Spring Training


Liam Carroll

This morning I ventured out to Grovehill Ballpark for the start of the Herts Spring League and in typical fashion the skies opened up.  Nonetheless, great to see London and Essex clubs getting into gear with Opening Day fast approaching.  Aspi and the guys at Herts Baseball Club do a tremendous job putting the HSL together and I hope they and participating teams are rewarded with better weather for the remaining fixtures.  It's great to see the spring training slate spreading, such as with the new Leicester Spring League.  Despite the rain today, seeing a healthy representation of NBL clubs was exciting and grew my excitement for the season to arrive.

While the baseball season kicks off, London's indoor softball leagues are wrapping up.  The second AstroSeries takes place in Canary Wharf next weekend.  The one pitch format might throw participants off a bit when they start playing outside but I reckon those who've been playing throughout the winter will be a step ahead when their outdoor leagues and tournaments pick up.  The best players are those who can "slow the game down" (a reason why coaches should make practises TOUGH!).  I reckon playing faster-paced indoor helps prepare players for outdoor.  Just remember that you're not allowed to bunt anymore. 

A plan for next winter is to launch an indoor baseball competition.  I've visions of a stickball/tapeball/wiffleball mashup.  Watch this space, and comment with ideas.

Tomorrow I'll be at the last southern regional practise for what's been a fantastic winter of Academy Baseball, helping some young players get ready for a killer 2012 season.  For those of you who still have games to play this weekend: WIN THIS PITCH.



tagged under: baseball, coaching, mlb, softball, astroseries, london, spring training

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About Liam Carroll

Liam Carroll

Liam was a Regional Coach and then Development Coordinator for BaseballSoftballUK until May 2014. He returned to his hometown of London to work for BSUK in 2010 after stops in Somerset, Bristol, Cornwall, California and Nevada. Growing up playing in Britain, Liam made the move to America to study and play university baseball. After figuring out that his future would be brighter as a coach rather than player, he moved to the University of Nevada Las Vegas to finish his degree and coach college baseball. Since then he’s coached youth and adult teams on both sides of the atlantic and with the Great Britain Baseball National Teams.

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