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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

Ryan Armstrong | Apr 20, 2017 3:12:30 PM

Why Aren't We Playing Fundamental Baseball?

When coaching, we should always start with the fundamentals or basics, and from what I’ve seen on the field many young players, even at higher "elite" levels, are lacking strong fundamentals. Why does this happen? Well, here are just a few thoughts...

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Topics: college, fundamentals, long term development, mastery

Kevin Hussey | Jan 15, 2015 3:26:55 PM

How Aspiring College Baseball Prospects Can Learn From Learning

High school is obviously very important in terms of creating opportunities and giving yourself a chance to have a good job in the future. The misconception of high school is that its purpose is for kids to learn information you can use in your future. What kids really learn in high school is how to develop a work ethic while learning how to take information and apply it. Essentially what you learn in high school is how to learn. School gives kids the opportunity to constantly be challenged and deal with adversity. Every student has had difficulty either with a subject or understanding a concept throughout their education. This adversity is relatable to many aspects of life, including baseball. There has never been a college baseball player that went their whole career without having to persevere through some type of difficulty. The path to success that young athletes and students endure is similar in concept. Each year the difficulty and competitiveness increases, while getting closer to your goal. In academics and athletes once you move on to the next level, the previous year becomes irrelevant .For both students and athletes, the past can give you opportunity but the future will determine your success.

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Topics: college, college baseball, college baseball recruiting, college baseball scholarship, high school baseball

Kevin Hussey | Oct 16, 2014 3:13:00 PM

How to Make a Recruiting Video for College Baseball Coaches

If you’re looking to play college baseball and you plan on emailing coaches, it will always help to send a video of yourself to the coach. NCAA, NJCAA and NAIA coaches are always looking for new players and sending a video of yourself can be very beneficial for them. It’s important to have a video with useful footage so college coaches have an idea of your skill level.

Pitcher's video

A pitcher's video should provide coaches with footage of you throwing from the windup and stretch. When creating the video you should shoot about 5-6 pitches from both sides of the mound (back side & front side) as well as the back and front (behind you and behind the catcher/target). You should throw all your pitches at least 3-4 times. This will give the coach an idea of what your strengths are and what you need to improve on. When shooting from the front and behind, try to have the result of the pitch in focus so the coach can see your accuracy. It’s not necessary to have a radar gun in the video but telling the coach how hard you throw would help. The coach will have an idea from your video what your velocity may be. The length of the video should be no longer than 3-4 minutes.

Catcher’s video

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Topics: recruiting, college, ncaa, college baseball, college baseball recruiting, college baseball scholarship, college recruiting strategy, naia, junior college, juco, recruiting video, college baseball coaches

Kevin Hussey | Oct 9, 2014 6:00:00 AM

3 Essential Skills You Need To Play (and Stay In) College Baseball

I bet you were thinking I was going to list skills like throwing hard, running fast and hitting for power, right? Great skills to have. Even having one of them will open many doors for you. But I am talking about non-technical skills that will not only help get you to a college campus, but help keep you there for as long as you can be.

College baseball is a very realistic goal for many high school players. There are thousands of high school students with the talent to play college baseball but not all of them possess the mentality it takes to have success at the next level. Physical ability may allow you to get into college but your physical and mental toughness will be what keeps you there.

Here are 3 essential non-technical skills you will need to excel at to become, and more importantly REMAIN, a collegiate baseball player.

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Topics: college, college baseball, handling adversity, mental toughness, physical toughness

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