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Playing Baseball: The Story of the 2002 Muskegon (MI) ChannelCats

A 14-hour drive to Oklahoma allows ample time to reflect on how this all started and recall untold memories experienced over the season. Remembering the winter practices at the Lakeshore Elite Training Facility, a call from the coach about team try-outs, putting on the uniform for the first time, freezing weather in May, stifling heat in June, the thrill of a big ...

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Change Up: The Pitch for a Strong Arm’s Lifetime

I have a vivid recollection of a great coach, John Scolinos of Cal Poly Pomona (CA), teaching our star national team Australian pitcher a change of pace pitch in about one minute. The reason the scene stays with me is because a week later the pitcher beat the World Champion Korean National Team at the under 19 World Championships with that same pitch. Scolinos ...

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Age to Teach the Curve Ball; How to Teach It, and Common Faults That Add Stress on the Pitching Arm

I.   When to Teach the Curve Ball Of course a lot depends on the physical development of a young pitcher, but generally speaking, I believe a pitcher should be close to 15 years of age before throwing the curve ball in game situations. It is not a matter of being able to teach the pitch to a young pitcher, but rather should it be taught to pitchers with immature ...

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When and How to Throw a Curveball

When and How to Throw a Curveball Andrew Tinnish - Toronto Blue Jays  Printer-Friendly VersionWhen running instructional clinics for young players I am often asked by coaches and parents "When should my son or daughter start throwing a curveball?" This is a difficult question to answer. There is no specific moment when a coach or parent will say, "my son ...

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Having A Pitch Plan

How many times within a game do you as a coach ask yourself this question: Why is my pitcher throwing that pitch in that situation? We wonder numerous times throughout games how can pitch selection be so misguided. Therefore, a generic "pitch plan" is important, not only so the correct pitch is called in greater frequency, but also so the pitcher and catcher's ...

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Teaching the Psychology of Pitching

Pitching is the most important aspect of the game! A dominating pitching staff can make all the difference in determining a team's success. Practice and mastery of the physical elements of pitching will improve the mechanical skills, but developing the psychological aspects of pitching can improve the overall concentration of the pitchers. Pitcher concentration is ...

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How to Effectively Use Your Bullpen

As a minor league pitcher and as a coach the difficulties in properly maintaining and managing a bullpen are many. At high school and college levels, the bullpen is often nonexistent. When these players reach a professional level, they are not properly trained or lack the knowledge to know how and when to get ready, both mentally and physically, to go into a game. ...

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Flying Open: A Common Mechanical Pitching Fault

"FLYING OPEN" Flying open early during the stride and cocking phase is a common fault experienced by all pitchers no matter of age or experience. Young high school and college pitchers have to learn HOW to stay closed, and experienced pitchers must FOCUS on staying closed until the stride foot plants. "STAYING CLOSED" Staying closed means that until the stride ...

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Common Causes of Pitching Arm Injuries

The most common causes of pitching arm injuries to high school, college and professional pitchers are overload, overuse, lack of proper conditioning, and improper throwing mechanics. Overload is the result of throwing too many pitches during one outing. Maximum pitch counts for various age groups, or for an individual pitcher's normal strength and stamina, are ...

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Pitching Burnout in Baseball

At one time or another, a pitcher can have a tired or stale arm. This can happen on the youth level just as it happens on the professional level. In youth baseball, pitchers are even more susceptible, especially during All-Star time if pitching rules are relaxed and pitchers are able to pitch more innings. There are a number of things a manager and parents can do ...

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