A friend shared this article with me and I think it's very relevant to many of the CheckSwing discussions we have. Do you agree? Disagree? What are some solutions?
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Every baseball player or coach will eventually take off the uniform and walk away from the field. It is a long, lonely walk and one that we try our hardest to put off as long as we can. Our thoughts run back to those earliest stages of the game filled with dirty uniforms and giggles with your friends in the dugout. Let me tell you; that feeling never changes.
People ask me what I do in winter when there’s no baseball. I’ll tell you what…
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With trade rumors swirling for weeks around Marlins first baseman/outfielder and social media superstar Logan Morrison, The Buzzer asked him to write a column on what it's like to be traded; what are the emotions a player goes through leading up…Continue
Added by Bill Stanton on December 12, 2013 at 10:28am — No Comments
The old adage is “control what you can control.” Baseball players have been reciting this phrase for years but sometimes, we forget the simplicity of the statement. In a normal nine inning baseball game or a shorter youth game, a hitter gets to hit three to four times. If that hitter is successful at putting the ball in play then they will be asked to run three to four times.
It amazes me almost on a daily basis how not running to first base hard is…Continue
Added by Chad Moeller on December 10, 2013 at 1:59pm — No Comments
With Christmas just around the corner everyone is starting to think about the gifts they will give to all the people who are close to them. Sometimes it can be hard to decide on a proper gift for this very special occasion, but in this article we are going to give you a great suggestion that encourages exercise and friendly competition in one of the most beloved sports in the world and that is of course Baseball.
This is one of the most powerful sports in the world and it…Continue
Added by John E Doran on December 10, 2013 at 12:35pm — No Comments
I was watching the Baseball Winter Meetings coverage on MLB TV and Buck Showalter was interviewed. Sorry for the poor video quality as I was recording with my iphone...... but the message Buck gives is something that we discuss quite a bit on CheckSwing.
Watch the quick video and let us know your thoughts.
Getting your work done in the batting cage is often accomplished from the earliest stages in baseball to the highest level of the big leagues with two simple drills: Hitting off a tee and hitting soft toss.
If you are reading this, chances are that you have worked these drills numerous times. Tee work and soft toss are so beneficial if done correctly. I want all of you to remember one thing from reading this (THIS IS A DRILL) This drill is…Continue
Added by Chad Moeller on December 5, 2013 at 3:00pm — No Comments
I guess I am writing this for a couple of reasons but the number one is that I have four boys that excel at baseball and love it. I coached high school baseball for the past 14 years and in that time I gain the respect of all my fellow coaches and all my former players. I never had an issue with any of them and always had a successful season not matter the talent I was given. Anyone that knows anything about high school baseball knows that this is where the funnels affect starts. The…Continue
As organized sports get pushed further out of reach of many poorer kids, one former college hoops star wants to even the playing field.…
CheckSwing and Barnstable Bat Company are teaming up to give away TWO high quality wood bats to one lucky CheckSwing member.
In case you don't know, Barnstable Bat Company stated…Continue
When youth coaches ask me “what is the number one problem you see with players when they get to the high school level,” my answer is always that they need more work on the tactical aspect of the game. But when it comes to hitting, the answer is easy as well. Youth hitters need to…
Added by Kyle Nelson on November 24, 2013 at 11:00am — No Comments
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Added by HENRY MUNEVAR on November 23, 2013 at 5:00pm — No Comments
Playoffs? Playoffs? The Ideal Youth League
If you have been following me at all you probably know about my thinking on player development, all-stars, playoffs, affiliated leagues with national playoffs.
I sure don’t proclaim to have all the answers but I do know that player development is trumped by winning-at-all-costs, all-stars and national playoffs.
Kyle Nelson, my colleague at Cornerstone Coaching Academy took a survey this past month from…Continue
Did you know that over 90% of the time a Pitcher will throw a Fastball right down main street on the first pitch to get ahead in the count ? Did you also know that 78% of the time most Hitters take the first pitch ?
From that point on the Hitter is behind and the Pitcher has the advantage. Teach young players to hit early in the count. Most of the time that first pitch fastball is the best pitch they will see at that at bat.Be an Offensive Aggressive Hitter, never on the defense…Continue
Added by Bob Metts on November 23, 2013 at 8:03am — No Comments
This post was originally posted on my pitching website, BetterPitching.com:
28 Ways Pitching Better Prepares You for Life
At the end of the long season, it's always a good idea to take a step back and look at the big picture. Give yourself some time to recharge and take stock of where you're at in your career (and in your…Continue
Added by Phil R. on November 20, 2013 at 1:54pm — No Comments
Thank you to all who participated in developing the Cornerstone Youth League. We received several dozen responses that went into creating this "ideal youth baseball" league. I encourage you to take these recommendations to your board of directors and try to effect positive change in hour league!
Check out the results here! goo.gl/97jQea
Added by Kyle Nelson on November 17, 2013 at 10:20am — No Comments
How to Choose an Instructor:
5 Characteristics of Good Teachers
by Jonah Bayliss
A1 Pitching Academy
As the fall off-season approaches, kids across the country will be in search of some instruction as their parents (in most cases) tirelessly peruse the land for the best instruction they can afford. I wanted to take a second to highlight some of the characteristics I thought you should be…Continue
Hagen Danner, 14, a pitching prospect, has verbally committed to play baseball…