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Swinging For Sean - Baret Bat honoring a fallen soldier

CheckSwing,

I recently I made a custom bat for a young man named Andrew Widiker from Wiscosin, and he wanted to honor his cousin Army Specialist Sean Cutsforth who made the ultimate sacrifice in defending our freedoms in Afghanistan. I was so touched by this that I wrote a story to keep Sean's memory alive. Please see link below for my published story and let me know what you think. It’s a 4 min read. Thank You…

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Added by Juan Baret on June 30, 2015 at 8:17am — No Comments

Stretching Scholarship Dollars Key To College Success

Stretching Scholarship Dollars Key To College Success

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Added by Bill Stanton on June 24, 2015 at 10:30am — No Comments

Father's Day

Happy Father's Day to all !! Please take time to play catch today with your children,in the yard,on the street. While you toss the ball around talk about the good year you have had and the good year to come. Loved playing catch with my sons and my dad. Uncle John was a great athlete though he lost a leg at 12. He played many sports in the 1940's at Brookline High:Baseball and hockey. Thanks to all dad's.

Added by Thomas Bednark on June 21, 2015 at 8:49am — No Comments

Economics take toll on talent pool in MLB

Economics take toll on talent pool in MLB

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Added by Bill Stanton on June 15, 2015 at 11:53am — 14 Comments

The (fake) Prospect

This is a very interesting article.

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Montaous Walton, now 29 years old, says his story should be titled "The Dream Chaser" and in a sense, that would be right, but only almost. There are other titles one could choose, names given Montaous by others, like "The Fraud," or "The Con Artist"—but those wouldn’t be quite right, either.

Many of us have known boys like Montaous, or even have been a boy like Montaous, a boy with a dream to play baseball. On…

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Added by Bill Stanton on June 10, 2015 at 4:59pm — No Comments

Coaches. Ethics. Rule Interpretation. Decisions.

Here's a situation I encountered recently.....

8U travel baseball game. It's the 2nd game of a doubleheader. The scenario/dispute is around pitching limits. In our league, a pitcher is only allowed to throw three innings per weekend. Those three innings can be in one game or split across both games of a doubleheader.

Here's the exact rule from our league rulebook:

SPRING & FALL ONLY: 8u, 9u pitchers may only pitch 3 innings per…

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Added by Bill Stanton on June 9, 2015 at 12:00pm — 8 Comments

New Youth Baseball Book Available

My new book:

Baseball Chronicles 2: Articles On Youth Coaching

has been released. It is available in hard copy or via digital.

It is available at the Youth Sports Club web site or…

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Added by Marty Schupak on June 7, 2015 at 6:25pm — No Comments

(New Podcast) Answered: 5 Questions That Plague Pitchers & Get Pitching Coaches Fired

(DOWNLOAD & SHARE)  ANSWERED-5 Questions that plague pitchers and get pitching coaches fired... https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/baseball-thinktank-podcast/id999079732

Added by Lantz Wheeler on May 31, 2015 at 1:32pm — No Comments

GIVEAWAY | Best shaker bottle on the planet, $90 prize package with free shipping

Hi friends!  Pro Baseball Insider is celebrating the launch of a new gear recommendations page - Best Baseball Strength & Conditioning Equipment - by giving away one of our favorite products.

The Blender Bottle is a must-have for any elite athlete - the best shaker bottle on the planet, PLUS a whole prize package of other cool stuff.  We invite you to enter2win here:  Yes I want to win this…

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Added by Sarah Bernier on May 27, 2015 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Slumps

Hi everyone, I have a question??? My 8 year old is in his last year of C ball. He has always been notoriously one of the best hitters in our league as he was moving up and hitting balls off the fence in B ball as a 6 year old. His form was incredible for his age and he had deadly power. In our first 3 games this year he hit 2 home runs and every other at bat were line drives off the chain link in center. Suddenly something changed and he fell apart. Since then he struggles to get the ball out… Continue

Added by Dragon's Coach on May 27, 2015 at 6:47am — 3 Comments

interesting info on pitching and TJ surgery

Pitch 22-  Sam Miller, ESPN

This story appears in ESPN The Magazine's May 25 Pitchers Issue. Subscribe today! And make sure to watch Outside the Lines Sunday at 9 am on ESPN, which will detail the rise of pitchers having Tommy John's  for the second…

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Added by Markus Darnley on May 26, 2015 at 11:00am — 3 Comments

In celebration of Rex’s 5th Birthday, I’m giving you a chance to get the entireCore Velocity Belt System for only $5. Yeah, $5., that’s not a misprint. Typically, The Core Velocity System costs $349.…

In celebration of Rex’s 5th Birthday, I’m giving you a chance to get the entireCore Velocity Belt System for only $5. Yeah, $5., that’s not a misprint.

Typically, The Core Velocity System costs $349. However, it’s my son’s 5th birthday and I want to celebrate it with guys like you.

I’m actually having two contests. One for first-time Core Velocity buyers and the other ‘belt contest’ is for current Core Velocity Belt owners.…

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Added by Lantz Wheeler on May 22, 2015 at 6:34pm — No Comments

message from Texas Rangers manager

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Added by Bill Stanton on May 19, 2015 at 2:30pm — 3 Comments

The 5 Pillars Of Velocity

To read this orignal post click here --> http://bit.ly/1Kb46hu

Free 46 Minute Audio File Audio –

The 5 Pillars of…

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Added by Zach Calhoon on May 19, 2015 at 8:08am — No Comments

Tanner Tee giveaway - Enter to win a Tanner tee prize package from Pro Baseball Insider

Hi friends!  

There's probably not a person on Checkswing who doesn't know about Tanner Tees already.  They are simply just one of the best batting tees on the market - used by every Major League team as well as youth league teams around the country.

Right now you can head over to Pro Baseball Insider and enter to win our Tanner Tees prize package, which includes



(1) Big Base…

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Added by Sarah Bernier on May 13, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

Major Leaguers are Starting to Train Their Vision with Brain Imaging. When will you start?

Major League teams are on the cutting edge of neuroscience for baseball:

http://www.si.com/edge/2015/04/21/seeing-the-benefit-mlb-vision-training-tampa-bay-rays.

See how…

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Added by deCervo on May 5, 2015 at 3:26pm — No Comments

"Nothing Worth Having, Comes Easy!"

If only more kids were taught the value of hard work…Or, were actually given credit for their hard work instead of being blamed and told this game isn’t for them.

Today’s long-winded email is my personal story as a college coach and how anything is possible if you actually believe in yourself and have the desire to do whatever it takes to accomplish your goals in life…(This is one of the most…

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Added by Lantz Wheeler on April 30, 2015 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

Ever wanted to test and train the baseball brain?

Use what the pros use! Get yours at #deCervoProfile2015.

Added by deCervo on April 21, 2015 at 2:25pm — No Comments

Sense of Entitlement?

College baseball's longest-tenure coaches say entitlement is problem

In case you haven't noticed, society has done a 180 in the last few decades.

The "we" generation switched over to the "me" generation quite a while ago. If the picture of Rosie the Riveter came out today, chances are the caption wouldn't say "We Can Do It"…

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Added by Markus Darnley on April 21, 2015 at 11:00am — 3 Comments

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