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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

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

The Baseball Zone | May 17, 2017 10:48:00 AM

Not Doing a Great BASEBALL WARM-UP?

The old show-and-go is good enough for you? Kind of reminds us of...

  • Driving a race car with the emergency brake on…
  • Writing an exam without studying…
  • Riding a bike with flat tires… you’re just not pumped up!
  • Skydiving without a parachute… only a matter of time before you crash.
  • Fishing with no bait…
  • Using a flashlight with no batteries…
  • Driving a beat up old car… you may get where you’re going but you won't be winning any races and you could break down at anytime.

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Topics: warming up, baseball, baseball warm up

Rick Johnston | May 8, 2017 12:36:08 PM

Aggression at The Plate for Ontario High School Baseballers

With the Toronto high school baseball season upon us, are you ready with your hitting approach?  

If you’re new to high school ball, you probably need to improve your hitting strategy. Even if you are a high school senior, you might need to work on improving your hitting strategy. Professional and University-level baseball scouts will often attend Toronto-area games. If you want to have a future in baseball, you’ll have to show them that you can swing the bat like a pro or college hitter, not a little-leaguer. With these simple tips, you can be an aggressive hitter just like your Major League favourites.

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Topics: hitting, baseball, high school baseball, baseball toronto

Ryan Armstrong | Jan 18, 2017 9:41:00 AM

A Glimpse at The Four Pillars of Baseball - Part I: The Technical Game

 

The four pillars of baseball performance are Technical, Mental, Tactical, and Physical. If one of these pillars is weak, the structure will collapse!

Part I: The Technical Game

baseball-1478289 Resized.jpgThe technical area is where we as coaches teach movements and concepts to enhance athletic performance. Skill specific drills are often used to promote development or efficiency in a certain technical area. An example might be setting up a tee in a particular location to work on hitting the ball to a certain field. However, we must remember as coaches that we are not teaching a certain look, or creating an army of robots that all look and move the same.

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Topics: baseball instruction, baseball coaching, baseball, mastery

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