The Star-Spangled Banner, our nation’s anthem, is proudly sung before each MLB baseball game – some performances more memorable than others of course. However, when looking at all of the performances throughout baseball history, it is easy to forget that our national anthem was written 200 years ago! The history of the Star-Spangled Banner in baseball is set apart from other professional sports – which may seem fitting since baseball is considered America’s pastime. What better song to represent a sport so rich in tradition than our own national anthem? Here’s a quick look at the history and fun facts More >
As baseball and fastpitch softball have evolved as sports, the equipment each player uses has evolved as well. The gloves and mitts that are used on the field are more position-specific, helping the player field or catch the ball to the best of his/her ability. However, those that are new to a position may not understand the importance of the design of the glove and just what the big differences are between each one. This goes especially for the fielders that are considering catching for the first time. If you are new to being behind the dish, here are 3 More >
As a coach, you should be interested in fun baseball drills for your team during practice. It is important, especially at a young age, to have your players go through repetitive drills to develop good mechanics and skills. But, keeping your players interested and having fun at the same time is also important. Below are fun and informative little league baseball drills that a player will learn and carry on with him throughout his playing career.
Over the years, this drill has become a classic and has come to have several variations of play. One way to play is to line More >
For those that are new to the world of Slowpitch Softball, choosing a bat may be pretty overwhelming. The length and weight ratios are different than in Baseball and Fastpitch Softball, not to mention which bats are legal in different leagues and tournaments vary. So, before making such a crucial purchase, it’s important to know the ins-and-outs for what your needs are as a player, as well as the leagues and/or tournaments you will be playing in. Hopefully, this guide can provide a little insight and make the buying process for slow pitch softball bats less complicated and confusing.
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At one point or another in every athlete’s career, he or she will be cursed with the infamous “yips” for a certain period of time. For those that are unfamiliar with the yips, the term was first introduced to describe golfers that missed short and easy putts due to high-pressure situations. Since then, the yips can be used to describe athletes of any sport that can’t complete routine actions or plays that the player used to be able to do without a problem. Some of the worst cases are seen in professional baseball and softball players.
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The consensus between doctors, coaches and parents for youth baseball pitchers is to avoid throwing the curveball – so much to the point where Little League baseball has even considered banning breaking pitches during games. The thought behind the controversial pitch is that it is too strenuous on the young arm; that these youth players cannot handle the torque and load on their elbows and shoulders without suffering injury. Sometimes serious enough to lead to the infamous “Tommy John” surgery – which replaces the Ulnar Collateral Ligament (UCL) located on the pinky-side of the elbow.
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Throughout the world, about 10% of the general population is Left-Hand dominant. This world is riddled with “Righties”, which makes reaching the Major Leagues in Baseball seem even tougher than usual should you be a “Lefty”. But looking at some of the Greatests of All-Time, Southpaws are great too. So, we decided to compile our own list to give those Lefties some love! Here are some of the greatest Lefties to ever play the game, in no particular order, split half-and-half Pitchers and Hitters.Hitters
The “Great Bambino” is argued as one of the greatest ballplayers of all-time, More >
Baseball is a game of constant hand signals, pitching signs, and silent communication between players on and off the field. One position that communicates the most among players on the team is the catcher. With the catcher standing behind home plate, he can see the entire team on the field and the entire team can see him. With this power, comes great responsibility. The catcher must be a great communicator and leader on the field. He must not only be constantly practicing catcher drills for his position, but he must also remember all the signs and signals for the team More >
With summer coming to a close, baseball and softball players find themselves creeping into the dreaded “Off-Season”. What to do during this boring, game-less time? Well, many players take advantage of the down time by breaking in a new glove for the upcoming season. With plenty of time until those cleats hit the dirt again, the off-season is ideal for softening up that brand new, stiff glove. But with this, many players, coaches and parents find themselves wondering, “What is the best way to break-in a new glove?”. Hopefully we can shed some light on this popular topic.
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If baseball is considered to be a non-contact sport, then how do over 275,000 players visit the emergency room every year for baseball related injuries? Although player to player contact is not part of the game, players can get hurt in numerous ways. Some of the most common injuries in baseball are throwing-arm strains, hip/upper-leg strains, and head/face injuries from being struck by a baseball. Luckily, there are ways to treat and prevent such injuries and drastically reduce the chances of being injured in baseball. Here’s how:
Since 2000, there has been a fivefold increase in the number of serious More >