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Will Laurence's Discussions

Teaching the Changeup?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Steve Chriscoe Apr 9. 1 Reply

MLB Draft Breakdown: State-By-State

Started this discussion. Last reply by Shaun Reed Dec 4, 2013. 1 Reply

Teaching How To Slide?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gregory Leonard Celeski Jul 27, 2012. 13 Replies

 

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Will Laurence commented on Tad Reida's blog post How Winning At All Costs At An Early Age is Affecting Your Swing
"1- You are 100% correct. 2- In today's game guys like your Dad are labeled as "Daddy Ball" coaches and parents will be looking for the nearest "professional coach" for their 9 year old. These coaches today make a living with…"
13 hours ago
Steve Chriscoe replied to Will Laurence's discussion Teaching the Changeup?
"Think of it this way.  The fastball is basically thrown with the index & middle fingers, and thumb on opposite side.  Teach kids to throw the changeup with pinky and ring fingers, and thumb on the bottom.  This is especially…"
Apr 9
Will Laurence posted a discussion

Teaching the Changeup?

I feel as though I understand how a changeup is thrown, but do not articulate it well to younger players.What are the key points to focus on?  What are the different grips?  Why use one grip over another?What age is appropriate to start throwing the changeup? How do you explain the purpose of the pitch?Sorry for the vague questions.  Any guidance is much appreciated.Thanks!  CheckSwing, the smartest group of baseball guys on the planet!See More
Apr 1
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Mar 31
Shaun Reed replied to Will Laurence's discussion MLB Draft Breakdown: State-By-State
"that is some great stuff,  I really enjoyed reading your research, I live in NM and baseball has been growing out here with more kids going to big time schools like Alex Bregman to LSU and a kid named buffet to Oklahoma St. and then a few guys…"
Dec 4, 2013
Will Laurence and Andy Swenson are now friends
Nov 24, 2013
Will Laurence liked Dave Holt's blog post Ideal Youth Baseball League
Nov 24, 2013
Will Laurence commented on Bill Stanton's blog post The Dilution of Elite Youth Baseball
"I just posted this in the Travel Baseball group, but it applies to this discussion. 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…"
Nov 21, 2013

Profile Information

Bats:
Right
Throws:
Right
Height:
6'4"
Weight:
215
Position(s):
P, 1B, 3B, DH
Type of hitter... Power? Average? Slap? Pull?
power. nice opposite field power.
If you pitch, what type of pitcher are you... Power? Ground ball, Fly ball, Knuckleball?
Gas.
Whoever is catching me has an easy job. Just put down one finger and give me a good target.
I currently:
Play Baseball
Baseball Playing Experience:
Little League, High School, American Legion, College, 18+
Baseball Coaching Experience:
None
Softball Playing Experience:
None
Who is your favorite hitter and why?
Evan Longoria. He can do it all. He is one of the guys that I will stop doing whatever I might be doing to watch hit.
Others in this class are Pujols, Utley, Berkman, Manny and Braun.
Who is your favorite pitcher and why?
Papelbon. Throws gas and is somewhat crazy.
Aroldis Chapman- PURE GAS
More About Me:
The only place on the planet where I am at peace is on the baseball field.

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Mike Matheny Letter To Parents

Posted on April 10, 2012 at 7:08pm 8 Comments

I was sent this by a friend and thought the CheckSwing folks would like it.  It's worth a read.

Mike Matheny Letter To Parents

Message from Kevin Seitzer - Mike Matheny is the new St. Louis Cardinals Manager.  Mike lived with me in Milwaukee his rookie year.  He's one of the most respected, wonderful people you will ever be around.  Mike coached his…

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