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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
Base Coaching For Dummies

Base Coaching For Dummies

Base running can make or break you in the game of baseball or softball. No matter how good a hitter you are, base running is an essential part of the game that can make the difference between a single and a double, a double or a triple, or a triple… Read the rest
by May 12, 2014 Parents & Coaches
Is My Baseball Bat Dead?

Is My Baseball Bat Dead?

How do you know that your baseball bat is dead? Without cracking or dents, it can be difficult to determine if your baseball bat is dead or not, but there are a couple of tell-tale signs that can help. 1) Sound The sound of a baseball bat is a good… Read the rest
by May 12, 2014 Baseball Gear
How To Deal With Negative Nellies In The Stand

How To Deal With Negative Nellies In The Stand

Coach’s perspective… If you’re a coach and the opposing team is being really negative, heckling your players or yelling rude comments— then it is important for you as a coach to tell the kids to just focus on their own play. Let them know that they should focus inward on… Read the rest
by May 8, 2014 Parents & Coaches
5 Things To Look For In A Helmet Face Guard

5 Things To Look For In A Helmet Face Guard

Nowadays, fastpitch softball players are required to have a face guard on their helmet. But, it doesn’t benefit the player to spend money on a helmet whose face guard just meets the bare minimum requirements. Although helmet face guards might all look the same, there are actually a few key… Read the rest
Bat Rolling

Bat Rolling

What Is Bat Rolling? Bat rolling is a process that accelerates the break in process of composite bats. This process is executed by placing the bat into a “rolling machine”. The bat will fit horizontally in the machine between two rollers, compressed, and sometimes heated. The bat will then be… Read the rest
by May 5, 2014 Baseball Gear, Softball Gear