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Bat Path - The most important hitting trait that no one is talking about

Posted by Doug Bernier on January 21, 2015 at 6:00pm 7 Comments

Originally posted on Pro Baseball

Baseball is a game that constantly teaches if you are willing to learn.  I feel I have learned a lot about the baseball swing over the past year and a half and I am excited to share some insight.

It started with my friend and teammate…


Travel Baseball Economics- help please

Posted by Bill Stanton on November 10, 2014 at 12:00pm 17 Comments

I just completed my first season of travel baseball as a parent and a coach. I coached an 8U team this Fall and our season was very successful on every level. The kids improved a great deal, had fun and we won enough games.

I'm reaching out to have an open discussion with people from all over the US about the economics of travel baseball. Without a doubt, this is a business. There are hard costs associated with running a travel baseball team. Coaches, Fields, Uniforms,…


How Much Baseball Is Too Much?

Posted by Perry Cunningham on January 20, 2011 at 12:00pm 2 Comments

I was recently asked this question by a concerned parent who was worried that their son’s love the game could eventually consume him. The main fear was obviously long-term health. But there were others – becoming burned out and not experiencing and developing at other sports were also discussed.


How much is too much?


I’m all for physical activity. I think that kids should be kids and spend as much time playing outdoors as possible. I urge caution in playing…


Youth Travel Ball and Player Development

Posted by Andy Barkett on October 11, 2010 at 10:00pm 42 Comments

Youth baseball has really changed huh? It seems like baseball and life itself used to be so much simpler twenty or so years ago. Youth sports were about teaching fundamentals and playing in games. It sure doesn't seem like that is what is going on these days. There is one thing I think all parents of little leaguers or babe ruthers or travel ballers would agree on - we all want the best for our kids.

We want them to become the best that they can be while at the same time be successful…


In Dugout, a Grinder Who Never Gave In

Posted by Bill Stanton on October 16, 2014 at 9:36pm 1 Comment

October 9, 2013

In Dugout, a Grinder Who Never Gave In

ST. LOUIS — Jeff Banister sat alone in the…


The Real Reason We Coach (I'm Looking for your Help)

Posted by Kyle Nelson on October 6, 2014 at 5:31pm 0 Comments


We all know there are certain things about coaching that nobody

likes. Complaints from parents, all the extra paperwork, the

liability, being blamed for losses, and the list goes on...

But there is a reason we are still coaching.  It's because the

good outweighs the bad. It's because we have seen the positive

impact we can have on students, athletes, and families,…


28 Ways Pitching Prepares You for Life

Posted by Phil R. on November 20, 2013 at 1:54pm 5 Comments

This post was originally posted on my pitching website,

28 Ways Pitching Better Prepares You for Life



At the end of the long season, it's always a good idea to take a step back and look at the big picture. Give yourself some time to recharge and take stock of where you're at in your career (and in your…


What Happened to the Overhand Curveball?

Posted by Grant Clifford on August 7, 2014 at 12:02pm 12 Comments

Decline of the Curve

Curveball1 Many have tried, but few have mastered the art of throwing a devastating overhand curveball. Now, the cutter is king.

By Pat Jordan

Three major league scouts were talking over lunch, in…


Mike Schmidt: Today's hitters don't want much help

Posted by Bill Stanton on August 9, 2014 at 5:00pm 7 Comments

Mike Schmidt: Today's hitters don't want much help

By MIKE SCHMIDT, For The Associated Press | August 7, 2014

I just returned from Hall of Fame induction weekend, where I find that my cronies and I are slowly becoming the older generation of the membership.

Most of us are in our 60s, having made our mark on the game in the late 1970s and '80s. Like any club or fraternity, the Hall's…


The real reason pitchers get injured

Posted by Bill Stanton on August 14, 2014 at 10:30am 22 Comments

The real reason pitchers get injured

August, 13, 2014
Matt Buschmann AP Photo/Gregory…

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I am 14 years old and will be starting high school next year. I'm already taking High school math. I have an idea of the type of school I want to attend. How do I get the high academic institutions attention? My dad is getting information from college camps. Are they worth going to? My friend has been going to them for 2 years and likes them, but my family can't afford to send me and stay at a hotel while I'm at camp. See More
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Preparing to Pitch in the Bullpen

Started by Brian Beehler in Pitching, Fielding, and Defense. Last reply by Thomas Cahill yesterday. 6 Replies

Looking to open this discussion as to how some of you pitching coaches prepare a pitcher to do work in the to hear some of your thoughts on this topic.Continue

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Common Baseball Situations??

Started by Bill Stanton in Around The Horn. Last reply by Dion Chamar Owens on Tuesday. 12 Replies

What are some of the most common baseball situations that players will deal with on the field and that we should prepare for in practice?For example: Base hit into the left center field gap, you're…Continue

Tags: offense, preparation, practice, defense, baserunning

best batting tee?

Started by Markus Darnley in Equipment/Uniform recommendations. Last reply by Back Spin Tee Jan 11. 10 Replies

Hola CheckSwingers!I'm looking to purchase a durable, portable batting tee. I'd like something that will last a while and I can use indoors and outside. I've gone through a few cheap tees over the…Continue

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Winter Baseball

Started by Mike in Drills and Practice. Last reply by Michael Richards Dec 23, 2014. 1 Reply

Hello CS Members,Im a high school ball player looking to spend the winter getting better as I want to play varsity ball as an underclassman. I have been trying to work on strength, conditioning etc…Continue

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Winter: Baseball in the Gym

Started by Bill Stanton in General Baseball. Last reply by Joe Citari Dec 12, 2014. 11 Replies

We are starting Winter workouts in January. The workouts will take place in a school gym, a typical basketball court. We will have a second workout in the batting cage to focus on hitting.  The gym…Continue

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Own and operate a baseball franchise

Started by Joshua Lee in MLB and other professional games Dec 2, 2014. 0 Replies

Franchise Ball is an ongoing multiplayer baseball simulation game where users compete against eachother as owners / managers in a user-friendly, web-based environment. Trade, acquire, bid on new…Continue

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Centauro bat-making lathe for sale

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Centauro Model T5-1600E Semi Automatic Hydraulic Copy Lathe, S/N 5154 in excellent condition.  Set-up to turn baseball bats from 2 3/4" wood billets.  Includes: 1. Centauro Model AG-125…Continue

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