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Linear vs Rotational Hitting, Pros and Cons of each type
by posted 07/11/2018

From PBI: Linear vs Rotational Hitting, Pros and Cons of each baseball swing

This is an excerpt from the PBI blog on different swing types. If you'd like to see the original post click here! 

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This is an excerpt from the PBI blog on different swing types. If you'd like to see the original post click here

I would never have made it back to the Major Leagues if my thoughts on hitting hadn’t changed.

In spring training of 2013, I busted out a leg kick for the first time in my career.

This was and can sometimes still be frowned upon by smaller players.  Even though the sequence of my swing was not “elite” yet, I was becoming more athletic and hitting balls with more authority.

For the first time in my career, people started to take notice of my offensive production…

…and it was that same year – 5 years after my Major League debut – I finally made it back to the Major Leagues.

So, what made the difference?

Fast forward to today, I have worked with many hitting coaches and Bobby is a special talent.

He not only has a good eye to see and analyze the swing at real time, but Bobby understands the swing inside and out and is the best I’ve seen at teaching.  He gets that all people learn differently and he is great at saying things different ways so the hitter understands.

The goal of hitting is to get the body in the best position possible so the swing can be effective, efficient, and adjustable at the same time.

With so many people online doing video analysis, my concern is that even though there are many well-intentioned people, they don’t understand movement patterns of the swing.

 

 

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6 Baseball fielding drills you can do in your driveway!
by posted 06/13/2018

Video Description: Hours. of. fun. That's what I think of when I think about a pitch-back net. When I was young, we had a very, very small yard, but I was able to practice baseball for hours in that yard because of my little pitch-back net. Fast-forward to today, 15 years into my career as a professional player, and I still love it. Today I was in my driveway with the Rukket.com rebounder throwing, fielding short hops, double play turns, fly balls... you name it! It's available here: http://amzn.to/2f6OTl9 and you'll get 10% off with this code " 1insider " In my driveway. This thing is amazing. More rebounder drills coming soon (the few ideas in this video just scratched the surface).

 

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Congrats to the 14 AAA World Series Champs
by posted 05/28/2018

Youth baseball near me

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Catching Drills for any age and Receiving drills for catchers
by posted 05/23/2018

Are you struggling with teaching your kids how to receive the ball correctly? This is a great post from Pro Baseball Insider. There's a great video (click here) by Ryan Lavarnway who explains these drills. Here's an excerpt from the blog post:

“What’s going on guys!

I’m Ryan Lavarnway and I’m here with Doug Bernier of Pro Baseball Insider.com, where they provide free baseball tutorials from professional baseball players.

So the first thing I wanted to cover today is a couple of receiving drills for catchers at any age… whether you’re a 5-year-old just picking up the game or the things that I do in Major League spring training.

You’re a catcher, so catching the ball is one of your most important jobs, right?

So the first thing is to think about, 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.

So what we want to do to train that is to take the glove off and work on receiving it these three fingers.

So what we’re going to do for this catching drill is to take off the glove for now, and we’re going to work on bare hand catching drills. Catching the ball with just these 3 fingers. Then we’re going to progress, take it up a notch as you get bigger and stronger.

The progress below goes from beginner to advanced.  That’s not to say that you should skip the beginning steps if you are an advanced baseball catcher already.  They make a great warm-up if you do a few and then move to the next step.

Let’s get started.

Read the full article plus watch the video here: http://probaseballinsider.com/catching-drills-age-receiving-drills-catchers/

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HOW TO FIELD A BASEBALL - Pro Baseball Insider
by posted 05/11/2018

Baseball is all about fundamentals and one of the most important fundamentals is fielding a baseball. Doug Bernier of Pro Baseball insider has a great blog post with two great tips and a ton of drills. Here's an excerpt:

 

Everyone loves offense, but pitching and defense win games.  These pro tips for how to field a baseball will help you win games.  This is Part 1 of How to Field a Baseball.  Don’t miss part 2, which is proper mechanics for fielding a ground ball.

Tip #1: The Secret is to Use Your Feet  

Many smooth fielders look like they have soft hands, but it is actually their feet that allow their hands to work so freely. In other words, FOOTWORK COUNTS!

Tip #2: Position your Glove for Maximum Benefit

Another MUST for fielding ground balls is to take your glove hand and push the heel of your wrist toward the baseball (see pictures below).

A good drill that incorporates proper glove position and moving your feet.  Start with your arm and glove exactly how you want to field the baseball.  Now when a ground ball is hit, move your feet ONLY and don’t move your hand or glove.  Use your feet to get the baseball.  Preset your glove and field with your feet.  If you can get good at this drill you will make fielding a lot easier.

Read the rest of the article here: http://probaseballinsider.com/baseball-instruction/how-to-field-a-baseball-like-a-pro/#prettyPhoto

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Colorado Baseball Coaches Association
by posted 01/01/2016

Arapahoe Youth League has teamed up with the Colorado Baseball Coaches Association (CBCA)!  
 
The Colorado Baseball Coaches Association was formed in 2012 as a community of individuals of all ages who are here to promote the sport of baseball in the state of Colorado. All levels of competition including recreation, competitive, league, tournaments, high school and college baseball are part of the association.

Highlights of the site are:

* A single online source of baseball, who is, where is, ect.
* Team tryout postings.
* League & tournament postings and more info.
* Ask and umpire (Have a rule question, ask our Umpire).
* High school and College info available. 

 
Click here to visit their site!

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Concussion Training For Coaches
by posted 01/24/2015

It is now mandatory that all coaches that coach in the AYL must take the NFHS Concussion Class.  For more info click on Senate Bill 40 click the menu button to the left or to take the certification class now click here.

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Score Reporting
by posted 01/01/2015

Coaches-

To post your score you must first be on the Eagles Baseball  website then follow the instructions below:

Edit Game Results:

This section will allow you to enter or change a score as well as any other information about a game.

  1. First make sure you are signed in as manager/admin.
  2. Select "Teams & Schedules" from the menu tabs from the at the top of the page
    (you may have to select season, league and team at the top of the page)
  3. Select "Results" from the menu pages at the left
  4. On the team results page, find the game you wish to edit and click on the "Edit" icon to the right of the game
  5. Enter score or any additional result changes and optionally, game commentary
  6. Click submit to confirm changes.
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