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Sunday, June 14, 2009

Here's Some Baseball Thoughts And Quotes For Youth Baseball Coaches And Players

Here's Some Baseball Thoughts And Quotes For Youth Baseball Coaches And Players


Here are baseball thoughts and some quotes that I thought all you youth baseball coaches would appreciate. There are far too many hot dog players and coaches in youth baseball today. I believe we must honor the game baseball by example. Most of it is just common sense and courtesy. I'm not giving you any secret formula to success. Let's behave like mature adults and remember we don't have a team full of future professional baseball players even though others may think otherwise.

Everyone on the team must be willing to trade sweat, effort, and sacrifice for success. When looking at yourself as a player, the critical. There are too many egotists among players today. Egotism is the anesthetic which deadens the pain of stupidity.

Success is costly. You must exchange something solid in yourself for success.

Concentrate on improving your weaknesses. It is more obvious than your strong points.

No player ever becomes a success by giving up. Keep trying.

If your coach criticizes you, it indicates that he is watching you, so appreciate that.

Never alibi. Excuses never win games.

Be confident. Say to yourself, I can I will, I must.

Be a good team player. Encourage your teammates and cooperate with them. They in turn will do the same.

Don't yell at the officials or umpires. They are seldom responsible for your success so don't blame them for your failure.

Your conduct, both on the field and off the field of, is a true test of you as an individual. It reflects your degree of dependability, responsibility, and the extent of your self sacrifice.

Here are some anonymous quotes...

If what you did yesterday still looks big to you, you haven't done much today.

The coach may not always be right, but he's always the coach.

When I won I thought I was lucky, but the harder I work, the luckier I got.

Every athlete has problems, the winners handle theirs.

The player who refuses to be beaten is tough to beat.

Not always a winner but never a loser.

If you know anyone who has always received a fair deal, get a witness- you're seeing a miracle.

Repetition is the mother of education.

I will get ready and perhaps my chance will come.

Enthusiasm is like a coat of paint- it covers up a lot of mistakes.

Little things make big things.

The surest way not to fail is be determined enough to succeed.

The player who does what he pleases is seldom pleased with what he does.

When a winner makes a mistake, he says I was wrong. One loser makes a mistake, he says, it was not my fault.

Hustle! You cannot survive without.

Enthusiasm and action will overcome fear.

The greatest key to success is a good attitude.

If You Think You are good, then why not be better. If you'd think you are better, then be the best.

Winning is not everything, but wanting to win is.

It takes a cool head to win a hot game.

I will leave you with this, it pertains to more than just baseball.

You can never get ahead of someone as long as you are trying to get even with them.

Thanks for your time, I hope these quotes, the ones without quotation marks around them, will help you get through this long winter waiting for baseball season start.

Thanks again, Coach Chip

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Friday, June 12, 2009

How to Be a Three Hundred Hitter - This Single Tip Can Turn Your Child Into an All Star in No Time

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How to Be a Three Hundred Hitter - This Single Tip Can Turn Your Child Into an All Star in No Time
By Jay Granat

Believe it or not this tip has nothing to do with grip, mechanics, balance, head position, weight transfer, open stance, closed stance, hitting to the opposite field,watching the ball, knowing the strike zone, hitting in the cage, bat speed, following through, or where your elbow is when you get into the box.

This tip is a vital thing for parents, coaches and young players to understand and remember the night before the game, the day of the game, in the dugout, in the on deck circle and in the batter's box.

Every week, parents contact me because their son or daughter is in a hitting slump.

Now, I have dozens of interventions which I use to help baseball players to break out of hitting slumps and to start to drive the ball with confidence, conviction, focus and optimism.

I work closely with a number of hitting coaches and we make sure the player is mechanically and physically sound.

One tip that I have told many parents and coaches over the years is very simple but it is exceedingly important. Realize that many kids and parents who seek out my help are struggling with their relationship with their child around their sport. In this case, it is baseball. And specifically, it is about hitting with more consistency, especially in pressure packed situations.

So, here is the tip: Your child needs to know on a deep and sincere level that that you love them whether they hit two hundred or whether they hit four hundred." Once your child believes this and feels this kind of unconditional love, he or she is set up to perform better at the plate. Make sure you communicate this message to your young player consistently and frequently. This will build confidence. It will help your child to relax and allow him to have fun at the plate and at the game.

Give it a try now.

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Thursday, June 11, 2009

Inspiring Baseball Quotations


Inspiring Baseball Quotations
by: Aron Wallad

I loved being around the baseball players when they had something to say that I thought would have a positive impression. Here are some of the quotes that I have enjoyed and have inspired me.

Bob Gibson
" I owe the public one thing - a good performance."

Sandy Koufax
" Pitching is the art of instilling fear."

Warren Spahn
"A sore arm is like a headache or a toothache. It can make you feel bad, but if you just forget about it and do what you have to do, it will go away. If you really like to pitch and you want to pitch, that's what you'll do."

Stan Musial
"I love to play this game of baseball - I love putting on this uniform."
"When a pitcher's throwing a spitball, don't worry and don't complain, just hit the dry side like I do."

Derek Jeter
"My dad had been shortstop when he was in college, and you know, when you're a kid, you want to be just like your dad."
"My office is at Yankee stadium. Yes, dreams do come true."

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Aron Wallad has been a baseball lover for over 45 years. His passions have included; playing, watching, reading , evaluating, and coaching the game he adores. Check out his baseball ezine. For inspiring quotes, unusual statistics and most of all heartwarming stories go here. If you love baseball you will love his site.




Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Identifying Baseball Hitting Flaws and How to Correct Them.

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Identifying Baseball Hitting Flaws and How to Correct Them.

FLAW: "Hitch" In The Swing

Problem: Batters that have a "hitch" in their swing often have difficulty hitting the fastball. They often get "jammed" and are often late on medium speed pitches. The batter is not "triggering" correctly. The batter is dropping the hands before taking them to the "power position" or what is often called the "launch position". This lowering of the hands causes the batter to be late to the strike zone.

Take the hands slightly up and then back rather than dropping them.

FLAW:"Locking" The Front Arm

The batter "locks" or straightens out the front arm when the hands and bat are taken back to the "power" or "trigger" position. This flaw causes the batter to be late starting the swing. It also cause the the bat speed to be too slow and increases the bat's distance to the ball. Locking the front arm also often causes premature wrist roll.
Keep a bend in the front elbow. Keep the hands together and working together. Keep the hands close to the body and do not take them back so far that front arm flex is lost.

FLAW: Opening Up Too Soon

The front side is opening too soon causing the batter's "whole body" including head and eyes to pull off the pitch. This flaw often causes the barrel to lag and a reduction in bat speed. Much less plate coverage is allowed. Another result of dropping the hands is an increase in flyballs.
Have the batter strive to keep the "knob to belly button" relationship during the swing. The belly button rotates with the knob of the bat. On inside pitches the batter will still "open" but the timing will be perfect. On middle and away pitches the batter will not open or rotate so much. "The belly button to knob" relationship maintains correct timing mechanics.

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Tuesday, June 9, 2009

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Friday, June 5, 2009

Is it the Correct Baseball Swing?


Is it the Correct Baseball Swing?
By Jack Perconte

Often, a hitter seems to have a perfect baseball swing but their statistics never seem to equal this beautiful looking swing. Looks can be deceiving! There is a way to find out if the baseball swing is as fundamentally sound as it appears. With the use of a batting tee, follow these steps to analyze the swing:

1. Set or draw a home plate on the ground first.
2. Have hitter get set in the spot they normally stand at home, just like in a game.
3. Lower the tee to the height of the hitter's knees and a half-foot in front of their lead leg.
4. The tee stem should be placed exactly down the middle of home plate.
5. Now, place a ball on the tee.
6. Hitter takes 10 swings
7. With the correct swing, at least 8 balls should be hit hard directly back through the middle of the field.
8. It is mandatory that the hitter stands in the same spot each time and does not change to a different position in the batter's box. As mentioned, this must be the same spot they stand in a game.
9. The ideal hits would be line drives knee high back through the middle, but any hard hit balls through the middle are a sign of the correct baseball swing.
10. This drill will show that the hitter's hands and hips are lining up correctly which is necessary to becoming a good baseball hitter.
11. Hitters should practice this drill until they are able to hit at least eight or nine balls back through middle before working on other pitches with the ball on the batting tee.

Finally, the batting tee is a great hitting tool if utilized correctly.

Former major league baseball player, Jack Perconte gives baseball hitting tips and batting practice advice for ballplayers of all ages. His baseball hitting lessons advice can be found at http://www.baseballhittinglessons.com/baseball

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Thursday, June 4, 2009

T-ball Coaching Tips - Three Coaching Points for Correct Fielding

Good Morning. This morning, I want to mention 3 coaching points for teaching the very youngest of players how to field a ground ball. The three points are:

1. Charge the Ball - Young players must be taught to be agressive and to charge all balls except the hard hit ball that gets on them quickly. If they lay back and do not charge the ball, there is a much greater chance of the runner beating the throw or the ball taking a bad hop.
2. Get the Glove Extended and Away from the Body - Too many beginners want to field the ground ball between the fee or legs. Have the players learn to field the ball at least 12 inches in front of the toes.(for very young kids)
3. Look the Ball Into The Glove - Often younger players will not look the ball into the glove. They simply look the ball 1/2 the way in and bring the eyes and head up. The player should keep the chin down and look the ball all the way in.

Hey, Gotta Go. Good Luck Til Next Time.

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Wednesday, June 3, 2009

The Most Effective Way to Coach Your Child to Take His Baseball Skills to the Next Level

The Most Effective Way to Coach Your Child to Take His Baseball Skills to the Next Level
By Jason Alamo

How to help your child attain greater success

When a player is in game play, the game speeds up on them, and you notice them changing their mechanics, it can be one of the most frustrating things for a parent to watch. Naturally, you want them to succeed and want to help your child as much as possible. But, how much of an impact can "from the stands-tips" be during actual game play? Usually it will make a significant difference. A negative one. Players tense up, think too much, and loose confidence while they are trying to perform. The mechanical "error" correction advice will usually cause more harm than good, even if it is the correct information. When a player feels pressure from a parent during performance they tense up, and diminish their chances of success. Remember "perceived" pressure to a player, is the same thing as real pressure. I notice it during one-on-one lessons regularly. Some players put additional pressure on themselves when parents are watching and they feel they are disappointing them, when they don't do something right. Their performance and learning always ends up suffering. The parents think it puts additional pressure, but it is important to remember it is what the player perceives to be true, that is reality.

The most effective thing a parent can do while watching their child play is make mental notes and review techniques and aspects of the game after the event has taken place. The best time is usually the next day. Players will not be receptive to any information immediately following their game. It is important to note, that when correcting players, parents should be sure they are instructing and teaching them the correct techniques. Misinformation and incorrect techniques will continue to lead them down the wrong path. In these instances, if the player is using a professional instructor for lessons, it is best to relay the things you noticed to him so that he can address the issue by teaching the right mechanics and repetitions. You don't have to know the "fix", but I always find it useful to get parent feedback about the player's game performance, so that I can give them the "fix".

If you do give your child baseball tips and advice, it is important to reward the process of the mechanics and approach and not the game result. Baseball is a game of average. Balls that are not hit well sometimes fall in for hits and balls that are well and hard are caught. Have your player pride himself on the process of hitting, throwing, and fielding. If a player hits three hard line drives in their game play, and each ball was caught by a defender, although the player was 0-3, it should be considered a successful game for the player.

Jason Alamo is a former college coach at six different college programs. He is the founder of http://www.BaseballCampReviews.com, a free website that provides real parent and player opinions and experiences on youth and high school baseball camps from around the nation. The site provides information from others which helps during the decision making process about what camp to send your child to. Baseball Camp Reviews can be found by visiting http://www.BaseballCampReviews.com

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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Killer Tips For Better Baseball Hitting by Jon Boyle

Killer Tips For Better Baseball Hitting by Jon Boyle

Ask ten coaches about hitting and you'll get unquestionably get 10 different answers. It's like the stock market, listen to too many opinions and you'll be left so confused you won't know what to do! Luckily, I'm here to put things in the correct context so you can become a better hitter, which, last time I checked, is why you're reading this article in the first place! Hitting a baseball is considered by many the single most difficult skill in sports. And having played a number of sports, I'm going to have to agree with this statement. Is not on your side when you're trying to hit a round object, moving at high speeds and velocities, with a round ball. Physics proves that. So my first tip is not to make hitting so technical and difficult. I commend those who have dedicated themselves to study the swing in detail. Hitting is a very complex series of events which can be debated for years on end. This is fine in the correct context, but not when simply attempting to provide baseball hitting tips. Have you ever witnessed an overzealous coach trying to explain sub-scapular loading, rotational torque or distal lag to a young (or old) hitter? You can see the glaze develop over their eyes as they look off into the sunset (or warehouse ceiling) as the instructor goes on and on. Is this productive? Of course not. But sadly, this is happening more and more. I'm beginning to question whether the industry of hitting instruction (and of course baseball hitting tips is a big part of that) is about making better hitters or improving the fragile egos who are guilty of this. If your part of the guilty party you know who you are, shame on you. Now get back to helping the kids first. You must make hitting simple. Any other way and the hitter simply doesn't have a chance. Now, you can teach very advanced and technical hitting elements in an easy manner. Just because you're teaching separation and rotational movement, does not mean you have to use big words. This does not mean you're smarter than the next guy. Learn to break the difficult hitting elements down into very simple commands. This will make the baseball hitting tips you're providing the most useful. If a hitter is confused he will not be confident. And we all know when a hitter isn't confident he won't hit well. So you must make hitting simple and instill confidence at the same time. The last thing I'm going to cover today is how effective your baseball hitting tips and drills really are. Can they easily be translated over to the field? Do they resemble game-like conditions? Do they automatically correct bad habits of the hitter that you're working with? And, do they provide instant feedback so the hitter knows if he is doing the drill correctly? If the answer is "no" to any of these questions then you need to re-think what you're teaching. After all, even though some don't want to hear it, the whole point of this thing is to create better, more confident hitters. Not stroke your ego.

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Monday, June 1, 2009

Baseball Hitting - The Basics to Success

Baseball Hitting - The Basics to Success
By Chris Moheno

Baseball hitting is a lot more then just swinging a bat around and hoping to get lucky. When it comes to learning how to hit a baseball, you have to remember that there is a lot more skill, technique, and focus needed then meets the eye.

There has to be a lot of practice hours put in or you will never be able to swing the bat like some of the great names in baseball history. By practicing hard and keeping a few simple tips and hints in mind you will be able to swing like a pro in no time at all.

Remember though, besides hard-core technique, there is also a lot of room for the practice of visualization and positive thinking in your baseball training, which has proven to help many people.

If you have been swinging for a while but just want to learn to hit better the first thing you need to do is to avoid any major changes in your stance. Even though this seems a little bit backwards considering you are trying to hit better, it is an important move. Many players, even the not so great ones, naturally develop certain stances in order to make up for something such as a dominant right eye. Before you make any drastic changes make sure that you figure out why it is that you do what you do. If there is no reason for the stance, the grip, or the swing that you have other then laziness or lack of knowledge then it is time to get to work on that.

Time to get ready for the hit. If you do not have a lot of experience with this then make sure that you have a bat you are comfortable with and get up to bat. Get in a proper fitted stance. Keep your chin tucked in along with your front shoulder. Make sure that your head is completely turned so that you are able to clearly see the pitcher. Stay off of the heals of your feet by remaining on the balls of your feet. And most importantly, keep your head still. Even though you may find that over time your stance will change, it is extremely important to keep those simple things in line. Always stay on the balls of your feet and never take one eye off of the pitcher. These are the rules no matter what stance you adopt.

Time to select the right ball to hit. Even though you may be willing to swing at anything that comes at you it is important that you do not. Not every pitch is a good pitch. Be selective and be patient about it. There is no reason to go in overly aggressive. Just make sure that you are concentrating on putting the ball in play and use the entire field to do it. As you are waiting for the ball to come your direction you will want to carefully think through what it is that you are trying to do at the plate.

Imagine and envision yourself striking the bat against the ball. Picture complete batting success before you even have the chance to hit the ball in real life.

The last step would be to take all of the skills you have learned and hit the ball. Make sure that you swing with force and that you follow through with it. Imagine where in the field you are sending the ball and see what happens.

If you feel you need more help with your baseball hitting then you need to seek out some one on one help. Having someone right next to you through your baseball training is always a great thing to have. There are also many DVD's that are being sold in order to perfect your skill. Watching the exact technique played out is a great way to make sure that you are doing everything you should be doing.

Keep practicing and then one day everything will suddenly click and you will be hitting every ball that comes your way.

Chris Moheno has a long time passion for sports in general and for baseball coaching more specifically. His goal is to spread the word about effective non-fluff baseball training techniques for both more experienced and young baseball players, to help them perform better during the game.

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