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This aint no Little League anymore ...

 

"Progress always involves risk. You can't steal second base and keep your foot on first"

 

North Hills Bronco:

In the winter of 2007, the NHAA re-evaluated our "Little League" Program and decided that it was not preparing the kids for the next level as much as it should be. In fact, other than the name and the ages, it wasn't much different from Minor Leagues. When the kids moved from "Little League" to Pony League, it took several games if not the entire season to adjust to the longer pitching and baserunning distances, learning how to properly lead off and steal a base, and learning the proper pitching "pick off" moves.

From one level to the next, the players were being forced to go from a 46' pitching difference to 54', and from a 60' distance between bases to an 80' This was quite a jump, and we felt this was too big of an adjustment to expect the kids to make.

Therefore, in 2008, we decided to leave "Little League" behind and adapt to Bronco League. This decision wasn't made easily, and required a complete overhaul of Bartlett Field. Through fundraising and donations, the field improvements were made and now allow the field to be transformed within minutes from Minor League pitching/baserunning distances to Bronco League. The Bronco League distances allowed us to ease the transition to that next level.

 

Pitching

Distance

Minor League:

46'

Bronco League:

48'

Pony League:

54'

 

Base Paths

Distance

Minor League:

60'

Bronco League:

70'

Pony League:

80'

 

Other areas we observed the kids having problems adjusting where learning how to take leads off of bases, how to "live" steal a base, how to effectively "pick off" a baserunner and how to notice a pitcher's "pick off" move. In "Little League", much like Minor League, a runner cannot steal until the pitched ball crosses the plate, the runner cannot leave a base until the ball is hit, and there's no reason for a pitcher to ever throw to a base because the runner can't lead. Enter .. The NHAA Bronco League.

Bronco League Rules:

  • Allow a runner to take a lead off a base at any time
  • Allow a runner to steal a base at any time
  • Allow a pitcher to throw directly to a base in an attempt to "pick off" the leading runner
  • Allow the kids .. to do what they've been asking the coach to do since Tee Ball!

 

Expectations:

The NHAA believes strongly in keeping things simple when teaching the game of baseball and softball. With that in mind we have developed five goal areas for each of the age groups. As a coach we want to keep these five goal areas in mind every time we plan a practice. They represent the fundamental building blocks for success. The goals at one level need to be accomplished before the goals at the next level can be pursued

These are the Five Goals that we believe and you should expect your child to have achieved at the completion of the Bronco League Level:

  • Learning the Basic Rules - infield fly rule; balks.
  • Baserunning - leads; steals; extra-base hits.
  • Pitching and Throwing Mechanics - wind-up versus stretch; four-seam grip; shuffle, throw, follow' pitcher covering first
  • Hitting - repetitions; drill work (tee work, soft toss, short toss, stick-ball, lob toss, one-arm drill); bunting.
  • Learning Team Fundamentals - cutoffs and relays; basic bunt defenses; basic first-and-third situations; underhand flip and double plays; defending the steal; infield and outfield communication and priorities.

It didn't take long for Bronco to take off .. literally. Soon people were "filling the hill" for Friday Night Lights to see real baseball, and the "Bronco Blast" was born!

 

Bronco Blast Champions

Year

League Total

Individual Total

2015

 

 

2014

27

Cooper Mehall (8)

2013

13

Adam Warsing (5) (2 GS)

2012

32

Beau Braunlich (9)

2011

*51

Luke Chutko (6) (1 GS)

Andrew Paulauskas (6)

2010

40

Tyler Pusateri (8)

2009

34

Tyler Cervone (8)

2008

17

Tyler Gonabe (6)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

* current regular season record 

 

"We Put it Outta The Bart"

A season-by-season list of all Bronco Blasters

Player Name

Total

Year

 YOUR NAME HERE!

 

2015

Cooper Mehall

8

2014

Zack Klaczak

2014

Joe Ryan 

2014

 David Lukac

 3

2014

Max Badamo

2

2014

Brandon Manning

2

2014

 Alex Baker

 1 (GS)

2014

Michael Shea

1

2014

Damon Thompson

1

2014

Adam Warsing

5 (2 GS)

2013

Zach Klaczak

2

2013

Ryan Petrunia

2

2013

Tyler Brennan

2

2013

Danny Ritchey

1

2013

Griffen Mikovitz

1

2013

Beau Braunlich

9

2012

Sean McGrail

8

2012

Zayle Apodaca

3

2012

Patrick Brogan

3

2012

Jeffrey Gillispie

2

2012

Ryan Brennfleck

1

2012

Steven Miller

1

2012

JT Mazula

1

2012

David Lane

1 (GS)

2012

Ryan McIntyre

1

2012

Conner Milavec

1

2012

Luke Chutko

6 (1GS)

2011

Andrew Paulauskis

6

2011

Callen Adomitis

5

2011

Nick Santucci

5 (1 GS)

2011

Jarod Rozanski

5

2011

Bobby Archey

4 (1 GS)

2011

Patrick Brogan

3

2011

Clay Myers

3

2011

Sean McGrail

3

2011

Zayle Apodaca

3

2011

Jonathan Stuckert

2

2011

Andrew Toplak

2

2011

Chase Thiel

2

2011

Daniel Pistella

2

2011

Tyler Pusateri

8

2010

Ryan Burek

6

2010

Mitch Bonenberger

4

2010

Dan Pistella

4 (1 GS)

2010

Adam Hofmeister

4

2010

Andrew Bly

3

2010

Jarod Rozanski

2

2010

Brae Korpusik

1

2010

Alex Manjerovic

1

2010

Ryan Balog

1

2010

Callen Adomitis

1

2010

Owen Davis

1

2010

Wyatt Scheuler

1 (GS)

2010

Bobby Archey

1

2010

Luke Chutko

1

2010

Zayle Apodaca (Minor)

1

2010

 

 Did YOU "put it outta The Bart"? Let us know, and we'll add it to the list!

 

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