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Your search for 08/2013 returned 21 results.


Making The Team

I've played travel baseball on a nationally ranked team every year for the last 6 years. I'm in 10th grade and hoping to make Varsity this year for my school. The only problem is the coach. I know I'm good enough to make Varsity and even start. But the coach doesn't really know me that well. I talk to him, but he doesn't say much. I think the other 10th graders who ...

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Youth Prodigy

I have a 3-year old son who appears to have a great aptitude for baseball. He now has the Little Tikes pop-up pitcher (we replaced the tee) and he can consistently hit 4/5 right handed and 3/5 left handed and they were going over the 6 foot fence when it was in the center of the yard (even though they are plastic wiffle-type balls it was still 20-30 feet)....and he ...

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Junior College

I am coming back from a recent calf tear and meniscus tear. I'm a junior in high school and going through a tough decision about college. I have the grades to go to a 4-year University but I'm thinking about going to a Junior College to get a better chance of continuing playing baseball. I was wondering what you think I should do. If you know any college coaches that ...

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Catcher’s Throw

As a catcher, how can I improve the velocity of my throws to second base? Coach Swift answers: Focusing on good mechanics will improve your throwing velocity. With runners on base, start with your right foot back a little. Then you do not have to make a quick step with the throw.  Get the ball up above your shoulder and back in the throwing position ...

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Confidence

My son will be turning 12 this month. He really has a great pitching arm and a good potential to be a hitter. At practice he is always on his "A" game, but in a game he seems to let up and only plays a "B" game. His pitching speed drops tremendously and he totally freezes at the plate while facing an opposing team pitcher. What can I say or do to help him prepare ...

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Torque

I am hearing a lot of things about torque. Can you explain to me what torque is and the spots it can be applied to in your swing? ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Coach Swift answers: Torque really is just another word for ...

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Left Foot

I have an age old question. I have been teaching my high school aged players to round the bases touching the inside corner with their LEFT foot. I was taught to use the left foot as a child, I have read that one should use the left foot, but I have trouble answering the "why" question. Why should baserunners touch the bases with their left foot? Coach Swift answer...

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Sore Arm Treatment

What treatment should be given to a player if he develops a sore arm? ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Coach Swift answers: Baseball coaches have been trying for years to figure out how to prevent injuries, and then how to ...

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Dan In Boca Raton Fl Asks:

My grandson is nine years old. He is athletic and plays all the sports you can think of. He has played recreation baseball since he was five. Last year he started live pitching and got hit a few times, which resulted in him being more concerned about avoiding the pitches than hitting them. He missed the all star team because of this. He did perform in one tournament ...

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A Concerned Grandmother Asks:

My grandson was just moved up the Varsity Baseball team this week. The head coach allowed him to take batting practice with the varsity team yesterday for the first time. My grandson could not catch up to the pitch. He had a terrible batting session yesterday. He was so frustrated. The coach pitches so much faster than his dad and he just could not get a hit. I am ...

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