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

Black Friday Offer!!!

On Friday, November 25th, we are offering one-of-a-kind savings to help you finish your Holiday shopping with some of the best team gear around! Order from Unique-Sports, and we'll give you a gift to Unique Sports Fan, the best online sports fan gear shop around!Here's the DEAL:Order $250 worth of Unique Sports products and get a $20 Gift Code good towards any Unique Sports Fan fan gear and merchandise!Order $500 worth of Unique Sports products and get a $40 Gift Code good towards any Unique Sports Fan fan gear and merchandise!Order $1,000 worth of Unique Sports products and get a $80 Gift Code good towards any Unique Sports Fan fan gear and merchandise!Find out more here.
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...
10
Sep
2010

U.S. Open 2010

The semi-finals of the U.S. Open in Flushing Meadows, New York will feature some familiar faces when play resumes on Saturday afternoon. Number 1 seeded Rafael Nadal earned a birth in the semis with a victory in straight sets over fellow countryman Fernando Verdasco. Nadal appeared to be on top of his game with the easy victory but surprisingly may not be favored to win the tournament. Nadal must now face Russian Mikhail Youzhny in the semi-final round that has plagued him throughout his U.S. Open career. Rafael Nadal has lost in the semis the last two years and has failed to ever take the U.S. Open title, the only major tournament that he has yet to win. If Nadal manages to make it past the semis, he will have to face an even greater test before he can claim his career grand slam. On the other side of the bracket sits none other than Roger Federer who is looking to add to his already illustrious trophy collection and No. 3 seeded Novak Djokovic who is always in title contention.As...
08
Sep
2010

NCAA and NFL Football Back and Better Then Ever

Football fans rejoice, the NFL season kicks off tomorrow night as the defending Super Bowl Champion New Orleans Saints take on Brett Favre and the Minnesota Vikings in a rematch of last years NFC championship. As entertaining as that match up sounds, it is but a prelude to what this weekend has in store for football fanatics. This weekend’s college football lineup is possibly the most anticipated of the year as many high profile programs duel it out. If Mondays Boise State-Virginia Tech game was a preview to things to come, then we are in store for quite the weekend. Boise State jumped out to an early 17-point lead only to see it slip away by halftime. Kellen Moore led the Broncos to a victory with a 4th quarter drive that capped a performance that will surely place him as a perspective Heisman candidate.  With a victory Boise State looks to once again be on their way to a terrific season and probable BCS birth. Games on Saturday with heavy BCS implications will include...
02
Sep
2010

Big Ten Conference Unveils New Divisional Format

 On Wednesday night the commissioner of the Big Ten, Jim Delany, announced that the conference will realign with the arrival of Nebraska in 2011 and begin a divisional format. This arrangement will consist of two six- team divisions that are proposed as follows:Division 1:                                                         Division 2:Iowa                                                                   Ohio StateNebraska                                                          Penn StateMichigan           ...

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