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...
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! ...
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

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...

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