Most club teams will be gearing up for fall practice, tournaments, and showcases in the upcoming weeks. It’s important that players and coaches who are new to club ball, understand the importance of the fall season and treat it as a preview for what is to come for the following summer.
In the past, the fall season has been overlooked by many. This is quite common in association ball, where teams are evenly divided to develop the overall program. As players get older and move out of community travel ball and into club ball, the fall season becomes an important season.
The fall season is a highly competitive season at the club ball level. Teams and players are just coming off a full summer season and will be at the peak of their performance levels. Pitchers will be throwing harder in the fall months than they were at the beginning of the summer. This is because their arm is more conditioned from throwing in practices, games, and tournaments all summer long. Hitters will be locked in and ready to compete, and defenders who have seen action on dirt all summer will be ready to make the plays.