08
Aug
2014

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?

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...
28
Jul
2014

Unique-Sports: Pitching Aids

Having been practicing with my son and been a youth baseball coach for 15 years now, I have run across various baseball training aids and have mixed reviews on the effectiveness of them. I also see players struggle with various baseball skills and then run across a training aid that helps with it. One I ran into a few years ago is the Designated Hitter. The Designated Hitter is an approximately 5 foot 10 inch hitting dummy that will stand in the batters box for the pitcher to use during their bullpen session or pre-game warm ups. ...
25
Jul
2014

Tackle Football - How Young is Too Young?

Football is arguably the most popular sport in America, sorry baseball, and some areas of the country are downright cult-like in their worship of the sport. With football players and the sport itself being held in such high esteem it’s natural to want to watch players perform at the highest level possible. How do players get to be good? Natural talent, hard work and practice, practice, practice. ...
25
Jul
2014

Baseball Fundamentals

I have been attending quite a bit of baseball games at many different levels this summer and a few things are jumping out at me. I am noticing it appears some of the position players are lacking in some simple fundamentals of their position. Fundamentals not only have to be taught to the players, they have to be practiced in a repetitive way for them to become natural or second nature in a game situation. ...
25
Jul
2014

Banned Substances in Baseball

Performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) have been around as long as competitive sports. History shows that since the early 1900s, Olympic athletes have been mixing their own concoctions that they believed would enhance their athletic performance. A near-lethal mixture of brandy and strychnine was used by an Olympic marathon runner in 1904. ...
25
Jul
2014

Difference Between Men's & Women's Tennis

Tennis is a highly popular sport around the world, and surprisingly the gender of the players isn’t really a deal-breaker when it comes to the watchability of the sport. Both men and women enjoy levels of fame and financial success in the sport, and history has shown that through the years both men and women have equal chances of winning against each other, making for a fairly level playing field when it comes to a mixed-gender match. ...
30
Jun
2014

Indoor vs Outdoor Volleyball

Volleyball is a sport beloved by many and can easily be played year-round. However, if you have the chance to hit the court outdoors when the weather’s good, why wouldn’t you try to get in some fresh air and sunshine while you play the game you love? There are differences between indoor and outdoor (sometimes called “sand”) volleyball. These differences are not enough to be real game-changers, but there are some things to be aware of depending on your volleyball environment. ...
27
Jun
2014

History of Tennis

Tennis is a sport enjoyed by people of all ages around the world with varying degrees of athleticism. Some people enjoy leisurely hitting the ball back and forth over the net, while some people earn their living playing professional tennis. The exact origins of the sport of tennis aren’t exactly noted, however some historians believe it dates back to Ancient Egypt, while others believe it originated in northern France in some monastic cloisters in the 12th century. No matter what area or century the original game was founded, it appears all agree that the original game of tennis was played without rackets, but using a ball struck with the palm of a bare hand, much like modern-day handball. ...
17
Jun
2014

Programs on a Budget

Costs to participate in youth programs, like all other costs, have been soaring over the past several years. Everyone is on a budget, including the youth sports program your child is involved in. Just like it is fiscally responsible for individuals to live within a budget, youth sports programs need to live within a budget. A vast majority of these programs are non-profits, so they are spending the parents’ of the children in the programs hard earned money. Each youth program should be have a board of directors that is responsible for managing the program’s funds. There are a few things youth programs can consider when purchasing to save money. ...

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