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The basic rules of 1864 base ball

Started Aug 4, 2013 0 Replies

The ball is pitched in an underhand motion and delivered below the waist.The strike zone is any reachable ball from the top of the head to 6 inches off the ground.A strikeout will occur after a…Continue

Composite Bats for youth

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Louisville Slugger SL 13AXL-29" Attack -10 2 3/4" barrel NEW to the marketLouisville Slugger SL 13AXL-31" Attack -10 2 3/4" barrel NEW to the marketLouisville Slugger SL12EX25-32 EXOGRID 32"…Continue

Victoria Seals Professional Baseball Club

Started this discussion. Last reply by Kyle Grucci Apr 30, 2010. 16 Replies

Just throwing it out there but I am looking for a middle infielder or Shortstop for our team in Victoria BC. The start of spring training begins May 7th in Victoria and the best player will get the…Continue


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Kip Gross liked Bill Stanton's blog post Moneyball Jr.: Baseball for minors looks a lot like the Majors
Jul 20
Kip Gross replied to Paul Richards's discussion Guaranteed free steal
"This won't be a popular answer to your question but if there is a catcher on the other team that can't throw runners out I manage as if there is. For me I want my kids to learn the game and learn the fundamentals and by just running as if…"
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Kip Gross replied to Bill Stanton's discussion Coaching the Bases
"Actually Dave, professional runners aren't taught to get a big lead at 3rd base, rather they are taught to start with a short lead, a few yards of Frye base and on the grass and as the pitcher starts his delivery he goes ONE, TWO, THREE, with…"
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Kip Gross commented on Kyle Nelson's blog post My Son Has Great Mechanics, but Can't Hit
"Thomas, I 100% agree on all points"
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Kip Gross commented on Kyle Nelson's blog post My Son Has Great Mechanics, but Can't Hit
"After reading what I wrote I want to be clear that when the hitter is holding his finger up and covering your nose that he is standing back about 5 feet from you and not actually putting his finger on your nose physically. I guess common sense."
Jul 8
Kip Gross commented on Kyle Nelson's blog post My Son Has Great Mechanics, but Can't Hit
"Pretty simple. Have the player hold his finger up pointed to the sky with both eyes open ask him to cover your nose since you are standing in front of him. Then have him close his left eye. If the finger is still covering the noise then he is right…"
Jul 8
Kip Gross replied to Bill Stanton's discussion Does This Make Sense? in the group Hitting Coaches and Instructors
"Makes perfect sense and it takes a long time for hitters like this to understand how to stay inside the ball longer. I deal with this scenario with quite a few hitters including my son who I turned around at a very young age. Although he has a very…"
Jul 8
Kip Gross commented on Kyle Nelson's blog post My Son Has Great Mechanics, but Can't Hit
"Every hitter that comes to me for lessons is quickly checked to see if he is right or left eye dominant. And yes, most RHH's are right eye dominant so I incorporate this into how I position his face when hitting. I also have most young hitters…"
Jul 8
Kip Gross liked Jonah Bayliss's blog post Hitting Approach: Commit, or Adjust?
Jun 25
Kip Gross commented on Jonah Bayliss's blog post Hitting Approach: Commit, or Adjust?
"Not sure why my earlier post didn't make the trip but here it is. I asked a buddy of mine that is a 3 time all-star and a 2 time silver slugger award winner inge ever practiced hitting foul balls and he said yes. I asked him to tell me how. His…"
Jun 25
Kip Gross commented on Jonah Bayliss's blog post Hitting Approach: Commit, or Adjust?
"Another thing that I have to point out is that what's it matter if a kid can throw a pitch to the outside corner at will? If he dies it he does it and it doesn't matter if he's doing it on purpose or not. Some of the best games…"
Jun 25
Kip Gross commented on Jonah Bayliss's blog post Hitting Approach: Commit, or Adjust?
"Jonah, as the players get older and the speed of the game gets faster the hitters have to start looking away with two strikes or they are going to get beat out there a lot. Good hitters look away with two strikes and adjust in and hopefully if they…"
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6' 2"
Type of hitter... Power? Average? Slap? Pull?
Hitter? Hitter? Hitter?
If you pitch, what type of pitcher are you... Power? Ground ball, Fly ball, Knuckleball?
Sinker slider, dime a dozen. Learned change up later on and curve.
I currently:
Play Baseball, Coach Baseball, Am a Hitting Instructor, Am a Pitching Instructor, Play Slow Pitch Softball, Play Wiffleball, Scout Baseball, Scout Softball, Enjoy watching games, Am a Baseball Parent
Baseball Playing Experience:
Little League, Babe Ruth, American Legion, College, Minor League, Major League, 30+
Baseball Coaching Experience:
Teeball, Little League, Babe Ruth, USSSA, Independent
Baseball Umpiring Experience
Little League, College
Softball Playing Experience:
Slow Pitch, Fast Pitch
Who is your favorite hitter and why?
George Brett

Just always has been. George Brett said during his career that he wanted his last at bat to be a routine ground ball to the second baseman and wanted to be called out on a bang bang play at first base. In other words, always hustle.
Who is your favorite pitcher and why?
Charley Hough, anyone that can give up a 500 ft home run in the World Series is my hero. Haha. Actually, Charlie is a great friend and I cherish every word the good man says.
More About Me:
Daughter- Harley Alexis
Son- Tucker Wolfgang
I would love to someday get a pitching coach job with a professional team after my kids have gotten a bit older.

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THAT player

Posted on May 20, 2013 at 3:30pm 19 Comments

This weekend our 13U team played in a local travel ball tournament and we played one team twice, once on Saturday and again on Sunday. This particular team had a player on it that no question was the best player on the team and undoubtedly played SS. Over the course of the weekend I payed particular attention to this kid because I wanted to see what it was that the coaches would and would not let him do both in the dugout and on the field, or in other words, get away with and what the other…


Bringing in your closer.

Posted on October 23, 2012 at 4:08pm 23 Comments

This weekend our 13U team was playing in a 14 team tournament. On Saturday, or day #1 we were playing in our 2nd game of the day and we were deadlocked in a zero to zero ballgame which neither team seemed to be able to get anything going. Then comes the 3th inning of a 7 inning game and our starting pitcher who usually throws a lot of strikes seemed to have it a wall or have a mental block and walked the bases loaded with no outs. I turned to the manager of our team and told him that he…


Defensive Scoring Ruling

Posted on April 19, 2012 at 9:13pm 0 Comments

Bottom of the 8th inning, 1 out and a runner at 1st base. A sharp ground ball is hit right at the 2nd baseman and it hits him in the foot instead of the glove but it deflects directly to the SS who is covering 2nd base for an out and then the SS goes on and throws the ball to 1st base to complete the double play. Here's the trivia question, does the 2nd baseman get credit for anything and if so what?  

Barry Larkin

Posted on January 9, 2012 at 5:59pm 0 Comments

I want to say Congratulations to an old teammate, friend and World Series Champion for being elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame today.

Barry was a great shortstop and a great hitter throughout his entire career which was spent entirely with the Cincinnati Reds. I'll never forget Barry for always being a friend and teaching me to have fun when on the field. I don't think I ever saw Barry get upset on or off the field which says a lot in sports today. He always made it look so easy…


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At 12:26pm on May 22, 2014, Bill Stanton said…

From the article you just sent it looks like it's not just overuse at the youth/HS/College levels. The International signings who go into pro ball at 16 are having TJ after being in pro ball a few years.  The reality is that there's no 100% solution. 

Maybe some doctor will figure out how to read an MRI and then determine who has a better chance of staying healthy as a pitcher.  haha. This will be right after the robot umpires take the field!

At 12:05pm on February 14, 2014, Mike Greene said…

Kip, in principal you are correct. But on the realistic side they do. Since the drug testing policy dictated to both MLB and Minor League players is in the CBA along with salary issues, grievance policies, etc. the PA does represent technically. They just don't have to accept responsibility for the Minor League guys. It is very similar to the whole independent contractor status issue. Clubs tell players where to be, when to be there, what to wear while they are there, and players are restricted to whom they offer services. Yet because of liability issues, the players are considered independent contractors and MLB (and other leagues) get away with it. A true independent contractor could offer services to multiple organizations at the same time. 

At 2:51pm on February 3, 2014, BRANDON BULL said…

Thanks Kip.  I see what you are saying about him being too tall.  Appreciate the help.

At 2:28pm on August 24, 2012, Bill Stanton said…

Happy Birthday Kip!

At 8:01pm on February 22, 2012, Doug Bernier said…


I was in San Bernadino in 2004.  I played for the Visalia Oaks (rockies) back then.  I was in the Cal league in 03 and 04.

At 2:32pm on January 30, 2012, Kevin Reid said…

He has a practice mound at home that has a 6 ft slope, but has abount an 8" flat surface based on designs from home depot.    This was his second lesson since shutting down after fall, so he was still working on some timing issues.  I thought that his arm was going forward a little early.

At 12:54pm on October 19, 2011, Richard A. Johnson said…


I'm in a meeting. Chat later.

At 11:16am on September 5, 2011, Shaun Reed said…


We start our fall program in two weeks.  I was recently promoted to Pitching coach for the whole program.  I am very excited to get things going for our pitchers.  I am gave my pitching program to the head coach and he was very impressed and excited to see what I had come up with for the entire program for the fall workouts.  NM is using wood bats this spring for one season and we are going to continue to press the idea of defense behind our pitching.  With the pitching we are going to press the idea of pitch to contact and let the defense help out the pitcher.  We are also pressing the idea of 1st pitch strikes to the hitters and force the hitters to swing the bat and cut down on walks.  I am also looking into some conditioning program and lifting programs for the pitchers.  We have our pitchers using the jaegar stretching bands and we are pressing the idea of proper use of the bands.  I am also looking into getting some of the rope ladders to work on conditioning in the fall and spring as well.  I also like the rope ladder because you have to stay on the balls of your feet when running through it and that will keep them light on their feet.  Thanks again for the advice you have given me and the good baseball conversation.  



At 9:21am on September 1, 2011, Shaun Reed said…
I thought about that after I emailed you and realized that is not a smart thing to do. We are going to add the sinker for the under classmen or just stick with the fastball change up for them and go from there. Sorry I'm all over the place, I'm just really excited to start with my guys and I'm still tweaking everything and working out the bad ideas and working in the good ones. I do appriciate all your info kip. Its great stuff.
At 9:02pm on August 31, 2011, Shaun Reed said…
The ages of the pitchers are freshman to seniors in high school. The boys have been throwing and long tossing for the past two weeks. We start our fall program in 2 weeks. We are going to do some change up and fastball catch on flat ground first at about 60-70 ft. We are then going to get our older guys on the mound to throw about 20-30 pitches off the mound and then have our younger guys start off around 15-20 and then build them up from there. We won't touch any breaking pitches until the end of the fall. We are also going to start them off from the stretch and then work them into the wind up. We are not gonna worry about location the first few pens. We just want them getting use to the mound and also continue their mound presence as well.

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