16
Jun
2014

Remembering March Madness

Remembering March Madness
Even if you’re not a college basketball fan, odds are you have heard the term, “March Madness.” Each year beginning in the month of March, for four weeks the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) holds Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournaments to determine the national champions of college basketball, and these tournaments are nicknamed, “March Madness.” ...
16
Jun
2014

Fantasy Baseball

Fantasy Baseball
Fantasy baseball allows rabid and even casual baseball fans an even more intense way to enjoy the baseball season. It’s a way for you and your friends to follow the players and the statistics and be more invested in each and every game. ...
16
Jun
2014

Proposed Prospect Meadows Baseball Complex

Organized youth baseball leagues in the Cedar Rapids area have been around for decades; however there has never really been a place where multiple baseball games and practices can be held on multiple diamonds all in one centralized area. ...
16
Jun
2014

Baseball Spring Training

Baseball Spring Training
Professional baseball unofficially begins with the annual spring training camps. The regular baseball season doesn’t officially begin until Opening Day, which typically occurs the first week of April, however before that iconic day there is usually six weeks of training that help determine how the official baseball season will go. ...
16
Jun
2014

Chances Of Becoming A Professional Athlete

So you’ve got a talented athlete in the family and you’re banking on them becoming a rich and famous professional athlete. This is a wonderful dream to have, and congratulations on your extremely talented child! However for most people, as in 99% of people, this really is just a dream. ...
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. ...
11
Jun
2014

Featured Vendor For June - Park & Sun Sports

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?

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. ...
20
Feb
2014

The Benefits of Team Sports

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...

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