Having been practicing with my son and been a youth baseball coach for 15 years now, I have run across various baseball training aids and have mixed reviews on the effectiveness of them. I also see players struggle with various baseball skills and then run across a training aid that helps with it. One I ran into a few years ago is the Designated Hitter. The Designated Hitter is an approximately 5 foot 10 inch hitting dummy that will stand in the batters box for the pitcher to use during their bullpen session or pre-game warm ups.
Football is arguably the most popular sport in America, sorry baseball, and some areas of the country are downright cult-like in their worship of the sport. With football players and the sport itself being held in such high esteem it’s natural to want to watch players perform at the highest level possible. How do players get to be good? Natural talent, hard work and practice, practice, practice.The problem with the sport, as of late, is the fact that kids are beginning to play competitive tackle football at younger and younger ages, and are therefore susceptible to severe damaging injuries at very young ages before their bodies are anywhere close to fully developed.
I have been attending quite a bit of baseball games at many different levels this summer and a few things are jumping out at me. I am noticing it appears some of the position players are lacking in some simple fundamentals of their position. Fundamentals not only have to be taught to the players, they have to be practiced in a repetitive way for them to become natural or second nature in a game situation.
Performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) have been around as long as competitive sports. History shows that since the early 1900s, Olympic athletes have been mixing their own concoctions that they believed would enhance their athletic performance. A near-lethal mixture of brandy and strychnine was used by an Olympic marathon runner in 1904.By 1928 the International Association of Athletics Federation became the first international sporting federation to prohibit doping by athletes; this is the governing body for track and field.However, in 1958, the FDA approved the first anabolic steroid for sale in the United States, and that changed the face of sports forever. While official drug testing at the Olympic Games began in 1968, a reliable test for anabolic steroids wasn’t developed until 1975, and the substance was quickly added to the banned substances list.
Tennis is a highly popular sport around the world, and surprisingly the gender of the players isn’t really a deal-breaker when it comes to the watchability of the sport. Both men and women enjoy levels of fame and financial success in the sport, and history has shown that through the years both men and women have equal chances of winning against each other, making for a fairly level playing field when it comes to a mixed-gender match.Take, for example, one of the biggest battles of the sexes in recent history: Billie Jean King versus Bobby Riggs. This 1973 match was the second in a series of three matches featuring professional tennis’s best female and male players of the time. This particular match saw the female beat the male competitor in a best-of-five match format. The debate over how and why King beat Riggs raged on after the match, yet no one can deny that the victory was King’s.
Volleyball is a sport beloved by many and can easily be played year-round. However, if you have the chance to hit the court outdoors when the weather’s good, why wouldn’t you try to get in some fresh air and sunshine while you play the game you love?There are differences between indoor and outdoor (sometimes called “sand”) volleyball. These differences are not enough to be real game-changers, but there are some things to be aware of depending on your volleyball environment.The Volleyball Court
Tennis is a sport enjoyed by people of all ages around the world with varying degrees of athleticism. Some people enjoy leisurely hitting the ball back and forth over the net, while some people earn their living playing professional tennis.The exact origins of the sport of tennis aren’t exactly noted, however some historians believe it dates back to Ancient Egypt, while others believe it originated in northern France in some monastic cloisters in the 12th century.No matter what area or century the original game was founded, it appears all agree that the original game of tennis was played without rackets, but using a ball struck with the palm of a bare hand, much like modern-day handball.
Costs to participate in youth programs, like all other costs, have been soaring over the past several years. Everyone is on a budget, including the youth sports program your child is involved in. Just like it is fiscally responsible for individuals to live within a budget, youth sports programs need to live within a budget. A vast majority of these programs are non-profits, so they are spending the parents’ of the children in the programs hard earned money. Each youth program should be have a board of directors that is responsible for managing the program’s funds. There are a few things youth programs can consider when purchasing to save money.
Now is the time of year that a majority of college and high school baseball teams across the nation are coming to an end. That means the teams will be packing up their equipment until next season. Probably the last thing on most coaches’ minds is preparing for next season. Preparing for next season can come in a lot of forms. It can be going to clinics to learn the newest coaching theories. It can be going on the recruiting trail for those college coaches. It can also mean taking an inventory of equipment and making sure everything is in working order before the start of the next season.
The job of a youth coach may be the most important coaching job that exists. The pay that is received doesn’t quite match up to the importance of it! A youth coach is more often than not the very first coach and teacher a child has. It is very important for a child to have a good first experience in order for them to continue playing their chosen sport.I am under the belief that knowledge of the sport is secondary to knowing how to have fun with the kids and keeping them interested in the sport that is being coached. Making practice fun while teaching the basics of the sport is very important. Kids will want to continue playing a sport if they find the sport fun. I remember my first youth baseball coach, he was limited in baseball knowledge, however made it fun and I developed a baseball for baseball that year that still exists today.