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The Importance of Warming-Up and Cooling-Down

The Importance of Warming-Up and Cooling-Down

Begin and End Strong One of the most important aspects of softball that can easily be overlooked is incorporating a proper warm-up and cool-down into practices and games. Often times we forget to execute a thorough warm-up. Some players or coaches may tend to think that things such as hitting… Read the rest
by May 28, 2014 Health & Wellness
The Three Baseball Catcher’s Stances

The Three Baseball Catcher’s Stances

Catchers have a multitude of responsibilities when they are on the field. There is much more to the catcher’s position than just simply waiting for the pitch. As a matter of fact, the catcher has not one, but three different stances they they should be alternating in order to perform… Read the rest
by May 26, 2014 Baseball Tips
3 Reasons Why Your Softball Grip Matters

3 Reasons Why Your Softball Grip Matters

When fastpitch softball players look for a bat they normally seek a bat that has the balance they want, pop, a fast swing speed, and a desirable design. What a lot of bat consumers normally underestimate is the grip. Although the grip tape may not be the deciding factor of… Read the rest
by May 21, 2014 Softball Gear, Softball Tips
How To: Softball Throwing Progression

How To: Softball Throwing Progression

The purpose of a softball throwing progression is to maximize your throwing abilities and to minimize the risk of injury. This is possible by gradually increasing the intensity of your throwing until you reach your peak distance and speed. This will warm up your muscles and strengthen them at the… Read the rest
5 Tips: How To Hit An Inside Pitch In Baseball

5 Tips: How To Hit An Inside Pitch In Baseball

Good pitchers know how to work the corners and edges of the plate. Great pitchers know how far they can push the limits of the strike zone based on how the umpire is calling the game. As a hitter you have to be ready to swing away on those close… Read the rest
by May 19, 2014 Baseball Tips
Pitchers: Dealing With An Umpire That Has A Small Zone

Pitchers: Dealing With An Umpire That Has A Small Zone

Strike Zone Size I think a lot of times as pitchers we tend to think that the strike zone should be really large, but that is not always the case. We find ourselves in games where the umpire has an extremely small strike zone. This can cause unprepared pitchers to… Read the rest
by May 14, 2014 Baseball Tips, Softball Tips