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One of the best ways to turn young players off baseball is to stick them in the outfield, hit fly balls, a player gets hit in the head, hurts himself, and never picks up a glove again. I…Continue
I had the pleasure of going down to the Little League World Series on Friday and Saturday.It still amazes me how many baserunning mistakes are made. In the New England vs. Northwest game which…Continue
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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…Continue
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…Continue
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…