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Your search for 08/2013 returned 21 results.


Bat Weight

I have a son that is 9 years of age. I'm looking to purchase him a new bat. He is a good size for his age. I have heard from different coaches over the past years that the lighter the bat the better. What size would you recommend? Coach Swift answers: I would recommend that you do the following test with a bat at a sporting goods store. Have your son take his ...

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Two Seam

I am a right-handed, 12 year-old pitcher. I am trying to get a 2-seamer with good movement into a right-handed hitter. Please give me any tips or suggestions on how to get more "in" movement. Coach Swift answers: This is a relatively difficult question to answer because I don't know how strong your arm is or your arm speed. But I can tell you that the way to do it ...

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Pitching Fear

What is the main reason kids are afraid to be a pitcher? Is it being the main focus in front of the crowd? Or is it being afraid of throwing balls and strikes with an umpire and worrying about hitting batters? Coach Swift answers: The simple answer is to say you're 100% right with all three causes. Every individual has their own fear of failure and when you put ...

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Hitting Slump

I'm in a hitting slump right now and it's more mental then my swing. I'm not sure what to do. Before game time I'm loosy goosy and ready to play. But once I hit the field I freeze up and I don't know why. Any suggestions? Coach Swift answers: You are getting to the plate and thinking too much while at bat. Leave most of your thinking in the on-deck circle. Bef...

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Youth Stations

I run a 10 week baseball camp every year for our local baseball organization. This year we have added a very young group (age 6-7) and I am struggling to keep their interest. The area of most concern is the hitting station. Can you suggest games and/or drills that can be used for this age group? Coach Swift answers: You are certainly correct in that these little ...

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Getting Back Into Shape

I need to get back into baseball shape. What can I do?   Coach Swift answers: I would suggest that you do exactly what you would normally do to get back into shape for any activity. Start out with a walking/running program, a stretching exercises program (something that I think is exceptionally important for baseball), and some type of weight program. ...

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Focus

How can I get my team to stay motivated? After two innings we seem to lose complete focus, especially if we're behind. We start to make error after error. These are 10 and 11-year olds. We have been in every game until my players make an error or two and then the team falls apart. Coach Swift answers: If I was able to answer this question definitively and tell you ...

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Outfield Relays

I am coaching an 11-12 year old baseball team and would like to know the proper cut-offs for hits to the outfield. I have searched the internet and various baseball books but have not been able to find anything on this. Coach Swift answers: For all cut-offs there are a couple of things to consider when a ball is hit to the outfield. Consideration #1 Whether the ...

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Helmet Decals

I was thinking about using some helmet decals for my team this year and was wondering what you think about using them as a way of recognizing effort, hits or whatever. What criteria would you use in giving out the decals and how would you do it? Attendance is important as well as effort and paying attention. I will be coaching 7-9 year old boys. Coach Swift answer...

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Developing Pitcher

Which is the best way to begin developing a young pitcher, pitching from the stretch or the wind-up? Or does it matter, as long as you teach proper mechanics? Coach Swift answers: There is little question about how most coaches teach it and that's from the full wind up position. First and foremost, a kid must learn how to throw. In fact, to teach a kid how to ...

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