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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

MLB Stadiums.

Now that the Metrodome is gone, which MLB stadium do you think will be the house of horrors of the American League? In my opinion, I think that the Rogers Centre in Toronto, ON, will be the next stadium that no American League team will want to go in the future.   

Added by Dion Chamar Owens on December 10, 2014 at 3:49pm — 3 Comments

Baseball Simulation lets you own and manage your own baseball franchise

Franchise Ball is an ongoing multiplayer baseball simulation game where users compete against eachother as owners / managers in a user-friendly, web-based environment. Trade, acquire, bid on new talent, watch your games in real time. Negotiate contracts, manage investments, build capital, and build a dynasty. You're the franchise owner and team manager, you control everything. Division champions advance to the league playoffs and beyond ...…

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Added by Joshua Lee on December 2, 2014 at 6:03pm — No Comments

Practice Time Per Week

How much is too much baseball in a week?  On the team we are on now, we have one practice and one game per week.  In between those days, we workout three additional days on hitting, fielding and pitching (no more than 60-90 minutes).  My son turns 9 in March and enjoys getting out there and practicing.  The extra work seems to be paying off in the games. Is this too much for a player his age?

Added by Terry Linnig on December 1, 2014 at 12:17pm — 3 Comments

The Top 7 Mistakes Baseball Players Make in the Weight Room

If you’ve been following my last few blog posts, you are aware that conditioning for baseball is very different than a traditional weight lifting program. While linear strength and overall strength are important, training the body in rotational, explosive movements similar to what will be done in competition is ultimately where players will see their greatest gains.



This philosophy is tough to get across to high school and college players who often see their counterparts lifting…

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

Chaz Lytle Scout Blog: Major League Hitting Philosophy





Most hitting instructors who have never hit at the higher levels of baseball teach improper techniques. Yes, every hitter is different, but all who are successful do a few basic mechanics the same. 

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Added by Orlando Baseball Lessons on November 18, 2014 at 7:56pm — No Comments

You Ever Heard Of "Velocity Breadcrumbs?"

I don’t normally talk about the pitchers I train, but today’s story is different.

Everyone needs to hear this one.

It was cold as hell at the Christmas Camp in Nashville that night back in 2005. It was my first year at the NCAA D1 level and what I was watching had me excited, in fact I couldn’t wait until I could coach this kid.

The season passed and I can still remember the first day of practice. It was one of those scorching hot Nashville August…

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Added by Lantz Wheeler on November 18, 2014 at 1:10pm — 1 Comment

Ground Balls: A Hitter's Best Friend?



Ground Balls: A Hitter’s Best Friend?



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Added by Bill Stanton on November 17, 2014 at 2:15pm — 22 Comments

Chaz Lytle Scout Blog - The MLB Ready Position

The 1-2 step occurs on the trigger so that the player arrives into the Ready Position just as the ball is entering the hitting zone. The timing of this needs to be practiced so that it is perfect.

Read more @ http://orlandobaseballlessons.com/mlb-ready-position/

Added by Orlando Baseball Lessons on November 14, 2014 at 8:24pm — No Comments

Still wondering what a Scout Report looks like? Here is another peak...

Still wondering what a Scout Report looks like? Here is another peak! 

http://orlandobaseballlessons.com/scout-report-part-2/

Added by Orlando Baseball Lessons on November 14, 2014 at 7:57pm — No Comments

Ever Wonder what a Scout Report looks like? Take a peak...

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION:

First, provide a detailed description of the player’s physical appearance.  Use a body-type of a well-known Major League player to give the best picture.  Be sure to identify the organization for which the body-type example plays.  Ex.  Similiar to A. Rodriguez – Yankees.  Read more at http://orlandobaseballlessons.com/scout-report-part-1/

Added by Orlando Baseball Lessons on November 13, 2014 at 8:55pm — No Comments

Pitch Smart- new MLB site

MLB launched a new website called "Pitch Smart".  http://m.mlb.com/pitchsmart

Take a look and let me know your thoughts.

Here's the description:

"A series of practical, age-appropriate guidelines to help parents, players and coaches avoid overuse injuries and foster long, healthy careers for youth pitchers."

The focus appears to be on arm care, injury provention and a focus on Tommy John…

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Added by Bill Stanton on November 13, 2014 at 3:41pm — 6 Comments

My Experience with Baseball Uniforms.

I'm a coach of a little league team and I was thinking about how certain things have changed over the years around baseball - especially with the uniforms. I played when I was a kid, and I remember how our dad (the team coach) would have to get everyone's sizes ahead of time, then drive into town to pick out the uniform he wanted. He'd pick out a generic logo of a tiger and have the company put it on the jerseys. When they came in a month later, usually there were three or four that didn't…

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Added by joelness on November 12, 2014 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

Travel Baseball Economics- help please

I just completed my first season of travel baseball as a parent and a coach. I coached an 8U team this Fall and our season was very successful on every level. The kids improved a great deal, had fun and we won enough games.

I'm reaching out to have an open discussion with people from all over the US about the economics of travel baseball. Without a doubt, this is a business. There are hard costs associated with running a travel baseball team. Coaches, Fields, Uniforms,…

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Added by Bill Stanton on November 10, 2014 at 12:00pm — 17 Comments

Wrinkled Raisins - View From the Dugout

While sitting in the dugout, I have seen many players throw wrinkled raisins.  I will explain, but first let’s leave the dugout for a few minutes and step into my office. 

As you read this imagine you are walking into my office just down a hall leading out a door through the back of the dugout…

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Added by Rick Harig on November 6, 2014 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Reasons why I throw great batting practice

                                         

                     Reasons why I throw the best batting practice, and how to be a better hitter.

                     There is only one way to develop the proper timing of your swing: batting practice,

                     batting practice, and more practice. Preferably against live pitching not a machine.

                     to really learn timing of your swing, you need to see the motion of…

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Added by John Marino on November 5, 2014 at 1:17pm — No Comments

(Video Review) The Cure For The Inverted W

You’re a pitching mech-addict, let’s face it.

But, here’s the ironic part.

What I’m going to show you goes against what you’ve been taught about pitching mechanics and it’s going to help you get over your addiction.

The reason you’re addicted is because you’ve been looking at it backwards, focusing on the symptom and not the cause, valuing key points and desirable positions.

Think of this as your first day of rehab and you’re about to look…

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Added by Lantz Wheeler on October 31, 2014 at 11:11am — No Comments

Will Your Athlete's Core Work Translate to on Field Performance?

Every Serious baseball player in the country will be looking for ways to improve their conditioning this offseason and be able to generate more power at the plate, throw with a higher velocity on the mound, or have more body control in the field.

 

Regardless of the demands of the individual player, their training should start with the core.

 

Let's take a look at the traditional method of training the core, the crunch.  Ask yourself this question, where on a…

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Added by Kyle Nelson on October 30, 2014 at 9:22am — No Comments

Finishing a wood bat

I am starting to make wood bats for some of my student that I teach and it is a hobby for me when I am not at work. Carving that bat isn't the hard part for me but finding the best wood for the price and if the wood is even good ha been difficult but finishing the bat has been my most difficult par of this all. Both putting on stickers and the type of paint needed.



If anyone can point me in the right direction about buying hickory or maple please comment.



Second how to… Continue

Added by Chameleon Bats on October 30, 2014 at 2:21am — No Comments

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