The Best of BR – A Midyear Review

Written By: Tyler Zupcic

In honor of the year 2019 and the MLB reaching their halfway points we wanted to breakdown our most popular articles, in every category so far in 2019. Click the categories below to read more!

Hitting

Ride-the-rail

Turn the Body First

First, before you do ANYTHING with the upper body, the lower body and torso must rotate properly. That means the stride needs to be correct and the focus is preparing to turn the body and time the ball with the turn. Once those things are completely correct, we turn the focus to the upper body and hand path that creates deep barrel turn.

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Pitching- Softball

Fastball is Important for Softball

Current Collegiate Pitchers & the Fastball

Everybody wants to talk about the curveball and the rise ball, but during the NCAA tournament this year, you may have heard a somewhat unfamiliar term in softball. The fastball is making a comeback in our game, but did it ever really leave? Let's take a look at some headliners in college softball that still utilize their fastball.

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Pitching- Baseball

Identifying Slider Spin

Does your son or daughter have slider spin when throwing a fastball? A common problem in youth baseball is not informing kids that slider spin on a fastball is not ideal for throw/pitch efficiency.  How can you identify if your son or daughter has slider spin on the ball in their throws? The first thing is knowing what you are looking for when you're playing catch in the backyard.

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Fielding

Who’s On First?

When I say First Basemen the first thing that comes to mind is a big power hitter who just has to catch the ball thrown to them. However, when taking a deeper look at the highest levels of Baseball/Softball, those days are over. The defensive intricacies of playing first base are far more detailed than what meets the eye.

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Parents

A Year of Firsts

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.

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Coaches

Think Before You Teach

This article is for all youth coaches if you can't tell by the title. It is a simple and direct message that applies to those coaches who think it is necessary to change kids without explaining why or what they are telling the player to do.

The coaches I am referring to are not out to hurt the kids or make them perform worse. It just so happens that the things that were taught to them at a young age do not work to optimize youth players in today's game. There is too much information and too much accessible technology out there for coaches not to research it.

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Team

Pre-game throwing progressions

Game Day Preparation for Baseball & Softball Players

What is one thing players do before every game at every level? They play catch with a partner. But are they doing it correctly, or is it just mindless throwing back and forth? As a coach or parent, one of the best things you can do for player development from 9u baseball/softball and up is giving them a plan for their throwing.

We want to make this easy on our readers and provide them with a throwing program that they can give their players before every game. We know space and time are limited on the weekend baseball circuit and we want to be a part of making your players better.

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