Advantages of Wooden Bats

Swinging wooden bats can really help young hitters develop faster. First off, wooden bats tend to be heavier that aluminum. This helps hitters develop the muscles they use to swing, and really builds bat speed faster than just working with aluminum. Also, the sweet spot on wooden bats is a lot smaller, and forces hitters to be more selective at the plate. Because wood bats break and crack, it forces hitters to only swing at good pitches.

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Keeping Mistakes to A Minimum

There are a lot of mistakes that can be made by a pitcher; it’s going to happen no matter what.  If you could eliminate mistakes all together you would be pitching in the show, but that’s not realistic.  I am going to talk about minimizing the biggest mistake of all, leaving that fastball of yours right down the middle.  

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Ice or no ice?

There are two different thoughts on what pitchers should do after they throw in a game, put ice on your arm or not.  

Theory one is that when you pitch, muscles tear in your arm and then they begin to swell and bleed.  If you put ice on your throwing arm it is supposed to stop the bleeding faster and help pitchers get ready for their next outing.  Some would say that it significantly shortens your recovery time.  

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Pitching backwards, or just being smart?

Are hitters really better in 1-0, 2-0, 3-0, 2-1, and 3-1 counts? I think not!! Pitchers are just more predictable. Those are fastball counts, everyone in the ball park knows that when the pitcher needs to throw a strike he sticks with his go to pitch, fastball. Pitchers get nerves when they get in trouble and throw the pitch that they know they can throw for a strike. I’d way rather throw a change up and risk throwing a ball, then serve up a fastball and risk giving up a hit. What I just don’t understand is that old saying from so many coaches “I would rather you give up a home run than walk a guy”. REALLY? I sure wouldn’t!

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Getting Ready for Off Season

We are getting to that time of year again, and we need to be doing the correct training to make sure we are prepared for the upcoming season. We all know that March will be here before we know it, and if you are not getting better, then you are getting worse. But what should young baseball players be doing?

Now is the time to begin working on several things to make sure that we are at our best come Opening Day. First things first, get back to basics with your pitching, hitting, and fielding mechanics. Make sure that you iron out the bad habits that you fell into throughout the season, and start building some consistency. Start by running through all of your drills, and try to figure out where you need the most work.

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5 Little league coaching tips

If your team concentrates on these specific tips you should be in for a good season. Remember your job as a coach is not only to teach the kids the proper way to play the game, but to motivate them to play the best they can. If you stay positive so will your players, and that is what we are after here. Point out mistakes in a positive way, and try to make every situation a learning experience for your team. Also, don’t forget to tell the kids how well they are doing and how proud you are of the team not matter what. This will ensure that the kids always stay loose, play hard, and most importantly have fun!

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