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. ...
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...
16
Jun
2014

How much money should I spend on my pitching machine?

How much money should I spend on my pitching machine?
How much money should I spend on my pitching machine? There are quite a few different pitching machine models and they come at quite a wide price range. Pitching machines can range from $200 to $2,500. Aside from indoor practice machines and recreational (backyard) pitching machines, most coaches and parents elect to purchase a machine that will most closely simulate pitches the player will see in the game. Machines favored by coaches and youth programs generally start over $500 and represent a significant investment. ...
01
May
2014

What Ball Should I Use With My Pitching Machine?

What Ball Should I Use With My Pitching Machine?
Pitching Machine Balls: Regulation size pitching machine balls are designed to deliver a very constant pitch and have better wear factors than any other type of ball when used in pitching machines. Unique Sports carries a full line of pitching machine balls to cover every need for indoor and outdoor use.Regulation “Real Leather” Balls: Regulation real leather balls can be used in pitching machines however they will not pitch as consistent as a pitching machine ball. This is a fact that many coaches like as it simulates a real pitch with location changes each time. Regulation real leather balls also have a shorter lifespan. In addition they tend to transfer material to the wheel(s) or throwing pads. This material transfer may cause a build up to develop on the throwing surfaces. Material build up, if left un-checked can affect performance of the pitching machine but can be controlled by removing it with #60 sandpaper or emery cloth. This should be done on an “as needed...
01
May
2014

Buying A Generator For Your Pitching Machine

Buying A Generator For Your Pitching Machine
Buying Tips: When buying a generator, many factors should be considered. The age-old proverb, “you get what you pay for” applies here. You will get longer life and reliability by using a generator designed for “heavy-duty” use such as those used in the building trades. Some name brands for these are Honda, Yamaha, Kawasaki and Huskavarna. Stay away from machines developed for home use or camping. These include Coleman, Craftsman and Homelite, among others. These units are typically for lighter use and were not designed for the longer hours and current load required for pitching machines. ...
23
Apr
2013

Zooka ZS 740 Pitching Machine

The Zooka ZS 740 Pitching Machine is a great fit for certain situations.  This is a very lightweight machine that will throw accurate fastballs up to 70 MPH.  It is unique in its barrel and compressor style throwing.  You load a baseball into the barrel and it shoots it out like a cannon.  The best part of this machine is that it has an internal rechargeable battery so you can take it anywhere to use.  This is especially handy for those that have practice fields that have no electricity.  For a total cost of under $800 it would be difficult to find another machine that throws at these speeds that has its own power source.  It is also great at throwing fly balls for defensive drills.The Zooka ZS 740 is used in quite a few machine pitch baseball leagues.  This is because of its lightweight design and internal battery.  Coaches will stand behind screens and feed the baseballs for the leagues.  When the games are over a single person...
08
Apr
2013

Coach D Review: First Pitch Baseline

Coach D Review: First Pitch Baseline
I have a finance background and a term I use a lot is "cost benefit".  Basically that means you measure the benefit you will get from something compared to the cost you pay for the item.  I bring that up because when you apply this to the First Pitch Baseline Pitching Machine, you will find quite a bit of benefit compared to the cost you will pay for it.  At just under $650 you will get an American made machine that is built as sturdy as pitching machines come.  First Pitch is so confident in their pitching machine they have given it a 5 year warranty.  The tires and the motor is the same motor you will find on the machines that cost twice as much as the First Pitch model.  First Pitch Baseline throws fastballs only as baseball speeds up to 70 MPH (from 60' 6") and approx. 60 MPH for softballs.  I have found the machine to very accurate and it is lightweight enough (55lbs) that you can transport it to a practice quite easily.  This is very...

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