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This is the place to discuss all things Travel Baseball related. Need ideas? Looking for training tips?  Tournaments? Coaches?  Players?

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Latest Activity: Nov 18, 2015

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Registration/Fundraising ideas?

Started by Jose M Hernandez. Last reply by Jose M Hernandez Nov 18, 2015. 4 Replies

Any ideas on increasing registration numbers and/or fundraising on youth Baseball/Softball league? Any input greatly appreciated. ThanksContinue

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Virtual Baseball Simulators...

Started by Jose M Hernandez. Last reply by Doug Baker Feb 14, 2015. 13 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

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Comment by Dylan Morrow on January 31, 2015 at 1:41pm

Seems that it's been a few months since there has been talk about Travel Baseball. It must be winter.

Well, spring is approaching and I wanted to share with you our A-Screen designed specifically for traveling baseball and softball teams.

Any coach or parents could use a lightweight yet sturdy, portable pitching screen when traveling and transporting it to and from the ball field.

A-Screen Portable Pitching Screen

  • 7 ft. tall, 8ft. wide
  • Sets up in less than 1 minute with no screws, clips, push buttons, or tools
  • 1 1/2" galvenized steel with #36 diamond pillowcase-style nylon netting
  • Comes in a 48" carrying bag for easy transport and weighs only 32 pounds!
  • 5-year parts warranty, 2-year net warranty
  • 60-day money back guarantee

Watch how fast it takes to set up:

Thanks for taking minute to look into this and please reach out to me if you have any questions. You can also join the my group http://www.checkswing.com/group/ascreen and I can facilitate any questions there as well.

Best of luck to you all this spring!

Comment by Bob Metts on August 9, 2014 at 8:31am

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Comment by E M on July 27, 2014 at 6:18pm

The Temecula Scorpions are seeking 11U turning 12U players to build up our team.  Interested players email Temeculascorpions@gmail.com

Comment by Mark Thompson on July 15, 2014 at 7:48pm

Hi

Just wondering who else out there is going to Hawaii next month (August 2014) for the World Boys Baseball Championships.

Mark

Comment by Jake Pulcheon on January 24, 2014 at 2:46pm

  I started playing travel ball when I was 9 yrs. old. Dang near every weekend, year round, I love it and do not regret one second of it. It has definitely changed, especially in the last year.

 When I was 12 I joined the MV Hurricanes, and our team has always played up, 16 U when we were 14/15 and started playing 18U when we were 16. We are now a legitimate 18U team and we have always been very competitive, 40+ championships, and of course many losses.

  I understand the less talented teams wanting in on the fun,  and out here in California there are a boat load of them. It would be nice if the beginner teams would not enter elite tournaments, but just like us they are trying to get better.  Money wise they should be playing scrimmages, and they should always try to play teams that are bigger, better and stronger than them. The hard part is trying to get really good competitive teams to play down, because our goal is the same thing, we try to play teams that are going to challenge us and make us better. I know personally for me, I am not happy when I get to the ball field and find out we are playing a 15/16u team, I want to be challenged and face the best pitching possible,  don't get me wrong there are a lot of really good 16U teams out here, and I don't care what age you are or what level you play at, any team can be beaten on any day.

  One thing I noticed is the better teams are the ones that are doing the scrimmaging, and setting up round robins with other elite teams so they can get together and challenge each other, which is good, but it's not the same, I love an exciting championship game with a rival team that kicked our butts last time we played them.

 

Comment by Mike Torres on January 11, 2014 at 6:41pm

Been quite a while since I've been on CheckSwing. With five kids, the first one now in college, among other life happenings, time has just flown by.

Just wanted to alert all to a series of hitting drills that I've used successfully in 15 years of coaching from Tee Ball to college players. Visit www.beaprohitter.com.

Comment by Bob Metts on December 10, 2013 at 6:43am

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Comment by Tony Crisci on November 21, 2013 at 7:15pm

Don - Great question and no disrespect to you... Our kids are training and practicing (to use Bill's terminology) 3-4 days per week depending on if we are playing double headers or tournaments on the weekends (no games, then we have some sort of practice...) Typically, Pitching one day, Hitting another, team fielding, sometimes we have team fielding practices mixed with the pitching or hitting practices.  Every practice we go through a throwing program to work on proper fundamental throwing techniques.  Immediately following the throwing we work on our everyday fielding middle, glove side and backhand picks before we go into the next phase of practice.  Our workouts are very structured so that our kids can get as many good repetitions in as possible within the allotted time, but all work and no play is not fun.  I am a strong believer that game time is imperative to development in the form of baseball IQ and live AB's.  I have kids on my HS team that have great swings in the cage or are great fielders in practice, but pucker up when they get on the field to play... they haven't played enough.  The area I coach HS ball in is less than privileged so kids grow up playing Little League, basketball and football.  The level of play is poor, they don't understand the game compared to the kids who have been playing with club teams year round.  It isn't even close.  Even the most athletic kids (our CF and lead off kid last year 3.0-3.2 from 1st to 2nd as a senior several others too) aren't even close to the baseball IQ and abilities of my incoming freshmen boys who played club.  The live situational base running and hitting is simulated in practice, but doing it in games is where the light bulbs click on.  We teach our kids that they are always moving on the baseball field, and there is always a place to be when there are runners on base, especially the outfielders.  Our hitters are taught to watch the pitcher when they are in the dugout to learn the tendencies of pitches in different counts (not all of them do this, but most of the club kids do) so that they can go to the plate with some sort of plan based on the situation and what they see the pitcher throwing... you can't get that in practice.  I've learned a lot from some excellent coaches including Bill Sandillo, former MLB players and current MLB scouting folks that I have been fortunate enough to coach side by side with over the years, and most of them put a premium on live at bats for hitters.  Our kids get their reps in the cages and on the field, but they also get live AB reps.  Our teams don't win all the tournaments or double headers, we aren't loaded with aces to pitch, but we carry more than enough kids who can throw so that pitch counts never get out of hand.  Not one parent has ever come to me and said that I had their kid throw too much.  I have had parents complain that if I had pitched their kid one more inning we might have won the game, but these games don't mean enough to me to risk a kid's arm.  My kids don't have arm injuries.  The club kids that I work with can't get enough baseball, look forward to coming to practice and complain when they don't have games scheduled.  I ask my son all the time if he would like to play football or soccer again, or try out basketball, and the answer is always the same... I just want to play baseball Dad

Will - from what I can see baseball is growing and there are way more kids playing baseball than ever here in Arizona.  Maybe the Little Leagues in some areas are shrinking but from the number of teams that are out there, baseball is growing.  I wouldn't use the numbers coming out of LL headquarters to determine how much baseball is being played.  Distinguishing who's best doesn't matter until they are ready to graduate HS and are looking to be drafted or get a college scholarship.  4 out of our 6 seniors last year have college scholarships to play this year, and the other two went on their mission trips.

 

Comment by Will Laurence on November 21, 2013 at 4:55pm

Reading this I feel like baseball has gotten too serious, too complicated for kids. I'm kind of depressed reading this. No wonder fewer kids are playing baseball. Tournaments and travel ball has always been there in some form. It used to be that we played in our town league with all our friends. The best players made an all star team and played in additional tournaments.

Now if everyone plays travel baseball, how do you distinguish who is the best? It seems like now you just pay for a spot and you're on the all star team. I don't know the answer, but let's do something quick before lacrosse becomes our new national past time.

Comment by BILL SANDILLO on November 21, 2013 at 4:29pm

I agree that "practice" is good over just playing a ton of games but I think we need to define practice. If the program is  good program it will consist of the riught combination of Training, Practicing & Games. In my own organization I adhire to the 45% Training, 35% Practicing & 20% Playing system. Training allows for specialized one-on-one or small group, practicing gives you quality team reps and games allows you to showcase skills against your peer groups. Thats why we do hold double headers on weekends instead of tournaments...

 

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