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Substitution Question, happened twice this week. LONG POST

Started by Kevin Cherkas. Last reply by Kevin Cherkas Jun 7, 2017. 5 Replies

Glad it wasn't my game. What would you do?

Started by russell dean richardson. Last reply by Scott Tipton Mar 12, 2013. 9 Replies

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Comment by Taylor Duncan on February 3, 2016 at 2:49pm

Comment by Grant Whaley on March 4, 2015 at 8:07am

Just joined Checkswing and looking to network on here, especially with fellow coaches. Add me as a friend and let's talk baseball!

Comment by Pat Conboy on September 7, 2013 at 11:29am

Hey guys, I would like to invite all of you to check out and join my page here on Checkswing. Paul Bunyan Bats offers high quality wood bats to all players! We are growing and looking to sell bats to teams all over the country. We have extremely competitive bulk discounts and extremely good wood! All bats are handmade! Check us out today!

Comment by GREGG BALIN (VICTUS SPORTS) on January 5, 2013 at 4:32pm

Jim, the quality issue is because teams look for the cheapest wood available.  You get what you pay for.  We supply a few American Legion teams and they experienced minimal breakage last season.  The reason is Victus sells the same #1 prime grade wood to kids, teens and all American Legion players from the same wood the big club pro's get.  Most, if not all other bat companies use A & B grade wood that blows up easily, poor models that are slimmed down or old stock that is dried and brittle.

Comment by Jim Hawkins on January 5, 2013 at 4:25pm

I've been either on the coaching staff or head coach of an American Legion team in metro Detroit (District 18) for years. For a lot of years at the winter coaches meetings I would bring up that our League should go to all wooden bats and I'm shot down. Every time It's the wooden bats break and the cost of a number of wooden bats would add up. If you know to hit with a wooden bat, they don't break that easy. I would like to see the day where the whole American Legion baseball, Nation wide, would go to wooden bats. Maybe that's just me...

Comment by GREGG BALIN (VICTUS SPORTS) on January 5, 2013 at 9:48am

All players beginning at age 12 or 13 should be swinging wood all the time.  Swinging wood develops a much better swing, better muscle strength and memory.  Players developing a poor swing with metal will need to be re-trained and will be behind players training and hitting with wood. Most travel teams and tournaments are wood bat now. If you buy high quality wood the breakage is reduced.  Squaring up a ball with a wood bat drives it as far and as fast as the new toned down metal bats costing hundreds of dollars.  Gregg Balin - Victus Sports

Comment by Jake Grossbauer on January 13, 2011 at 7:22pm

Our state is supposed to begin a slight transistion toward high school ball using wood and t would do great things for those who rely on the metal. The kids don't see the dramatic changes from metal to wood as I a coach does. They just want to complain and not work thinking they will soon get a metal bat game. Wood acros the board would not only show scouts how good a player really can be but also make the kids finally realize work comes with being a true hitter

Comment by Jake Chapman on January 3, 2011 at 12:16am
Brad Lidge of the Phillies took a moment to give back to American Legion players from his home state of Colorado this past October....  Here is each of them sharing their appreciation for giving back.  As a former legion player (Post 280 Remington, IN) I was honored to be a part of such a wonderful event.  Check it out -->  Thank You Brad Lidge VIDEO
Comment by Don Ervin on January 2, 2011 at 4:38pm

The new college and high school bat rule will greatly change the whole complex situation of the  the difference  between making good contact or not and will also  change the fact that the metal bat does the job instead of the batter, now all batters who have been exposed to metal bats are certainly going to have to be taught to and learn how to make a whole different approach with the  whole body from the ground up combination of linear and rotational swing movement in order for the batter to reverse the hitting swing approach which will allow for the batter to do the work instead of the bat since the wood bat barrel and solid ball to bat contact area is much smaller, now batters are going to have to learn  and refine an unfamiliar technique to their approach to contact instead of just going up to bat and swinging away at anything close and chinking the ball over the infield I am also convinced that the way the  amateur game is basically coached and played will revert away from the long ball, big run innings back to Billy ball, Whitey ball, small ball which actually with enough runners on base can lead to several runs during any one inning.

Don Ervin

Comment by eric chaney on June 19, 2010 at 11:09pm
I was just wondering if anyone has ever attended an AAU showcase in Orlando. After reviewing it it seems that it is more of a tournament than a showcase. I understand there is a scouting bureau (Global Scouting Bureau) that is there but no other coaches seem to be in attendance. I'm really looking for some input into this. We are looking for a team showcase. If anyone has any suggestions I would love to hear them.

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