The Basics Of Learning Golf

Written by Bud Bradley

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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

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