24
Aug
2012

Pre-game drills for a great game

Pre-game drills for a great game
Over the years having been through more pre-games than I can remember I have developed a pre-game routine that I like and think gets the boys ready to play. I have learned that I had to invest some money into a few products to make it effective, but it has been a cheap investment for what I have obtained from it.I always request the boys get to the game 45 minutes before the first pitch. I am a believer that this is the right amount of time, and that too much time before the game is just as bad as too little time before the game. I always have the boys jog and stretch as a team. When this is done I pull off 3 boys to start them through the hitting stations. The rest of the team goes through our throwing routine in order to get their arms loose. The stations are 1) warming up 2) soft toss and tee into a portable hitting net and 3) taking live hitting with poly balls (wiffle balls). I have found that a key to a portable hitting net is that it is easy to assemble and breakdown and that...
24
Aug
2012

Using a Lite-Flite For Effective Indoor Practice

Using a Lite-Flite For Effective Indoor Practice
As I coach baseball in a cold weather state, I have evolved my indoor practice drills and routines over time to keep practicing no matter what the weather offers. Some of the things I have found effective are to keep drills under 10 minutes and make sure to break the team up into groups of no more than 4. I found this to be work to keep them focused for the hour and a half I have them twice a week. It can be difficult to find drills to do indoors, especially hitting drills if a batting cage is not available. The drills we have always done are soft toss and tee work into a portable hitting net. These are great drills for swing mechanics and we do these every practice. I also feel it is important to start working on timing and so a few years ago purchased the JUGS Lite Flite Machine for my indoor hitting. This is a great machine when a batting cage does not exist.For my particular situation we have a divider down the middle of the gymnasium we can pull to separate a practice. We...
23
Aug
2012

Coaching With The Zip Net

Coaching With The Zip Net
I have been coaching youth sports for over 8 years and my perspective on things has changed considerably over that time. A lot of it has to do with trial and error and some of it has to do with being around “real” coaches, i.e. coaches that get paid to coach. One of my recent revelations is to what constitutes a good batting practice. 5 years ago I was a firm believer that throwing live batting practice was the only way to have an effective batting practice. If someone said they were going to do tee work or soft toss, I would say “That is great, but when are you going to throw live”? Not that we didn’t do these drills, however I treated them more like a warm up versus a hitting work out. A few years ago I discovered the Zip Net. My son and I hung it in our garage in 10 minutes and have been using it since. We live in a cold weather state and a lot of times this is the only hitting we have a chance to do. We really focused on his swing mechanics from a tee during the winter and he...
21
Aug
2012

Pre-game and effective fly balls

Pre-game and effective fly balls
I have been coaching youth baseball for over 8 years now and have a very good set of assistant coaches. I am a firm believer that the more coaches you have and the more you break down a practice or pre-game into smaller groups the more effective it will be. The problem I have with my team is I am the only one of the coaches that can hit effective fly balls. This causes a problem during practice and pre-game as a head coach it is important to be involved with all groups of players.However, I have discovered a great fix. The item that allows anyone to “hit” fly balls is the Accubat Trainer.  Now, I am a baseball purist and I would have laughed if I would have seen someone using the Accubat back in my playing days, but it is a very valuable tool for a low price that will make your pre-game and practice so much more effective. It is much better at placing a fly ball into a spot you want them to work on (for example, a fly ball in the alley) rather than just hitting them. The only...
23
Nov
2011

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23
Nov
2011

Thinking About Buying A Hoop This Christmas?

If you are reading this, you have probably decided to buy a basketball hoop for your famil this holiday season. Why else would you be here? Deciding to buy a hoop for your driveway, backyard, or gym is the easy part. Figuring out which system is THE system for you… that can be a bit trickier. A quick search for the terms “basketball hoop” or “basketball system” in Google can overwhelm you with options.“What type of backboard do I want?” “How big?”, “How much should I spend?”, “How should I install it?”, “What questions should I even ask?”We’re here to help! Walk through this quick guide to help determine the perfect system for you, your family, or your organization.STEP 1: ASK YOURSELF “WHO IS THIS BASKETBALL HOOP FOR?”The basketball system manufacturers we have chosen to partner with offer almost any configuration imaginable for all age ranges and skill levels. There is an incredible amount of information to sift through in making your choice. You first have to decide where you...
21
Jun
2011

At least you can talk like a volleyball player...

It seems that every sport has it's own unique language when it comes to trash talking, and volleyball is no exception. Next time you are at the net, I want you to be prepared to at least sound like you know what you are doing. I have assembled a quick list of some of the more "colorful" volleyball terms commonly used in our neck of the woods. This "volleyball vocab" tutorial won't help your game, but if you can "talk the talk", maybe your opponents won't laugh at you quite as hard the next time a "6-Pack" is delivered to you (which isn't as pleasant as it sounds):Defense isn't just to keep de-dogs in de-yard:Campfire (or Campfire Defense):  When a volleyball ends up on the court between 2 or more players, it is often times referred to as a "Campfire". When the ball hits the court, there is a moment or two when  it looks like the players are standing around and staring dumbfounded at a campfire....
17
Jun
2011

Thinking about buying a volleyball set?

Thinking about buying a volleyball set?
Volleyball is now the second most popular sport on the planet and is played by an estimated 800 million people worldwide. When shopping online, you will be presented with every type of volleyball system imaginable and there is an overwhelming amount of information to sift through in making your choice. In the end you need to assess your situation and find the volleyball system that is the best fit for you.If you are a highly competitive or aggressive player, buying a net from the local retail store doesn't make a lot of sense. Neither does spending too little on a volleyball system that has substandard poles made of plastic or thin metal. If you are a "weekend warrior" or recreational player who only sets on the system for the back yard picnic or occasional trip to the beach - which will be the majority of you reading this - it doesn't make sense to spend too much on a system (unless you are that neighbor who just HAS to have the coolest toys on the block). We...
14
Jun
2011

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....
15
Oct
2010

MLB Playoff Recap and Preview

The first round of the MLB playoffs will go down in the history books for the spectacular pitching performances put on by the likes of Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, and Tim Lincecum among others. Halladay became a Philadelphia sports icon in an instant after pitching the second no-hitter in post-season history and his second of the year. Cliff Lee can be credited with winning the Texas Rangers their first series in franchise history single handedly, literally and Tim Lincecum also made history by posting a franchise best 14 strike-outs to help the Giants past the Braves in the first round.The theme of this entire Major League Baseball season has seemed to be the dominance of pitchers and the playoffs have proven to be no different. During the season people searched for an explanation to this new trend, stating that hitters no longer using performance-enhancing drugs could be it. After seeing what the big name pitchers have done in this post-season, as they have all year, I think such...

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