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. ...
08
Aug
2014

Soccer 101: Required Soccer Equipment

Soccer 101: Required Soccer Equipment
With the success of this years World Cup soccer in the United States, many families are getting their children involved in soccer leagues and other soccer organizations. Kids get their daily exercise in, and families get to learn more about one of the fastest growing sports in America. ...
08
Aug
2014

Why Should I Buy A First Pitch Pitching Machine?

Why Should I Buy A First Pitch Pitching Machine?
 We get a lot of phone calls asking, “Why should I buy a First Pitch machine when I have never heard of them?” There are several reasons to purchase a First Pitch machine, but it depends on your situation. We’re going to try to help you determine whether First Pitch machines are the right ones for you. Below is a little history of the First Pitch machines:First Pitch is located in Greenfield, Minnesota, which is located in the greater metropolitan area of the Twin Cities of Minneapolis-St. Paul. They started out supplying pitching machines to local Little League teams locally and then through word-of-mouth they started getting inquiries from coaches, players and parents throughout the United States. First Pitch has now been producing these quality machines for over 13 years now!First Pitch’s unique niche in the marketplace is HIGH-QUALITY, LOW-COST baseball and softball machines, providing an excellent value in pitching machines that are a great baseball training aid and lots...
08
Aug
2014

Why Should I Buy A JUGS Pitching Machine?

Why Should I Buy A JUGS Pitching Machine?
If you do research on pitching machines you are going to quickly notice that JUGS is not the cheapest machine out there. This often brings up the question, “Why should I spend the extra money to buy a JUGS machine?” You need to understand why JUGS machines are more expensive in order to make the decision if a JUGS machine is right for you. Part of the reason they are more expensive is their prestigious history. Below is a little bit of the JUGS history. ...
08
Aug
2014

Why Should I Buy A Zooka Pitching Machine?

Why Should I Buy A Zooka Pitching Machine?
Zooka pitching machines are designed with the youth player in mind. Fully portable and adjustable, you can take them from the backyard to the ballpark in a matter of minutes. They are great machines if used in the proper situation, and with that in mind, we will try to help you decide if the Zooka Pitching Machine is right for you.As mentioned above, the Zooka Pitching Machine is built for youths. It can reach top speeds of 70 MPH and has a safety-first mentality as it is entirely encased and has no exposed parts. In addition, it has an internal battery that can throw up to 500 pitches, so you do not need a generator or need to run a cord to an outlet to plug it in. The Zooka Pitching Machine also has a series of beeps and flashing lights that lets the player know the pitch is coming, which will help the youth player with their timing. These factors make the Zooka an ideal machine for a pitching machine league.The Zooka is lightweight and very portable weighing in at less than 30...
08
Aug
2014

Why Should I Buy An ATEC Pitching Machine?

Why Should I Buy An ATEC Pitching Machine?
ATEC pitching machines are built with the serious player and coach in mind. Atec is known as the official pitching machine of Major League Baseball. It doesn’t get any more prestigious than that! With this high prestige comes a high price tag. ATEC is well worth the money IF it is the right machine for your situation. Below is a little bit about the company and a little bit about ATEC machines and their philosophy.As the Official Training Equipment of Major League Baseball, ATEC training equipment is used daily by every team in the Major Leagues. ATEC is also the top choice of baseball and fast pitch coaches of collegiate, high school and youth league programs across the nation. For more than 35 years, ATEC has designed and manufactured precision training machines and equipment. Meeting the training needs of teams and individuals, at home in the backyard or on the practice field, ATEC has earned an unmatched reputation for performance, accuracy and durability.As mentioned above, the...