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...
28
Jul
2014

Unique-Sports: Pitching Aids

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?

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

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

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

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

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. ...

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