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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 4 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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Jake Pulcheon replied to Mike Flanagan's discussion Drills
"My left handed swing is totally different than my right handed swing. I do a lot of hitting off the T, I take twice as many swings from the left side. Make sure you are swinging and keeping your head on the ball like it is a game situation…"
5 hours ago
Kenneth Shepherd replied to Mike Flanagan's discussion Weightlifting
"8 yo at a national level is the stupidest thing i have ever heard of,  body really looking at 8 yo past the local play ground ,  what a joke,  its hard to even get an underclassmen looked at at a high school showcase,  somebody…"
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Kenneth Shepherd replied to Mike Flanagan's discussion Weightlifting
"8 year old do not travel the nation for LL ,  they do not go past state until they are 12,  not 8 , 9 , 10 or 11,  sounds like some expert doesn't know much here.  i haven't seen anything on this trhear of substance,…"
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Mike Flanagan replied to Mike Flanagan's discussion Weightlifting
"Hey anyone on here who I can add and message about an elbow injury/condition? "
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Mike Flanagan posted a discussion

Drills

Hello. I am looking for some drills to do to improve my game. I'm an outfielder and developing into a switc hitter. I am a high school player. Both defensive, offensive, and speed and agility drills would be appreciated. Throwing drills as well. Any drills to work on my off-hand hitting (which I've started training over the course of the last week) would be nice as well. Thanks as always.See More
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Mike Flanagan joined The CheckSwing Clubhouse's group
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Ted Browne replied to Mike Flanagan's discussion Weightlifting
"ok"
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Ted Browne replied to Mike Flanagan's discussion Weightlifting
"If an 8 year old "travels the nation" (LLWS excluded) with a travel team and is taking part in a serious training program, the kid has a parent problem. "
10 hours ago
Ted Browne replied to Mike Flanagan's discussion Weightlifting
"I apologize for offending you for the previous comments.  That said, I truly thought your response was a ruse. On Check Swing, responses like that are extremely rare. We usually don't see adults pouncing on 14 year old kids as hard as you…"
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Joshua-pitchharder and tim reed are now friends
10 hours ago
Ted Browne replied to Mike Flanagan's discussion Weightlifting
"Pitch harder has to be a joke.  The web site looks pretty slick, but these comments lead me to believe that he's just kidding around."
13 hours ago
Thomas Cahill replied to Mike Flanagan's discussion Weightlifting
"Seriously ? What qualifies an 8 yr. old as one of the best in the nation ? His ability to tie his shoelaces without assistance ? I think that you're missing the point of this discussion. The focus is providing advice to a 14 yr. old player…"
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Larry Cicchiello and Jose María are now friends
15 hours ago
Bill Stanton shared Nate Woodard's discussion on Twitter
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Bill Stanton replied to Mike Flanagan's discussion Switch Hitting
"Definitely try it.  No harm in doing this.  Just do the same drills as with your natural side."
16 hours ago
Mike Easler was featured
16 hours ago
Nate Woodard's discussion was featured

Open Stance vs. Closed Stance

Out of curiosity does anyone support/teach a closed stance? Growing up I had a closed stance due to the fact that my all time favorite player was Will "The Thrill" Clark. By the time I got to college I opened my stance up to see the ball better. I support an open stance 100% but I never change my hitters stance unless it is completely necessary. Are there hitters out there having success with a closed stance or is this a lost art?
16 hours ago
Chance Sharp replied to Mike Flanagan's discussion Switch Hitting
"Of coarse it would be a good addition to your game. Start off with tee work to get your swing down and work from there. Dont forget to continue to work on your natural side also! Goodluck"
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Don Ervin commented on Dave Vaccaro's group Let's talk hitting Mechanics
"Hey, Ted, I agree with what you say, but what is missing in hitting conversations and instruction is what the great one Mr.Ted Williams stated and demonstrated in his book, "The Science Of Hitting" which was to" Let THE HIPS LEAD THE…"
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Ted Browne replied to Mike Flanagan's discussion Weightlifting
"With all due respect, if you wait until college to lift weights, you'll be lifting weights for fun.  All serious high school programs have a resistance training component."
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Drills

Started by Mike Flanagan in Drills and Practice. Last reply by Jake Pulcheon 5 hours ago. 1 Reply

Hello. I am looking for some drills to do to improve my game. I'm an outfielder and developing into a switc hitter. I am a high school player. Both defensive, offensive, and speed and agility drills…Continue

Tags: speed, agility, conditioning, switch, hitting

Switch Hitting

Started by Mike Flanagan in Hitting and Offense. Last reply by Bill Stanton 16 hours ago. 2 Replies

I am a 14 year old high school, AAU, and Babe/Senior Ruth player. I hit .404 this past season as an 8th grader with an .875 contact rate. I am wondering if it would be smart for me to try and learn…Continue

Tags: Switch-hitting

Weightlifting

Started by Mike Flanagan in Exercise and Training. Last reply by Joshua-pitchharder 4 hours ago. 34 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 on Tuesday. 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 Jul 25. 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

 
 
 

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