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May You One Day Share The Experience

Posted by Bill Stanton on January 7, 2014 at 4:35pm 4 Comments

I came across this blog written by former MLB pitcher Jim Parque. It is an absolute gem. Please read it and share your thoughts.

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May you One Day Share the Experience

01/07/2014

 Thank you to the 16,452 readers of this blog in the past 5 days.....really appreciate it and it motivates me to…

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Looking At Youth Baseball From The Inside

Posted by Bill Stanton on March 13, 2014 at 11:51am 3 Comments



Looking At Youth Baseball From The Inside



In addition to writing our story on high school travel ball and showcases, P.K. Daniel is viewing things from the inside, as the parent of a 10-year-old boy and a…

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The Dilution of Elite Youth Baseball

Posted by Bill Stanton on November 18, 2013 at 4:00pm 20 Comments

A friend shared this article with me and I think it's very relevant to many of the CheckSwing discussions we have.  Do you agree?  Disagree?  What are some solutions?

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The Dilution of Elite Youth Baseball…

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"The Green Fields of the Mind "

Posted by Bill Stanton on April 6, 2009 at 9:43am 7 Comments

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From A Great and Glorious Game: Baseball Writings of A. Bartlett Giamatti

by A. Bartlett Giamatti, et al

"The Green Fields of the Mind "



It breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart. The game begins in the spring, when everything else begins again, and it blossoms in the summer, filling the afternoons and evenings, and then as soon as the chill rains… Continue

What Makes a Good Hitting Drill?

Posted by Kyle Nelson on March 18, 2014 at 8:30pm 7 Comments

There are literally millions of hitting drills available on the web right now, many of them are good, but many of them are just plain counterproductive.  When you are a looking for a good hitting drill for your player or team, make sure it accomplishes one ore more of the following criteria.

 

1.) Promote a proper hitting position (body position at foot strike)

2.) Promote decision making and introduces cognitive interference (ideally with ball…

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Contest: Spring into Spring Training with 2 bats from VALOR Bat Company

Posted by The CheckSwing Clubhouse on February 26, 2014 at 2:14pm 2 Comments

Some of you in the warm weather states are already on the baseball field and those of you in the cold weather are indoors getting ready for your season. Would you like to be extra-ready and get some help at the plate?

VALOR Bat…

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BATTING ORDER CREATIVITY

Posted by Marty Schupak on March 16, 2014 at 10:18pm 0 Comments

In my career coaching youth baseball, I've toyed with different batting order ideas, both to be competitive and to be fair to the players. I was happy to institute a system for tee ball in my league that seemed fair. Our tee ball league has teams play three innings with everyone batting. Just as it should be; outs and runs don’t mean anything. Many of the teams have more than nine…

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Pregame hitting routine for 10-11 year olds

Posted by Paul Carroll on March 17, 2014 at 1:53pm 3 Comments

What is your pregame hitting routine and Why?  Weighted balls, Soft Toss into net Wiffle balls any other ideas.

Master Practice Plan

Posted by CoachLisle.com on February 24, 2010 at 2:00am 0 Comments



My Master Plan
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Over the last few months, I've started to put together a master plan. A master plan of everything that we need to cover during the course of a season as coaches. This list is no where near complete but may help you in your quest this season to making practice plans. If you have some to add please…
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Hitting Exit Velocity: What is it and why does it matter?

Posted by Tad Reida on January 31, 2014 at 1:00pm 2 Comments

We talk about bat speed as well as the baseball's exit velocity extensively in our articles. If you are a position player and want to play college or professional baseball, hitting is a MUST (unless you are Omar Vizquel). The saying "If you can hit, you do not sit," very much holds true because even if you lack a bit of defensive ability, we can find a spot on the field for you.

 
If you want to be a great hitter, the exit velocity of the baseball during your swing MUST…
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John Roschella commented on Bill Stanton's blog post Eric Byrnes: Let Americans throw!
"Garret and Coach Richards might be on to something with the overuse.I've had the pleasure of coaching at the travel level for about the last decade. I've seen a small number of players with overuse injuries. I've seen coaches continue…"
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"David-  why would you ask that?  lots of CS members post photos of their kids or players on the field."
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"It is a picture of my son catching. I am proud that he is my son so I thought I would post a picture of him."
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Simon Foster commented on Bill Stanton's blog post Eric Byrnes: Let Americans throw!
"Pitchers in Victoria (Australia) throw twice a week in summer (MAYBE) and once a week in winter in game situations, plus bullpens. I really haven't heard of any of them being restricted to pitch counts, but this may not necessarily be the case…"
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Garret Felder commented on Bill Stanton's blog post Eric Byrnes: Let Americans throw!
"I'm agreeing with Michael Richards about recovery time. I think when a young pitcher shows he is a step above the curve, too many youth and even HS coaches are not only overworking them, but not giving them enough recovery time between starts…"
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Ralph White commented on Bill Stanton's blog post Eric Byrnes: Let Americans throw!
"Or could the explosion of TJ surgeries be to the growth of travel baseball in the US and the win at all costs that are associated with the "elite" programs. Kids today are being exploited to benefit the bottom line of pay to play…"
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Kagan Hudayar replied to Kyle Grucci's discussion Coaching Your Own Children - Positives? Negatives? in the group Youth Baseball Coaches
"Mike, All good points.  And obviously there is no one size fits all solution. My 12 year old is now on another team managed by someone else.  The problem I'm seeing is that everything is results oriented, or based on physical…"
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Jonah Bayliss posted a blog post

Teaching Pitching to a Young Athlete.

The following comes off of my blog.  It's a post I made in response to an email question I received.  A father reached out to me about teaching his little league kid how to pitch and I figured there might be a few more dads out there looking for similar information.  Then I thought there might be a few more over here in the wonderful checkswing community.  As I mention in the article, this is a "basic" approach.  Originally, it was a two part article on my blog.  I hope you don't mind, but I…See More
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Mike Greene replied to Kyle Grucci's discussion Coaching Your Own Children - Positives? Negatives? in the group Youth Baseball Coaches
"Kyle, I am of the belief that a decision needs to be made before a dad and a player can decide whether the dad should coach. The player needs to decide how far he wants to go in the game and how hard he is willing to work to get to his goal. The…"
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Kagan Hudayar replied to Kyle Grucci's discussion Coaching Your Own Children - Positives? Negatives? in the group Youth Baseball Coaches
"I've made that very same mistake Bill.  Fortunately I had my wife point out to me that I always acknowledge players after games and practices but not my own son. He pitched the championship game in our tournament run last spring,…"
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Tom commented on Bill Stanton's blog post Eric Byrnes: Let Americans throw!
"Hard to argue with this mentality. The amount of players getting this surgery now has climb to a virtual epidemic among pitchers.    "
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Kagan Hudayar replied to Kyle Grucci's discussion Coaching Your Own Children - Positives? Negatives? in the group Youth Baseball Coaches
"I think that's a great way to handle it Michael.  My son and I will even take it another step and discuss areas where the team needs to improve, and how I can help that happen.  Typically we do this while walking to the car. It…"
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Kagan Hudayar replied to Kyle Grucci's discussion Coaching Your Own Children - Positives? Negatives? in the group Youth Baseball Coaches
"Not trying to turn it into a parenting discussion.  However, if the child has difficulty taking direction from a parent, he will have difficulty taking direction from anyone.  It should be easier for a child to understand that criticism…"
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Michael Richards commented on Bill Stanton's blog post Eric Byrnes: Let Americans throw!
"John has a good point.  I have read some blogs from Eric Cressy (if you don't know who he is...you need to) that explain a lot about genetics may be the greatest factor in determining why MLB ball players attain the level they do…"
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Mike Greene commented on Bill Stanton's blog post Eric Byrnes: Let Americans throw!
"I agree completely that our pitchers seem to be coddled far more than anywhere else in the world. But isn't that our society as a whole right now? When kids "graduate" from every grade from K-4 to high school, it seems that there…"
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Ted Browne replied to Kyle Grucci's discussion Coaching Your Own Children - Positives? Negatives? in the group Youth Baseball Coaches
"One way to do it is to filter your advice through other coaches, to which you simply confirm the advice.   As an aside, when I coached my son's teams years ago, I would ask every parent to come to the first few practices and help out.…"
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John Roschella commented on Bill Stanton's blog post Eric Byrnes: Let Americans throw!
"It could be "survival of the fittest'. Where the tear is inevitable for some players based on wear, so since international players pitch/throw more they essentially fall out of the running earlier in their careers because of injuries…"
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Sport Science: Running through first is faster than sliding

Started by Garret Felder in General Baseball on Monday. 0 Replies

After Josh Hamiliton's 8-week injury, I thought this ESPN Sport Science video was fitting.…Continue

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Teaching the Changeup?

Started by Will Laurence in Pitching, Fielding, and Defense. Last reply by Steve Chriscoe Apr 9. 1 Reply

I feel as though I understand how a changeup is thrown, but do not articulate it well to younger players.What are the key points to focus on?  What are the different grips?  Why use one grip over…Continue

Tags: help, pitching, changeup

Vallejo Admirals Independent Club Tryout 4/6

Started by Tim Fitzgerald in Teams Looking for Players Mar 26. 0 Replies

On Sunday April 6th 2014, The Vallejo Admirals Independent Baseball Club of the Pacific Association, will be holding tryouts at Wilson Park in Vallejo, CA.  Pitchers & catchers will report at…Continue

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pregame hitting routine

Started by Paul Carroll in General Baseball. Last reply by Steve Chriscoe Apr 9. 2 Replies

What is your preferred pregame hitting routine for 11 and 12 year olds. Soft toss into net, weighted balls or waffle balls or anything else. Why?

Can You Learn Something About Hitting From Some Dude Standing In The Corner Of His Family Room?

Started by LmbrdSteve in Hitting and Offense. Last reply by Michael Richards Mar 16. 1 Reply

In response to a semi-dare from my 10-year old son, I made a "hitting instruction" YouTube video.As I mention in the clip, I'm not an expert on hitting.  Also, I have no formal training or personal…Continue

CENTRAL OHIO BASEBALL TEAM LOOKING FOR PLAYERS

Started by bruce domineck in Teams Looking for Players Feb 18. 0 Replies

We are a wooden bat baseball team looking for players 25U to play in the very competitive Central Ohio Wooden Bat Baseball League.  We are currently looking for all players of all positions.  Please…Continue

Baseball / Life notes

Started by Lou Deman in General Baseball. Last reply by Lou Deman Feb 21. 2 Replies

Hello everyone my name is Lou I am new to the site but I've been lurking for awhile I had a very nice baseball career and find myself coaching travel ball for my sons age groupI put together a bunch…Continue

Why do baseball players take steroids?

Started by Darrick Ervin in General Baseball. Last reply by Jake Pulcheon Feb 9. 1 Reply

Why do baseball players take steroids?  It does not make you a better baseball player; you either developed elite baseball mechanics and athleticism or did not.  Steroids will not make you do this! …Continue

Coach Fired Over Text Message- Parent Complaint

Started by Bill Stanton in Around The Horn Feb 6. 0 Replies

Shanley baseball coach of 14 years says contract not renewed due to parent complaint about text messageFARGO – When the Fargo Shanley baseball team hits the field this spring, it will do so with a…Continue

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