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2020 “Sin City” Major tournament information (men’s starts at 9 AM Friday, March 27th)


 

2020 Sin City men’s Major, D, E and Women’s Major and D Weekend
Big League Dreams Las Vegas – Nevada
March 27 – 29

Do Not Be Left Out

ENTER Las Vegas tournament HERE

START TIMES
Mens Major – Games will begin at 9AM Friday Morning

Womens Major – Games will begin at 5PM Friday Evening

Mens D – Games will begin at 9PM Friday Evening
Mens E – Games will begin at 8AM Saturday Morning

Womens D – Games will begin at 9PM Friday Evening

Gate Fee: $7.00 per person

ALL TEAMS MUST BE AVAILABLE TO START AT THE SET TIMES

 

Las Vegas–  Host Hotel    Hampton Inn North  2852 E. Craig Rd  5 minutes from BLD ballpark
             Rate $139 with free breakfast buffet, no resort fee , free parking
             call Claire Garcia 702-726-3150 and tell her Conference USSSA block

Myrtle Beach Host Hotel   Doubletree by Hilton Oceanfront 3200 South Ocean Blvd- 5 minutes from Grand Park
             Rate $135  with free parking Call Mark Hubbard  843-315-7197  ask for the USSSA Room Block
             Book early as this is graduation weekend for Coastal Carolina University & Harley Bike week

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Michele Smith Talks St. Pete/Clearwater Invitational, Mike Davenport Also Joins


In this edition of In The Circle, the guys preview the second annual St. Pete/Clearwater Invitational as Eric Lopez talks with ESPN’s Michele Smith about the event and how it all came about. Smith discusses the improvements from year one to year two, as well as the involvement of the US Olympic team.

Also, on the episode, North Georgia’s Head Coach Mike Davenport joins the show to talk about his Nighthawks outlook in 2020 as they host a big tournament this weekend. Davenport discusses the tough non-conference schedule as well as getting a chance to play the US Olympic team and more. Victor also looks to some of the other storylines in D2 this weekend.








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Wild Opening Weekend in College Softball, Clemson Earns First Win



Photo Courtesy of Clemson Athletics

On this appearance In The Circle, Justin McLeod of Justin’s World joins the guys to recap a wild opening weekend for DI softball. We discuss takeaways from the NFCA Leadoff Classic, as well as Justin’s conversation with Mississippi State Head Coach Samantha Ricketts about her Bulldogs’ undefeated weekend in Clearwater.

The guys also discuss Clemson’s first weekend of games, including an exclusive interview with Clemson’s Head Coach John Rittman following the Tiger’s historic first win over St John’s. Also, in the episode, we share our thoughts on Florida State and Texas’ offensive explosions, early struggles with Alabama, and Arizona’s weekend. Victor breaks down his trip to Melbourne for the Florida Tech DII Invitational and what teams he’ll look for throughout the season.








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Drop Step with Ball Fielding Drill


Purpose

This drill covers the proper mechanics for drop stepping with the ball when fielding.

Set Up

  • Outfielder lines up in front of coach.

Instructions

  1. Coach says “Ready Position.”
  2. Player stands with feet shoulder-width apart, knees bent, rock side to side, elbows are bent, glove is up, eyes looking in at the imaginary batter.
  3. Coach says “Drop and Go.”
  4. Player performs a drop step and turns and runs back.
  5. Coach throws ball up in the air.
  6. Player catches the ball.
  7. Run drill to both glove and throwing sides.

drop step with ball fielding drill

Coaching Tips

  • Remind players that if their body is not turned while catching, the base runner will gain two extra steps (six feet) while the baseman is repositioning herself to make the
    throw.
  • This drill can be performed individually by holding a ball, practicing the turning technique and throwing to a net.

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Ashleigh McLean on West Florida and DII, DI Weekend Preview


On this edition of In The Circle, The guys talk to West Florida’s Head Coach Ashleigh McLean about the outlook for the 2020 season coming off a 2019 season where West Florida won the Gulf South Championship and made it to DII World Series in Denver, Colorado. Victor also discusses his thoughts after the first weekend of the season in DII.

Also, in this episode, Eric and Victor preview some of the big tournaments on the opening weekend of DI, including the UCF Tournament in Orlando, where it will mark the first-ever game played by Clemson. We hear from Tigers Head Coach Jon Rittman in our throwback Thursday segment from an interview with Rittman last spring. We also talk about storylines at USF Tournament in Tampa, The return of the NFCA Lead-Off Classic in Clearwater, as well as FSU, hosting Alabama in a tournament in Tallahassee and much more.








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2020 Competitive Edge/M&T Builders/Adiktiv Sports team!


 

2020 COMPETITIVE EDGE/M&T BUILDERS/ADIKTIV SPORTS (FL-A)

JB BLANCHETTE
RJ CONSIGNY
DEREK KNIGHT
ERIC KROLL
JOHN McANALLY
COREY MILLER
TRISTAN MONTGOMERY
JEREMY MOORE
GAGE OWSLEY
CRAIG RODRIGUEZ
JEFF SMITH
MARCUS SMITH
JUSTIN WATKINS
MARK PATTERSON
CAMERON ANDREWS

Mark Patterson – MANAGER
Cameron Andrews – COACH

Sponsors:
COMPETITIVE EDGE – Mark Patterson/Ray Drayton
M&T BUILDERS – Tom Nuttall/Mark Patterson
ADIKTIV SPORTS – Ray Drayton/Mark Patterson
NWFL BUILDING SERVICES INC – Mark Patterson

Tentative Schedule:
Feb 15             Gulf Coast Challenge        Gulfport, MS
Mar 6-8           Adam Deese Memorial      Dothan, AL
Mar 27-29       Sin City Major                   Las Vegas, NV
Apr 3-5           Space City Classic             Houston, TX
Apr 16-19       Hall of Fame Dual             Viera, FL
Apr 24-26       Cajun Classic                    Carencro, LA
May 15-17       Golden State Major           Palm Springs, CA
May 22-24       Kut4 Sports Atlanta Major Atlanta, GA
**Jun 5-7         Bash on the Chesapeake    Glenn Burnie, MD
**Jun 12-14     Sooner Invitational            Tulsa, OK
Jun 19-21        The Dudley                       Brooklyn Center, MD
**Jun 25-28     Easton Derby Dual             Kent, WA
Jul 10-12         Smoky Mountain Classic    Maryville, TN
**Jul 17-19      Cincy Major                       Cincinnati, OH
**Jul 31-Aug 2 Rose City Major                 Portland, OR
Aug 7-9           SmashItSports Last Chance Columbus, OH
Aug 28-30       USSSA ‘A’ Worlds                Viera, FL
Sep 11-13        WSL Open Worlds               PCB, FL
Sep 16-20        USSSA Major World Series  Viera, FL

** means the tournament is tentative

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Tim Walton on the 2020 Florida Gators and Team USA


On our latest episode of In The Circle, Eric Lopez is joined by Florida Gators Head Coach Tim Walton, who will start his 15th season this weekend in Tampa. Coach Walton talks about a talented yet young Gator squad heading into this year. He also shares his thoughts about playing Team USA in Gainesville and Stacy Nelson’s induction into the Gators’ Hall of Fame.

Victor jumps in to share his thoughts on USA Softball’s open practice in Lakeland this past weekend. We hear from USA Softball Head Coach Ken Eriksen as well as Dejah Mulipola and Michelle Moultrie.








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Half Field Game (Left Side) Baseball Team Drill


Purpose

This game uses only the left side of the field (from the second baseman’s fielding position to the left field foul line) to set up specific baserunning and fielding situations for your team to practice.

Set Up

  • Divide your team into three groups .
  • Team 1 includes the catcher, fungo hitter and third baseman.
  • Team 2 includes a center fielder, left fielder and second baseman.
  • Team 3 includes 3 baserunners, lined up behind first base.

Half Field Game Baseball Team Drill

Instructions

  1. The object of the game is for the baserunners to try and score as many runs as possible (with the help of the fungo hitter).
  2. The first baserunner starts on first base. The fungo hitter hits the ball (either fly or grounder) into the left side of the field, while the baserunner tries to advance.
  3. The defense attempts to make a play on the baserunner.
  4. After three outs, the groups rotate positions. Each team gets three outs (for a total of nine outs per inning).
  5. A hit to the wrong side of the field is an automatic out.
  6. A caught fly ball is an out.
  7. A person can be put out at a base by a force or tag.
  8. Only the team running the bases can score.
  9. Every run scored by the baserunning team is 1 point.

Coaching Tips

  • The fungo hitter should try and hit the ball to open spaces in the field (staying on the left side).





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