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Baseball Coach’s Guide To Traveling With The Team

Team travel can be a very exciting event. If you are hitting the road with your team for a tournament, it means your team has accomplished something. While you should certainly be proud of having the opportunity to place in a unique location against a higher level of competition that will truly test the skills [...]

Drag Bunting for a Hit

  In 2013, American Legion Baseball is joining many other leagues in moving exclusively to wood bats.  This is going to dramatically change the way that the game is played as small ball becomes more and more important. You are going to see team batting averages drop by .75 to .100 points, probably more at [...]

Pitchouts

A great video that shows Todd Hundley nailing Kendrys Morales on a pitchout.    

Mariano Rivera’s Cutter Analyzed

Taking a close look at why Mariano Rivera is such a great closer and why his cutter is such a devastating pitch.

Tips on Throwing a Curve Ball

I am not a doctor so I won’t attempt to answer the age-old question of what is the right age for a pitcher to begin throwing a curve ball.  No doubt, a curve ball can be a devastating pitch at young ages if it can be controlled.  I’ll leave that up to an individual’s decision [...]

Middle Infield Signals

Cal Ripken discusses middle infielders’ signals for coverage at second base.  My teams do it a little differently in that we have the second baseman call the signals when a right handed hitter is up and the shortstop calls it when a left handed hitter is up.  We do it this way, because it is [...]

What Kind of Player are You?

Yankees vs. Mets — June 2009. Subway Series. Watch as Mark Texeira runs full out on a routine popup and scores the winning run from first base.

The Suicide Squeeze

Some aspects of the suicide squeeze make it a little different than bunting to move a runner up. In this video, Billy Ripken talks about squaring around a little later.  Ripken also talks about the importance of putting every ball in play, regardless of where it is pitched. In youth baseball, pitchers tend to wind [...]

Vanderbilt’s Baseball Facility

When you take a look at these facilities, it’s not difficult to understand why Vanderbilt has the top recruiting class in college baseball for 2012, according to Baseball America.

Tips on How to Play Baseball

If you are the mother or father of a young girl or boy beginning his baseball career and you need to learn the basics of the game, then watch this video and you’ll be able to coach the next Albert Pujols or Jason Verlander.

College Baseball Hitting Trends

College baseball hitting trends showed a dramatic drop in home runs and batting average in 2011 after the implementation of the BBCOR standard for bats.  The chart below shows the drop in batting average in the 2011 season.  Note that the NCAA began allowing aluminum bats prior to the 1974 season.  Weight limits curtailed batting [...]

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Baserunning

Ichiro base running

Read it and Run

Posted on 17 June 2011

Read it and Run is a baserunning drill that the players will enjoy and its a great way to close a practice.  Encourage lots of chatter and get the last ounce of energy out of the players. Here’s how it works. Coach stands at home plate and hits fly balls to the outfield or ground [...]

Bunting

bunting techniques

Bunting Tips

Posted on 14 March 2011

Probably the thing that I see most incorrect from youth coaches today is the bunting technique that they teach.  Those of us who played baseball in the 60′s, 70′s, or 80′s were taught the square bunt with the horizontal bat.  Teaching such technique is not only antiquated, but downright dangerous.  A fastball thrown right at [...]

Defense

Star Drill

Posted on 17 June 2011

The STAR DRILL is a great way to develop the arms of your infielders.  At the younger ages, throwing the ball around the infield can be a challenge for some players.  From age 13 to 15, there are likely more throwing errors in the infield than fielding errors.  This is a challenging drill for the [...]

Little League Baseball Practice

Tips for Tee Ball Coaches

Posted on 04 April 2011

From a coaching standpoint, the most important thing about tee ball is ensuring that all of the players have a good time and are able to take something positive from the experience. While it is always nice to win, that should have no bearing on any decisions made during a tee ball game, as coaches [...]

Pickoffs

pickoff play second base

Holding a Runner at Second Base

Posted on 14 May 2011

Holding a runner at second base is one of the most misunderstood parts of youth baseball.  It makes me cringe when I see a second baseman standing on second base holding a runner in the same manner that a first baseman would.  Where did that come from? How Pitchers Can Hold a Runner The key [...]

Pitching

Changeup Drills for Pitchers

Changeup Drills for Pitchers

Posted on 16 November 2011

After a young pitcher learns the 4-seam and 2-seam fastballs, the next pitch that he should learn is the change-up.  Unfortunately, many young pitchers at the Little League level learn the curve ball next.  That’s because even a little curve ball at the Little League level makes for an over-powering pitcher. Many doctors who are [...]

Promotional Considerations

Keep In Touch While Coaching

Posted on 09 September 2008

Keep Connected Ever run out of the house and suddenly realized you left your mobile at home with that very important phone number in it? Have you spent hours trying to synchronize all your important contacts? Let Tabrio‘s revolutionary telecom service keep you connected with friends, family and business partners- anytime, anywhere. Tabrio keeps you [...]

Rules

Can a MLB Pitcher Get a Win Pitching Less than 5 Innings?

Can a MLB Pitcher Get a Win Pitching Less than 5 Innings?

Posted on 06 November 2011

At an early age, we learned that pitchers need to finish 5 innings to qualify for a win.  We’ve watched games where the starting pitcher is struggling to hold a big lead through 4 2/3 and the manager keeps him out there just a little longer to get that last out and qualify for the [...]