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  1. I'm partial to Louisville Slugger Products. My son has a TPX Response, and we've been very satisfied with it. It seems to be a lively bat, and has the "sting stop" technology built into it. I also find it somewhat of an endorsement that both teams in the finals of the CWS were using TPX bats exclusively.
  2. My son is a hard thrower, and throws strikes, but we're playing travel ball, and there are quite a few of these kids who will kill a good fastball if it's down the middle. I'd like to teach him to locate his pitches so he doesn't have to depend on speed. I think it will be easier on his arm, and give him more success. Does anyone know of any drills, philosophies, etc.. on how to accomplish this. He's age 9 about to turn 10
  3. I guess that makes sense. It might help with follow through and increase arm strength some. I've heard "through the grapevine of course" that a couple of teams using this drill have seen dramatic improvement in how hard they hit the baseball.
  4. I've heard 2 or 3 people mention hitting a basketball off a tee as a hitting drill. What is the purpose of this, and has anyone used this drill?
  5. Take the high road! Do what's right for the kids. Later on down the road, they will appreciate it, and remember it. It may take some time, but you will have the last laugh.
  6. Seems to me like you've got a real problem here. Unfortunately the only way to handle it is to be open and firm. If you want to coach the team you have to be assertive enough to let your assistant know that this is your team, and you appreciate her input but that you will make the final decisions regarding practice structure, playing time, etc... As for trouble with the parents, welcome to coaching.... you will never be able to satisfy multiple sets of parents who all think their kid is the next Chipper Jones. Do what you think is best, and make sure you are as fair and impartial as possible. That's all you can do.
  7. A similar trick I've used is keeping Corn meal in the bottom of the ball bucket at all times. Every practice turn the bucket upside down and shake. Change the cornmeal about once every 3 weeks. It removes all moisture from the balls. Works well.
  8. I'm looking for answers. My 9U kids can hit fine in practice, but when we get in the game they can't get it done. I've always been against letting the other kids pitch in BP because of the wear & tear on arms. I'm at a loss. The kids mechanics are not flawed, at least not fatally, but they seem to fall apart against a pitcher with any speed.
  9. We do the same thing. It adds to the excitement of practice, and it keeps the kids interested. As for improving it, there's not much you can do. I like the whole team vs the parents idea. It let's the team work on defensive situations as a whole.
  10. I've had numerous parents of an all-star team I coached approach me and ask if there was some way we could keep the team together and play. I'm not interested in traveling great distances to play every weekend, but I'd like to do this if it's possible. Our current park is associated with Pony Baseball, and we hate it! There are only about 8 parks in AL that play Pony Baseball and we want better competition. Does anyone have any suggestions?
  11. As a coach for several years now, and a parent, I see both sides of this argument. I think in these situations, the safety of the player can often be overlooked. If a child doesn't have the skills, or attention span to play positions safely, particularly the infield, that has to be taken into consideration. However, if the coach is doing a proper job, he is working on the complete set of fundamentals with all the players on the team during practice. I try my very best to make a complete player out of everyone on my team. As for winning & losing, contrary to what the "do-gooders" would have you believe, life is about winning & losing, success, and failure. We have tried so hard to shelter our kids from reality that they have no coping skills. It's my belief that this is a major cause of teen violence, etc... Kids today are sheltered from disappointment; then when they can't be sheltered as a teen, or young adult, they have no idea how to cope. In summary! work with your child outside the team environment and reinforce what the coach is teaching them. Use the opportunity to play other positions as a motivator to improve. It will serve them well not only in baseball, but in life!!!!
  12. I'm desperate for clear facemasks for batting helmets. All my kids (7&8) complain they can't see the ball through the facemasks on the helmets. Any ideas?
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