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How Much Baseball Is Too Much?

Posted by Perry Cunningham on January 20, 2011 at 12:00pm 1 Comment

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…

A Passion....

Posted by Nick Renault on March 31, 2009 at 1:31pm 10 Comments

In writing this essay, I was forced to take a hard examination of my passion for the game of baseball, and for giving back to the children. It turns out, it is far more accurate to say that I am paying back, not giving back.

I grew up in a very poor family. There was always food on the table, and some sort of roof over my head, but things like baseball equipment were definitely considered a luxury. New equipment was considered a… Continue

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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Every Serious baseball player in the country will be looking for ways to improve their conditioning this offseason and be able to generate more power at the plate, throw with a higher velocity on the mound, or have more body control in the field. Regardless of the demands of the individual player, their training should start with the core. Let's take a look at the traditional method of training the core, the crunch.  Ask yourself this question, where on a baseball field does a player lay on…See More
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Lions Baseball 2015 Season Tryouts 8U - 15U - Long Island (Suffolk)

Started by James Murphy in Teams Looking for Players Oct 25. 0 Replies

Lions Baseball is holding open tryouts for players at all positions in all age groups from 8U through 15UPlayers must participate in one tryout to be considered for any of the teams.Tryouts will be…Continue

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Bat making with a Centauro t4 Copy lathe ?

Started by Trampas Young in General Baseball. Last reply by Thomas Bednark Oct 22. 1 Reply

I've been making hand turned wood bats for about 2 years know and recently was blessed with a Centauro t4 copy lathe. Its a monster machine with tons of power but it only has one blade. I recently…Continue

12U Selden Hammerheads Looking for 3/4 players for 2015 Season

Started by Brad Topper in Teams Looking for Players Oct 17. 0 Replies

The 2015 Selden Hammerheads (Suffolk County, Long Island) 12U travel team is looking for 3-4 dedicated/serious players to fill out its 12 player roster and make a one team commitment for next year.…Continue

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NYC Travel Baseball Coaching Opportunities

Started by Bill Stanton in Jobs/Careers/Opportunities. Last reply by Sawyer Bowen 13 hours ago. 3 Replies

Yorkville Baseball in Manhattan, NY is looking for both head coaches and assistant coaches for it's travel baseball program.…Continue

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Putnam Braves Travel Baseball Seeking Players for 15u, 10u, 8u teams for Spring/Summer 2015

Started by Gordon A. Moccio in Teams Looking for Players Oct 9. 0 Replies

Call Gordon at 845-667-4289, Reply here, or email for more information on tryoutsContinue


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