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How to Steal Home The stolen base in baseball is still very popular in today’s game. It can be a great weapon to get your team in scoring position and many times it takes a perfect throw to get the runner. But stealing home plate is a different story. Not only is it...read more
As baseball pitchers move up to higher levels, they usually need to expand their repertoire of baseball pitches to keep quality hitters off balance. At younger levels, pitchers normally can get most hitters out with just a good fastball. Even at the highest levels, a...read more
So you have either been asked or you have volunteered to coach your child’s tee-ball team. The first thing to remember is that you are coaching a group of very young players who may be having their first exposure to any type of organized sport. Chances are,...read more
Every position on the baseball field is an important one, and third baseman is certainly no exception. But playing third baseman is not for everyone. Playing Third Baseman Known as the “hot corner” for a reason, players need certain skills and mental makeup to play...read more
WHAT ALL NEW COACHES SHOULD KNOW So you’ve decided to take on the challenge of coaching a youth baseball team. You might be thinking, how hard can it be. It’s baseball, right? You may have played the game or you’re pretty sure you know a lot about it. At least enough...read more
Here is the ultimate guide for pitchers. Each written segment will focus on a specific area with links to articles regarding that subject. Note: Test your knowledge with our Pitcher’s Quiz! Learn to Pitch Better Some of the greatest pitchers of all-time were not...read more
Here are sections for the ultimate guide for new baseball players. As before, I’ve broken them down by sections and added links to relevant articles. Baseball Fundamentals Players new to baseball have much to learn about the game. And it’s important that it starts...read more
Here is the ultimate guide for hitters. As requested, I’ve provided a few sentences of review on the subjects and then added the links for the corresponding stories. Know Your Mechanics It doesn’t matter if you are hitting, fielding, pitching, throwing or running the...read more
How many times have you heard that hitting a baseball is one of the hardest things to do in sports? Quite a lot I would think. Well, that’s because it is. As a hitter, you don’t have a lot of time to determine whether or not to swing. The ball is coming towards...read more
Every baseball player would love to hit for more power. That goes without saying. But not all of us have that natural power. So for players who want to improve the power in their swings, there are many things that they can do. There are a lot of things that go into...read more
Although it’s an important part of the game and something that all baserunners need to be able to do, sliding technique may be the least practiced skill in baseball. One of the reasons for this may be the threat of injury. But players should be aware of not only how...read more
As a player or a coach, you should always be looking for ways to improve either yours or your team’s ability to hit a baseball. It is important to learn the fundamentals as a starting point. These are things such as the stance, hand placement, arm position and...read more
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