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Rick Johnston | Jun 24, 2016 8:30:00 AM

Have Bat (and Glove), Will Travel

So, here we are, the end of June, 2016, school is almost out for the calendar year and what is upon most baseball players? What’s upon them is simple... its travel time; tournament time; showcase time...it is for many the best time of the summer. Not necessarily the most important time, but it is often considered the best time.  Players’ playing on travel teams from across Canada and the US begin their annual trek through various provinces and states, all gearing up for their initial travel schedule. How much fun is that? School is out, away from mom and dad, albeit some for the first time, and nothing but baseball surrounds their minds. Boy, you have to love that!

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Topics: Sports

Courtney Plewes | Jun 6, 2016 2:32:04 PM

Tips to Planning Your In-Season Strength and Conditioning

Many athletes do not consider in-season baseball strength training necessary to their baseball success. They mistakenly think that the gains made over the off-season will last through a long grueling baseball season. Well, in this case the old phrase ‘use it or lose it’ rings true; each week without any strength training you are getting weaker and weaker; come play-off season when you should be at your strongest you will consequently be at your weakest.

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Topics: strength and conditioning

Kevin Hussey | Apr 28, 2016 10:30:00 AM

Hitting and the Technical Domino Effect

There are hundreds of small techniques that a hitter can use to their advantage. Some techniques are more important than others but all of them have a purpose. It's rare for someone to know all the proper techniques with regard to hitting, but as long as you know what you're trying to accomplish, you can determine what’s needed to properly execute the skill. In this instance I will be discussing how to prevent pulling off the ball and why that’s important to avoid. A technique necessary for every hitter is to be able to put themselves in a position where they can keep their head and body on the ball as long as possible. Here's how you can make that happen.

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Topics: hitting tips, hitting instruction, hitting, hitting zones, hitting mechanics, The Baseball Zone, hitting stride issues, Canada

The Baseball Zone | Nov 24, 2015 7:30:00 AM

Edwin Encarnacion Training Day at The Baseball Zone

The Baseball Zone hosted an exciting day of baseball training on Sunday, November 22nd as Toronto Blue Jays slugger Edwin Encarnacion arrived with 40 lucky kids of all levels and ages to help raise much needed funding for the youth in his native Dominican Republic. With the help of the volunteers from the Edwin Encarnacion Foundation, The Sunrise Foundation DR and sponsorship from Accenture, Rick Johnston and Ryan Armstrong  ran the players through skills and drills that made for a highly entertaining day for everyone. 

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Topics: Toronto Blue Jays, The Baseball Zone, Canada, Edwin Encarnacion

The Baseball Zone | Nov 12, 2015 9:42:33 PM

Exciting Future Unfolding for The Baseball Zone

The Baseball Zone is excited to announce that it has a new partner in its business operations effective November 6th, 2015.

Mike and Nicole Tevlin will be partnering with current Baseball Zone owner Rick Johnston in ushering in the next era of a business that has historically had tremendous success in developing baseball and softball players of all ages and playing levels. The elite, indoor baseball training complex fosters an understanding and love for the game like no other and employs the very best training philosophies, equipment and staff to fully assist athletes to reach their goals.

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Topics: SST Mississauga, Sports, The Baseball Zone, Canada

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