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5 Tools That Play Baseball

    5 Tools That Play Baseball We have all heard about the rarity of a 5 tool player.  Scouts spend countless hours scouring the globe for that diamond in the rough.  Below is a list of players that fall 4 tools short but none the less, bring their tool to every single game.   Skinny Tool This guy is ...

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What are youth pitchers most afraid of?

Nearly every youth pitcher has the same fear running in the back of their minds.  When I bring this topic up to the pitchers I work with, they all look at me like I just pulled back the curtain of their pitching psyche.  Some immediately deny the fear then gradually admit it with a big sense of relief.  Others light ...

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5 Reasons You Should Be Getting Private Baseball Instruction

We all go into youth sports hoping for the best experience for our children.  We want them to learn the value of teamwork, sacrifice, and being part of something bigger than themselves.  Sometimes players have a natural knack for a sport and thrive immediately.  Others might require special attention to detail and extra practice just to stay competitive.  No matter ...

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What is your unique contribution to the team?

We all bring something unique to the table for our teams.  It might be speed, a powerful bat, or an arm angle that hitters hate.  Whatever our unique gift is, it’s important that we maximize it’s potential.  As baseball players we often focus on what we lack and what areas we need to improve on.  Heck, as human beings we ...

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5 Things Every Baseball Instructor Wants Parents To Know

1. Lessons are not a babysitting session. There are much cheaper options. Tell your kid to stay focused and have fun.   2. Parents, be quietly involved and learn as much as the kid does. Check your pride at the door and pay attention. Your son and the instructor will appreciate it.   3. The lessons are NOT intended to ...

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6 Characteristics of Natural Team Leaders in Youth Sports.

Every team in youth sports has a few standout athletes.  Usually those players are blessed with natural talent and playing ability but do they have what it takes to be a leader of the team?  Below are 6 characteristics of team leaders in sports.  Some of the best leaders are not always the most physically gifted but they are usually ...

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Keeping Up With The Tommy Johnses?

It seems like every baseball article or website out there is talking about Tommy John surgery.  The increase in the procedure and the ages of which it is happening has raised a lot of concern in youth baseball.  There are several experts out there looking at what is causing players to go under the knife at such young ages.  Rather ...

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Why We Play Baseball

I spent yesterday working with my 84 year old dad as we repaired the steps leading up to my screened in porch.  It was a day of talking baseball.  My dad has skin cancer, just had a huge portion of his ears cut off due to the cancer and is covered all over his body.  He is going to have ...

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The Fear Field

Parents and Coaches, Sometimes the words we use and our approach to coaching can make players get defensive (not in a good way).   It is natural to have these thoughts (see picture) at some point as a baseball player.  There is a pretty good chance you thought them yourselves.  You may even think them now while watching your son ...

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The Batting Order – Not A Rating System

The batting order for a baseball team is not a rating or ranking scale of the best hitters to the worst hitters.  Players and parents often look at the lineup as a promotion or demotion based on performance.  A knowledgeable baseball coach will always try to seek a balanced lineup. Next time your having trouble accepting where you or your ...

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