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Youth Pitching Rotation
20 Aug, 2014

Youth Pitching Rotation

I coached a high school feeder program team for 10 years between my two boys and during that time learned the importance of developing a pitching rotation for my team. There are numerous reasons this is important, but to me the most important one is to save youth pitching arms! My whole point in developing a rotation was to make sure I didn’t overuse any of the pitchers. I developed a rotation of who was going to pitch when and stuck to it no matter what, sacrificing many wins over the...
Unique-Sports: Pitching Aids
28 Jul, 2014

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...
Unique Perspective: Practice Pitching Mounds
17 Jun, 2014

Unique Perspective: Practice Pitching Mounds

In the last few years I have discovered the benefits of using a practice portable pitching mound. A regulation high school or professional pitching mound is to be raised 10 inches higher than home plate. A practice-pitching mound is only raised 4 inches above home plate (or ground level). The dimensions of a typical practice-pitching mound are 4 inches high by 3 feet deep by 3 feet wide. You can get “game” portable pitching mounds much closer to the regulation dimensions of a real...
Baseball: Effective Pitching
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...

Indoor practice mounds, cold weather state necessary evil

Purchasing an indoor practice pitching mound is a very large investment.  Most successful youth, high school, or college programs have these mounds for indoor practice.  If you are fortunate enough to be in a warmer weather state you can invest this money elsewhere, however in those cold weather states it is a necessary evil!  A good indoor practice mound will cost a program over $1,000, but as pitchers get older it is very critical when they are practicing pitching they use a...

Protecting young arms

Being a youth baseball coach comes with a lot of responsibilities, being a good role model, teaching fundamentals, and teaching respect.  There are a lot of youth coaches that excel in those areas and then fail to protect the players from future injury. Having been a youth pitcher and pitching all the way through college, I learned quite a bit about taking care of the pitching arm.  Unfortunately for me my high school coach didn’t understand this and caused a lot of arm...