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Posted by Marty Schupak on March 25, 2015 at 2:00pm 0 Comments

I am fortunate to go around the country each year running a youth baseball coach’s clinic. A small part of my 90-minute presentation covers the importance of running a parents meeting prior to each season.  Whenever I follow-up with the organization on how they liked the clinic, I always get the same response. The coaches and parents wanted less time spent on the parents meeting and dealing with parent issues during the season and more time on things like first and third offensive…


Let’s Get Real about Youth Sports in the Good Old Days

Posted by Jack Perconte on March 25, 2015 at 2:44pm 5 Comments

Youth Sports were Perfect Once?

Almost daily, an article about how messed up youth sports are shows up in the news. I agree that problems need addressing, but there is danger in turning parents off to youth sports with such writing. Additionally, many of the articles suggest that the environment was once pristine. Come On?

I feel sorry for kids of today, when I grew up youth sports were perfect. No problems existed, and fun was the norm. If what I read of many youth…



Posted by Marty Schupak on February 28, 2015 at 4:49pm 5 Comments




By Marty Schupak & The Youth Sports Club


It is amazing how youth baseball teams, as well as older and more competitive organized leagues, do not practice many of the basic fundamental aspects of the game. From my standpoint, the reason I practice certain things other coaches may not is because I’ve…


Andrew McCutchen on Youth Baseball

Posted by Bill Stanton on February 17, 2015 at 3:43pm 19 Comments

A bunch of 12-year-old kids had their hearts broken this week. Jackie Robinson West, a…


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

Posted by Doug Bernier on January 21, 2015 at 6:00pm 8 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,…


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"The only players that have to be in the MLB approved list loop are those who are playing on a MLB team at any level. The list of MLB approved bats is in every clubhouse to be seen. To be approved is simple: have a list of players that want to use…"
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Youth Sports Club

The Youth Sports Club is dedicated to making baseball practices more stimulating and fun while at the same time teaching the fundamental skills it takes to succeed at playing, coaching and instructing the great game of baseball. The Youth Sports Club teaches the "progressive method" of coaching which is to feed bit pieces of baseball instruction over the course of a season…See More
Vance Clifton commented on The CheckSwing Clubhouse's group Wood Bat Makers
"JVC Bats would like to thank those who bought our bats, with your help we have raised $49,650 and given out 18 scholarships. We are looking at giving out 3 more this year at $2500 a scholarship. All profits from JVC Bats go to scholarship. Thankyou…"
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Michael Paes commented on The CheckSwing Clubhouse's group Wood Bat Makers
"My guess is because they want to make it as difficult as possible to learn and becom approved."
Simon Foster replied to Bill Stanton's discussion Louisville Slugger sold to Wilson in the group Wood Bat Makers
"Also agree about the enormity of this news. Overall, as long as the manufacturing process quality control and materials remain the same and the bats are branded the same, I don't think anyone will complain too much. Who knows - maybe some of…"
Rod Haney commented on Jack Perconte's blog post Let’s Get Real about Youth Sports in the Good Old Days
"  Dennis       As I understand it,the issue is.........''Youth Sports of today is different than back in the day''       I'm of the belief, there's no difference.      …"
Pelle Högström commented on The CheckSwing Clubhouse's group Wood Bat Makers
"This is an open question to all the bat makers and other bat interested people out there that might be hard to answer: Why is the MLB approved bat list not open for all to see like the IBAF and CEB lists are? I totally see the worth of an approved…"
Dennis commented on Jack Perconte's blog post Let’s Get Real about Youth Sports in the Good Old Days
"Please enlighten me Rod, what is the point that I'm missing."
Rod Haney commented on Jack Perconte's blog post Let’s Get Real about Youth Sports in the Good Old Days
"        Jack,          I told you.     Rod"
Dennis commented on Jack Perconte's blog post Let’s Get Real about Youth Sports in the Good Old Days
"First of all I don’t recall things ever being perfect with youth sports (or for anything else in life for that matter). Each person will have different experiences based on a variety of reasons, including where they grew up, who their parents…"
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Should I hit on the face grain or edge grain? Depends of the slope of grain of each or not?

I believe some of you can help with my questioning. Slope of grain is very important no doubt about it, my question is: are both radial and tangential slope of grain are as much important?  I have a yellow birch bat with a radial slope of grain of zero degree, perfectly straight annual growth rings end to end, and a tangential slope of grain of about 8 degrees. (ink dot on the flat grain face shows this angle)  If I use this bat in a manner to hit the ball on the flat-grain face, the radial…See More
Mike Greene replied to Garret Felder's discussion Need to find new and creative outfield drills
"Coach Nelson, the link is dead. Can you send a fresh link or give me an idea where I can get the book."


Need to find new and creative outfield drills

Started by Garret Felder in Drills and Practice. Last reply by Mike Greene on Thursday. 6 Replies

Hey Gang,A Minnesota HS coach here wanting to know why the selection of drills for the outfield is so far behind in comparison to infield drills. It seems like the only drills you find are ones about…Continue

Tags: drills, outfield

K-Zone Swing Training Program

Started by LeftySwag in Hitting and Offense. Last reply by LeftySwag on Tuesday. 1 Reply

Hello all,I've recently developed bats and a simple dry swing training program that is guaranteed to increase your bat speed and make you a better hitter. The key to increasing bat speed is using…Continue

Tags: Training, Speed, Bat

Black Widow Bats - Just Added Team Bat Orders to Our Website!!!

Started by Black Widow Bats in Buy, Sell, Trade Mar 10. 0 Replies

If you want your team swinging the hottest bat on the market go to our website and fill out our form!BLACK…Continue

Helping beginning hitters, is this the one key to hitting harder?

Started by Coach Andy Collins in Hitting and Offense. Last reply by Michael Richards Mar 6. 3 Replies

Looking for feedback on this video on how to help beginning players hit the ball harder immediately. Let me now what you think. If you feel it's really helpful, please pass it on to those who could…Continue

Tags: mechanics, lessons, training, hitting

Black Widow Bats - NEW WEBSITE!!!!

Started by Black Widow Bats in General Baseball Feb 24. 0 Replies

Please take a look at our website and design a bat with over 2 Billion different options. Our finish is the best on the market and can't be duplicated. The picture below shows what 7,000+ hits with…Continue

Louisville Slugger Assault youth bat. 28/15. $40.

Started by Bill Stanton in Buy, Sell, Trade Feb 23. 0 Replies

Selling Louisville Slugger Assault youth bat. Used part of last Fall season. 28/15. 2 1/4 barrel.Good condition. No dents. Good grip. $40 shipped.…Continue

Virtual Baseball Simulators...

Started by Jose M Hernandez in General Baseball Feb 10. 0 Replies

Virtual baseball simulators. Good? Not Good? Anybody has any experience and thoughts on how good, or not good, this is or can be? Thanks in advance for your input.Continue

Catcher needed for Westchester, NY MABL/MSBL team

Started by Kagan Hudayar in Teams Looking for Players Feb 4. 0 Replies

The White Plains Tigers, men's amateur baseball team has an open roster spot for an experienced catcher.  The league is 28+, but player may be as young as 21, as we still have an under-age allowance…Continue

Tags: westchester, county, New, York, baseball

Diamond Dreams is Seeking US Player/Coach for 12 month visit

Started by Diamond Dreams in General Baseball Feb 3. 0 Replies

Diamond Dreams Sports Coaching…Continue


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