Looking For A Coach

Posted on September 20, 2013

I’m sure you heard this question many times before, but here goes. First, here’s some background info 10 years old 5’3” 130# Cal Ripkin league- No pitchers mound Average pitch speed 56mph Top speed 63mph Pitched to 103 batters, 77 strikeout, 24 walks,2 hit with pitch No hits. Only 2 foul balls Only 2 pitches-fastball, changeup  No junk 720 BA I taught him how to pitch using sound fundementals, and ...

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Practice In Small Areas

Posted on September 20, 2013

Dear Coach, I am a middle school baseball coach in North Carolina. Early in the season our weather is misserable and often cannot practice outdoors. Being the lowest ranking ball program spacing indoors is rarely available to us. Are there any drills you can recomend for indoor practices that take place in small areas? Thanks, Don Samson     Dear Don I understand exactly what you’re having to go through. ...

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Credit

Posted on September 20, 2013

My son pitched to one batter in his last game.  The bases were loaded when he came in and he unfortunately walked in the winning run.  How is this counted against him since none of the runs were his.  Is he credited with anything except the walk? Larry R. Greene     Larry You are correct, the walk is all your son, pitcher, get placed on his scoresheet for that game.  The other 3 runner and there actions were the ...

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Foul Territory

Posted on September 20, 2013

Is it legal for the first baseman to have his feet, one or both, in foul territory while holding a runner at first base?   Kevin My rule you must have eight players in fair territory. The rule is really designed to keep a coach from placing a player behind the catcher during an intentional walk, or some other defensive scheme before a live pitch. So to answer your question directly if you have 1 foot in foul territory and be ...

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Marc

Posted on September 20, 2013

My son has played baseball for several years.  As he gets older his hitting does not seem to be improving.  I take him to the batting cages and he does very well.  He is currently on his high school team and does well at practice.  When he gets up to the plate, it seems like he freezes. He either walks or stikes out both swinging and looking.  His first scrimmage game he got 2 hits.  When the real games start he seems to struggle.  As a ...

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Tips

Posted on September 20, 2013

I coach baseball at the 13-15 Babe Ruth level. We work hard with our pitchers holding runners on to avoid giving up really easy stolen bases. At this point, I think our pitchers are doing well at this task. I have a question or two about the second baseman and shortstop and their jobs of helping hold runners on at second base. I feel if we are going to give up a steal of third base, the runner that steals should at least be held on 2B properly ...

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Golf?

Posted on September 20, 2013

I have coached baseball for years and have told my kids that baseball and golf do not mix. Alot of golf can be a detriment to your baseball swing. Am I off base with my teaching?     Coach I can't really agree with you to give the short answer.  I see athletics as all independent.  When I first started out baseball players did not lift weights, but now we know how to do it and the increased strength has not be gained at ...

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Late Swing

Posted on September 20, 2013

Hello Coach, My question is what can we do about a hitter that is habitually late with her swing? It doesn"t seem to matter if the pitch is fast or slow!! Her mechanics and bat speed are great! She will be a sophomore at UW Whitewater this year. If she doesn't correct this problem soon, I don't think she will make the team this fall. Thanks Tom Bigger     Tom You're concernes are well-founded, because if the situation is ...

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Laps & Push Ups?

Posted on September 20, 2013

I am coaching a 9 year old baseball team and have been discussing coaching techniques with my assistants.  My assistants think we should make players run laps and do push up when they constantly make the same mistake.  I am of the opinion that repetition and showing proper technique is the proper way to break habits and correct mistakes.  What is your opinion and when should discipline such as laps and push ups be used on the baseball ...

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Posted on September 20, 2013

My son is 8 years old, he has been playing baseball since he was 4 and I've worked with him since he was 2. My question is he kills the baseball when I throw him BP and when I pitched to him last season in coach pitch but now he has to hit off of player pitchers and he is pretty much not swinging the bat at all. He just stands there and when I ask him about it he says that the pitches were not strikes. How do I remedy this? He just made a 9 year ...

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