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Mike Tevlin | Apr 1, 2017 12:17:09 PM

Ten Thousand Hours ... of Fun!

It's easy to generalize and sound like our fathers and their fathers and... but, let's face it, kids don't play outside like they used to in the "good old days". Why this is the case is not for me to analyse in this short essay. We all know the obvious answers - video games, social media, neighborhood dysfunction, blah blah, but somehow we have to encourage our young boys and girls to get out there and play!

When I was a kid and my mother would be yelling from the front porch to come home for supper (her voice could carry for blocks) I would have to put down whatever ball, glove, bat, racquet, mallet or stick and get home. Often I was a little late because the "next goal wins" rule would be put forward, then I would be so hungry that the sprint home after was a nice bit of natural and physically coordinating exercise.

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Topics: Motor Skills, Outdoors, Sports, Activity, Sedentary Lifestyles, Technology

Ryan Armstrong | Jan 7, 2017 3:20:16 PM

Drill of the Week Videos - Self Toss & Step Behinds

Hitting - Drill of the Week

 Self toss is a drill we use to promote synchronization and connection in our athletes, in other words getting the parts in the right order. This drill is also useful in creating momentum as well promoting a strong visual process. Self toss is a drill that is used by all of our hitters but is especially useful to our hitters who struggle to get the parts in the right order. 

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Topics: video, hitting, baseball, baseball drills, hitting drills, baseball off-season, Sports, connection drills, connection, sports performance

Rick Johnston | Dec 18, 2016 6:34:15 PM

Hey players... is strength the MISSING LINK in your game?

For whatever the reasons, baseball players have generally taken strength training, or simply getting stronger, for granted. Not sure why? It certainly seems, however, that every one of those players is immensely concerned with the mechanics of their swing, or their pitching delivery, or being quicker down the line, or getting jumps on fly balls… Isn’t that an interesting irony? They all want to throw harder, hit for more power and be more explosive, yet, often they seem relatively unconcerned with getting stronger and well organized with their body. Not sure if this really makes sense? Every baseball player, regardless of age, if they truly would like to make baseball a full-time activity, should include some sort of basic to advanced strength program into their daily regimen.

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Topics: strength training, strength training for baseball, baseball, speed, baseball off-season, injury prevention, Sports, sports performance, power

Rick Johnston | Nov 29, 2016 3:52:00 PM

An Afternoon with Scott Thorman at The Baseball Zone

We would like to extend our sincere appreciation to Scott Thorman for a few hours of baseball banter Sunday, Nov 20th  at The Baseball Zone. Scott, was a former first round draft pick of the Atlanta Braves making it all the way to the Major Leagues with that prestigious organization. For the past few years Scott has been a Minor League Manager in the Kansas City Royals organization and in 2016 was named Appalachian League Manager of the year. During Scott’s visit to The Zone, he enthusiastically and engagingly conveyed invaluable information to a group of close to 70 players, parents and coaches.
 

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Topics: hitting, Sports, Scott Thorman

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

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