Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Leadership Is Important


Baseball is not an individual sport. There are nine players on the field at all times. If one of those players is having a bad day it usually hurts the whole team. If some decide to slack off and not get it there all you can see the drop off through out the whole team. Whether it is from an error or a bases loaded strikeout, your team can suffer if they are not picked up be a teammate. But if you have a team that plays as one, lives and dies together, picks each other up, then you are headed in the right direction. When you have a team buying into a team philosophy then you will see a difference in your performance.  As coaches we need to encourage and promote an environment  for that to happen. Every team has a leader they just have to be spotted. They are the ones who shouts encouragement or lets someone know what they need to do.They pick a player up when he is done. They lead on the field and off as well. All the players look up to them. I have found a video that drills home this point. You don't have to be big and strong to lead you just need to encourage, believe, and care.


 (For those who want to buy the movie it is great Facing The Giants.)

A leader can be spotted in pro sports most have the C on the jersey. Be the leader of your team, business, or family needs you don't have to have the C per say. Step up and comfort when someone is down give them the will to keep going. It is easy to lead when things are going well but a true leader is someone that can encourage and push when things are not going so smooth. God has given you the ability to lead. Can I count on you? Can you be that leader?

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Tools of the Trade


Baseball is a funny game. It can be fun and enjoyable to play, but it can make you sad when you lose.  When everything is going right their is no one on the plant that can get you out or can hit your pitching. If things are not going your way then you can't buy a strike or find a hole anywhere. Sometimes it is the way the ball bounces. You can practice pitching, hitting, and fielding to improve your skills. You can run, bike, and lift weights to strengthen your body and Cardiovascular system to stand up to the regor's of the game. But if you don"t have the right baseball equipment then you are setting yourself up to fail. BSFTraining has become an supplier or Akadema baseball equipment.
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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Going the other way!

As you know by now BBCOR bats are not as hot and explosive as bats in the past. Homerun numbers are down, teams are struggling to score runs. Batters are struggling to get on base or hit for power so now what.

Let's step back and change a few things as a hitter. You go up to the plate thinking about getting a hit. When the bats were hot we pulled the ball and hit it over the fence. I was never a big kid I am now 6'2" 150lbs. So as a kid I didn't hit homeruns. My whole career I hit one wind aided homerun. So I had to adjust. I worked on hitting the ball all over the field.  

Some of the best hitters in the game work on hitting the ball to all parts of the field. John Kurk said, "when he was young he had to work on hitting the ball to the opposite field because his mom had a garden in right field in his back yard." If he bruised the tomatoes his mom gave him some bruises. 

So how can we teach players to hit the ball the other way. You do not have to change anything with your swing. You do everything the same. You just have to let the ball get deep. Instead of hitting the ball in front of the plate you wait till the ball get closer to the middle of the plate keeping your hand in close to your body you hit the ball to the opposite field. We can use batting tees or hit-sticks to teach this point. Set the tee up deeper in the stance making it tough to pull this teach the hitter to push the ball to the opposite field. Hit-sticks can be held in the same position deeper in the batters stance. The batter again takes the same swing and the feed back from the swing you can have instance results.
If you want to teach a team to hit the ball the other way set it up like a game. Keep track of how many hits go the opposite way during batting practice and give the winner a tee shirt or baseball cards.

I am not saying to forget about pulling a baseball I am saying learn to hit the ball the other way to further your baseball career. Just like Kruk said if you keep hitting the ball in to the tomatoes you are going to get bruised. In baseball terms if you continue to hit the ball in to the shift of the defence you are going to keep getting out.