10 Things I Don't want to Hear This Baseball Season

Written by Ken Kaiserman

It’s Spring; always a great time of year for everybody! Our customers onrepparttar East Coast andrepparttar 150647 Mid-West are thrilled becauserepparttar 150648 long winter is finally coming to an end. Forrepparttar 150649 rest of us, we get to be excited because baseball season is starting. While I always try to be positive, especially with Spring Training going strong and allrepparttar 150650 youth leagues kicking off their seasons, for this newsletter I’d like to add a twist and focus on 10 things I hope NOT to hear this season.

1.Swing Level

You’ll hear this at every park you go to watch baseball or softball: “Swing Level”. However, it’s not possible to swing level. Think aboutrepparttar 150651 baseball swing for a moment. Your hands are held high, close to your head. The ball, if it’s a strike, is thrown between your knees andrepparttar 150652 letters. So, how can a swing be level? Well, it can’t be. A correct baseball swing is elliptical; it has a downward motion through contact to create backspin onrepparttar 150653 ball and a high follow through. Great hitters may each have different planes they swing on, but none of them are ever going to be “level”. Let’s stop creating this incorrect mental image forrepparttar 150654 kids.

2.Just Throw Strikes

“Ok Johnny, just throw strikes now; all you have to do is throw strikes.” Any kid who’s pitching is doing his or her best to throw strikes. Especially when a kid is struggling to getrepparttar 150655 ball overrepparttar 150656 dish, you can bet anything they’re not trying to “paintrepparttar 150657 black” or “blow it past”repparttar 150658 hitters. All they’re trying to do is “throw strikes”. Pitching isrepparttar 150659 greatest pressure cooker in all of youth sports. When a kid is onrepparttar 150660 bump, he’s all alone andrepparttar 150661 entire team is depending on them to throw strikes. When a pitcher is struggling, they may have a basic mechanical flaw or they might be nervous. Statingrepparttar 150662 obvious and telling them thatrepparttar 150663 sky is blue isn’t going to help them throw strikes. What it will do is make them stop “pitching”, change their mechanics even more, and try to “aim”repparttar 150664 ball.

3.Practice Makes Perfect

We’ve talked about this before, but it’s worth emphasizing again. Ask any kid what practice makes and they’ll tell you: “Practice Makes Perfect!” Of course, practice doesn’t make perfect, it makes PERMANENT! Repetition creates muscle memory. If you practicerepparttar 150665 wrong motion over and over again, what kind of motion are you creating? Breaking a bad habit is very, very hard. It’s crucial that parents and coaches spot flaws quickly so that they aren’t repeated. Of course, that means that a parent or coach needs to knowrepparttar 150666 right way to do things. Please, get some instructional books and tapes (LINK TO INSTRUCTION SECTION). If you’re going to volunteer to coach, make sure that you’re not passing alongrepparttar 150667 same bad habits that you learned. It takes about 1,500 repetitions to turn a bad habit into a repeatable good habit. It’s a lot easier to just do it right inrepparttar 150668 first place.

4.Bad Game

Sportsmanship is something that every kid, parent and coach should be always be aware of. In our baseball league, we’ve instituted a new Code of Conduct that requires good sportsmanship and enforces penalties, including suspensions and expulsion, for violations. Afterrepparttar 150669 game, each kid should congratulate each person onrepparttar 150670 other team. Even in jest, nobody should ever tell another kid: “Bad Game”. As a coach or a parent, if you hear it, please stop it.

5.Keep Your Back Elbow Up

Keeping your back elbow up is neither right nor is it wrong. The batting stance is one ofrepparttar 150671 most over coached aspects of hitting. Think about some ofrepparttar 150672 unique stances you’ve seen. Jeff Bagwell, Bobby Tolen, Joe Morgan, Eric Davis, Steve Garvey, Frank Thomas, Don Mattingly and every other player each has their own unique stance. What all great hitters do have in common is not their stance beforerepparttar 150673 pitch comes, but getting intorepparttar 150674 proper position whenrepparttar 150675 pitch is onrepparttar 150676 way. That means having their hands back, wrists cocked, balanced and ready to swing down throughrepparttar 150677 ball. So, focus on getting kids into this position and stop picking on them for everything beforerepparttar 150678 pitch. 6.Throw From Your Ear

Preparation In Teeing Up The Golf Ball For The Big One

Written by George Gabriel

I know a lot of us golfers have headed uprepparttar main drive torepparttar 150617 golf course, in anticipation of hittingrepparttar 150618 big golf ball offrepparttar 150619 tee. There are four main procedures that we all seem to overlook at times. Hittingrepparttar 150620 big one, or launching it offrepparttar 150621 tee has four important steps to consider before we letrepparttar 150622 golf ball fly.

Tee it up! Why would golfers risk taking a divot with a driver? The risk reward is far greater if you haverepparttar 150623 ball sitting slightly offrepparttar 150624 grass. Sure you will get a lower trajectory ball flight, butrepparttar 150625 chances of taking some grass with it are greater. When you have just air betweenrepparttar 150626 clubface andrepparttar 150627 golf ball,repparttar 150628 club head speed will be far faster than having grass in between. Tee it up and let it fly?

Alignment onrepparttar 150629 tee box is very important. I know a lot of golfers have been fooled, including myself byrepparttar 150630 layout and design ofrepparttar 150631 tee box. The architect purposely designedrepparttar 150632 golf course in such a way, that you have to think before you act. Nothing more discouraging, than launchingrepparttar 150633 big one offrepparttar 150634 tee inrepparttar 150635 wrong direction, sometimes you will findrepparttar 150636 tee box facing southwest, andrepparttar 150637 fairway is heading southeast. To avoid this directional hazard, one must stand behindrepparttar 150638 golf ball and look downrepparttar 150639 fairway, and not downrepparttar 150640 tee box. Another foolproof method would be to addressrepparttar 150641 ball withrepparttar 150642 club head behindrepparttar 150643 golf ball looking downrepparttar 150644 fairway and stepping into position. Once your aiming inrepparttar 150645 right direction, go ahead and launch it offrepparttar 150646 tee box!

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