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T-Ball Quick Tip

  The first time players on your team try hit the ball off a batting tee, it may be the first experience for some of them. Here is a tip that will benefit some of your players especially the younger ones. Use as many batting tees as you can. If you have twelve players on your team and have four tees, divide your team with three players in each group using parents or assistant coaches. Try and keep the younger players in the same group. Make sure the groups are spread out. With the tee…


Added by Marty Schupak on January 14, 2017 at 10:04pm — No Comments

Has Tournament Baseball Improved the Landscape of Travel Ball?

Has Tournament Baseball Improved the Landscape of Travel Ball?…


Added by Bill Stanton on January 13, 2017 at 10:38am — 2 Comments

T-Ball Quick Tip

  My first year ever coaching was for my middle son's t-ball team. The games were three innings and each half inning was played until the complete batting order batted around then the teams switched. About a third into the season I realized the players at the bottom of the line-up were missing out on a big part of the game. Because if they got on base they were the last ones to do so in the inning, once the last player batted, the inning was over. They never experienced the running of…


Added by Marty Schupak on January 8, 2017 at 1:36pm — No Comments




Added by HENRY MUNEVAR on January 5, 2017 at 10:30pm — No Comments

A T-Ball Tip That Is A Sure Thing

Here's an idea that has been a "home run" during my youth coaching career since I started doing it. Have a team newsletter.  Ask for a volunteer to do this at your parent's meeting. You'll get more than one volunteer. For a ten game t-ball season, you can have three newsletters. For a fifteen game season have four. You determine the number based on the number of games your t-ball team plays. Here are a few musts:

1) It must be a hard copy, not an…


Added by Marty Schupak on January 5, 2017 at 3:08pm — No Comments

Before Manny Became Manny

Before Manny Became Manny

Manny Ramirez, the High School Legend…


Added by Bill Stanton on January 5, 2017 at 2:47pm — 2 Comments

Are your pitchers rated as an “A” or “B” pitcher?

The difference between an "A" and "B" rated pitcher is like day and night.

  • An "A" Pitcher's foot placements keep their throwing arm uninvolved with their balance.
  • A "B" Pitcher's foot placements force them to use their throwing arm for…

Added by L.A. "Skip" Fast on January 4, 2017 at 8:18pm — No Comments

youth wood bat profile

Hi everyone,

          My name is Matt and im a hobby wood turner.  My boy is 9yrs and is playing in a wood baseball bat league this up coming summer.  I was hoping for some input on to the best profile that is best well balanced.  Also i will be attempting to make him his first wood bat.  is there anyone out that would be willing to share some youth bat measurements with me?  Thanks in advance!

Added by Matthew Ortiz on January 4, 2017 at 11:56am — 2 Comments

T-Ball Parents Meeting-A Must For Coaches

  The "Parents Meeting" is just as important in T-Ball as it is with older teams. The meeting should be
held about 2-3 weeks before your first practice. Have a print out spelling out the goals of the team.
Mention your practice philosophy and how often and how long you will hold them. Always ask for a volunteer
for a team parent and go over the responsibilities. Also go over: clothing,…

Added by Marty Schupak on January 1, 2017 at 9:12pm — No Comments

Dabo Swinney takes little league coaching almost as serious as his day job

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Let’s take a brief look at the personalities of the four coaches in the College Football Playoff.

There is Alabama’s Nick Saban, bloodless automaton.

There is Ohio State’s Urban Meyer, tortured genius.

There is Washington’s Chris Petersen, every bit as loose and jovial as Dick Cheney.

And then there is Dabo Swinney, little league baseball coach.

In a little more than a month, the head coach of the…


Added by Bill Stanton on December 30, 2016 at 8:30pm — 2 Comments

T-Ball Tip

Your first few t-ball practices for the new season may be a challenge for a first time coach and new players. Why not start out with a few familiar games and add a baseball theme. Divide your team up for a relay race. The baseball theme put in is that players must wear their gloves with two baseballs in it. After the first player runs to the fence or around cones, he must pass the two baseballs to the next person in line. Players cannot throw or flip the balls…

Added by Marty Schupak on December 16, 2016 at 10:23pm — No Comments

The Mystery of the Vanishing Screwball

The Mystery of the Vanishing Screwball

Hector Santiago of the Los Angeles Angels was sitting at a restaurant table in Glendale, Ariz., in March, holding an orange in his left hand. He formed a circle with his thumb and forefinger, then spread his remaining fingers around the fruit with half an inch between each one. He was demonstrating how he…


Added by Grant Clifford on December 15, 2016 at 6:32pm — No Comments

Coaching T-Ball And Dealing With Parents & Young Players

“The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people.”

                            ‒‒ Theodore Roosevelt


I’ve been coaching for 22 years and it happens every year. I receive at least one phone call and it always starts out with the same beginning…

“Hi Marty, first of all I want to say I think you are doing a great job with the kids, but…”

And there it is. Right after…


Added by Marty Schupak on December 10, 2016 at 8:30pm — 1 Comment

T-Ball Tip

T-Ball Tip:

Discussed already is the need to separate skills with young t-ballers in early season practices. It is better to have players throw without catching, catch without throwing. Here is an easy drill:

On a fence make a line made out of blue painter’s tape. You can make the line long or short but the longer, the more kids can do the drill at once. The player(s) that are going will have a ball in their throwing hand about 20 feet (or shorter to start) from the fence. Th…


Added by Marty Schupak on December 8, 2016 at 6:27pm — No Comments

MLB, USA Baseball launch Prospect Development Pipeline



Added by Bill Stanton on December 8, 2016 at 2:26pm — No Comments

Balance Bat Reserach

I'm about a month out of completing my research on the Balance Bat and I thought I would post a Pre-Release report to get some feedback. The current research is intended to disprove the impact of the Balance Bat. In simple terms, the I am working to prove that the Balance Bat does not work and in fact prove that the Balance Bat does not significantly improve a player’s swing performance. 

My thought process may not be streamlined and in some ways crazy, but for me I am a…


Added by Tracy Clark on December 2, 2016 at 11:01am — No Comments

Who Invented T-Ball?

"I won't be happy until we have every boy in America between the ages
of six and sixteen wearing a glove and swinging a bat."
                            ‒‒ Babe Ruth
  On May 6, 2001, the Capitol City League Rockies and the Satchel Paige League Memphis Red Sox from the Washington, D.C. area took the field to play each other in a t‒ball game. What made this t‒ball game different from any other game was…

Added by Marty Schupak on December 1, 2016 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

Bat Path and Nike Swoosh Momentum

If you want to hit a 105 mph fastball or stay back on a -10 change up you better start studying pitchers. Your study session is not what pitch they will throw in certain pitch count, but you better study how they train and create so much momentum.

A player wants to square the barrel to the ball with as much force as possible. To achieve this a player must apply Newton’s 2nd Law of Inertia. Newton's second law of motion can be formally stated as follows: The…


Added by Tracy Clark on November 22, 2016 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

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