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Category Archives: Sport

Baseball Pitching Counts

In the past, Little League used innings pitched as a standard for how long a player should be allowed to pitch. However, this is much more inaccurate than following pitching counts, as innings can vary greatly. An inning can last 3 pitches or 30, so the actual pitching count is what should be followed. Even in Major League Baseball, starting pitchers are often limited to not much more than 100 pitches and relief pitchers to several short innings of work. Considering that, why shouldn’t there be pitching counts for the young athletes playing the same sport?

The current Little League rules vary by age group and are as follows:

o 10 and under: 75 pitches/day
o 11-12: 85 pitches/day
o 13-16: 95 pitches/day
o 17-18: 105 pitches day

There are also minimum rest requirements to provide adequate time to recuperate between outings. Under 16 years of age, a pitcher must rest for 3 days after throwing more than 60 pitches, 2 days for between 40 and 60 pitches and 1 day for between 20 and 40 pitches. Between 17 and 18 years the same recommendations are made for pitch counts totaling over 75, in between 50 and 75 and in between 25 to 50.

Besides keeping young arms healthy, there are many other benefits to instituting and adhering to pitch counts. Some of these include:

o Providing a chance for pitchers to play and enjoy other positions.
o Giving other players a chance to pitch and see if they enjoy it or are good at it.
o In youth leagues, it can even the playing field and make things more competitive when there are just a few standout athletes that always dominate their outings.

Controversy Surrounding Pitching Counts

While Little League has official pitch counts in place now, there is still controversy surrounding the issue today. Many argue that if their player is healthy and capable, they should be able to play. Others argue that is unfair to take out a highly performing pitcher in the middle of an outing, or be able to use them in a future important game, just because of a somewhat arbitrary number.

Sound Body

Prioritize your health. Our body is such a wonderful machine and do performs a lot of activities simultaneously. By providing your body with healthful substances, you would be able to benefit more than you can imagine. Taking enough fruits and vegetables combined with supplementary vitamins, you would be amazed on how energetic and vigorous you are! Treat your body like a precious gem. If you take care of your body, it will also take care of you. It can do a big difference by giving you the power to finish all your dreams and responsibilities without getting ill.

·         Listen to what your body tells you. Once in a while, our system also breaks down. That is why pains occur. If you feel any pain, don’t ignore it. Remember that pain is the alarm system of your body and it means there’s something wrong inside. You may be a tough softball player, but once pains persist, you can’t stop it. Injuries take time to go away. Seek any qualified specialists or doctors to help you get rid of pains. Prevention is better than cure. There are some preventive therapies that will “tune in” your body and create a more durable shape. These are yoga, acupuncture, deep-tissue massage and chiropractic.

·         Buy a good pair of running shoes. During your softball training, you will be spending so much time with it. Make sure that you purchase that are of excellent quality. Investing money in good pairs of running shoes can help prevent future injuries. For according to the study, lower body injuries resulted from poor footwear.

·         Take care of your eyes and arms very well. Since you tend use these parts all the time, make sure that they are always in good condition. You can’t hit the ball if your eyes are poor. No softball player would even want to play wearing eyeglasses. Also, your arms do need for consideration. Arms and shoulders injuries can hinder your ability to perform well. Do some warm-ups and cool downs before and after your routines. At first sign of pains, seek an immediate treatment to prevent it from getting worse.

Info of Worth Softball Bats

Worth currently makes a large number of various softball bats, fastpitch bats, as well as many other types of sports equipment. Worth softball bats are known for their quality, stability and precision. They are a leader in using advanced technology in their softball bats. This includes the use of titanium and other materials to increase bat performance.

NANO composite frames are used in Worth softball bats, and this helps to greatly increase swing power and speed.

Currently, Worth manufactures many different softball bats including the Mayhem model priced at $299.00. Other models include the PST, EST, Prodigy, Insanity, and the PowerCell. Prices range from as low as $50 all the way up to $300.

The Worth softball bat that is currently gaining a lot of attention in the softball world is the Jeff Hall Mayhem M7 model. New for 2007 this is an extremely limited edition softball bat. Only 2,000 will be produced by Worth. What makes this softball bat so special? The sweet spot is massive. It is one hot bat. The added distance this bat gives you will have you hitting more HR’s than ever before.

If you have ever used the Worth JH120, then you’ll be pleasantly surprised when you pick up this new M7 bat. Words are hard to describe how incredible this softball bat is. It’s simply the finest softball bat I’ve ever used in 20 years of playing the game. As I mentioned though, only 2,000 are being produced, so get yours early!

If you’re looking for the highest quality bat, you can never go wrong by selecting Worth softball bats as your primary equipment.

Information of Baseball Strategies

1. Experience of the advice giver. This is important in determining how much credibility you should give to the proposed strategy. Has he been able to test out this strategy or is this more of mental exercise for him? If he isn’t willing to test his strategy, I would be inclined to pass on it without further support.

2. Key on quantitative results when you can. When you hear a certain baseball strategy proposed, are numbers used to back it up? Also, do these numbers really key in on what is important? If the coach is pushing a strategy and does not have numbers to back it up, you have to wonder how solid a strategy it is. Also, it is important to make sure the numbers used are actually relevant. For instance, if he is using batting average to determine whether a batter should swing away on a 3 and 0 pitch, is this really the best number to use? Wouldn’t slugging percentage be a better number to use because a single is essentially the equivalent of a walk?

3. Don’t be afraid to challenge long standing assumptions. Many things in baseball are the way they are because of custom and tradition. This does not mean they are the best way of doing things. Be willing to challenge certain assumptions. If you can not find legitimate reasons why one should not do something, odds are there are not any.

4. Be willing to be a trailblazer. Don’t be afraid to try out different strategies, especially if they challenge existing assumptions. Just because no one else has thought of it does not mean that it won’t work. Instead, I recommend you test these strategies in situations where the stakes are low. For instance, why not test these strategies in summer league games, pre-season games and regular season games where their impact will be minimal. The idea here is to find strategies that will be successful in the playoffs or helping your team reach the playoffs. By testing your strategies, you get to see first hand how successful or unsuccessful they really are. This is great to know when wondering whether to use one when deep in the playoffs.

Teaching Younger Hitters

The first step to teaching youth baseball drills is to understand the part of the swing that will produce the greatest and quickest positive results in a hitter. The faster a coach can reach an athlete and instill some confidence in the skill of hitter, the more receptive he will be for future coaching as he learns how to play baseball better. The single most important first skill to teach a young athlete is the ability to properly manage his balance while hitting a baseball.

Here are a few techniques to include when teaching your athletes how to play baseball offensively.

1. Make sure that the stance of the athlete is wide enough. The “shoulders width” suggestion doesn’t hold up when one really understands how weight is shifted. The general rule is to position your hitters with their hips inside their knees, and their knees inside their feet. Once a hitter is in this position, and it is difficult to tell if the formula from the previous sentence is in place, he is too narrow at the base and needs to widen his stance.

2. There must be a legitimate transfer of weight onto the back leg as the hitter prepares himself before the baseball is released. Without the ability of a visual here (though I’ll have a complete ebook finished on this topic very soon complete with visuals!), make sure the back knee is roughly above the back shoe. If the back knee has moved to the outside of the back shoe, the weight transfer is too great. This whole process of creating a transfer of weight allows a hitter to create power generating from his backside leg and not only his upper body. I cannot emphasize the importance of this point enough.

3. Once the hitter begins his swing, the back leg which is still housing approximately 60% of the body weight will rotate in what is commonly referred to as the pivot. As the rotation occurs, look to see if the weight and the flex of the back leg is still present. One simple way to tell if this has occurred is see if there is an imaginary vertical line running from inside shoulder through the hip, through the back knee upon finish of the swing.

Conquering Nervousness

Joining various softball tryouts every time there will be a trial that will be held can help you minimize the damaging cause of nervousness in your future endeavor. However, if you are familiar with some outlooks that trigger your nervousness, this could be of more than a help since you can do something to prevent it from conquering your emotion.

So what are those attitudes that you should avoid in order for you to become a successful player in the long run? And what are the things you should do to overcome the feeling of standoffish nervousness?

One way to relatively triumph over the feeling of nervousness is by means of not spending too much attention on others’ capability but focus on your self instead. Comparing yourself to other players who joined the softball tryouts will just make you even more nervous. And you can anticipate as well by yourself alone what will likely to happen when you are too nervous. More mistakes will be proved otherwise and you won’t be able to perform well.

Do you personally realize now if you start comparing yourself to the other participants that you are trying out with? Yes, it might take you away from your own game. And you definitely don’t want that to happen. After all, it’s your dream that is at stake.

While it is easier said than done, strive to do your best to focus on yourself during the softball tryout and learn how to control your own emotions. Give your full attention to what you can do and what you control. Bear this in mind; you can’t control others’ performance. Therefore, don’t pay much concentration to what your fellow players do and just do your own thing.

Jugs Baseball

Jugs baseball pitching machines are very popular. Jugs Softball Pitching Machine has a speed range of as low as 15 mph to 60 mph. Will pitch fastballs, slowpitch, risers, and dropballs. Jugs 101 Baseball Pitching Machine throws 30 mph to as high as 90 mph. Pitch selection and speed are dial-a-pitch. The Combination Pitching Machine throws as low as 20 mph and as high as 104 mph. Throws fastball, curveball, and slider. Jugs also has the Curveball, Super Softball, Jr. Pitching, Lite-Flite, and MVP pitching machines. Whatever your need, Jugs has the right pitching machine for you. Ball feeders for your pitching machine include 18 Ball Baseball, 14 Ball Softball, 18 Ball Baseball-Lite Flite, and 14 Ball Softball-Lite Flite. Types of balls available for your feeders are dimpled, seamed, lite-flite, softie, bulldog, small-ball and pearl.

Accessories are very valuable baseball training aids. Hitting tees are perfect for T-Ball batting practice. The 5-point hitting tee can be used for both baseball and softball. Included is a Tee Drill Book. Jugs has a portable generator to work with your baseball pitching machines. New hitting stick is a 30 inch, 16 oz. bat. Good for eye coordination. Will help you get quick hands and a quick bat. Small-instant protectice screen is 6 ft. high and 4 ft. wide.

Protective screens include quick-snap which are easy to assemble. Has a durable thickness of #4000 twine protection. They include L-shaped pitchers screens, square protective screen for basemen, softball screen, and Jugs lite-flite/slowpitch screen.

Jugs fixed-frame protective screens has double-thick netting of 240 lb.-breaking breaking strength, twisted polyethlene. The L-shaped, softball, square screen w/sock net, square fungo and short toss protective screens all come with a 1 year guarantee.

Netting comes with 4 different breaking strengths, 119lb., 191lb., 381lb,. and 691lb. Backyard , youth leagues, and high school use 119, 191, and 381lb. breaking strength. Colleges use 191, 381, and 691lb. breaking strength. Professional uses 691lb. breaking strength. They are all made with dura-tech netting.

Softball Practice Drills

Softball and Vision

Softball players rely on accurate vision for every aspect of the game. Athletes are constantly making decisions, and their vision will affect their ability to succeed on the field. Consider the role good vision has on the following choices:

  • When batting, the hitter must decide how or whether to swing based on the location, speed, and rotation of the pitch.
  • When base running, the player must choose whether to run or stay and when she can successfully steal.
  • When fielding grounders or fly balls, the outfielder must determine where to meet the ball and decide where to throw the ball once she has it.

Good vision can make an average player a great player, and bad vision can keep a great player from truly excelling. The following drills will help players at any level improve their softball vision.

Color/Number Drill

Use a permanent marker to write the numbers zero through nine on hitting practice balls. Use a black marker for some balls and a red marker for other balls (or add even more colors – just remember to change up the colors and numbers so players can’t remember). As they practice hitting, have them identify the balls before they take a swing. Progress through these drills, which start easy and then get more difficult:

  • Identify just the color.
  • Identify just the number.
  • Say both the color and the number.
  • For an additional challenge, increase the speed of the pitches.

Colored Ball Drill

Use different colors to mark balls used for hitting practice. Players will swing based on the action designated for each color. For example:

  • Black mark – hit away
  • Red mark – do not swing
  • Blue mark – bunt

Youth Baseball Bats

You can learn how to hit a baseball well even if you are not blessed with the natural born talent of hitting. It is matter of work. I have seen time and time again, some kid with an old cu-31 alloy bat out hit kids with the 300-dollar unit. If you and your child are serious about hitting, do yourself a favor and go get some professional instruction. These lessons are for the parents just as much. I have learned so much from picking the brains of my kids hitting instructors. I also have learned to trust them in sizing youth baseball bats for my kids.

They tell me to have them hold the bat near the handle with their weaker arm and raise the bat up to shoulder height. When they can lift the bat up to that height with no problem, that is a correct weight for them. I had much to learn about teaching how to hit a baseball. There where old ideas that that had to go such as elbow up, and take a big stride. I had to learn its hands first, then hips. Baseball coaches have access to some great youth baseball, and little league coaching tools, if they know where to look on the Internet.

Baseball Training Aids

Baseball is a game of basics when it comes to the fundamentals of pitching and catching. There are certain ways to catch and throw a baseball. When these basics have been perfected it will only make the game more enjoyable for the player. After this has been mastered then an experienced coach will begin teaching the basic fundamentals of hitting the ball.

Most of the coaches found at the beginning levels may have only played the game or may not even have played the game at all. This is because they are volunteers. When money is being spent on the improvement of players on the field, it is imperative that the people involved are qualified and not just there to show up.

A personal coach has to show that they have had previous results before being considered a good teacher of the game. This can be done by asking past students what the results of the coach’s instructions did for their performance. If a personal coach is not willing to give out the names of their past students then one should not consider them.

The other things that should be considered when looking to spend money on personal training aids is their durability and does the equipment actually teach the player something. There are too many products and coaches who do not really care about the improvement of their students.

The baseball league should look at the qualifications of a coach or equipment before determining whether they are going to actual improve the players on their respective teams. The league is also somewhere a player should go to find out or get recommendations about the best private coaches in the area.