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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Ready-to-Assemble Batting Cage Kits Save You Time, Money and Headaches

Batting Cage Kits can be a great option to choose when you build your own batting cage. If you are on a limited budget or wish to save as much money and time as possible, using a kit is your best choice. A kit contains everything you need to build your batting cage including the net, the frame, all hardware, and easy-to-follow instructions and everything is shipped directly to your home or business. Using a batting cage net and frame kit will definitely save you time, money, and a lot of headaches.
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Monday, September 29, 2008

Weight Training and Baseball by Rob Maraby

Baseball is known as perhaps one of the most inactive sports there is-by this I mean you don’t really have to be a top athlete to actually be the best at the game! Compared to other games there is far less activity and running! However strength is crucial in this game!

When you are strong, you can hit harder, you can be quicker at base-running and you will have stronger throws- all of which are the needed to win the game. And isn’t that what all baseball players want to have the ability to hit home runs with ease? And make flying passes at the bases beating the throwers to the plate?

Now you can say that some players are gifted and can hit home runns without much training. But for most players , strength training is crucial if they want to excel at the game! Fact is, you can be as strong and just as good as the most talented players through a solid weight training program no matter how skillful you are right now, your speed, muscle endurance and power can all be improved!. It is undeniable what a good weight program can do to improve your game.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Hitting A Baseball - Use The Gaps Please by: Nate Barnett

How do you tell if a hitter is creating the correct energy and movement at bat? One simple way (there are obviously more technical ways) is to observe where most of the balls are traveling while hitting a baseball. If a hitter is directing balls into the gaps (regardless if they are ground balls or fly balls) he's on the right track. On the flip side, if a lot of balls are being sliced down the opposite field line or hooked to the pull side, some mechanical alterations are necessary. Two common causes are found here:
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Thursday, September 25, 2008

Product Spotlight: Chris Sinacori Pitching 4-Pack

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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Baseball Drills - Staying Motivated While You Practice By: Nate Barnett

One of the biggest challenges a coach faces is to successfully instill a long-term motivation and vision in practice during the typical lengthy baseball season. It's not uncommon for a high school player to spend February through August doing baseball drills, workouts, training, and of course participating in games. So the question must be asked, how can you create a sense of urgency and long-term focus during the hundreds of hours of baseball drills throughout the season?

This is where goals come into play. Though I will say, be careful how you use the term "goals", the reaction of your athletes may be less than excited. I prefer the term, "road map". Whether it be to play in high school, college, or professionally, you will be much more likely to find your athletes will perform the baseball drills and workouts you create efficiently if you help them continually expand their road map. Without a clear and defined road map, you'll end up wasting a lot of practice time and will most certainly find it tough to help your players stay motivated throughout the duration of the season.

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Monday, September 22, 2008

Baseball Training Product Spotlight: Hands Back Hitting Tee by SwingBuster

The Hands Back Hitter is a great batting trainer for all ages. This patented pitching machine/ batting tee hybrid controls the swing sequence for teaching rotational hitting and opposite field mechanics.

"Finally a fun batting trainer that teaches the correct swing."
- Mike Epstein, hitting instructor

"We use the Hands Back Hitter to teach separation between stride and swing."
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Sunday, September 21, 2008

Baseball Defensive Training Products Build Good Hands

Soft-hands are a must for solid infield play. There are several baseball training devices that help a baseball player develop softer-hands and learn to use two hands at all times.

There is not better time to do "better hands" training work than the off season. Simply fielding ground balls rolled from short distances inside or under the carport, will help with hands "soft-ness" and skill.

Coaches best has several great tools for building soft hands including the Derek Jeter Soft-Hands Trainer, the Muhltech "Play-maker" training glove insert,and the ReactionPro Defensive Training System- Baseball & Softball, and the Sklz Reaction Ball-Derek Jeter Series.

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Have a great day, Nick

Friday, September 19, 2008 Product Spotlight: Joe Mauer Quick Swing Hit Trainer


How do you develop a short, quick, compact swing? There's no better way than with the Mauer's QuickSwing - Joe Mauer Signature Series. Invented by Jake Mauer II for his son, 2006 Batting Champion, Joe Mauer of the Minnesota Twins. The Mauer's QuickSwing uses a unique delayed gravity-drop design to help batters develop greater bat speed, hand-eye coordination, reflexes, and muscle memory.

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Thursday, September 18, 2008

Baseball Drills - Hitting Problems? - Check The Lower Half First By Nate Barnett

There are very few things more frustrating to an athlete than than to struggle at the plate as a hitter and not understand where the problem stems from. When I work with hitters, I focus on perfecting the functions of lower body mechanics because of the affect the lower body has on the upper half. Trying to solve upper body hitting mechanics without addressing the lower half first is like attempting to build a house beginning with the second story prior to building the basement - it doesn't work too well.

Some of the common mistakes that can be ironed out with some common lower body baseball drills are: Click Here to Continue Reading

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Baseball Terms and Techniques

Today I define 3 terms often heard and not understood by baseball players, parents and beginning coaches.

Question: What exactly is pepper?

Answer: pepper -- Pepper is a common pre-game exercise where one player bunts brisk grounders and line drives to a group of fielders who are standing about 20 feet away. The fielders try to throw it back as quickly as possible. The batter hits the return throw. (Some ballparks ban pepper games because wild pitches could land in the stands and injure spectators).

Question: What is the Mendoza line?

Answer: Mendoza line -- A batting average of around .200.

Question: What is a Baltimore chop?

Answer: Baltimore chop -- A ground ball that hits in front of home plate (or off of it) and takes a large hop over the infielder's head.

Have a great day. Til next time, Nick

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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

"Why You Should Coach Youth Baseball" By Chip Lemin

By Chip LeminThe next time you go to a youth baseball practice or any type of youth practice, take notice of what most parents do. They pull up in their vehicle, drop off the player and leave. At the most they may notify the coach that they are leaving.

This is not to say anything negative about the parents, this is what most coaches will encounter.

Thank goodness they have people like yourself, will come to practice and stay to help. That makes you a very good candidate to become an excellent baseball coach. Because you have read this article, and made it this far shows me that you have what it takes to be a fantastic coach.

Coach Chip.

Chip Lemin has been a promoter of youth baseball since they started using aluminum bats. That's a long time. I have witnessed many good people get into coaching without solid coaching skills and it is not fun for them or the kids.Today's newer coaches are also being shortchanged on sportsmanship, like there is none. Visit my site to sign up for a insightful, informational, free coaching e-course at

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Sunday, September 14, 2008

Quick Swing Hitting Trainer Improves Hitting Mechanics

Quick Swing Hitting Trainer Improves Hitting Mechanics

Quick Swing Baseball Training Aid by Joe Mauer uses a unique delayed gravity-drop design to help baseball batters develop greater baseball bat speed, hitting hand-eye coordination, reflexes, and batting muscle memory. The Joe Mauer Quick Swing makes a great hittig station for improving hitting mechanics and perfecting the perfect baseball swing.

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Thursday, September 11, 2008

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Monday, September 8, 2008

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We currently have JUGS pitching machines available on the site along with all JUGS practice balls and will be adding the remainder of the JUGS product line to over the next couple of weeks.

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Have a nice day, Nick.