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(NEW) Long Toss Program for Pitchers & Position players <Download>

I’ll never forget what I learned about long-toss from a southern Baptist preacher out in the middle of Mississippi.

I’d driven almost five and half hours across the entire state of Mississippi to watch a junior college baseball game. I was recruiting a pair of right -handed pitchers, one’s name was Lump and the other, Montrell.

Both kids played for a juco out of Mississippi and I’ll be honest, I had no idea what I was going to see when I watched these two pitch that day. I…

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Added by Lantz Wheeler on February 25, 2015 at 5:12pm — No Comments

Andrew McCutchen on Youth Baseball

A bunch of 12-year-old kids had their hearts broken this week. Jackie Robinson West, a…

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Added by Bill Stanton on February 17, 2015 at 3:43pm — 19 Comments

AAU Baseball

I am starting an11-U AAU baseball team to do just tournaments I am looking for somewhere to purchase full set of uniforms (head to toe). any ideas on where a good place to purchase this from which will not break the bank and will have decent uniforms. Open to any ideas you guys may have. 

Thanks

Added by Paul Weldon on February 16, 2015 at 11:54pm — 3 Comments

Player Development Through Tactical Games

 By popular demand after our two part "Running Efficient Practices" podcast, we have released a podcast on "Player Development Through Tactical Games."

 

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In this episode, you will learn:

  • What are tactical games?
  • How often you should use tactical games in…
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Added by Kyle Nelson on February 3, 2015 at 7:12am — No Comments

Wait, Am I That Baseball Dad?

Wait, Am I That Baseball Dad?

How baseball encourages bad parenting—and how you can support your kids on the diamond without driving them crazy.

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Added by Grant Clifford on January 30, 2015 at 6:00pm — 6 Comments

Pete Carroll and Scott Boras??

Pete Carroll and baseball's most feared man: an unlikely tale of friendship

http://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2015/jan/29/pete-carroll-and-baseballs-most-feared-man-an-unlikely-tale-of-friendship

Baseball’s most feared agent does not watch many sports beyond his chosen game. Scott Boras is a…

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Added by Grant Clifford on January 29, 2015 at 9:58am — No Comments

Front knee During hitting

So Ive been working with a swing coach and we recently began working on keeping my front side stiff, something I agree with. However, I have two things I want to hear people's opinions on regarding the front side.

1. How does the front knee stay in a position to avoid injury, while generating the most successful swing? Does it lock (kneecap pushing back), stay barely flexed but stiff, or extend fully without locking? 

2. I widened my feet in my stance out so they're wider than…

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Added by Mike on January 24, 2015 at 8:30pm — 7 Comments

The Gold Standard by Mike Krzyzewski (Coach K)

The Gold Standard by Mike Krzyzewski (Coach K)

Here are some key points from the Gold Standard by Mike Krzyzewski of Duke.

* Remember that everyone on a team must adapt, including the leader, so that your team benefits from the best of each member. Your team will not be the…

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Added by Bill Stanton on January 24, 2015 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Bat Path - The most important hitting trait that no one is talking about

Originally posted on Pro Baseball Insider.com

Baseball is a game that constantly teaches if you are willing to learn.  I feel I have learned a lot about the baseball swing over the past year and a half and I am excited to share some insight.

It started with my friend and teammate…

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Added by Doug Bernier on January 21, 2015 at 6:00pm — 7 Comments

Preparing to Pitch in the Bullpen

One aspect of the game that young pitchers often struggle with is their ability to prepare for game situations in practice, or when warming up for games.  Young pitchers often do not take the time or develop the standards in their bullpen practices.  During your time in the bullpen you must work on the execution of specific pitches and locations so that you can find them more precisely in games.

In our many years of training young pitchers we’ve determined that they struggle with…

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Added by Brian Beehler on January 20, 2015 at 2:01pm — No Comments

The Forgotten Aspect of Baseball Fitness

Fitness for baseball is very different from most other sports.  The nature of baseball is one where the body is at rest for an extended period of time, then needs to work in quick bursts.  The movements are either split second rotational movements, straight line sprinting, or random change of direction athletic movements.

 

 

yoga The traditional weightlifting…

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Added by Kyle Nelson on January 19, 2015 at 8:44am — No Comments

4 Part Series on Travel Sports- must read

Here is a very well written and researched 4 part series by The Dallas Morning News about Club/Travel sports. It focuses on the club sport scene in Texas, but the principles to all of the US markets. It's definitely worth taking the time to read....  then let's discuss here.

The Industry (Time and Money) -…

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Added by Bill Stanton on January 8, 2015 at 1:59pm — 4 Comments

Part 2 of Practice Efficiency Podcast

Coaches-



I just released part 2 of my Practice Efficiency Podcast. In this episode you will learn:



-Avoiding 2/3 evil L's for youth sports practices (not just baseball)



-How to get players to utilize your practice time efficiently so they are active at least 1/2 of the time.



-Instructional strategies to help your player's retention rate.



-How to help players transition what they learn in practice to…

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Added by Kyle Nelson on January 8, 2015 at 10:30am — No Comments

Baseball Glove Story- what's yours?

My son has a basic youth baseball glove.  I was looking to make the glove last a little longer and make it look sharp. I sent it to Deland Cochran at New Life Gloves.

He took it apart, reconditioned the leather and laced it with maroon and gold laces to match his team colors. We now have a well built glove that should easily last another season or…

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Added by Bill Stanton on January 7, 2015 at 10:58am — 6 Comments

10U Winter League / Game 3

Had our third winter league game.  The kids were rusty after Christmas.  We ended up in a 8-8 tie.  Parker went 1-2 with a walk.  He pitched one inning, hitting the first batter and striking out one.  He gave up no runs on two hits.  Unfortunately, the second hit was a one-hopper into his face, ending his pitching for the day.

He's adjusting well the 46' mound so far.  Can't wait for Spring ball to begin.

Added by Terry Linnig on January 3, 2015 at 6:59pm — No Comments

CCA Podcast 005: Maximizing Baseball Practice Efficiency

Coaches:

I hope every had a great Christmas!  Just wanted to let you know about a new venture we are undertaking... a Baseball Coaching Podcast.  

We have 5 episodes already, and will be publishing one every other Thursday (if everything goes to plan). The latest one just came out today.  It's part one of a two part podcast that talks about how to maximize amateur baseball practices.  You can get it on iTunes at:

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Added by Kyle Nelson on December 26, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments

Scoring from 3rd with 2 outs.

Hey All....got a question that came up during a recent winter tournament.  Runner at third with 2 outs.  Batter hits a ground ball to the third baseman....runner on third should run on contact...right?  One of our players tried to entice the third baseman to make a play on him but I said that you should run on contact and have a better chance of scoring on a throwing error.  If you don't run on contact then you can't score if the first baseman drops the ball.  My argument was also that most…

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Added by Michael Settles on December 22, 2014 at 12:00pm — 14 Comments

RIP Fall 8U Season

We just finished our Fall Season on Monday.  The kids came to play, making it to the finals on a 50 degree AZ night.  We ended up losing 3-2 but couldn't be more proud of the way the kids carried themselves.

My son continued his strong second half of the season striking out all six of the batters he faced (max 2 innings).  He also went 4 for 4 at the plate.

We are now starting our Winter League where the mound is at the normal 46'.  Need to work on that as he struck out 2 and…

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Added by Terry Linnig on December 17, 2014 at 2:29pm — No Comments

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