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. ...
26
Aug
2014

The Hitting Jack-It Training System

The Hitting Jack-It Training System
From the earliest days of baseball, players have added heavy weights to their bats during batting practice to build strength and, in theory, get more power at the plate. From heavy bats and iron bars to crude lead donuts, players and trainers have tried everything to increase power and bat speed, not always with optimal results. Today’s baseball and softball players reap the benefits of 175 years of painstaking research with the development of the perfect batting practice system – Hitting Jack-It Training System.Professional hitting coaches and scientists now all agree that despite tradition and popular belief, practicing your swing with too much weight on the end of your bat can actually slow down your bat speed at the plate. The introduction of Hitting Jack-It Training System, a progressive, variable weighted training system for batting practice is changing behaviors at batting practices throughout the sport.The beauty of the Hitting Jack-It system is a player’s ability to hit...
25
Aug
2014

Unique-Perspective: Recreational Basketball

Unique-Perspective: Recreational Basketball
Summer is the offseason for most basketball leagues and organizations but as Nike stated in a recent campaign “Basketball Never Stops”. As a former basketball player and self admitted basketball junkie myself, I know this to be true. The basketball season can be a grind for players of all ages and skill levels with the number of practices and games but summer is a time to get back to the basics. A time to enjoy pickup games with friends or simply shooting around in the driveway. ...
21
Aug
2014

Unique Perspective: Tennis Ball Machine Drills

Unique Perspective: Tennis Ball Machine Drills
In many ways, a tennis ball machine is the best partner of all.  A tennis ball machine does not have expectations– it is not disappointed when you unsuccessfully attempt a new technique.  A tennis ball machine does not get tired or complain after feeding you a hundred lobs.  It does not suffer from inevitable “human error” or inconsistency when providing the shots required to perfect your strokes.  A tennis ball machine is also the best opponent.  A tennis ball machine has no competitive inclinations– it does not will you to make a mistake and it does not make questionable calls.  It is not lurking on the other side of the net as an unnerving adversary.  It is equally skilled in all strokes, so as to best prepare you for any type of player– including the dreaded left-handed or “no fault” opponent– but without the consequences of a lost match. A tennis ball machine simply contains fuel for the only way to master this sport– practice, practice,...
20
Aug
2014

Unique-Sports Summer Buyer's Guide

Unique-Sports Summer Buyer's Guide
Summer is in full swing and fall is around the corner but it’s never too late to save on products that can turn your backyard into your very own sports sanctuary. ...
20
Aug
2014

Youth Pitching Rotation

Youth Pitching Rotation
I coached a high school feeder program team for 10 years between my two boys and during that time learned the importance of developing a pitching rotation for my team. There are numerous reasons this is important, but to me the most important one is to save youth pitching arms! My whole point in developing a rotation was to make sure I didn’t overuse any of the pitchers. I developed a rotation of who was going to pitch when and stuck to it no matter what, sacrificing many wins over the years. Also children develop at varying speeds, so that boy that wasn’t as good as a youth may end up being the star down the road. Giving them an opportunity to pitch when they are younger will be a big benefit for them down the road. ...
20
Aug
2014

The Kodiak L Screen

The Kodiak L Screen
If you do a little price shopping on baseball pitcher’s L-Screens, you will quickly find out that the Kodiak Sports Professional Padded L-Screen is not going to be the cheapest. Not only will you find it won’t be the cheapest, in fact it is going to be one of the more expensive screens on the market. In the case of the Kodiak L-Screen the old saying “You get what you pay for” definitely applies! ...
14
Aug
2014

How To Buy A Volleyball System

How To Buy A Volleyball System
Volleyball is now the second most popular sport on the planet and is played by an estimated 800 million people worldwide. At Unique-Sports we are dedicated to offering volleyball systems that fit the individual needs of all 800 million of those players. Manufacturers (like Park & Sun, First Team, and more), have made it easier than ever to find the perfect setup for your space and playing style.When shopping online, you will be presented with every type of volleyball system imaginable...from recreational volleyball sets to institutional volleyball systems, and there is an overwhelming amount of information to sift through in making your choice. In the end you need to assess your situation and find the volleyball system that is the best fit for you.  Let us help.....2 TYPES OF VOLLEYBALL SYSTEMS:This may seem fairly obvious, but there are two categories of volleyball systems for you to choose from: the recreational systems used for backyards, beaches, ...
08
Aug
2014

Youth Sports: Rest for Long-Term Success

Youth Sports: Rest for Long-Term Success
Make your kid better at sports by playing less! Kind of seems like a contradiction doesn’t it? This is the advice of renowned sports surgeon Dr. James Andrews. Dr. Andrews has seen enough. Enough of parents who think their son or daughter is the next superstar athlete and need to be pushed all year round. When Dr. Andrews first started he saw mainly professional athletes. Now, to his alarm, he is seeing younger and younger patients. ...
08
Aug
2014

Student Athletes

Student Athletes
Most people can agree that when a person is in school, school needs to be their first priority. Sure there are friends, jobs, sports and other distractions, but getting the best education you can while you are still in school should probably be the highest goal. ...

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