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A safety tip for batting practice [ARTICLE]

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I heard this batting practice idea from the current head coach at Villanova University (Joe Godri) and I think it is a great one for a number of reasons. It involves moving the shag bucket(s) to a safer location during batting practice. In the...... Continue

Practice Your Baseball Fielding Skills Indoors This Winter [ARTICLE]

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Infield drills are among the easiest drills to perform in a confined space. The drills below require only 50 to 60 feet and are a great way to get started on your defensive practice this winter. ... Continue

Coaching vs Managing [ARTICLE]

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In one of my first days in professional baseball, I got an eye opener about the difference between a coach and a manager. A teammate of mine started a conversation with our manager by saying “Hey Coach, …”. What came next was quite unexpected.... Continue

Every Player's Worst Enemy: The Low Elbow [ARTICLE]


What causes it? How do you prevent it? Is there a cure? ... Continue

Pre-Season Checklists [ARTICLE]

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Before you ever hold your first tryout practice, you need to start compiling and sending out information for the season. Among the things you need to prepare in advance are sign-up sheets, the play-book, and the necessary equipment. This chapter...... Continue

Three Pitching Stats You Need to be Keeping [ARTICLE]

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Traditional pitching statistics (hits, runs, earned runs, strikeouts, etc.) can be very misleading and often do not get to the bottom of why a pitcher succeeds or struggles during an outing. ... Continue

New SAT Grading Scale Released for NCAA and NAIA Initial Eligibility [ARTICLE]


In the spring of 2016, the SAT rolled out a newly formatted exam. As a result, both the NCAA and NAIA recently released revised SAT minimum score requirements, which...... Continue

Baserunning – Using The Decoy Position [ARTICLE]

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The base runner's decoy position is to lean to the left side with the shoulder, knee, head, or entire body (see figure 8.5). When the pitcher sees this position, he thinks the base runner is scared, off-balance, or does not want to be very far...... Continue

Struggling at the Plate? Try These Easy Hitting Drills [ARTICLE]

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Is your hitting game struggling? Your time at the plate doesn't have to be the most difficult aspect of your game. Include these three easy hitting drills in your daily practice to stay balanced and spinning the caps of pitchers at every...... Continue

The Running Lane Rule [ARTICLE]

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The job of runners while running to first base is to stay within the two lines that go from half way down the line to the bag at first. I took the picture on the right at my son's practice last night. Can you see the problem...... Continue