After over 11 years I am sad to announce that CheckSwing is shutting down. The last day of operation for CS will be August 22, 2019.
It's been an amazing run for this baseball network. Nearly 10,000 baseball players, coaches, parents, and umpires joined us over the years to connect, share knowledge and help one another advance in the game. I'm proud of how we played a small role in helping those who love the greatest game ever invented. Kyle and I had a simple idea to build a baseball social network to provide a place for people to access information and not have to pay a fee. In a world where the cost of sports keeps growing, we created CS to allow people from youth leagues to the big leagues to share their knowledge and passion for baseball.
It worked well. For many years the site had thousands of visitors per day. I have received hundreds of emails from CS members who made connections and gained knowledge that helped them or their child advance in the game.
With that said, over the past two years site traffic has dropped considerably. It's difficult for a site like CS to compete with the large social media platforms. It was obvious that many of the baseball discussions that once took place on CS were now taking place on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
When we launched CS my son was 2 years old. He just turned 13 and I cannot tell you how much having the CS community at my fingertips helped me as a coach and baseball parent. While I was running the CS community I was also an active member who tried to soak in as much of the knowledge as I could. From practice plans to the evolution of hitting/pitching mechanics (launch angle!) I always knew that I had access to some of the smartest baseball minds in the game. I often joke with people that I know way more than I should about wood bats!
As CS shuts down I leave with great memories and even greater friendships. Baseball unites people.
Over the past 11 years, I hope that CS played a small role in helping you unite with others who love the game of baseball.
- Bill Stanton
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