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Square Bunt vs. Pivot Bunt In Youth Baseball

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Contrary to the way MLB is evolving I am a big proponent of bunting especially in youth baseball or softball (ages 8-12). Think about it. A nicely placed bunt toward 3rd base that slows or “dies” near the foul line is a tough play for experienced players. On the youth level it is especially tough for the 3rd baseman, pitcher or even the…

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Added by Marty Schupak on October 13, 2018 at 5:02pm — 2 Comments

OVER COACHING IN YOUTH BASEBALL

 When a batter swings and misses on the first pitch, how many of us have seen all the batting coaches in the dugout and even the bleachers yelling out instructions? You’ll hear shouts of “elbow up,” or “elbow down.” Or you might hear “Billy, get closer to the plate” or “Billy, step back from the plate.” We all hear this one, usually with two strikes: “Billy, choke up on the bat.” How about a coach or parent having the batter call time out after two strikes so…

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Added by Marty Schupak on October 9, 2018 at 10:33am — 3 Comments

Bobble Drill For Young Players

The Bobble Drill can have long term positive fielding techniques for youth baseball and softball players.
1) This can be done with any infield drill.
2) When fielding a grounder, have the player scoop the ball up.
3) Just before the transfer to the throwing hand, the…
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Added by Marty Schupak on October 8, 2018 at 6:34pm — No Comments

Increase Batting Practice Efficiency 40-50%

Most baseball coaches run batting practice wrong.

Some Tips for an efficient batting practice that is guaranteed to increase repetitions.

1. Always have plenty of baseballs.

2. Batting practice is not fielding practice or base running practice. No running last one out.

3. Balls hit to fielders…

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Added by Marty Schupak on October 6, 2018 at 3:45pm — No Comments

T-Ball Drill Sneak Preview

This is a drill from T-Ball America and Marty Schupak's newest t-ball book due out in 2019.



Free Standing Bench Throw Drill #4…


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Added by Marty Schupak on July 13, 2018 at 2:25pm — No Comments

T-Ball Drill By Marty Schupak

This t-ball drill is a sneak preview of Marty Schupak and T-Ball America's new book, 

Youth Baseball Drills: T-Ball, Ages 4-7 Years Old

due out in 2019.…

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Added by Marty Schupak on July 9, 2018 at 1:06pm — No Comments

The Case For No Baseball Gloves In Tee Ball & Youth Baseball!

I maintain Little League and Tee Ball experiment with their players not using gloves. Before you decide to commit me and throw away the key, take a deep breath, relax and I’ll explain why using playing baseball without gloves for say the first two or three games of the season may lead to better ballplayers in the long run. I’m not looking to put Rawlings or Wilson out of business. In fact if my theory holds true then the…

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Added by Marty Schupak on June 2, 2018 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Branch Ricky, Breaking The Color Barrier And Baseball Innovator

Branch Ricky was a baseball player and executive who is probably is best remembered for breaking the color barrier signing Jackie Robinson. This was his greatest feat but if you look closely at the man himself, it is incredible what an innovator he was. Rickey was from Stockade Ohio. After high school he went on to play catcher for the…
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Added by Marty Schupak on May 29, 2018 at 9:07pm — No Comments

Baseball’s Disappearance of the Bunt

  My lifelong love affair with baseball statistics goes way back to the early 1960’s when my father would be attacked by me when he came home from work with the old defunct newspaper the New York World-Telegram. I would almost tackle his right arm as he walked through our front door to get the sports section to look at yesterday’s box score. It was a love most baseball fans have had ever since they could remember. I would…

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Added by Marty Schupak on May 28, 2018 at 10:30am — No Comments

In Youth Baseball Outfielders Who hold The Ball Too Long

  I've seen it happen in almost all sports even at the professional level. In hockey I've seen players holding the puck too long when they should either shoot at the net or pass the puck to another teammate. This happens a lot on power plays especially if the team has that rare two-man advantage. In basketball we see some point guards holding the ball too long when they should be trying to either penetrate the key or pass it off. Of course…

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Added by Marty Schupak on April 17, 2018 at 8:54pm — 1 Comment

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

Cinder-Block Drill



Usually I save this drill for kids older than t-ball. But this drill is a great backyard drill if you have the space. Take a 4" cinder block and lay it flat on the ground. Give your player one of those thick red plastic bats. Take a tennis ball and after you set up your player in a batter's stance, bounce the ball off the cinder block and move away quickly so you don't get hit with the…

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Added by Marty Schupak on January 26, 2018 at 9:39pm — No Comments

Why Catch Everything With Two Hands

  I have been fortunate to have known a lot of coaches in all sports. I was attending a high school playoff basketball game that was going down to the wire. The coach I knew team was down by one point at the end of the game. With a few seconds left, one of the guards got some space and drove all the way down the left side of the basket and put in a lay-up with his right hand just out of the reach of two defenders. The team won the game.…

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Added by Marty Schupak on December 5, 2017 at 2:00pm — 4 Comments

A New T-Ball Drill Has Been Posted By Marty Schupak

Dive-Ball Drill



This is a drill that can be done as a team or individually in the backyard. All you really need is a patch of thick grass and a bucket of soft covered t-balls or tennis balls. The team is divided into two or three groups. The more lines the more repetitions the players will get. This will depend on how many assistant…
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Added by Marty Schupak on October 19, 2017 at 9:33pm — No Comments

Youth Coaches Must Go Over Teaching Players "Obstruction"

  I have followed sports my whole life. I have been fortunate to witness in person or on television some of the most historical games played in the last fifty years. I have always thought it almost amazing when a hit, basketball shot, or long pass in football occurs that the officials or umpires are able to watch the game away from where the ball, hit or action is occurring. In youth sports…

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Added by Marty Schupak on October 17, 2017 at 9:17am — No Comments

Youth Coaches Must Go Over Teaching Players "Interference"

  The short story I’m about to tell really has nothing to do with interference but it has something to do with not knowing the rules. A number of years ago my team was in the playoffs. We were involved in a real close one run game. Very late in the game, we had a runner on third and one out. My batter attempted to bunt on the first two pitches and missed so he was down 0-2. I decided to take…

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Added by Marty Schupak on October 12, 2017 at 8:35pm — No Comments

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

                                                                Backyard Creativity

                                                                              By Marty Schupak

  You can be creative in your own backyard. Years ago when all my peers in our Little League were buying equipment for their kids, I stood on the sidelines and watched.…

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Added by Marty Schupak on August 13, 2017 at 11:34am — No Comments

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

Quick Tip By Marty Schupak and T-Ball America   



 Teaching Techniques For T-Ball & Youth Baseball…

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Added by Marty Schupak on August 1, 2017 at 9:38pm — No Comments

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

Quick Tip #40

This quick tip is sponsored by Amazon Prime…

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Added by Marty Schupak on July 24, 2017 at 10:30pm — No Comments

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

Quick Tip #39 By Marty Schupak & www.TBallAmerica.com

This quick tip is sponsored by Amazon Prime Video.
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Added by Marty Schupak on July 22, 2017 at 1:30pm — No Comments

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

Quick Tip By Marty Schupak and T-Ball America

This quick tip is sponsored by …

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Added by Marty Schupak on July 11, 2017 at 8:30pm — No Comments

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