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Prayer for a Coach

Good morning everyone,  I"m asking that we pray for a guy that is suffering from kidney and liver infection and was given a week to live. This was a friend of mine's former assistant coach a few years ago.  I"m not asking for money but just prayer for his family.  His name is Jeff Mark Robinson.  Thank you all 

Added by Shaun Reed on October 20, 2014 at 12:51pm — No Comments

Centauro T4 optimal set up for turning wood bats?

Titan bats is new to the baseball bat community.  We have turned bats by hand until 3 weeks ago.  Just purchased a T4 Centauro copy lathe and needing assistance with optimal set up.  We are having issues cutting with just the back knife on the handle portion of the bat.  What's the optimal RPM's to run at and should we be using a second cutter?  We seem to be getting a lot of chatter when the cutter works on the handle of the bat. 

Added by Todd Eric Stephens on October 20, 2014 at 10:55am — 1 Comment

In Dugout, a Grinder Who Never Gave In

October 9, 2013

In Dugout, a Grinder Who Never Gave In

ST. LOUIS — Jeff Banister sat alone in the…

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Added by Bill Stanton on October 16, 2014 at 9:36pm — 1 Comment

The Missing Ingredient in US Talent Development

The Missing Ingredient in US Talent Development

In 2005, the coaches at one of the top English Premier League Youth Soccer Academies held one of their semiannual meetings to decide upon which players…

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Added by Markus Darnley on October 10, 2014 at 9:26pm — No Comments

Youth Tournament Philosophy?

I'm coaching a new 8U travel team. This Fall is our first season as a team. It's going very well.

This weekend we are playing in a tournament. Two games on Saturday, one game on Sunday. 18 innings of baseball.

Here is what I am debating:

1- Try our best to win the tournament? We have a good shot at winning the tournament. Playing well lately and we have as good a shot as any of the teams to win it. This means I play my best lineup most of the time.

2- Focus on…

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Added by Bill Stanton on October 9, 2014 at 12:00pm — 10 Comments

The Real Reason We Coach (I'm Looking for your Help)

Coaches-



We all know there are certain things about coaching that nobody

likes. Complaints from parents, all the extra paperwork, the

liability, being blamed for losses, and the list goes on...



But there is a reason we are still coaching.  It's because the

good outweighs the bad. It's because we have seen the positive

impact we can have on students, athletes, and families,…

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Added by Kyle Nelson on October 6, 2014 at 5:31pm — No Comments

Little League Crime

Little League Crime: The Multimillion Dollar Little League Fraud Crisis

Vice Sports

For 25 years, Jerry Benisch and Stephen Verhage were friends. They were the only officers of Kennedy Little League in Madison, Wisconsin, serving as vice…

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Added by Will Laurence on October 6, 2014 at 5:09pm — 4 Comments

"Play The Game The Right Way" (Jeter - Konerko)

With Derek Jeter and Paul Konerko retiring from MLB this week, you hear the phrase "he played the game the right way" quite a bit.

I hear many coaches and players say "you need to play the game the right way." It gets thrown around A LOT.  

It seems a bit cliche' at times and depending on who is saying it, hypocritical. It's such a broad statement to make since baseball has so many elements within the game.

What does "play the game the right way" mean to…

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Added by Bill Stanton on September 29, 2014 at 4:26pm — 3 Comments

Throwing the Change-Up

Learning to throw the change-up can be one of the most frustrating experiences for pitchers.  Many times, the way the change-up is taught makes it terribly difficult to throw and pitcher end up casting it aside in frustration. 

This video blog post gives practical tips to help pitchers of all ages throw effective change ups.  

Added by Kyle Nelson on September 22, 2014 at 8:30am — 2 Comments

ON 1ST AND 3RD LET TAKE ADVANTAGE!!

WWW.HENRYSBASEBALLCLUB.COM  WE WERE 9 WINS 1 LOSS TO START THE SEASON.

IN A GAME EVERY SO MANY INNINGS U WILL SE A RUNNER ON 1ST AND 3RD. THAT=1 RUN AND THE RUNNER FROM 1ST ON 3RD BASE AFTER WE TOOK A CHANCE AND TOOK ADVANTAGE OF THE DEFENSE AS THEY ARE NOT PRO WE TOOK ADVANTAGE AS IN OUR PRACTICES WE PRACTICE THE DOUBLE STEAL. THE MAN FROM 1ST WOULD START JOGGING TO SECOND. THE…

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Added by HENRY MUNEVAR on September 16, 2014 at 4:32pm — No Comments

Special Olympics Baseball- True passion for the Game- Join us

One of the best baseball experiences of my life has been being a part of developing the first Special Olympics baseball program in the USA.  The journey started 2 years ago with open tryouts and rubber baseballs and progressed to a roster of 17 players ranging in age from 15-54 with varying degrees of ability, but the concept of a team in place. As one of the players named it "Big team, little me".  The culmination of the journey was watching these players throughout the USA Games in June…

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Added by Tony Vlahovic on September 9, 2014 at 2:00pm — No Comments

What is Your Pre Pitch Routine on Defense?

Have you ever thought about what your fielders should be doing between pitches? What should they be thinking? In tee-ball, as long as they are not making mini sand castles on the infield dirt, they are ahead of the game. But as your players get older and more competitive, there are a few essential things they should be doing between pitches when on defense. This is called the Pre-Pitch Routine.

What is a Pre-Pitch Routine?



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Added by Michael Kuebler on September 5, 2014 at 11:03pm — No Comments

WWW.HENRYSBASEBALLCLUB.COM 781 891 0621 THERE IS FALL AND WINTER BASEBALL!!

WWW.HENRYSBASEBALLCLUB.COM  781 891 0621 CLICK ON TV SHOW TOP OF THE HOME PAGE. MY LAST GUEST WAS STEVE SAX OF THE WORLD SERIES!!

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Added by HENRY MUNEVAR on September 5, 2014 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Why You Could Be To Blame For Players Body Language!

Why this may be the most important message you've ever read...

Can mental toughness be taught?

You want to know what I think?

Yes!

But you know what…

  • It starts with parents and coaches like us, we’ve got to hold our kids accountable inside every single activity!
  • We can’t let them off the hook and point the finger at the umpire, coach or teacher and when that “poor me” body language pops up…

SQUASH IT! 

If…

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Added by Lantz Wheeler on September 5, 2014 at 1:24pm — 4 Comments

2015 Marucci CAT 6 Review

I had a chance to review the Marucci CAT 6 this last week end and here are my thoughts: Marucci CAT 6 Review

Overall:

We Recommend the 2015 Marucci CAT 6 for hitters who: Like the honest feel…

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Added by Brian Duryea on September 1, 2014 at 11:40am — No Comments

Pitching Tips Easy Enough My Drunk Uncle Could Master!

Here's my latest video post at BaseballThinkTank....enjoy!

Added by Lantz Wheeler on August 29, 2014 at 10:35am — No Comments

(Video) Why this should always be a pitcher's 1st adjustment!

Why do we make pitching so complicated?

Most coaches are quick to blame everything on pitching mechanics, but very few realize that your ability to throw strikes has very little to do with pitching mechanics!

In fact, it starts with your EYES!

It's true, the first adjustment every pitcher should make is....THE EYES!

You'll be amazed at how quickly this changes things for your pitchers, don't believe me....try it yourself!

Click the link below and SEE for…

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Added by Lantz Wheeler on August 28, 2014 at 1:55pm — No Comments

SO. CA WOOD BAT TOURNAMENT

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIAS TRAVEL BASEBALL BIG BOYS LEAGUE IS HOLDING THEIR "BIG BOY" WOOD BAT TOURNAMENT AUG 30TH, 31TH (HAVE LABOR OFF TO RELAX AT HOME) & SEP 20TH, & 21TH IN HESPERIA (HS LOCATIONS BEING UPDATED). CONTACT RAY at RRRM20@GMAIL.COM FOR MORE INFO. HS QUALIFIED TEAMS PLAY ON BEAUTIFUL NEW VARSITY AND JV FIELDS.
THE ULTIMATE UMPIRE ASSOCIATION AND THE…
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Added by Ray Briones on August 25, 2014 at 2:47pm — No Comments

sad news

As you all know, I'm always looking for things to write or share here on CheckSwing. There are nearly 8,000 members in our baseball community here on CS. I've had the pleasure of meeting some of you in real life, but most of us communicate here on the site. I feel like I know many of you as you share your background in your CS profile and in our baseball discussions.  It's easy to see the personality of a person when they discuss the great game of baseball.

With that, I want…

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Added by Bill Stanton on August 25, 2014 at 10:00am — 16 Comments

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