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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…


Added by Mike on January 24, 2015 at 8:30pm — 5 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…


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

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…


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


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…


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) -…


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

Part 2 of Practice Efficiency Podcast


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…


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…


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


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:



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

Scoring from 3rd with 2 outs.

Hey 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…


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…


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 ...…


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…


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. 

Read more at …


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…


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?


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

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