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Rick Johnston | Sep 23, 2017 9:19:33 AM

First Baseman and Third Baseman - Rules for Cut Offs in the Infield

Don't just be a body out there.....

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Topics: team Defence

Kevin Hussey | Aug 2, 2017 11:23:00 AM

Things I Wish I Knew about Baseball Before College

Everyone has their own regrets when it comes to different aspects of their life. We would all like the chance to go back and redo something for which we now have superior knowledge.  Baseball is no different. When you look back on your career, you realize there are so many things you didn't understand that you could have benefited from knowing. Hopefully, reading this note will help prevent you from making some of the same mistakes that myself and other players made in their careers.

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Topics: college, baseball, The Baseball Zone, Canada

Kevin Hussey | Jun 30, 2017 3:47:00 PM

Let Catchers Call the Game

If you go to a baseball game (from Little League to pro ball), there’s a very good chance of you seeing a catcher get into their crouch and look over to their coach for a sign. You might not think anything of it but that catcher is missing out on a development opportunity he will not get back. And that coach may not be putting his team in an advantageous position. Catchers MUST learn to call pitches or they will never develop as catchers. A catcher that calls pitches, takes so much into consideration that they won’t even realize it until they’re forced to think about it. Things like stride direction, bat speed, physical adjustment, mentality, approach, are all things catchers will have the opportunity to assess when they’re calling pitches. Taking that away from them is like taking away their identity. Not only will you be taking their mind out of the game, you’re going to put them at a physical disadvantage as well.

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Topics: baseball strategy, baseball coaching, baseball philosophy, baseball, catching, coach player relationship, coaching, baseball leadership, catching skills, catching tips

Ryan Armstrong | Jun 25, 2017 4:57:44 PM

Why Become a Terrier? There are too many reasons to count!!!

Let’s start with our mission...

To be the defining force in developing student athletes who become successful young men on and off the field.

Now let’s look at a few of those reasons:

  • Over 95% of graduating Terriers have gone on to play college or pro baseball. This doesn’t happen by just “showing up”.
  • Our coaches are the highest level and most experienced in the country – period! They care about your development more than any coaches you have had up to now or will have in a post-secondary environment.

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Topics: ncaa, baseball strength training, baseball coaching, elite baseball mentorship

Rick Johnston | Jun 13, 2017 3:27:34 PM

Fly Ball in the Sun - Yikes!!!

How many times have you been at practice working with your outfielders on tracking fly balls only to have one of them asking the coach to change position because “the sun is in my eyes”? Unfortunately, the game of baseball, if we're lucky, is played in the sun. Believe me, one of the best times for any outfielder to work on tracking fly balls is on bright sunny days, with the sun in their eyes and lots of wind. To work on sun balls, use the sun as a mechanism for a drill. Additionally, on windy days, vary the position in the outfield so that outfielders can work on tracking with the wind at their backs, in front and from side to side with the cross wind. Too often, days with bright sun, high sky and wind are not used to the advantage of working on tracking balls in the air. Coaches, when you have these days, use them to assist the outfielders in turning tough catches into routine catches.

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Topics: baseball, baseball drills, Outfielding, Outfielding drills

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