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Born To Be A VandyBoy- The Life And Death Of Donny Everett

Born To Be A VandyBoy

The Life And Death Of Donny Everett



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Added by Bill Stanton on March 30, 2017 at 10:17pm — No Comments

Wrong T-Ball Gloves

This article is written with permission from www.tballamerica.com


Pancake Gloves In T-Ball



 In t-ball and even other divisions, I've seen kids come to their first practice with baseball gloves that would make the founders of baseball roll over in their graves. I…
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Added by Marty Schupak on March 30, 2017 at 11:00am — No Comments

The Pro Ball Baseball Clinic has inked a new deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates to use their spring training facility in Bradenton, FL. This is in addition to the San Diego Padres complex in Peoria, AZ…

The Pro Ball Baseball Clinic has inked a new deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates to use their spring training facility in Bradenton, FL. This is in addition to the San Diego Padres complex in Peoria, AZ.

There are now 2 locations:

Nov 30 - Dec 3, 2017        Bradenton, FL

Jan 12-15, 2018                 Peoria, AZ

The Pro Ball Baseball…

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Added by John Rubinow, M.D. on March 24, 2017 at 3:12pm — 1 Comment

VeloPRO Training Hype?

Hey all,
I am new here, but am wondering what your thoughts are about this VeloPRO Baseball harness. Looks interesting and it appears like a lot of MLB and NCAA players use it. Seems to have a lot of value, as these top players and organizations are really buying into it. Thinking about purchasing for my team. Thoughts?
This is a video of Taijuan Walker training with it. What do you guys think?…
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Added by Robert Waters on March 22, 2017 at 11:20am — No Comments

A Myth In Youth Baseball Via An Excerpt Marty Schupak's Newest Book

This excerpt Is from Marty Schupak's newest book"

44 Baseball…

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Added by Marty Schupak on March 21, 2017 at 9:30pm — No Comments

T-Ball America & Marty Schupak have posted a "Quick Tip."

Quick Tip From T-Ball America

and Marty Schupak's latest book T-Ball Skills & Drills…

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Added by Marty Schupak on March 19, 2017 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Two coaches under investigation for allegedly hitting players with pitches

Two coaches under investigation for allegedly hitting players with pitches

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Added by Bill Stanton on March 17, 2017 at 10:48am — 4 Comments

How to get good hitting practice in

When we're practicing with hard balls, we have to have everyone on the field paying attention so they don't get hit.

I have a large bag of tennis balls that I use so we can practice hitting while people are doing drills in the field.

I am curious if anyone has ideas to do hitting practice with real balls? Right now it's 12 kids, 1 at a time. Do you employ multiple fields?

Tom

Added by Tom Wurdock on March 17, 2017 at 10:30am — No Comments

2017 wooden bat rules

Will someone please explain the 2017 wooden bat rule at all age levels? It seems very few understand the "Official Base Ball" or MLB wood bat rule 1.10... " a smooth round stick..." NO weight limit is mentioned, plus or minus. Please explain why so many seem to feel a wooden bat of any size must be a minus 3 or or weigh more than that start point? We are talking wood bats,  not metal, not composite, not laminated wood. Very confused after 25 years of bat making. Tom at Barnstable Bat…

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Added by Christine Bednark on March 17, 2017 at 5:54am — 1 Comment

The "Recycle Bin" drill in t-ball is one of the more creative drills you will ever see!

Recycle Bin Drill


If you are willing to spend a little time in your garage separating your recycling bin, this is a great drill that will stimulate young t‒ball players. You have to take out anything that is glass, breakable, or potentially may inflict any type of injury. You will be left with mostly plastic, which is great! Carefully put one object at a time…
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Added by Marty Schupak on March 15, 2017 at 8:57pm — No Comments

Something Worth Catching - Podcast for Coaches Episode 5

Positive Coaching and More

Today's story at the end of this podcast has a great message for coaches of all levels and attests to the importance of positive coaching. So many coaches become cynical and take the joy out of the game for the players. This story is about one of those negative coaches. Fortunately, this coach…

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Added by Jack Perconte on March 14, 2017 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Here is a quick easy drill that will pay dividends at the t-ball level and beyond. Remember that the simplest, most effective drills in most sports need not cost an arm and a leg for parents, leagues…

Here is a quick easy drill that will pay dividends at the t-ball level and beyond. Remember that the simplest, most effective drills in most sports need not cost an arm and a leg for parents, leagues and coaches.
Have players at first catch a ground ball from the coach or parent barehanded. By using only bare hands this is…
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Added by Marty Schupak on March 13, 2017 at 10:36pm — No Comments

Something Worth Catching - Podcast for Coaches

Talking baseball

Added by Jack Perconte on March 2, 2017 at 3:24pm — No Comments

T-Ball America's Marty Schupak has posted a new Quick Tip on hitting for 1st year t-ballers.

 Older youth players are involved in baseball mainly to hit the ball, unless they are 100% pitchers. In t-ball, once the kids experience hitting the baseball off the batting tee, many of them get hooked. Coaches have to remember that for many new players hitting off the batting tee will be their first experience. Let’s put them in a position to succeed. If you approach t‒ball like we are all ambassadors of baseball, it is in the sport’s best interest to…
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Added by Marty Schupak on February 22, 2017 at 5:25pm — No Comments

T-Ball America & Marty Schupak has posted a "Quick Tip." Instructional cues can be effective!

Quick Tip #14



  Instructional cues are keywords that can communicate a proper technique and do it quickly. Instructional cues are short phrases and sometimes can be comprised of one word. The beauty of these instructional cues are that young kids will absorb them. T-Ball can be considered “instructional cue heaven” for coaches and parents.…

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Added by Marty Schupak on February 19, 2017 at 10:00am — No Comments

T-Ball America & Marty Schupak has posted a "Quick Tip." Put away the cell phones!

  I’ve already given some t-ball non-playing tips such as a team newsletter. Here’s something to try. A no cell phone day! I live outside New York City and frequent there a lot. I like many people are amazed with the cell phone craze and social media, texting etc. It has gotten out of hand. And in many cases rude. When I would be in New York City stopped at a red light, most people that looked to be under 30-years …

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Added by Marty Schupak on February 17, 2017 at 9:30pm — No Comments

New Nebraska Hall of Famer Shares His Road to Major Leagues' Top PR Job Via 'The Passion of Baseball'

It is said that only about six per cent of the United States population gets to spend a lifetime working in a profession the person dreamed of since childhood.  Bob Wirz, a Stratford, CT resident and new inductee into the Nebraska Baseball Hall of Fame, believes he is part of a much smaller group who has lived a long life rubbing shoulders with the biggest names in baseball without ever swinging a bat or throwing a ball beyond the scruffiest of diamonds.

            "The Passion of…

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Added by Bob Wirz on February 17, 2017 at 5:10pm — No Comments

The Youth Obsession with the Shortstop Position



The Youth Obsession with the Shortstop Position

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Added by Grant Clifford on February 17, 2017 at 10:45am — No Comments

Three Reasons Coaches Aren't Respected Like The Old Days

Three Reasons Coaches Aren’t Respected Like The Old Days

Posted: February 11, 2016  Author: Chris Fore…

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Added by Will Laurence on February 13, 2017 at 3:00pm — 4 Comments

The T Ball Game, Laugh It Up!

 
“The human race has only one really effective weapon and that is laughter.”
                                                                                                        ‒‒ Mark Twain
  In the course of a t‒ball season, there will be more funny things that happen during your games and practices than in any other baseball league and most other sports…
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Added by Marty Schupak on February 12, 2017 at 12:30pm — No Comments

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