19
Sep
2014

Catching 101 - Blocking

Catching 101 - Blocking
Blocking is the catcher’s ability to throw himself in front of an incoming pitch in the dirt, and stop it with their chest, mask or glove. This is the area of catching that repels many players from the position. There are not many players who are willing to take a hit to their body to keep a runner from advancing a base. Blocking takes a player with determination, toughness and pride to do what needs to be done for their team.The fundamentals of blocking a baseball are far more complicated then what most think. There are multiple pivotal movements that need to be done within tenths of a second to ensure the catcher successfully blocks the baseball.The first thing a catcher must do is be in the correct stance. There are two stances the catcher can start from. The first is the primary stance; the primary stance is when a catcher can relax their lower half on their heels with their throwing hand protected behind their back. This stance is used with less than two strikes, or with no...
17
Sep
2014

Benefits of Arm Pitching Machines

Benefits of Arm Pitching Machines
Arm style pitching machines are the “Big Boys” of the pitching machine world. What I mean by this is they are the biggest, bulkiest, and heaviest of all the pitching machines. They typically weigh over 600 pounds and are encased in steel cages. Very durable and rugged and are built to last! They are typically also the most expensive pitching machines on the market. Just because they are the highest price tag doesn’t mean they are the best fit for every situation. ...
15
Sep
2014

Portable Mound: You Can't Afford to Not Have One

Portable Mound: You Can't Afford to Not Have One
Having coached a youth baseball team for numerous years and serving on the board of directors for our youth program I understand completely how expensive portable mounds are and how budgets are restricted. Spending multiple thousands of dollars on a portable mound seems like an insurmountable goal, but it has to be treated like and investment not just an expenditure. ...
04
Sep
2014

Unique-Perspective: Louisville Slugger Pitching Machines

Unique-Perspective: Louisville Slugger Pitching Machines
The Louisville Slugger Blue Flame Series comes in three machines, The Blue Flame, The Black Flame, and The Backyard Pitching Machine. All of the machines are spring loaded and the difference between the 3 machines is top speeds. ...
02
Sep
2014

Hitting 101- Hitting Stance

Hitting 101- Hitting Stance
For a hitter, the starting positon (stance) can be just as important as the swing mechanics itself. So much of hitting is about the hitter’s ability to make adjustments to the pitcher to have success. As a hitter you will have a very tough time making adjustments in the swing if your stance is not consistent each time you step up to the plate. Each hitting coach will have different techniques they may like to teach you as a hitter. The goal for you should be finding the most comfortable, yet effective stance for you to be ready to attack any pitch in the strike zone. ...

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28
Aug
2014

Catching 101 - Receiving

Catching 101 - Receiving
There are many ways coaches and instructors teach receiving a ball from the pitcher, but there is always one constant task that is taught, to be quiet with the glove and to be strong with the glove. To be short, a catcher wants minimal movement from the glove, all the way to the head and feet when receiving the baseball. ...

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