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Michael Thomas Weber
  • 30, Male
  • Auburn, IN
  • United States
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Coaching Clinics and Little League Coaches

Started this discussion. Last reply by Michael Thomas Weber Dec 12, 2009. 16 Replies

I have a question for everyone, especially any little league coaches. I am working on setting up a baseball/softball training facility in the Midwest, and part of the business's operations will be…Continue


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Michael Thomas Weber replied to Michael Paes's discussion pitching delivery question in the group Umpires
"What would be the goal of removing that delivery method? I ask this because there are numerous pros that use that method quite successfully. I use it myself. Remember, it is not about getting a pitcher to follow an exact format but accomplish a…"
Mar 15, 2014
Michael Thomas Weber replied to David LeVine's discussion Rule question
"At the moment the ball was caught there are two outs and as long as the runner previously on 3rd crosses the plate prior to the runner previously on 2nd being tagged.  The main point is the fact there are only two outs at the time of catch and…"
May 23, 2012
Michael Thomas Weber replied to Ben Knaus's discussion Starting Late
"Just a comment on the stepping and swinging at the same time.  For a 12U team that is probably the best way to do it but for the older ages a critical look at how some of the pros swing would provide some valuable insight.  When a…"
Jul 22, 2011
Michael Thomas Weber replied to David Miller's discussion Pick off moves in the group Umpires
"It would be called a balk by the book but the punishment is not the same. Any player that is not in fair territory at the time of the pitch is to be warned. If the player does not comply, the player would be ejected."
Jun 30, 2010
Michael Thomas Weber replied to Steve Windsor - Insiderbat's discussion Questionable Pick Off Move to Second Base.... in the group Umpires
"Completely illegal. One, the rules governing ambidextrous pitchers is that the throwing arm that the pitcher will use must be declared at the beginning of the inning and cannot be changed. Two, the pitcher was simulating a pitch while not in proper…"
Apr 23, 2010
Michael Thomas Weber replied to Kyle Grucci's discussion What's the best way to teach the crow hop to young players?
"I have a question regarding the usefulness of the crow hop. I have seen the crow hop taught and I have seen players that do a hard cross step. I was taught a crow hop in little league but never got the hang of it. In high school I switched to the…"
Apr 23, 2010
Michael Thomas Weber replied to Dave Vaccaro's discussion Where do you draw the line? in the group American Legion Baseball
"1) Thats the coaches' and catcher's fault for not learning how to properly hide that 2) The runner should be listening to the base coach, not watching the fielder 3) Thats just a good defensive play 4) Again, listen to the base…"
Apr 23, 2010
Michael Thomas Weber replied to Bill Stanton's discussion Youth League Umpires: Paid or Volunteer? in the group Youth Baseball Coaches
"I am part of a little league officials organization in the Fort Wayne area. Everything from 12 year old on down have either two trained umpires or one volunteer and one trained umpire. This usually helps with the costs and ensures that there is at…"
Apr 22, 2010
Michael Thomas Weber replied to russell dean richardson's discussion Where to go during lightning/thunder delay? in the group Umpires
"This isn't a local rule instituted at a league, it a rule set by the National Little League. This is what all the umpires in my association were instructed to do. Also I didn't mention but there is also a lighting detector at every park. I…"
Apr 16, 2010
Michael Thomas Weber replied to russell dean richardson's discussion Where to go during lightning/thunder delay? in the group Umpires
"Little league has instituted a 30/30 rule for lighting delays. After a flash of lighting, 30 seconds are to be counted. If the thunder sounds within 30 seconds the game is delayed. After that it follows the same rule of 30 minute game delay. The…"
Apr 15, 2010
Michael Thomas Weber replied to Dave Vaccaro's discussion The Ultimate pick-off: Ethical or not? in the group American Legion Baseball
"I have to agree with both of you on this. Its a great way to get the runner's attention. I have run that play before, like Edwin described, without the "stop and stare" and it is usually effective. There is nothing about this being…"
Apr 15, 2010
Michael Thomas Weber joined Marty Callaghan's group

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Apr 15, 2010
Michael Thomas Weber replied to Charles Traber's discussion Here's one for you! in the group Umpires
"That would have been my ruling, though if it was a tag play at second i am sure that that fielder was making contact with the bag anyway."
Mar 24, 2010
Michael Thomas Weber commented on Anthony Medrano AKA BIG E's group MVP Baseball Training
"With that sinker, I have found it effective to place your thumb on the side of the ball. With this you can apply downward pressure without resistance from the thumb or apply pressure from the side. This allows for different movements with the same."
Mar 2, 2010
Michael Thomas Weber commented on's blog post Tip of the Week: 2 Strike Approach
"My question to that is why. Why would a hitter want to focus on the high and tight and adjust from there? What is the advantage to the mental strategy? Is it something that simply works for the kind of hitter they are? Simply knowing they do that is…"
Mar 2, 2010
Michael Thomas Weber replied to Kyle Grucci's discussion Pregame Stretching
"I curious about that PNF stretching that you mentioned. You talked about the contraction and relaxing of the muscles; this sounds similar to the stretching technique I use for warm-ups. Can you provide more information on this? I am curious as to…"
Feb 27, 2010

Profile Information

P, 1B
Type of hitter... Power? Average? Slap? Pull?
Average. Can hit with power but will get on base any way possible.
If you pitch, what type of pitcher are you... Power? Ground ball, Fly ball, Knuckleball?
Ground ball. Love working the low outside corner with a change-up and two-seam fastball
I currently:
Play Baseball, Coach Baseball, Am a Hitting Instructor, Am a Pitching Instructor, Umpire Baseball, Enjoy watching games
Baseball Playing Experience:
Teeball, Little League, Babe Ruth, Cal Ripken, High School, 18+
Baseball Coaching Experience:
Teeball, Little League, Babe Ruth, Cal Ripken
Baseball Umpiring Experience
Little League, Babe Ruth, Cal Ripken, High School, Independent
Softball Playing Experience:
Who is your favorite hitter and why?
Mickey Mantel. He had the ability to hit the ball, when he wanted, where he wanted to, from both sides of the plate.
Who is your favorite pitcher and why?
Randy Johnson. Was not extravagant in the way he pitched. His mental attittude was to focus all of his emotional energy into anger and direct that into the pitch. It is a similar in which I pitch, without fear or regard of who is at the plate.
More About Me:
I am a very direct person and will not back down from a challenge, on or off the field. After being an assistant baseball instructor for three years at a start-up clinic in Fort Wayne, Indiana my plan is start one of my own. Using some of the latest research and professionally experienced coaches and players I intend to build a baseball academy that creates a knowledge center for the best coaches and players in the country.

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At 12:09pm on January 3, 2010, Rich Dunno said…
Everything is Good. Sold the Strike Zone which you probably heard. Stop by some time. Rich
At 10:01am on November 17, 2009, Kyle Grucci said…
Welcome to CheckSwing, Michael!

Enjoy the site and have fun making baseball connections. Join your State Group, publish your thoughts in your status, add a blog or discussion, and upload some photos and videos. Create a CheckSwing group for your team or organization and invite your current and former teammates to join the baseball player community here.
At 10:01am on November 16, 2009, Bill Stanton said…
Michael- Thanks for joining us at CheckSwing! Have a great time making new connections and talking baseball. Please invite any players and coaches that you know to join us as well. Enjoy!

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