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T-Ball America's Marty Schupak has posted a new Quick Tip on hitting for 1st year t-ballers.

 Older youth players are involved in baseball mainly to hit the ball, unless they are 100% pitchers. In t-ball, once the kids experience hitting the baseball off the batting tee, many of them get hooked. Coaches have to remember that for many new players hitting off the batting tee will be their first experience. Let’s put them in a position to succeed. If you approach t‒ball like we are all ambassadors of baseball, it is in the sport’s best interest to…
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Added by Marty Schupak on February 22, 2017 at 5:25pm — No Comments

T-Ball America & Marty Schupak has posted a "Quick Tip." Instructional cues can be effective!

Quick Tip #14



  Instructional cues are keywords that can communicate a proper technique and do it quickly. Instructional cues are short phrases and sometimes can be comprised of one word. The beauty of these instructional cues are that young kids will absorb them. T-Ball can be considered “instructional cue heaven” for coaches and parents.…

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Added by Marty Schupak on February 19, 2017 at 10:00am — No Comments

T-Ball America & Marty Schupak has posted a "Quick Tip." Put away the cell phones!

  I’ve already given some t-ball non-playing tips such as a team newsletter. Here’s something to try. A no cell phone day! I live outside New York City and frequent there a lot. I like many people are amazed with the cell phone craze and social media, texting etc. It has gotten out of hand. And in many cases rude. When I would be in New York City stopped at a red light, most people that looked to be under 30-years …

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Added by Marty Schupak on February 17, 2017 at 9:30pm — No Comments

New Nebraska Hall of Famer Shares His Road to Major Leagues' Top PR Job Via 'The Passion of Baseball'

It is said that only about six per cent of the United States population gets to spend a lifetime working in a profession the person dreamed of since childhood.  Bob Wirz, a Stratford, CT resident and new inductee into the Nebraska Baseball Hall of Fame, believes he is part of a much smaller group who has lived a long life rubbing shoulders with the biggest names in baseball without ever swinging a bat or throwing a ball beyond the scruffiest of diamonds.

            "The Passion of…

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Added by Bob Wirz on February 17, 2017 at 5:10pm — No Comments

The Youth Obsession with the Shortstop Position



The Youth Obsession with the Shortstop Position

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Added by Grant Clifford on February 17, 2017 at 10:45am — No Comments

Three Reasons Coaches Aren't Respected Like The Old Days

Three Reasons Coaches Aren’t Respected Like The Old Days

Posted: February 11, 2016  Author: Chris Fore…

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Added by Will Laurence on February 13, 2017 at 3:00pm — 4 Comments

The T Ball Game, Laugh It Up!

 
“The human race has only one really effective weapon and that is laughter.”
                                                                                                        ‒‒ Mark Twain
  In the course of a t‒ball season, there will be more funny things that happen during your games and practices than in any other baseball league and most other sports…
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Added by Marty Schupak on February 12, 2017 at 12:30pm — No Comments

T-Ball America & Marty Schupak has posted a new "Quick Tip."



    Baserunning is one of the most challenging and fun times in t-ball. The challenging aspect is getting the kids to run the correct way from home to first to second to third and back to home again. The fun with baserunning is that you will see kids run every which way on the field and sometimes off the field away from the bases. Here is some advice. When your kids create a different way running…
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Added by Marty Schupak on February 11, 2017 at 5:17pm — No Comments

T-Ball America & Marty Schupak has posted a "Quick Tip."

Quick Tip #11

  When you start coaching your t-ball team, the gathering of information from your library, the internet and speaking to other coaches cannot be overlooked. Another source that I have used in my 25-year coaching career may surprise you. I have developed some of my most creative and popular drills from other sports. This is what I call "cross sports drills."  Whether it is a drill in football, basketball or even ice hockey,…

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Added by Marty Schupak on February 5, 2017 at 11:46am — No Comments

T-Ball America & Marty Schupak Show Two Quick Tips

Quick Tip #10

  Using household props can and will stimulate t-ball players. I learned a number of years ago that kids love to use props when doing an activity. As long as it is safe, I would encourage coaches and parents to be creative and use household props (or old toys). Here are two examples related to catching for young t-ball players:

1) Cut 2 plywood circles 1/2 inch thick with a 9" diameter.…

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Added by Marty Schupak on January 31, 2017 at 9:45pm — No Comments

List of resources for coaches and parents

Thought I'd start to compile a good list of some of my favorite baseball training resources around the web.

Baseball-Links.com - HUGE site full of baseball resources.…

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Added by Sam Espinosa on January 30, 2017 at 10:59pm — No Comments

Tips About Throwing For T-Ball Players By Marty Schupak & T-Ball America

  Throwing is one of the hardest skills to teach young baseball players correctly. Bad habits are hard to break and so are good habits. The problem is if a t-ball player or youth player develops a bad habit and it is not corrected at a young age, the bad habit can continue. There are many tips when teaching kids throwing. I'll discuss just a few here. When first year t-ballers first start throwing, get ready. Many times it is bombs away with the balls flying all over the place. This…
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Added by Marty Schupak on January 26, 2017 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Shoulder Injuries in Pitchers

Baseball pitchers can avoid significant shoulder and elbow injuries however they need two things, a strong posterior rotator cuff, internal mobility and pronation of the forearm through release point. If any pitcher can get these three things right, you will eliminate shoulder issues.



The posterior cuff is the back side of the shoulder. You can see from the photo, there is less muscle mass on the back side…

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Added by Rene LeBlanc on January 25, 2017 at 2:00pm — No Comments

How the Big-people (parents and coaches) Sabotage Hitters

Do you hear 'coaching cues' like...

    •    "come on, you have to make sure its a good one"

    •    "a walk is as good as a hit"

    •    "don't help em out now"

    •    "take a good look at it"

If yes, we need to work with your hitting 'cues'. The right hitting Communication cues can transform your teams hitting culture.

See where your system scores....…

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Added by Dave Holt on January 24, 2017 at 9:33am — No Comments

Mental Aspects of Pitching

The mental game of pitching is one of the most misunderstood parts of the baseball. Many pitchers with undetermined attitudes and mediocre coaching can leave one very frustrated and insecure. Insecurity creates doubt which creates a severe lack of confidence. Once confidence is gone the pitcher is “gone.” Good coaches have good tendencies on when to pull a pitcher from a game by being able to…

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Added by Rene LeBlanc on January 21, 2017 at 3:30pm — No Comments

9 Things Good Sports Parents Avoid

9 Things Good Sports Parents Avoid

In …
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Added by Grant Clifford on January 20, 2017 at 3:00pm — No Comments

T-Ball America's Marty Schupak Discuss The Progression Method

 The "Progression Method" is a basic common sense approach to coaching youth sports. In t-ball it is especially important not to impose too much teaching at one time with young players. I learned long ago it is not a good idea to over coach and under teach. In t-ball one of the worse things a coach can do is go right into a drill expecting the players to be somewhat proficient without any skill instruction. For example years ago I observed a coach's first practice and he got his team into…

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Added by Marty Schupak on January 18, 2017 at 9:00pm — No Comments

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