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NYN Spring Announcements

General Manager Rick Caputo’s Message to NYN Parents.

General Manager Rick Caputo’s Message to NYN Coaches.

For the Players.

How to control your thoughts an emotions.


How to increase your arm strength. 

The 3 Biggest Reasons Talented Players Don’t Make it. 


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Baseball Tryout Tips

& how to impress a coach.

 by Ricky Caputo 2006 Draft Pick Washington Nationals & General Manager of The NY Nationals Travel Baseball Club and Sports Academy in Central Long Island, New York.

1.      Be on time:  If you’re not 15 minutes early your 15 minutes late!

2.      First impressions are everything:  Dress in a full uniform, spikes(or turfs), socks, baseball pants, belt, uniform top, and baseball cap.

3.      Be prepared:  (Spikes, glove, bat, cup, catching equipment). Plan your day accordingly so you have time to relax and mentally prepare before the tryout.

4.      Introduce yourself:  If you have never met the Coach before make sure you go out of your way to say hello and shake his hand introducing yourself.  This will show the coach you are a mature young man with a professional attitude and strong self confidence.  The type of confidence needed to lead a team, or get a game winning hit.

5.      Always on Stage:  During warm ups make sure you look like an athlete, taking each exercise serious, no talking with other players even if they try to talk to you.  Coaches are judging you from the second they see you, don’t think they are waiting for your bull pen or batting practice session to make a decision.

6.      Warm up Seriously:  When the time comes to start warming up your arm choose your partner wisely.  Do not choose someone who looks like they will have a hard time catching the ball, he will likely make you look bad.  Do not choose a friend who will not take the warm up seriously, if the coach sees you or your partner chasing the ball across the field, it will look bad for you.

7.      Don’t be a warm up hero:  Warming up is NOT the time to show off your arm.  Coaches are looking for a player’s ability to play CATCH, save your arm for the defensive part of the tryout, or your bull pen if you’re a pitcher.

8.      Bring it in hard:  After the throwing warm up the coach will likely call players to “bring it in”.  Do not sprint full speed stopping an inch from his face.  This is “false hustle” and is a obnoxious.  Do not walk either, on a faster than average jog make sure you are one of the firsts to take a knee in front of the coach.

9.      Maintain Eye Contact With Speaking Coaches:  Any time the coach is speaking keep your eyes locked on his, show the utmost attention.  Do not be distracted by other players, you are there for one reason, to impress the coach enough to make the team.  If the coach catches you looking away while he is speaking he will take that as a sign of disrespect.

10.  Stay moving:  When it is time for defensive drills, take a deep breath and hustle out to your position.  Jump three times up into the air to release some tension and keep your feet moving.  Look excited, look ready, look like defense is your favorite part of the game and you are ready and willing to showcase your talents.

11.  Fake it Until you Make it:  If you are bad at defense, remember the coaches don’t know it yet… “fake it until you make it” try hard to look like you are completely comfortable on a baseball field even if you are not.  If you are able to fool enough coaches throughout your career, you’ll keep making teams and moving up the ladder.

12.  Hustle around the field:  When its time to hit, hustle in from your position grab your bat and helmet and line up ready to hit.  Try to take some swings off a tee or even just take some imaginary swings before it is your turn to hit for the coach.

13.  Time the Pitcher:  Time your load and swing behind the cage while others are hitting, each batting practice pitcher will have a different delivery and speed to their pitches.  Notice the BP pitchers arm slot, where does the ball come from, over the top or more side arm?  This type of mental preparation will give you an advantage over the player who jumps into the cage blindly without any clue how the pitcher is throwing.

14.  Establish a cage presence:  How you enter the cage will tell the coach a lot about our confidence as a hitter.  Enter the cage with your shoulders back and your chin up, dig into the box like a big leaguer with a sense of cockiness and over self confidence that coaches love.

15.  Make some noise:  Hit the ball hard.  Make some noise up there.  Don’t worry about where the ball is being hit, and don’t try to hit home runs, show the coach you have the ability to hit the ball hard no matter where the pitcher throws it.

16.  Scare the coach:  Mix in at least one or two balls that hit the L-Screen so hard that you scare the batting practice pitcher.  Hopefully its the coach, and when he thinks back to your round he will remember getting the life scared out of him when you hit the ball back at the screen in front of him.

17.  Pep in the step:  No matter how your round goes hop out of the cage with a little pep in your step show the coach this isn’t the last round of BP you’ll ever take in your life, whether it was good or bad show the coach you have the ability to stay focused even after a rough round.

18.  Keep your head up:   (players strike out sometimes in their first at bat of the game, if the player puts his head between his legs and sulks it will bring the moral of the team down) coaches need players that can rebound from failure and keep the team spirits up.  Again “fake it until you make it!” it really works guys.

19.  Establish Mound Presence:  Pitchers, Coaches are looking for command of your pitches and confidence on the mound.  Don’t worry if you get off to a bad start, the Coach is looking for your ability to recognize why you are making a mistake and your ability to make an adjustment to correct it.

20.  Keep the ball down:  You can never go wrong by keeping the ball down even if you miss your location. Don’t change your mechanics for any of your pitches, your fastball should look like your curve and change and vice versa.

21.  Willing to learn:  If you don’t have a curveball or if you don’t have a change up, of if you have one but its terrible, simply explain to the coach, I don’t have that pitch but if you want to show me one I will definitely give it a try.

22.  Be coachable:  Coaches are not looking for an all star player.  Yes all stars are fun to have.  But so are players with the ability to get better.  It is more satisfying for a coach to find a player he knows has athletic ability and the burning desire to become a better ball player, and turn him into an All Star.  That’s why they are “coaches” in the first place.

Now that you have some things to concentrate on my last piece of advice is don’t let fear consume you.  It’s ok to be excited and nervous but not fearful.  Follow these steps, trust your abilities and leave it all on the field.  


Ricky Caputo






Ricky Caputo





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How hard should you swing?

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I always try to say “hitting is controlled violence”.  

Becaue it is… you should not swing to see the ball travel, but to hear the ball crack (or ping). 

Try to keep you head still, and hold a balanced finish.

If your saying to yourself, I do that every time….

Then you need to start swinging harder!