Tip of the Month

TEAM CHEMISTRY – DEALING WITH FEAR

Here's an exercise that's great to help your players see that everyone has fears, that being afraid or nervous about a big game is something that's common. But, more importantly we're able to acknowledge these fears and get rid of...

 

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Pitching: Drop Ball

To help make sure that the Drop ball really does drop, a pitcher needs to make sure her body is over her front foot at release. To help make this much easier, try this - have your pitcher bring her...

 

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Hitting – Seeing the MIDDLE

If you're tired of telling your hitters to keep their eye's on the ball, you aren't alone. But, while that won't help you, this might - have your players think about seeing the MIDDLE of the ball, and then hitting...

 

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Defensive Strategy: Fielding Tip

Teach your Left and Right fielders that anytime a ball is hit between where they're playing and the foul line, that the ball is going to keep moving toward the line. Too often outfielders chase a ball like this and...

 

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Rundowns

Rundowns occur at different times throughout the season and our teams could really benefit from being better at them. Here are a few tips on how to improve your Rundows: Always follow your throw (instead of backpeddling to where you came...

 

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Pitching – Lawnmower

If your pitcher throws a Peel Drop (Instead of a Rollover Drop) then have her think about starting a lawnmower with her hand as she releases the ball. This powerful pullback motion will help the pitcher force the ball to...

 

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Catching – Throwing Footwork

When making a throw down to 2nd base, your catcher will probably need different footwork on an inside pitch than when she catches an outside pitch. Whenever a catcher receives the ball away from her throwing hand she can't take...

 

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Pitching – Change Ups

On the change up, if you're trying to help your pitchers motion look more like the motion on her fastball then try this: have your pitcher throw her changeup using the walk-through motion she no doubt uses during warmups. The...

 

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Coaching – Leadership

"If we had good kings, we all would still be monarchists." ~ Lincoln Steffen As a coach you're a leader, so be a good leader. The above quote speaks to that exact issue - if all the kings in this world,...

 

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Communication – Smartphones

To help your players have a clearer picture of what you need them to do or to help them actually see what they're currently doing try using your smart phone. Instead of trying another set of words to help a...

 

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Pitching – Screwball

To help your pitcher's make their screwballs go IN instead of up have them focus on tilting their back shoulder down slightly and turning their chest toward their release point instead of forward toward home plate. This will allow them...

 

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