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To end the calendar year we wanted to highlight our top hitting articles of 2019. We have been putting out content since 2011 and this year was our best year yet. And we have you to thank! This top five list features the most read articles by baseball parents in 2019.
My oldest son, Bryant, is now playing his first year of Little League baseball. He’s almost six, so he’s in machine pitch and loving every second of it. We’ve had some funny conversations and happenings already in this season, and I wanted to use this platform to share those with you.
On his second practice, his team decided to ‘rent out’ a ‘really nice facility in Durham’. So in walks 12 five to six-year-olds for practice. Bryant is obviously super pumped that practice is at ‘Baseball Business’ and can’t wait to start.
They decided to do some catching and throwing first, and Bryant decided to catch with his face and not his glove. Thankfully, that was the only blood flowing injury of the day. He was back out there three minutes later after we cleaned off the blood in the bathroom.
It is a little league rule that all players must wear a cup. I was trying to explain this to Bryant and I could tell he was more than confused. I told my wife I’d take him to get a cup when I got off work. So of course, she went ahead and took him to get a cup herself...
As a player, ask yourself why you play the game. As a parent ask yourself why your kid plays the game, do they play because you make them? Is their goal to someday play in the big leagues one day? Or just wants to play once or twice a week because their friends do? The bottom line is taking ownership.
Find what motivates you and then plan your goals accordingly. If you don’t want to put in the extra time then you’re not allowed to be upset about your poor performance. If your goal is to have fun, I can assure you that if you practice and get better you will have more fun.
When hitters get introduced to the Rebel's Rack for the first time, there usually is slight hesitation. "How can a red bar teach me how to hit?" I'm sure is the first thought that crosses their mind. But once they buy-in and learn the movement progression, something awesome happens...
This past weekend, Tyler Zupcic and I were fortunate enough to be at the Baseball Youth All-American Games in South Carolina. The event has players from all over the country playing with each other over a weekend tournament. It’s a fun event! Part of the ‘festivities’ is a Home Run Derby.
Our booth was happened to look right out to the Home Run Derby field so we got a first-hand view of all the hitters. One hitter, in particular, stood out, but not for a good reason.
Every other hitter got their names announced before they went to the plate. Johnny Smith! Tyler Johnson! Sammy Miller! But this one 10u hitter didn’t get his real name announced, he simply went by “Big Dawg”. I was cracking up. This kid had swagger. He was also one of the bigger kids in his age group so he definitely lived up to the name.
Unfortunately, Big Dawg stepped up to the plate and laid an absolute goose egg. Zero home runs. He struggled to make contact. It was objectively and subjectively not a good round for Big Dawg...
In my years as a Private instructor, travel ball coach and even as a player, "politics" in sports is something that is unavoidable. Although this is a part of most teams, is this really why your child isn’t getting the playing time they and you think they deserve?
We hear it from parents a lot here at Baseball Rebellion that their child isn't playing because of 'politics' on the team. Well, today you're going to learn ways to help your child break the barrier and get themselves on the field. Here are some reasons why your child isn't playing and ways that they can improve that.
Most travel ball teams are coached by volunteer dads who have minimal playing experience or none at all. These parents give up their free time to help manage the team when they play and practice and should be appreciated no matter what...
Over the years I have found that many young athletes lack the ability to be coachable. Not only is this important for an athlete's career but in life itself. "Coachability" is being able to take what is being taught from your instructor or coach and applying it to yourself. It is having a mindset that there is always room for growth physically and mentally.
Athletes must understand that they have to be able to accept constructive criticism. This creates an environment for success. Being coachable is a tool that can be applied to anyone who is willing to listen, learn, and apply new ways to help them unlock their full potential as a hitter.
Natural talent ability will only take you so far before you or your players begin to plateau or becomes outmatched by their competitors. If your goal is to play beyond high school, the time is now to lay the foundation of skills and mechanics to do so...