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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

Help with baseball gear.

Does anybody have some extra gear that does not longer use? Like batting gloves, baseball bats, or metal cleats. It could be just a pair. please contact me if you could help me with smth

Added by Jhon Torres on November 20, 2016 at 11:00am — No Comments

Teaching New Swing Patterns

Helping a player understand a new pattern or how to feel a new pattern within their swing it tough. Past practices were to talk a player into the new pattern and lots of reps. We all know that is not the best solution. Taking swings in a cage does not improve the pattern; it only reinforces a poor pattern.

Daniel Coyle, the author of…


Added by Tracy Clark on November 16, 2016 at 8:05am — 16 Comments

Univ of Iowa- The Great Wall of Groundball Prevention

Saw this on Twitter from the University of Iowa baseball program.

They set up screens during batting practice. The goal is for hitters to drive the ball over the screens, not hit groundballs.

Very interesting.  What do you think?…


Added by Bill Stanton on November 5, 2016 at 6:10pm — 2 Comments

2017 Inaugural Season

We are working on getting a 25+ MSBL/MABL leauge started in the Southeast Missouri area for 2017.  If anyone would be interested in signing up or knows someone in the area spread the word for us.  You can check us out online at ;

Added by Anthony Fruhling on November 2, 2016 at 11:37am — No Comments

The Driving Force Within Your Motion is your “Genetic Code”

Ever feel like there's something blocking you from producing the results you want to produce?

Well, there…


Added by L.A. "Skip" Fast on November 1, 2016 at 11:30am — No Comments

Kris Bryant Takes Lessons From Ted Williams’s Batting Bible


Added by Bill Stanton on October 31, 2016 at 11:00am — 3 Comments

weighted hitting balls?

What is your opinion of the weighted hitting balls?  Total Control Balls seems to be the most popular brand.

I see them at field quite a bit as part of teams pre-game routine.

Good? Useful?  Bad?

Added by Bill Stanton on October 30, 2016 at 1:17pm — 2 Comments

Work Gloves.. not Batting Gloves

Good story about a kid who was overlooked by pro scouts out of college and then played well in Independent Ball. 

He just signed with the Marlins. See below, what makes him unique as a hitter...

Marlins purchase Wheat’s contract


Added by Bill Stanton on October 21, 2016 at 4:40pm — No Comments

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