoming season.  The workouts are repetition oriented.  High School aged players find the sessions helpful to prepare for their school teams.  Winter Workouts feature full-field drills, hitting, and side sessions (for pitchers) at the NEBC during February and March 2021.

Note: Unless by invitation, Winter Workouts are for rostered Ruffnecks players only.

Player Assignments – Workout Sunday, Feb. 28 Updated (Sat. 2/27)

Winter Workout #5: Sunday, Feb. 28, 2021 – Outdoor Workout 

  • Outdoor Workout for Sunday, Feb. 28 – Scheduled 2:00 to 4:00pm
  • Player Assignments: Use this LINK or the click the Spring Training picture:

Players are expected to wear ONLY Ruffnecks gear to Winter Workouts.  We ask Ruffnecks players to wear their BLUE, numbered tees or performance shirts, gray baseball pants or Ruffnecks sweats, and their Ruffnecks caps to all Winter Workouts.  Long sleeves are recommended.  Ruffnecks sweatshirts, jackets, and other wear are permitted for outdoor workouts.  Once a player takes the field, only Ruffnecks apparel (Ruffnecks sweatpants or gray baseball pants) is permitted.

Schedule for Winter Workout: February 28, 2021
(Updated Saturday, Feb. 27 at 2:00pm)

  • Report Time:  1:30pm (Limited Equipment Distribution)
  • Assignments: Posted to right
  • Outdoors Fields 2 & 3: 2:00 to 4:00pm
  • Key to Abbreviations – Drill Groups
    • Group 1 = Field 1 INFIELD Work
    • C1 & C2 = Catchers Groups (Right Field – Field 2)
    • OF = Field 2 OUTFIELD Drill Work (Cycle 1 ONLY)
    • OF-HIT = Cages (Only two small hitting groups)
    • PT = Field 3 Pitchers Throwing Station
    • PFP = Field 2 (Right Field Little Diamond) Cycle 2 ONLY
    • X = Not Attending
    • NOTES = Please read notes

Ruffnecks players are asked to communicate through EMAIL in their team mailboxes if they are unable to attend.  Notices for inclement weather or cancellations are communicated through email (when possible) and are posted on the home page of this website.  Families should NOT depart from home during winter weather without checking email and the website for updates.

Indoor Cage Update: Weekend of Feb. 27-28

13U and 14U Team Hitting Sessions are planned on Saturday, Feb. 27 from 8:00am to 11:15.
OPEN Hitting is from 11:15 to 1:00pm.
OPEN Hitting is prioritized for 15U, 16U, and 17U Ruffnecks due to the team sessions earlier in the morning.

  • 8:00am to 9:45am – 13U Team Session (On-Field if possible)
  • 9:45am to 11:15am – 14U Team Session
  • 11:15am to 1:00pm – OPEN Hitting for Ruffnecks (15U, 16U, 17U Priority)
  • COVID ATTESTATION FORM – (Download and bring with you!)

OPEN HITTING hours at the NEBC Cages are for the exclusive use of Ruffnecks use on Saturdays until 1:00pm. Enjoy. WOOD BATS ONLY.  Please adhere to the “Ruffnecks Rule” by wearing only Ruffnecks apparel.

  • Ruffnecks may use NEBC OPEN Hitting hours whenever they are scheduled.
  • OPEN Ruffnecks hours are at no charge to Ruffnecks.
  • TEAM Hitting Sessions take place on Saturdays.  Check the schedule.
  • Use of the cages at other times should be arranged directly with the staff at the NEBC.
  • Please call (508) 409-4101 to check for availability and rates for non-Ruffnecks cage time.

Updates and last minute notifications (usually weather related) regarding indoor sessions are available on the home page of this website, this page, and through email.  Families should NOT depart from home during winter weather without checking email and the website for updates.

NEBC Hitting Cages – Policies & Procedures

(For full Covid Guidelines see our link to the Covid Page)

 

The NEBC hitting tunnels provide state of the art indoor hitting facilities for Ruffnecks.  Some hours are designated as TEAM hitting sessions (for 13U and 14U).  OPEN hours provide opportunities for Ruffnecks to use the batting cages independently or with teammates.   We ask players to wear Ruffnecks apparel and to identify themselves at the front desk of the NEBC when they are using the cages during OPEN hours.  Please monitor the website home page and the links to the Winter Schedule.

  • At all times, Ruffnecks are to use ONLY WOOD BATS in the NEBC hitting tunnels.
  • Players are expected to wear Ruffnecks apparel and caps while hitting in the cages.
  • All equipment is to be returned to its proper place.
  • The NEBC cages are expected to be put in order. Trash to be picked up.

There are no machines in the batting cages.  Ruffnecks players are encouraged to work with each other and to use the buckets, tees, and L-Screens to conduct high-repetition hitting routines taught in our program, on their own.

Covid Guidelines for NEBC Cage Use

On December 13, 2020 the Commonwealth of Massachusetts reverted to Phase III, Step 1 of the Reopening Plan.  Youth and amateur sports are affected accordingly.  The safety and health of Ruffnecks players, coaches, and families is a priority.  Links to the regulations and guidelines are updated on our COVID REGS page.  Please review.  The NEBC follows current Commonwealth of Massachusetts protocols and guidelines governing indoor athletic spaces.  We urge all Ruffnecks to use good decision making.  Follow the guidelines.

General Guidelines:

  • Participants, Coaches, and chaperones must be symptom free for Covid-19 for 14 days prior to activity.
  • If a participant experiences symptoms after attending a hitting session, the Director of Ruffnecks and NEBC must be informed.
  • Any positive test requires notification to the Director of the Ruffnecks (It will be shared with the NEBC).

Cages (Area) Specific Guidelines:

  • Players MUST register at the monitor’s desk by signing the Ruffnecks Daily Register.  Please specify time in and out.
  • Players MUST wear face coverings while engaged in activities in the cages.
  • Players SHOULD wash their hands before and after hitting and handling baseballs and equipment.
  • The Cages are limited to PLAYERS & COACHES ONLY.
  • A maximum of 15 (TOTAL) players and coaches are permitted in the cage area.
  • Players should use their own bats (Wood ONLY) and bring their own water.
  • There is limited viewing space on the walkway in the cage area. Spectators and chaperones are asked to remain outside the cage area.

Team Hitting Sessions:

  • Specific TEAM Hitting sessions for 13U and 14U are scheduled periodically.  They begin and end ON TIME.
  • Other players are not permitted to hit in the cages or to wait in the cage area during a team hitting session.
  • Coaches will provide a list of players attending team hitting sessions.

Winter Workouts

 

The Winter Workouts are designed to provide Spring Training-like preparation for Ruffnecks players to get ready for the upcoming season.  The workouts are repetition oriented.  The objective is to prepare players for the spring seasons in high school.  The Indoor “Bubbles” at BC and Harvard are unavailable during the winter of 2021.  We intend to provide opportunities for Ruffnecks coaches and players to conduct full-field drills, hitting, and side sessions (for pitchers) at the NEBC during February and March 2021.

Players are expected to wear ONLY Ruffnecks gear to Winter Workouts.  We ask Ruffnecks players to wear their BLUE, numbered tees or performance shirts, gray baseball pants or Ruffnecks sweats, and their Ruffnecks caps to all Winter Workouts.  Long sleeves are recommended.  Ruffnecks sweatshirts, jackets, and other wear are permitted for outdoor workouts.

Ruffnecks players are asked to respond to weekly roll calls for attendance.  Notices for inclement weather or cancellations are communicated through email and through postings on the home page of this website.  Families should NOT depart from home during winter weather without checking email and the website for updates.