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

Written by Ken Kaiserman

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I really can’t believe that anybody teaches throwing like this – even for really young kids; it’s just wrong and it creates bad habits. Puttingrepparttar ball next to your ear and throwing creates a pushing motion and costs much ofrepparttar 150647 power a kid has. Get them to extend their arms in both directions – like a half jumping jack. They should maintain flexibility and bend in their arms. Then just “high-five” to throwrepparttar 150648 ball. If you’re teaching kids to throw from their ears, get some tapes.


There is a great line atrepparttar 150649 end ofrepparttar 150650 movie A League of Their Own when a player is arguing withrepparttar 150651 umpire about a called strike. The umpire says: “That pitch may be a ball tomorrow and it may have been a ball yesterday, but today it’s a strike!” Umpires do their best and they make mistakes – lots of them. We can’t controlrepparttar 150652 umpires and we need to accept that they are human and that they do their best. Of course, if they make a mistake withrepparttar 150653 rules, there is no harm in pointing that out, but judgment calls are a different matter. Disputing them is a poor example forrepparttar 150654 kids. Also, there is no need for parents to hecklerepparttar 150655 umpires fromrepparttar 150656 stands. Coaches need to proactively make sure this isn’t happening every time they hear it.

8.Chargerepparttar 150657 Ball

This is another baseball myth – that a good fielder “chargesrepparttar 150658 ball”. What great fielders actually do is “playrepparttar 150659 ball” instead of havingrepparttar 150660 “ball play them”. This may seem like a subtle distinction, but it’s huge to a kid who is trying to grasprepparttar 150661 fundamentals of fielding. Chargingrepparttar 150662 ball required them to run in at full speed and get torepparttar 150663 ball. In contrast, playingrepparttar 150664 ball means that you’re trying to get it onrepparttar 150665 right hop to makerepparttar 150666 play. The only time a fielder really has to “charge”repparttar 150667 ball is on a dribbler or a bunt. Almost every other grounder will require readingrepparttar 150668 hop and makingrepparttar 150669 play.

9.Turn Your Wrists

I still hear parents and coaches telling their kids to “roll their writs” as they swingrepparttar 150670 bat. The proper position forrepparttar 150671 hands at contact is palm up and palm down. Duringrepparttar 150672 follow through,repparttar 150673 wrists will naturally turn, but it’s long afterrepparttar 150674 ball has been hit. Just a last note on hitting: kids will swing at bad pitches, including pitches over their head and inrepparttar 150675 dirt. There’s a time to coach and a time to be a cheerleader. Duringrepparttar 150676 at bat, a kid knows he just swung at a terrible pitch and he doesn’t need to hear it fromrepparttar 150677 stands or from his coach. After, you can work onrepparttar 150678 strike zone and making sure thatrepparttar 150679 recognition is there.

10.Keep Your Eye onrepparttar 150680 Ball

Of course, it’s crucial to watchrepparttar 150681 ball, but we try to teach kids to watchrepparttar 150682 ball with their nose instead of their eyes. For pitching, hitting, throwing and playing sports in general, keepingrepparttar 150683 head from moving is a key to success. A player can waggle his or her head more or less freely and still technically "see"repparttar 150684 ball. They just won't be able to hit or catch it. In contrast, coaching to watch with your nose trainsrepparttar 150685 head to stay still, allowingrepparttar 150686 eyes to focus. So instead, we say: “keep your nose onrepparttar 150687 ball”.

That’srepparttar 150688 list ofrepparttar 150689 10 things I hope not to hear this season. I doubt I’ll make it pastrepparttar 150690 first week, but it still sure promises to be a great year so let’s PLAY BALL!

Ken Kaiserman is the president of SportsKids.com ,a leading youth sports website featuring games, sports news, sports camp and league directories, community features, and the with over 150,000 products. Ken coaches youth football, basketball and baseball.He also serves on the local little league board of directors as well as the Park Advisory Board.

Preparation In Teeing Up The Golf Ball For The Big One

Written by George Gabriel

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I would like to thinkrepparttar third important procedure, would be to plant your feet. I don’t know how many times we have stepped intorepparttar 150617 ball and only to find out that our footing has gave away below us, especially on early mornings because ofrepparttar 150618 dew onrepparttar 150619 grass or wet weather conditions. Have you ever seen a golfer waggle at address? It may seem like a long ritual, but it works. Planting your feet wil keeprepparttar 150620 upper portion ofrepparttar 150621 body steady for a good liftoff.

The other important procedure, is keeping your head still. Have you ever watched Jack tilt his head up slightly and steering directly behindrepparttar 150622 ball, before liftoff? His head is locked into position. I’ve personally have tried lifting my head slightly. I find by doing so, it leaves a little more room for shoulders to turn freely throughrepparttar 150623 upper coil ofrepparttar 150624 body. Keeping your head steady isrepparttar 150625 key indicator as to whererepparttar 150626 clubface has to return for impact. In having a steady head will avoid a lot of guessing as to whererepparttar 150627 ball is at impact. Lock your upper portion ofrepparttar 150628 body in place by starting with a steady head and let her go!

Withrepparttar 150629 ball teed up, right direction, a steady head and feet planted,repparttar 150630 golf muscle memory will take care ofrepparttar 150631 rest.

Learned how to golf as a caddie, and played the game for 20 - 25 years. Now running a tee time site at http://www.golfanchor.net

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