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

Posted on July 17, 2013

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 hit, the disappointments as well as the glorious victories, all seem in the distant ...

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Playing baseball in GA

The Holidays are over! The Bowl games are over! Its time to get ready for BASEBALL!!! If you have been involved in a strength training program, it's time to pump it up. If you haven't been working out, start TODAY! Only the strong survive and there is still time to make a meaningful improvement. Your play next season will improve from the sweat expended now. Now is the time to: Start a good long toss program. This is an excellent way ...

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Getting Kids to Practice on Time

Posted on July 16, 2013

As the season starts, we want to get off to a good start with our team and what is expected of them. Of course, youth baseball is unlike a school team sport and you cannot force a player to practice or even force them to be on time. However, there are certain things you can do as a coach to ensure your team develops good habits. My own personal pet peeve was having the players arrive late for practices. My practices usually run no longer than ...

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Don't yell out instructions. During the game I'm trying to concentrate on what the coach says and working on what I've been practicing. It's easier for me to do my best if you save instructions and reminders for practice or just before the game.  Don't put down the officials. This embarrasses me and I sometimes wonder whether the official is going to be tougher on me because my parents yell.  Don't yell at me in public. It ...

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Tips For A Successful Tryout

Posted on July 16, 2013

I was recently asked by a friend for some tips about how his sons should approach their upcoming Little League tryouts. They wanted to know how to catch the coaches' eye. The obvious answer is to play well. But there are a few things they should do to insure an eye-catching performance. Understand that a tryout is not a social event. You are there to take someone's job.  Dress like a ball player. Wear baseball pants, cleats and a hat. ...

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Youth Baseball Tryouts and The Draft

Posted on July 16, 2013

In most youth baseball leagues, autumn is the time of year that baseball leagues have registration and also assign players to teams. Tryouts and the player draft are always one of the most interesting times of the year. Some managers try to gain an advantage during this time. There is always a scramble to secure assistant coaches. Parents who have experienced the process know that some managers will pick an assistant not according to the ...

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Preventing the Big Inning

Posted on July 16, 2013

An oft-quoted baseball axiom is that in 65% of baseball games, the winning team scores more runs in one inning than the losing team does in the entire game. Thus, the issue for coaches becomes how do you prevent those big innings that lose games? I believe the answer is through preparing your team to anticipate these situations that arise in the big innings as they begin to develop and to have your team prepared to do the little things that ...

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Playing Well Under Pressure

Posted on July 16, 2013

The ability to play well under pressure is one of the most desired qualities for any athlete in any sport, and a player who can perform extremely well in practice but cannot duplicate that performance in a game will not be successful and will, in fact, be a very frustrated athlete. The first step in dealing with pressure is to recognize and accept the fact that pressure is being created. To deal effectively with pressure, we must acknowledge ...

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In the world of athletics or other movement skills, we are always searching for practice methods that allow for peak skill in games or performance opportunities. The time length of practices or rehearsals can be a key factor in allowing a student-athlete to perform at peak level. Too little or too much practice can eliminate the opportunity for a "best" performance. Scheduling a practice requires the efficient use of time available for each ...

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The Holidays are over! The Bowl games are over! Its time to get ready for BASEBALL!!! If you have been involved in a strength training program, it's time to pump it up. If you haven't been working out, start TODAY! Only the strong survive and there is still time to make a meaningful improvement. Your play next season will improve from the sweat expended now. Now is the time to: Start a good long toss program. This is an excellent way ...

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