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Pitchman: How Tom Emanski changed the sport of baseball — and then disappeared

Posted by Markus Darnley on July 17, 2014 at 2:19pm 2 Comments

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The "Conceptuality" of Pitching

Posted by Jonah Bayliss on July 17, 2014 at 7:30am 0 Comments

At a certain point in your pitching development, you're going to have to start thinking outside the box if you wish to continue improving.

I’d like to take a moment to dive into some abstract thinking.  Generally, when I teach pitching, I start with a 5 phase approach consisting of very basic principals.  I wrote a 2 piece series on those 5 phases that can be found…

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The 5 Magic Words, And Only Words, My Son Will Hear From Me Until He's 12 or 13 yrs. Old!

Posted by Lantz Wheeler on June 16, 2014 at 5:42pm 0 Comments

Call me biased, but I'm trying to give my son an unfair advantage!  

My goal is to place him in a win/win situation every time he steps on the field!  

How am I going to do that?  

Keep my mouth shut, get out of the way and repeat these 5 words over and over!  

http://baseballthinktank.com/praise-the-intent-not-the-results/

Get Lucky!

Posted by Jonah Bayliss on June 26, 2014 at 9:45am 0 Comments

Ever wonder what it takes to be a Major League baseball player?   Or maybe you've wondered what it takes just to be



 drafted.  



The answer, unfortunately for everyone, is not quite that simple.  I can tell you, however, that no matter what your dreams may be, it will not be handed to you.  

What you desire does not come without hard…

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Stealing home: How travel teams are eroding community baseball

Posted by Will Laurence on May 29, 2014 at 11:44am 50 Comments

Stealing home: How travel teams are eroding community baseball

By David Mendell, Published: May 23, 2014 Washington Post

David Mendell, a freelance writer and former reporter for the Chicago Tribune, coaches Oak Park Youth Baseball outside Chicago.

The shortstop ranged nimbly to his right, scooped up a sharp grounder and unleashed a strong…

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The Beauty of Hard Work Is That ANYONE Can Do It

Posted by Jonah Bayliss on May 13, 2014 at 7:30am 4 Comments

All around the country, even the world for that matter, there are baseball players of all difference molds.  There are big, "country-strong" hitters wielding logs for bats and crushing baseballs, and then you have little pesky hitters with exceptional eye-hand abilities, you know, the ones that are impossible to strike out.  

Some Pitchers are tall, lanky, wiry, or however you want to describe them, but they resemble someone out of a Tim Burton movie.  You also have your "big…

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How Winning At All Costs At An Early Age is Affecting Your Swing

Posted by Tad Reida on February 5, 2014 at 8:41am 14 Comments

Something that is absolutely killing youth players’ development is both parents and coaches that are 100% focused on winning at a young age versus focusing on development first and winning second.

Young players usually fall out of baseball around 14 or 15 because they are so burned out and because baseball is not fun for them because everyone around them has been so focused on winning, winning, winning versus doing what’s…

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May You One Day Share The Experience

Posted by Bill Stanton on January 7, 2014 at 4:35pm 5 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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Weightlifting

I'm a 14 year old baseball player. I am definitely a good player but one thing that is a problem is my size. I am 5'8" and weigh only 140 pounds.(I have extremely low body fat- in the 8%-6% range) I don't have enough power to drive the ball deep, and with a .404 batting average and .875 contact rate I feel like adding power would really help. Even if i just get my weight up to the 180-200 range it would make an impact.I have been lifting weights for about 8 months but my gains have been…See More
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This group is the place to discuss baseball specific exercises and training.  Put in your time in the gym before you step between the lines.
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Recruit Me

Do you want to play at the next level? High School and College players - connect with coaches here on http://www.checkswing.com!See More
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Let's talk hitting Mechanics

Place to share tips, thoughts and theories on the art of hitting.
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Daniel M Krapf replied to Kostas Moumos's discussion Video Analysis Software in the group Let's talk hitting Mechanics
"I use the  right view program on both my lab top and  samsung tablet. That way you can compare them next to a pro hitter or pitcher. The good thing about the tablet is you can mark it up and e mail it to the parents as a snap…"
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Daniel M Krapf commented on Joe Loria's group National Pitching Association
"Have all of Tom House videos and books. I even spend a day with him. He is an outstanding coach and even a better person. He is more interested in the health of your arm and proper mechanics then making a few dollars. Most pitching coaches on the…"
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Thomas Cahill replied to Bill Stanton's discussion Teaching bunting- how do you do it?
"Here are some teaching techniques that have worked for me. Since the phrase " catch the ball with the bat " always comes into play, I would nail an old glove to the barrel and instruct the players to catch the ball in the pocket. Once they…"
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Don Ervin replied to Bill Stanton's discussion Teaching bunting- how do you do it?
"Big Papi's bunting position above is a good example of why not to copy the way major league players do things. his feet, body and hand position on the handle except having his bat at the top of the strike zone has much to be desired, first of…"
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Joe Torre Hall of Fame speech

2014. Cooperstown, NY.
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Kip Gross replied to Bill Stanton's discussion Teaching bunting- how do you do it?
"I want to be sure that when I say the butter catches the ball with his hand, I mean catch it. There is a bat between your hand and the ball so your hand will not get hit. Bunt the ball as if you're catching the ball with you're top hand.…"
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Kip Gross replied to Bill Stanton's discussion Teaching bunting- how do you do it?
"Bunting should be the easiest thing to do in all of baseball besides getting a drink of Gatorade after an at bat or coming from the field. Watching kids bunt on TV or all the way down to little league makes me want to laugh almost every time I see…"
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Bill Stanton replied to Bill Stanton's discussion Teaching bunting- how do you do it?
"I took that pic of Papi during batting practice at Coors Field a few years ago. His son, D'Angelo was pitching to him outside the cage and he was playing pepper with him and Kevin Youkilis was playing as well. "
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Wood Bat Makers

The Global Clubhouse for all Wood Bat Makers. There's nothing quite like the sound of wood hitting a baseball. If you make wood baseball bats, join here!See More
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Filling in Engraving

Hey EveryoneI engraved some bats and was filling them in and the paint I used left a cloudy film over it. I used a water based poly. Then used a water based acrylic paint to fill in.Then tried a water based enamel paint both left them cloudy. Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.Thanks MattSee More
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Don Ervin commented on Joe Loria's group National Pitching Association
" Since we cannot {PREVENT or ELIMINATE} CHRONIC SORE ARMS, ELBOW AND SHOULDER INJURIES AND SURGERIES} we can only hope to {MINIMIZE} these injuries and surgeries, Don Ervin"
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Ted Browne replied to Bill Stanton's discussion Teaching bunting- how do you do it?
"...I'd add that the knees act as the elevation adjustment center, not the shoulders/arms.  Too many kids raise/lower the bat without using their legs.  Start off with a level bat at the highest point of the strike zone in which the…"
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Don Ervin commented on Joe Loria's group National Pitching Association
"Hey Buddy, There are two words that are used numerous times which are, #1. {Prevent} concerning chronic sore arms, elbow and shoulder injuries and surgeries, There is no way to {PREVENT or ELIMINATE} such injuries and surgeries due to the fact that…"
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Douge M. Schildgen replied to Bill Stanton's discussion Teaching bunting- how do you do it?
"I like to teach "move both hands and both feet" Hands = top hand slides up to the barrel(thumb and pointer finger pinch on the back side of the barrel).              bottom hand…"
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Weightlifting

Started by Mike Flanagan in Exercise and Training 1 hour ago. 0 Replies

I'm a 14 year old baseball player. I am definitely a good player but one thing that is a problem is my size. I am 5'8" and weigh only 140 pounds.(I have extremely low body fat- in the 8%-6% range) I…Continue

Tags: Power, Strength, Bulking, Weights

Teaching bunting- how do you do it?

Started by Bill Stanton in Hitting and Offense. Last reply by Thomas Cahill 7 hours ago. 8 Replies

How are you teaching young players how to bunt?  I'm talking about the technique to effectively bunt the baseball.  More of a sacrifice situation than bunting for a hit.Normally, I teach the…Continue

Tags: coach, coaching, teaching, batting, baseball

Temecula Scorpions looking for 11/12U players.

Started by E M in Teams Looking for Players on Sunday. 0 Replies

The Temecula Scorpions are seeking 11/12U players that are looking to play competitive baseball. We are located north of San Diego and South of Riverside in Southern California If you are interested…Continue

Long Island Knights 12u

Started by Nick crapanzano in Teams Looking for Players. Last reply by Fred Vagts on Monday. 1 Reply

The Long Island Knights 12u is looking for competitive baseball players for a 2014 fall season. Email me for tryout information. njcbaseball8@hotmail.com

Tags: 12u, Knights, Island, Long

Lions Baseball 12U Fall Tryouts - Long Island (Suffolk)

Started by James Murphy in Teams Looking for Players Jul 20. 0 Replies

Lions Baseball is recruiting players for a 12U team for the Fall Season. We will be playing in the Town of Brookhaven Fall League.Tryouts will be held at 9:30 AM on Sunday, August 3rd at the Longwood…Continue

Guaranteed free steal

Started by Paul Richards in Hitting and Offense. Last reply by Mike Castleman on Friday. 19 Replies

Dear Pro Coaches,  I'm getting some resistance from players and parents about making all hitters take the first pitch when a normal to fast runner is on first base with no runners on second when it's…Continue

Tags: steal, free, Automatic

14u Long Island Team - Players Wanted for Tournament Team

Started by Doug Silverman in Teams Looking for Players Jul 16. 0 Replies

As a spin off to the successful LI Sharks, we are creating a 14u tournament team based out of Long Island, NY. Current roster players have been part of 6 Division Titles, 5 Tournament Titles as well…Continue

Coaching the Bases

Started by Bill Stanton in General Baseball. Last reply by David LeVine Jul 18. 22 Replies

What are the core responsibilities of a 1st base coach and a 3rd base coach during the game?Continue

Tags: baseball, youth, base, coaching, coach

Putnam Braves Seeking Players for 15U Team

Started by Gordon A. Moccio in Teams Looking for Players Jul 11. 0 Replies

Putnam Braves are seeking players for remainder of summer season and Fall BallContact Manager Gordon Moccio 845-667-4289Continue

 
 
 

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