16
Jun
2014

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. ...
11
Jun
2014

Featured Vendor For June - Park & Sun Sports

At Unique-Sports.com, we pride ourselves on the partnerships we have formed over the years. We have gone to great lengths to feature the highest quality equipment from the industry leading brands in each sport. There are certain brands that are instantly identifiable as the undisputed leader in their industry. When it comes to pitching machines, one thinks of JUGS. Basketball Systems by First Team are considered among the best on the market. Stackhouse is on top when it comes to Track & Field equipment... and there is simply no other brand that means as much to Volleyball as Park & Sun Sports.Park & Sun Sports has a distinguished heritage as a sporting goods designer and supplier, and they reaffirm their dedication to the volleyball industry with commitment to innovation and quality. They have designed and supplied high quality, recreational sporting goods equipment for over 20 years. Not so long ago, Park & Sun was honored with a SGMA Member Heroes Award....
01
May
2014

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 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. ...
20
Feb
2014

The Benefits of Team Sports

 Getting kids to get up and move around can be really tough in this era where electronic gadgets magically magnetize kids to couches. One way to get kids up and moving is to add other kids to the mix. Then sprinkle in some exercise with a dose of healthy competition, and you’ve got a great recipe for getting your kids involved in a team sport. There are many benefits to kids participating in team sports, among them include social, physical and emotional aspects.Most kids grow up believing the world revolves around them. And some parents believe that too. It’s wonderful that kids are able to feel the loving arms of the world embrace them, however there comes a point where they should probably learn that other people exist also. With team sports, especially when kids are young, everyone gets to participate. This allows each kid to see that everyone is a valuable member of the team and everybody gets a chance to have their turn. What’s more, this gives a chance for kids to...
11
Feb
2014

The Baseball Hierarchy

Kids participate in sports for a variety of reasons. Every kid is different, and every kid has different skill levels. Some kids enjoy the amount of social time they get to spend with their friends outside of school. Some kids love to meet new friends to play with. Some kids just love to play sports and will play any sport just to be doing something.Then there are the kids who are just plain good at baseball. Whether their talent is natural, or they have worked very hard to become good, it’s only fair to these talented kids that they have the opportunity to explore their interest in baseball and thrive in a situation where they can play against kids with the same level of interest and skill as they have. If kids are not challenged, then they will lose interest.You can’t force your kids to love sports; you can’t force them to be good at sports. However, you can provide them with the opportunity to decide for them if these sports are something they would like to pursue and develop for...
28
Jan
2014

Baseball: Effective Pitching

Different Baseball PitchesIn the sport of baseball, there is so much more to pitching than just throwing a ball to the batter. A lot of behind-the-scenes planning and practicing their craft must happen for a pitcher to become effective. In addition to learning and perfecting many different types of pitches, a pitcher must also work with the rest of his team to stop bases from being stolen and just be generally aware of where the other team’s base runners are at all times.Each type of pitch the pitcher throws differs in velocity, trajectory, movement, hand position, wrist position, and possibly arm angle. These pitches are usually just very slight variations on how the pitcher grips the ball at the point of release, however a big difference is made in how the ball crosses the base for the batter.Coaches are typically the ones who decide what pitch to use at any given time, they then relay the decision to the catcher via hand signals, and the catcher in turn relays the pitch choice to...
21
Jan
2014

Used Sports Equipment

It is no joke that sports equipment can be highly expensive. And when a family has several kids in several different sports, it can sure seem like that’s all your money goes towards. Trying to find ways to save money is important these days, so that’s why the used sporting equipment has become so popular in recent years. But there are some things to keep in mind when purchasing used sporting goods and fitness equipment.Brand nameWhen it comes to sporting and fitness equipment, buying brand name will usually save you money in the long run. Buying cheaper equipment usually results in a lower quality item that is cheaply made and more likely to break down than a well-known brand.Is it a good deal?If you’re buying used equipment to save money, it’s important to know if what you’re getting is actually a good deal. This may be hard to know unless you have something exact to compare what you’re planning to purchase with, and if it’s used there’s nothing exactly like it out there. You’ll...
15
Jan
2014

Taunting in Sports

Some people think sports is all about winning, some think it’s all about having fun. But if you can have fun and win at the same time, isn’t that the ultimate goal? With that said, is it possible to just have good, clean fun without the bullying and taunting that seems to be so prevalent in sports (both adult and children’s’) these days?We’ve all heard about the angry parents who taunt the referees at their kids’ sporting matches, sometimes going so far as resorting to violence. And as the athletes get older, taunting can get worse. At the very least it’s poor sportsmanship, and the fact that when adrenaline is flowing things can escalate quickly. So what part of taunting, if any, is acceptable in college and professional sports?A seemingly innocent form of taunting, excessive celebrating, has been cracked down on and penalties can be enforced during college and professional football games. Touchdown dances, football players doing a flip after their success, jumping into the stands...
09
Jan
2014

Fueling for Performance

How?  Eat real food, not just real food but select real foods, follow these rulesIf it is fresh and green, eat it!If it had a face, eat it!If it was made in a factory, put it down!Green (purple, red, orange, yellow, white, too!)Leafy greens, root vegetables, peppers, avocados, broccoli, cauliflower, squash and so much more.  Explore your local markets for what the farmers are growing and selling this is the stuff to eat.  These foods provide dense and complex carbohydrates that release slowly into your system giving you energy over time as well as providing your muscles and hormones the vitamins and minerals they need to be efficient and healthy.  Start today eating what intrigues you, add variety into your diet each week and before you know it you will be feeling great and your competition will wonder what hit them and your goals will need to be set higherIf it has a face, eat it!Let’s be real for a moment, don’t eat it if it ate itself or its droppings, avoid...

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