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Tips on being Recruited to a DI College

Today's Question For Danielle Lawrie come from Kyliegavitt via Instagram:

What is the best way to be recruited by D1 colleges ? How did you do it?

 

Hi Kylie, great question! Getting recruited by DI colleges is really tough. First things first, you have to practice/practice/practice. A lot of this hard work happens on your own time away from your team. Next thing is to play with a good travel ball team.

It's important that your with a team that is able to travel around to different high end tournaments where a lot of D1 coaches are going to be attending. It is also important to write all the schools your interested in, and let them know why your interested in their school. Also, let them know where your going to be playing in travel ball tournaments.

How you act on and off the ball field is extremely important. Coaches pay close attention to how you act when you struggle and how you treat your family, so remember that. Another thing that plays in to affect is social media. Be careful with what you post because some things can affect you for the long term.  

 

Hope this answers your question.

 

Our NPF season is underway, so I'm trying my best to keep you guys in the loop as best as I can. Thanks to everyone who took the time to read this.

 

Danielle Lawrie

Danielle Lawrie on Being Back Between the Lines

I thought it only made sense to write a blog about me being back in between the lines! Man oh man does it sure feel good!! It was a whirlwind to get here and try and pack for Madison, as well as myself! There were 3 giant bags, a diaper bag, a purse, and one more bag, including her stroller, car seat, car seat adapter! I never realized how organized you need to be until I had a baby and we were going away for 3 months! It is pretty overwhelming.

 

I'm lucky enough to have my mom down here, to help out with the baby, and travel with us to quite a few places. It would not be possible without her help, that is for sure. We are also lucky enough to have an owner as generous as Don, who is allowing for all of this to happen!

 

Practice started a couple days ago, and I was really excited to get back out there. Not only was I excited to start training again with a team, but it was just great being around teammates again, and having something in common again with people! Practices have been going well. We have been throwing bullpens, and finally through live to hitters today. We have also done a good chunk of defense, as well as a bit of conditioning added in there. I can't even explain how great it feels to be back. We keep practicing for the next week and a bit and then our season kicks off May 30!

 

I feel so thankful to be back, and I can't wait until we start games! Majority of our games will be live streamed at www.usssapride.com so please check them out and watch!!

 

Thanks again for everyone who takes the time to read these and check out my video blogs! I appreciate it!

 

Danielle Lawrie

www.daniellelawrie15.com

 

Danielle Lawrie's Jersey Retirement Weekend

What an amazing weekend.

Words cannot even describe how cool this weekend all was. So many family and friends came out. We had about 50-60 people come from across the border to hang out and be a part of it all! We got down there on Thursday and got to be on the New Day tv show! My mini guest on the show was Miss Madison. She did so wonderful! She just sat on my lap like a champ ( I think its cause she liked the attention). I was also surprised by a couple guests on the show Coach Tarr, Coach Glasoe, Bailey, Shawna and Hooch! It was the perfect welcoming in of the weekend!  

I felt like the weekend went by so quickly! Thursday and Friday were spent hanging with family and friends and making sure I made my rounds to try and see everyone. 

Once Saturday came, it was mayhem. Trying to get Madison all set and ready to go, and then myself on top of it took a lot of time! We had to be at the softball stadium around 2:45, so we left at 2 because Montlake was shut down. Once we got there everyone just kind of hung out, mingled, and before you know it, it was time for speeches. Coach Tarr, got up there and gave a really heartwarming speech. She cares so much about everyone that comes into our program. She is someone who will always be close to my heart, and I cannot wait to get back closer to UW so I can help out that softball program any way I can. I was next up for speeches, and was up there for about 15 minutes or so. It was nice to get all of my thank you's out to people who were all there. My life has been on the go so much, I never get a chance to be in one spot with everyone, and let them all know how much I appreciate that. I talked about my previous coaches, friends, family, and most importantly, my teammates throughout this whole journey.

Every single award and accolade is awesome, and I will have the trophy's for my children to see one day, but without my teammates, none of those awards are possible. The things we accomplished as a group, and as friends/family are far greater then any individual award. I tried to make that VERY clear! They were my rock throughout it all, the 6 AM weights, the conditioning we dreaded all week, the homework, the study hall, we went through it all, and that's what makes it all so worth it! 

After speeches, we hung out for a bit longer, and then it was time to head out on the field on that rainy saturday night. They game was actually cancelled ( because of rain) but the fans waited around, to see the unveiling of my jersey up on the wall. It was an emotional time sitting out there in the pouring rain, knowing all of these fans waited around to see this special thing happen! I was so humbled standing out there in the middle of the field that day. I then waited around for about and hour and a half to sign things and meet everyone that stuck around.  

It was a great great night, and I really want thank the Big W club for the amazing job they did putting this all together. I also want to thank my mom for sending invites out to family, and most importantly Coach Tarr for everything she did to make this weekend happen. It truly was something special, and will never forget how special Seattle has made me feel! I cannot wait to move back there in the future and be apart of that city forever, kids and all! 

Thank you all again for taking the time to read this! I appreciate your following! 

Love 

Danielle
www.daniellelawrie15.com
xoxo

Albany State Golden Rams Goes Undefeated in SIAC!

 

 

Twenty wins. No losses. That’s what a perfect conference record looks like, just ask AXE college Albany State University Rams baseball team.

Sunday, April 14, 2014 wrapped up an undefeated conference season for the Golden Rams with a three-game sweep of Paine College. Lead by two-time SIAC Coach of the Year Kenyan Conner and Assistant Coach John Flynt, the team ended the season 20-0 in conference and 32-18 overall.

The Rams had a solid start on the year with a pair of wins. Although they struggled with an 8-game losing streak early on in the season, the Rams came back strong when it mattered most. This Division II powerhouse mowed down every SIAC Conference team they faced.  

As a team, the Rams posted a batting average of .307 on the season wielding the AXE, with 110 hits, 98 runs, 8 homeruns, 3 triples and 19 doubles.

Six Albany State Gold Rams were recognized by the league: Reise McDaniel, Robert Latner, Ryan Latner, Jacob Campbell, Allen Hardy and John Paul Bernard.

2014 SIAC Baseball First Team All-Conference  

Name

Position

Class

School

Robert Latner

C

Senior

Albany State

Nick Baldelli-Boggs

1B

Senior

Stillman

Ryan Latner

2B

Junior

Albany State

Fernando Tanaka

SS

Junior

Stillman

Cash Oliver

3B

Senior

Tuskegee

James Campbell

OF

Senior

Albany State

Joseph Falletta

SP

Senior

Stillman

Tyler Vails

RP

Senior

Stillman

    2014 SIAC Baseball Second Team All-Conference  

Name

Position

Class

School

Johnny Surry

C

Sophomore

Clark Atlanta

Andre Collum

1B

Sophomore

Kevin Davis

2B

Junior

Benedict

Allen Hardy

SS

Junior

Albany State

Paul Winterbottom

3B

Junior

Stillman

Daniel Young

OF

Sophomore

Benedict

John Paul Benard

SP

Freshman

Albany State

Justin Langdale

RP

R-Sophomore

Miles

  Player of the Year: Fernando Tanaka, Stillman Starting Pitcher of the Year: Joseph Falletta, Stillman Relief Pitcher of the Year: Tyler Vails, Stillman Utility Player of the Year: Daniel Young, Benedict Freshman of the Year: Reise McDaniel, Albany State Coach of the Year: Kenyan Conner, Albany State

GO RAMS!

Written by Annie-Rose Schindler — April 30, 2014

Danielle Lawrie's Q&A of the Week

Danielle Lawrie answers your questions! Today she talks about how to reach your goal of playing college softball, Madison's future in sports, training for faster pitches, and tips to combat blisters from pitching. Have other questions? Ask them below in the comments section!

Written by Annie-Rose Schindler — April 29, 2014

5 Proven Reasons Axe Bats are Superior

Let us count the ways.

An academic study has found an axe-shaped bat handle offers players significantly more bat control, power transfer and acceleration while significantly decreasing the risk of injury compared to traditional bats with round knobs and handles.

The study, conducted by Vijay Gupta, Ph.D., Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Bioengineering, and a team of researchers, found that the axe-shaped handle on the new Axe Bat gives players better grip stability, improved power transfer and more bat acceleration, resulting in improved hitting performance. Additionally, the study found that the geometrical features of the handle, notably, its oval shape, angled knob and flush backside profile, combine to form a unique, ergonomic design that spreads swing forces more evenly across a batter’s bottom hand, reducing the likelihood of injuries to the hamate bone and ulnar nerve and decreasing the potential for thrown bats.

The study, which used NCAA Division I baseball players and slow-motion video analysis, applied principles of dynamics and biomechanics to compare bats with axe-shaped handles to those with traditional round knobs. The analysis extended to comfort, bat control, transfer of power to the ball and injury potential.

“Looking at both handle types from a biomechanical standpoint, the angled knob with a flush backside offers many compelling advantages,” said Gupta, who authored the study. “This includes a more stable grip and a more even distribution of swing forces on the hand and palm, resulting in a safer, more comfortable, and more controlled swing.” This finding agrees with other studies where players consistently reported the ergonomic shape of the Axe Bat to be more comfortable.

The Axe Bat is engineered to follow the natural contours of a batter’s hand. The design promotes proper, palm-up, palm-down hitting mechanics and helps batters achieve a more consistent swing plane.

The biomechanical analysis presented in the study found that compared to bats with round knobs and handles, the Axe Bat offers:

1. IMPROVED GRIP STABILITY
 The Axe Bat distributes the forces generated by the bat during the swing over more surface area, resulting in a more stable grip and better bat control.

2. MORE EFFICIENT POWER TRANSFER

The geometry of the Axe Bat eliminates the pressure points caused by a round knob, allowing the batter to generate more grip force with less muscle tension. Because less muscle exertion is dedicated to gripping and controlling the bat, the batter is able to transfer more power to the swing.

3. ENHANCED BARREL ACCELERATION

The Axe Bat puts the batter’s wrist in a more neutral position, providing an additional 15-20 degrees of in-plane bat rotation prior to ball strike. This gives the batter more space to accelerate the barrel in any direction, enhancing the ability to track the plane of the ball and/or achieve maximum bat speed at the point of contact.

    4. REDUCED RISK OF INJURY

    The Axe Bat allows the batter to better control the “hammer effect” (see videos below) that occurs during ball strike when the lower handle and knob oscillate violently between the fingers and the hypothenar region of the batter’s palm. With a protruding round knob, this effect puts tremendous pressure on the hamate bone and is a major cause of hamate bone injuries. The Axe Bat eliminates the protrusion because of its ergonomic design.

                

       

      5. DECREASED RISK OF THROWN BATS

      The Axe Bat removes localized pressure from the ulnar nerve in the lower hand. Bats with round knobs apply greater direct pressure to this area, which can lead to the involuntary relaxation of the grip through the pinching of the ulnar nerve. High-speed video proves that most thrown bats begin with the release of the grip by the lower hand.

                 

         

        Want to learn more? Click here to read the full study.

         

        About Vijay Gupta, Ph.D.

        Vijay Gupta is a Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, and Professor of Bioengineering at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He received a Bachelor of Technology degree in civil engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, a Master of Science in civil engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from MIT. His research includes sports biomechanics. He holds multiple U.S. patents and is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

        Written by Annie-Rose Schindler — April 24, 2014

        Do-It-Yourself: Fastpitch Frenchie Braid!

        Bored of the same old pony tail? Try the Fastpitch Frenchie Braid!

        Here's How:

        Step 1: Part your hair to one side. Divide out a one-inch strip of hair all the way from your part, down to your ear. Sweep the rest of your hair out of the way. French braid the one-inch section all the way down until just slightly below the ear and secure with a clear rubber band or bobby pin.

        Step 2: Divide hair into an identical one-inch section of hair just behind the first braid. French braid the one-inch section all the way down until just slightly below the ear, just like the first, and secure with a clear rubber band or bobby pin.

        Step 3: Sweep the rest of your hair off to the same side as your braids and fishtail the hair all the way to the bottom. A regular braid works too.

        Step 4: You're done!

        Step 5: Add the Danielle Lawrie headband for some flare and PLAY BALL!

        (Danielle Lawrie headband can be found here)

        Asbury Eagles Hungry for Conference Title

        In her second year of coaching at Axe College Asbury University, Samantha DeMartine and the Asbury Eagles are sitting pretty with a 12-10 record in the KIAC conference.

        DeMartine started coaching for the Eagles last year as an assistant coach, but took over as the head coach halfway into the 2012-2013 season. DeMartine’s knowledge for the game developed from her four-year career at the University of Kentucky. “I choose to continue to coach because I believe that is one of my purposes God has put me here on this earth for, to help young women achieve far beyond what they expect from themselves and to become better ball players, but also women,” said DeMartine.

        Inspired by her father, Doug DeMartine, and her college coaches, Rachel Lawson and Kristine Himes, DeMartine is a coach dedicated to constant improvement. Continually on the lookout for new drills to help her girls perform, DeMartine was drawn to the AXE bat. “The AXE Bat definitely helps with a good hand position at contact. The Unique handle shows us when we are not hitting the ball to our greatest potential. It helps teach the girls the simple truth of palm up and palm down at contact and all the way through extension,” explains Coach DeMartine.

        The Eagles currently post a 0.298 team batting average and 0.427 slugging percentage. With only eight games remaining in the season, the Asbury Eagles are sitting in fourth place hungry for the conference title.

         

        Q&A with Danielle Lawrie

        Hey guys! I wanted to take a few minutes to answer a great question I received this week from Amber on pitching. I hope this helps & let me know if you have any follow-up questions. Thanks again so much for following and wishing you a VERY Happy Easter!!

         

        Danielle

         

        Written by Annie-Rose Schindler — April 18, 2014