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Rick Johnston | Jan 18, 2015 6:30:00 AM

Who Is To Say What Body Type a Baseball Player Is "Supposed" To Have?

"Big and imposing"

"Shows athleticism"

"Long frame"

"Broad shoulders"

"Thick trunk"

"Runs like a gazelle"

"Easy and fluid"

"Long and lean"

"Strong as a bull"

These are just a few scouting terms that are constantly used when players are being evaluated, whether considered draft potential or possible college type. Truly, though, who really knows what type of body can play the game? Who would have ever thought in the day of the big man, that you would ever see a Dustin Pedroia on the same field with a Frank Thomas? Now think about this for a moment, Pedroia, standing all of 5’8, 165lbs and Thomas, otherwise known as the Big Hurt, standing an imposing 6’5, 275lbs on the same field together, competing at the highest level of baseball.

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Topics: baseball coaching, myths, baseball scouting, baseball myths

Richie Schueler | Sep 13, 2013 12:49:00 PM

The 5 Styles of Recruiting for College Baseball Prospects

This entry comes to us from our friends at StudentAthleteWorld.com. If you are remotely thinking of seeking a college baseball scholarship, or a scholarship in any sport for that matter, you need to visit their website and they will take great care of you.

Which one are you? Really? Honestly? Where do you fall? And will you rethink your strategy after reading this?

  • Random Recruiting- You rely on chance encounters with coaches. If a coach is randomly at your game you will consider that school. Maybe you see a team on TV and think you’d like to play for them so you go to their camp. 

  • Rolodex Recruiting- You will rely on the college coaches that your high school coaches or your parents know. You or your coach plan to just send video to the 5 local colleges in an hour radius of your home. Sure these connections may be helpful to get your foot in the door. But is it enough? 

  • Crystal Ball Recruiting- Based primarily upon guess work. This method relies upon people who has little or no knowledge of the recruiting process. You might believe you are D1 and not target any other level schools, and find yourself with no offers. You might believe that if you are not D1 material then you can’t play in college. Not always does the strongest, fastest or highest jumping student-athlete get recruited if someone else has better grades, character, and work ethic. If you do not put yourself in front of the college coaches and allow them an opportunity to say yes or no then you are speculating or guessing as to your recruiting.

  • Passive Recruiting- This tends to be the trend of thousands of student-athletes and their parents across the United States. Parents have little or no time to have their student-athletes recruiting mapped out, researched and assisted. Thousands of parents taking zero initiative in their student-athlete's recruiting and relying upon someone else to make the college decision for them; a decision that will impact the next 40 years of the STUDENTathlete's life.

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Topics: scholarship, myths, college baseball, college baseball recruiting, college baseball scholarship, college recruiting strategy

Richie Schueler | Jul 20, 2013 7:34:00 AM

Top 22 Recruiting Myths College Baseball Prospects Need to Know

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Topics: recruiting, college, ncaa, university, myths, baseball scouting, college baseball, college baseball recruiting, college baseball scholarship

Mike McCarthy | Mar 14, 2013 4:35:00 PM

What Focus Should Your Baseball Drills Have?

It is Thursday and typically we offer you one of our "Drill of the Week" installments. However this week we are going to take a step back...way back and take a scientific look at baseball drills, how they are typically conducted and offer up a new way of approaching and delivering them.

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Topics: hitting instruction, baseball instruction, baseball coaching, myths, baseball drills, hitting drills, pitching instruction, throwing drills, pitching drills, fielding instruction, long term development, mastery, Motor Skills, constrained action hypothesis

Jen Scorniaenchi | Apr 16, 2012 1:06:00 PM

3 Popular Mental Training Myths

Many professional athletes work with mental performance coaches to enhance performance, many of whom wished they had developed these skills much earlier in their careers. The problem is, there is a mindset that mental performance training is only necessary at higher levels where there is more at stake. However, many young players are never able to reach their full potential due to mental performance issues and those that are ‘good enough’ to reach higher levels in their sport spend more time than necessary battling performance issues. Even so - every child, regardless of their future goals or their current level, can benefit from mental skills training at the very least to improve their sport experience.  

A number of myths or reservations prevent adults and young athletes from truly understanding the use and need of sports psychology.

Myth #1. “I don’t really get nervous- I’m already mentally prepared,” kids say.

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Topics: baseball psychology, myths, mental training, mental performance, mental preparation, performance training, sports performance

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