Somewhere along the way, sportsmanship seems to have gotten lost, while winning, succeeding or advancing have become the curse of sport. The lesson parents seem to be teaching today is that winning, not fun, is the goal. Furthermore, the message seems to be win at any cost . . . even violence. While the pursuit of victory has always been an important part of sports, it is the pursuit of victory with honor and sportsmanship that is really what ...

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Breaking In Your Glove

Posted on July 16, 2013

IMPORTANT NOTE: Not recommended on any PRE-OILED GLOVES After 30+ years of playing & coaching baseball I have tried many different methods of breaking in a glove. In my opinion, the steps listed below will speed up this seemingly forever process. Please keep in mind this process should be used on high quality gloves made of 100% leather, as this process may shorten the life of synthetic materials. Fill up your sink or a bucket ...

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Tips On Running A Baseball Tryout

Posted on July 16, 2013

If you need a tryout format for your league, All-Stars, or for an individual team, here are some good guidelines that are flexible and give coaches a good idea of the players' abilities.   Make sure you run them. Whatever distances your bases are, make sure they run a dash from home to first and a dash from home to second. Time and log everything! HINT: Run them side by side if you are running in the outfield. The competition makes ...

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One of the established traits that indicates a person is likely to be a successful athlete is the degree to which he is aggressive. There are paper and pencil tests that measure aggressivity that some professional clubs use as scouting tools. However, it is important to understand what being appropriately aggressive means, because "being too aggressive" is often a description indicating a problem player. Some things are obviously too ...

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What Makes A Good Team Website?

Posted on July 16, 2013

Right now is the time of year to start a high school baseball team website. Have you been considering putting together a team site? Do you feel like you don't have enough computer or Internet savvy? It's really not a problem. There are many easy to use FREE sports web site hosting sources on the 'net. Trust me on this one. Yours truly had never even been near a website before I made my first high school team site. I made mistakes, I got ...

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How To Choose A Pitching Machine

Posted on July 16, 2013

Before we start, let me just add one thought on how I believe ballplayers are made. FIRST. you must learn the proper mechanics! SECOND. you do it over and over and over again! The player that has the privilege of being able to hit just by walking out his back door is at an unbelievable advantage when compared to the player who can't. He is as fortunate as a player can ever be for this is the absolute number one tool that a player can have ...

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Starting Line-up for Success

Posted on July 16, 2013

P.  Have a Program Philosophy Set goals and high expectations (win state) Make the team a family Build it from the ground upC.  Off-Season Conditioning Weights, running, open gym Summer baseball Summer camps1B.  Find Good Help and Use It Delegate authority Use all your resources Find volunteers (coaches, batting practice pitchers, fungo hitters)2B.  Start a Booster Club or Parent's Organization Fundraising Get parents ...

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Tips When Contacting College Coaches

Posted on July 16, 2013

Do's Contact Letter Number One: Do begin your contact letter to a college coach with his last name in the salutation. For example: Dear Coach Fleming. 95% of all letters that start Dear Coach, are tossed in the trash can. College coaches are not impressed that you did not take the time to find out their name. Think about how you feel receiving mail addressed to "Dear Resident." They are looking for exceptional young men, players that are ...

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What College Baseball Coaches Look For

Posted on July 16, 2013

What do college baseball coaches look for? Signs of maturity, both mentally and physically. Physically Excellence in 5 tools of the game Condition of body Strengths & weaknesses of body Potential for growth Is this player raw or polished? Project how good this player can become Is he a worker or does he look lazy? How much effort does this player expend to play at the top of his game? Ceiling...how much better can he ...

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Confident and Aggressive Baserunning

Posted on July 16, 2013

BACK.BACK.. By the time a player gets to high school, this admonition has been seared into his brain by all his previous coaches. The biggest weakness I encounter in otherwise quality players is their abysmal base running skills. They have never learned to get a quality lead...BACK.BACK.They have never learned to aggressively round the bag after a hit...BACK.BACK.They develop no instincts...BACK.BACK. A player really must learn to be his ...

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