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. ...
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. ...

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