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The 5 Magic Words, And Only Words, My Son Will Hear From Me Until He's 12 or 13 yrs. Old!

Call me biased, but I'm trying to give my son an unfair advantage!  

My goal is to place him in a win/win situation every time he steps on the field!  

How am I going to do that?  

Keep my mouth shut, get out of the way and repeat these 5 words over and over!  

http://baseballthinktank.com/praise-the-intent-not-the-results/

Added by Lantz Wheeler on June 16, 2014 at 5:42pm — No Comments

Chaz Lytle Scout Blog - Five Tools: Base Running

Shows instincts to steal bases.  Knows how to run bases.  Smart on bases.  Steady on bases.  Gets good leads.  Looks to run and take extra base.  Takes extra base.  Good athletic ability. To read the full blog, visit www.orlandobaseballlessons.com.  Click on…

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Added by Orlando Baseball Lessons on June 16, 2014 at 12:20am — No Comments

Chaz Lytle Scout Blog - What to Look for in an Arm

Players showing fluid arm action and easy release will normally have strong arms. Look for “carry” on the ball – seeing how strong the ball stays up on the line of flight about halfway from the point of release to the point of being received. Read full blog post at …

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Added by Orlando Baseball Lessons on June 15, 2014 at 10:37pm — No Comments

Chaz Lytle Scout Blog - Scouting Thoughts and Truism

SCOUTING THOUGHTS AND TRUISMS - The 3 A’s: attitude, aptitude and ability. If you don’t have tremendous ability the attitude and aptitude better be real good. Visit www.orlandobaseballlessons.com and click…

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Added by Orlando Baseball Lessons on June 15, 2014 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Chaz Lytle Baseball Blog - Signability

SIGNABILITY

  1. Don’t use the term, when talking about a HS player.  “He’s is going to UCLA”.  Say “He has signed with UCLA”.  Your comment would then be something like “I know you have signed a letter of intent to attend UCLA, but I would like to talk…
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Added by Orlando Baseball Lessons on June 14, 2014 at 11:16pm — No Comments

Chaz Lytle Scout Blog: Outfield General Philosophy

The next pitch will be hit to me and I will be ready to make the play.

Don’t expect someone else to make the catch – be ready on every pitch.

Read more at …

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Added by Orlando Baseball Lessons on June 14, 2014 at 8:30pm — No Comments

A Simple Concept to Simplify Your Performance Goals

Don't Let Them Score

 

In today's day and age, I find that we have a strong urge to overcomplicate things.  With the technology that we have it can be a blessing and a curse at times.  We often find ourselves so caught up in angles, and lines, and x's and o's, that…

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Added by Jonah Bayliss on June 13, 2014 at 7:30am — No Comments

Wanna Have a Catch?

We are all looking for ways to maximize our limited practice time. Here is an innovative way to improve something you do every practice... catch. Head over to my blog at  http://goo.gl/M8mOtf  to get your free copy of our…

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Added by Kyle Nelson on June 12, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments

Have An Idea

Hitting is hard!  Really hard!!

Anything where someone who fails 70% is considered really good must be fairly difficult.  

I know hitting is hard, that's why I became a pitcher at the age of 9.  Back from the get-go, I was like, "wow, this hitting thing is not…

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Added by Jonah Bayliss on June 10, 2014 at 7:30am — 3 Comments

The Diamond Dish Podcast ep.10: Interview w/ Matt Kata

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE EPISODE

Matt's Bio:

  • Played 13 seasons of professional baseball
  • Played for 5…
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Added by Jonah Bayliss on June 9, 2014 at 9:28am — No Comments

Baseball pitching camps

What do all you guys think about the pitching camps that are at the so called elite level.  Ron Wolforth,  Brent pericieu,  Dick Mills, Lance Wheeler,  the list is bigger,  Tom House.  these camps are expensive and if you study they are all different.  What are your thoughts,  worth the money or not,  And if so how do you know if your kid is at the level to justify the expense.

i have my own opinions but curious of others.  I see kids at these camps that have NO chance of even…

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Added by Kenneth Shepherd on June 7, 2014 at 6:46pm — 10 Comments

The Mind Is Mightier Than the Fastball

Do you want to know what THE, number one, key to success and continuing development is?

The ability to listen, and a willingness to have an open mind and make adjustments.

Done.  Case closed.  If you're already arguing, you're proving my point.

At the major league level,…

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Added by Jonah Bayliss on June 5, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments

Baseball's Unwritten Rules

Updated: May 31, 2014, 12:22 PM ET

The Unwritten Canon, Revealed

The by-the-book code you won't find in the Official Baseball Rules

By Tim Kurkjian | ESPN.com
In baseball's common-law court (well, in Dallas Braden's common-law court, anyway), no runner shall cross the pitcher's…
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Added by Markus Darnley on June 4, 2014 at 4:48pm — No Comments

Phoenix Rising (Phoenix bats article)- informative

Phoenix Rising

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The barriers to entry are very real, but in a…

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Added by Bill Stanton on June 4, 2014 at 2:05pm — No Comments

Experience is the Ultimate Teacher!

(this was an article I submitted to a local paper after watching one of the most amazing games I've seen in a long time)

It's Alive!  It's Alive!!!

by Jonah Bayliss

Last night I sat down to watch a baseball game.  After the sun went down, the temperature dropped considerably and the air became far too brisk for my thin t-shirt.

Yet, as I sat on a cold bleacher amongst a substantial crowd, I began to notice my hands clenching the bench seat…

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Added by Jonah Bayliss on June 3, 2014 at 7:30am — No Comments

ASMI: Position Statement for Tommy John Injuries in Baseball Pitchers

Position Statement for Tommy John Injuries in Baseball Pitchers

May 2014

EPIDEMIC

During the past few years there has been an “epidemic” rise in the number of professional pitchers requiring ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction (“Tommy John surgery”).1 This is like déjà vu, as a similar sharp rise was seen in adolescent pitchers near the turn of the century.2,3 These two rises are indeed connected; that…

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Added by Bill Stanton on May 29, 2014 at 3:07pm — No Comments

Stealing home: How travel teams are eroding community baseball

Stealing home: How travel teams are eroding community baseball

By David Mendell, Published: May 23, 2014 Washington Post

David Mendell, a freelance writer and former reporter for the Chicago Tribune, coaches Oak Park Youth Baseball outside Chicago.

The shortstop ranged nimbly to his right, scooped up a sharp grounder and unleashed a strong…

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Added by Will Laurence on May 29, 2014 at 11:44am — 50 Comments

Victories Within Lead to Victory

Baseball is a game of small intricacies and mini battles.  Within the overall war between two teams, there are several smaller battles taking place on a more personal level.  …

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Added by Jonah Bayliss on May 29, 2014 at 7:40am — 5 Comments

Holding Runners: Un-complicating Unnecessary Complexities

Why is it, that it seems like the best thing we humans are good at, is taking something so simple and joyous, like the game of baseball, and make it as complex as possible?

Holding Runner/Controlling the Running Game

In today's game, you'll see kids at the youth…

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Added by Jonah Bayliss on May 27, 2014 at 7:30am — No Comments

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