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5 Things For Pitchers To Consider Next Time On The Bump.

1. Throw your fastball until the hitter shows you that you have to throw something else.  “Ride it until she bucks you” 2.  Your fastball is more than just one pitch. Throw it inside, outside, elevate it, slow it down (yes I said that), and speed it up. 3.  Hitters are hitters.  It doesn’t matter what level you play, they ...

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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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Pitch Clocks Will Help Pitchers Dominate

The New Pitch Clocks Will Help Pitchers Dominate.  One word – Rhythm. Pitch clocks will be introduced this year in professional baseball at the Double A and Triple A levels.  The purpose of the clocks are obvious, to speed up the game.  How will this added feature impact the game other than getting it over with sooner?  I think that ...

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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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Point Your Toe Towards Your Target?

The phrase “point your toe towards your target” is very common in youth baseball.  Coaches and parents are advising their pitchers that in order to throw the ball where you want, your toe must be pointed in that direction.  While it sounds like a good adjustment to make it could actually be working against those pitchers. The first thing to ...

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Mound Presence – Come Get You Some

Every pitcher at some point or another “loses it” on the mound.  It might be after an umpire calls a ball on a great pitch or after one of your teammates botches a routine ground ball or pop up.  Sometimes on the mound we just don’t have our best stuff and get lit up like a Christmas tree.  Let the ...

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Crash Test Pitching Mechanics

What does a car crash test have to do with pitching mechanics? One of the most important requirements of good pitching mechanics is how the body and arm work to generate, shift, and exert energy.  I use the analogy of a crash test to demonstrate how the body starts, builds up, and releases its energy.  By no means am I ...

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How To Get A Good Grip On The Baseball.

Let me first start by saying that this article is not intended to show pitchers how to cheat.  This is simply information for pitchers to use if they chose to do so.  I have used seen these “tricks” and they do provide a better grip on the baseball. As a pitcher that has pitched across the globe, I have noticed ...

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