WINTER 1 REVIEW
At one of our Tuesday night practices I split the boys into two teams and had a competition. Each Moondog was assigned an opponent on the other team to compete against in all of our hitting and movement competitions; the winner earned a point for his team. The tally was kept on a whiteboard, updated live, and the energy was great! As the competition was winding down I saw the direction the final score was headed. Team A had a significant lead and the final hitting pair wouldn’t be able to change the outcome. So, while nobody was watching, I made a slight adjustment to the projected final score and suddenly we were tied. Everything came down to the final two Moondogs swinging it. And with the whole game on the line (or so they thought), the pair rose to the occasion and set combined four personal hitting records! I told them all the real score before I sent them home but I made sure to highlight that they are ALL capable of exceptional growth and performance, even when the pressure is on. Here’s just how much the average Moondog grew over the Winter 1 Season:
From their first game of Quality Hit to their last, the average Moondog increased his maximum batted ball exit velocity by 8.3 mph and his maximum batted ball distance by 42.2 feet. That's a huge improvement! One Moondog even jumped 19 mph in his exit velocity, while another added 107.3 feet to his max distance! It’s hard not to get excited about the boys’ hard work getting rewarded like that.
Improvement wasn’t limited to just hitting, as the Moondogs made huge strides in their movement training and increased their average Olympic Score by 8.9 points. The top performer even leaped up the leaderboard by 19.1 points!
Outstanding work Moondogs! More records and improvements are just around the corner in the Winter 2 season.