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First, you're in the right spot. We offer programs for boys and girls. If you have a child that is interested in baseball regardless of age, youth or high school, have them check out our new to baseball videos posted in the right column.
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Baseball, known as America's pastime has captivated kids for the past decades. Don't worry if your kid has never played, as most kids here haven't so your child is not at a disadvantage. A lot of kids have only picked up a bat in the last couple of years, and every year we add more new kids to the program.
Brush up on all you need to know with our quick introduction to baseball, a sport that returns the Olympics for the Tokyo Games in 2020.
Put the knob of the bat at the center of your child’s chest; he or she should be able to reach out and grab the barrel of the bat.
The first thing to think about is where do you want to catch the ball in your glove? You want to catch it in the pocket. More specifically, we can train that by using a barehand receiving drill for catchers.
It’s no secret that hitting a baseball is up there as one of the most difficult things you can do as a human being. The game makes us suck, especially as hitters. Shoot, we only get 60 ft. to see a little white circle and try to hit it with a round bat somewhere no one can catch it. Oh, and the ball's coming in as fast as 100 mph. Sounds fun! Definitely. Sounds hard, too! Even more so.
Well it’s no wonder why we get so frustrated on a regular basis. Think about it, the best hitters at the highest level of baseball have a mere 30% success rate (.300 BA). I challenge you to find another profession where you wouldn’t get fired after only doing your job successfully 3 out of 10 times...and no one is happy when they don't succeed.
No doubt you've heard all of this before. So what’s that mean for baseball players?
In Nashville, Tennessee, during the first week of January, 1996, more than 4,000 baseball coaches descended upon the Opryland Hotel for the 52nd annual ABCA convention. Nineteen times since, many of the same professional, college, high school, youth, and a slew of international coaches from passionate and developing baseball nations have gathered at various convention hotels across the country for two-and-half days of clinic presentations and industry exhibits. Sure, many members of the American Baseball Coaches Association have come and gone in those years; the leadership has been passed, nepotistically, from Dave Keilitz to his son, Craig; and the association — and baseball, in general — has lost some of its greatest coaches, including Rod Dedeaux, Gordie Gillespie, and Chuck “Bobo” Brayton.
In the 40 years that Jack Thomson has been coaching high school baseball, he has seen a noticeable rise in the talent of players trying out for his team.
They scorch line drives, they hurl blazing fastballs.
But something is often missing.
“They can’t play catch,” said Thomson, a coach in California, one of the more fertile grounds for future major leaguers. “They’re bad at it. You’d be surprised how bad it looks. We have to teach them how to play catch.”
In modern youth baseball, where the culture has been transformed by the pursuit of the holy grail, a college athletic scholarship, the fundamentals are falling by the wayside in favor of flashier skills like big-league-style hitting and pitching.
Private coaching and specialized camps are proliferating along with travel teams whose primary goal is putting players in a position to display their batting and pitching skills at college recruiting showcases. These events are cattle calls, with everyone trying to impress.
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