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  1. 1. Baseball Coaching Tips | Pitching Mechanics | Pitching Video Analysis Free Baseball Article- HowTo Control The Running Game FromThe Mound Most pitchers I know don't enjoy guys stealing on them. Too many pitchers get rattled by a speedy runner on first or a team built around bunting and running. Once a pitcher gets rattled on the mound, he is done. Even in the big leagues, we often see pitchers become so consumed with trying to keep the runner close at first that they ultimately walk the batter or give him a meatball to hit. The most obvious way to control the running game is to work on the pick off move. There really isn't any excuse for a left handed pitcher to not have a good move to first base. However, too many lefties have predictable moves to first and are easy to pick up. Left handed pitchers need to utilize all of the 45 degrees that is given to him when stepping towards first. I would even suggest, going beyond the 45 degree angle because most amateur games will not have an umpire in position to really make a judgment call on the angle taken. The lefty needs to work on making that move as similar as possible to the delivery to the plate. Most good left handed pickoff moves are balks, but they really aren't unless they are called balks by the umpire. In most cases they don't make that call. The right handed pitcher needs to work on two things: quick footwork and changing the timing in the set position. Without the quick feet the right handed pitcher doesn't have a chance to pick anyone off. Along with the quickness, the pitcher needs to keep the throw to first short and quick as well. Too many pitchers throw to first base like they are throwing to the plate with a long arm motion, this extra split second makes it more difficult to catch the runner and gives him another step on the lead. Probably more important for the right handed pitcher is to change their timing on the set position in order to keep the runner from picking up on a pattern and getting a great jump. Quick pitch, hold until someone calls time, step off the rubber after a few seconds; these are all things the pitcher can do to disrupt the runners timing. The key is to be able to do this without losing the focus on the batter. The slide step (delivering the ball without lifting the leg) is another way to disrupt the running game; however, I only recommend using a slide step on either a pitchout or when you feel the runner is stealing. Too often young pitchers screw up their timing on the pitch from utilizing the slide step, in addition, velocity is lost on the fastball.
  2. 2. Baseball Coaching Tips Pitchers can implement all of these techniques to slow down the running game and remember, pitchers don't need to pick off runners to prevent baserunners from stealing. To shorten a lead by a step or cause the runner to wait ½ second longer on his break, is enough to keep runners at bay or give the catcher a chance. Free Baseball Article- Slow Runners Can Be Great Baserunners Some baseball peoplebelievethata playerneedstohave blazingspeedtobe a great baserunner. Thisis a total misconceptionamongplayersandcoaches.Baserunningisall aboutinstincts.Ilove coachingthose playerswhoalwaysknow whentotake the extrabase or what's the opportune time to take a risk.Don'tget me wrong,pure speedcan be extremelyvaluable toyourteamandverydisruptive to the opposition,butusuallythe notsofast,instinctive baserunnersare the guyswhocan make the difference inagame. How does a player become an instinctive baserunner? The answer is the same as to how one becomes an instinctive baseball player; study the game. Great baserunners know the situations and variables that go into, not only each game, but also each play. Here's a list of items instinctive baserunners consider on the base paths:  Speed of the outfielders  Arm strength of all fielders  Range of the infielders  Weather conditions (wind, rain, sun, etc.)  Your own speed  Flight of the ball  Speed of the ball  Length of the grass  Grass infield vs. dirt infield  Right-handed vs. left-handed (ball fades or hooks differently)  Direction fielder is going to field the ball  Score of the game  Inning of the game  Outs in the inning  Batter on deck I may have overlooked a few, but you get the picture. It's not all about speed; slow runners can also be great baserunners, but they'll need to study the game.
  3. 3. Pitching Mechanics Free Baseball Article- Choose the Right Baseball Camp All over the country baseball camps and clinics are popping up. These events can be as small as a dozen or so players, to as large as a few hundred kids. Camps could be of the daytime variety or may involve staying over night at a college dorm. Whatever the size or type of camp/clinic you may be seeking; there are a few things you want to be aware of before you open up your checkbook. The following camp features will guide you as a parent in making a decision about what is the right baseball camp or clinic for your child.  6:1 player to coach ratio; anything less does not give the campers enough individual attention.  At least one adult baseball coach for every college or high school player working the camp. Most camps will hire college or high school level ballplayers to help the lead instructors.  Make sure the camp has some form of insurance coverage. Injuries are inevitable; don't let those costs come out your pocket if your child happens to get injured.  Check out the facilities. Is the facility adequate in size for the number of campers expected?  Make sure you know what the camp will do in the event of rain.  Be wary of out of town organizations. There are scams out there.  Video analysis. Does the camp do any type of video analysis for its participants? This is a feature that is extremely valuable to the learning experience of the player.  Stay away from camps that have more than 100 campers. These camps often emphasize quantity over quality. Your ballplayer will receive much more individual instruction in a smaller venue. Baseball camps are great for kids. A well run camp will teach ballplayers, not only the necessary skills, but also how to respect the game. Hopefully, after your child attends a baseball camp or clinic, he'll leave as a better ballplayer and develop a greater love for the game.
  4. 4. Free Baseball Article- ConditioningMusts for Pitchers By Coach Steve Rau, Pitching Video Analysis Back in the Bob GibsonandSandyKoufax dayspitcherswere toldtostay awayfromthe weightroom due to the fearof becomingtoomuscle boundandlosingflexibility.Todaypitchersare encouragedto trainreligiouslytostayinshape,whichalsoincludeshittingthe weights.Thisdoesn'tmeantogocrazy pumpingironandcome out of the off-seasonlookinglike Arnold,butpitchersdoneedtoincorporate a conditioningprograminvolvingstrengthtrainingandaerobicexercise. The legs are the starting point for generating power and durability. Both weight training and running offer a way to build strength in the legs. Some common lifts are squats, lunges, toe raises, leg extensions, leg curls, and the leg press. These six lifts hit all of the key muscle groups in the legs. Running hills and/or steps is another way to strengthen the legs. If a player doesn't have the opportunity to go to a gym and use a treadmill or stair climber, the nearest hill or steps would accomplish the same results at no cost. Next, the abdominal region creates the maximum external rotation that transfers the energy into the arm. The abdominal muscles are very easy to develop through crunches and medicine ball rotations. You don't need any fancy equipment. Fill up a volleyball with sand and you have a medicine ball; hit the carpet in the living room to perform sets of crunches. Abs can be worked everyday, at any time in the day. Finally, it is crucial for pitchers to develop some sort of cardio routine both in season and off season. For young ballplayers, the off season conditioning can be that of playing another sport like soccer, football, or wrestling. As far as in season conditioning goes, a steady dose of sprints, comfortable jogging, and cardio-based drills would be valuable for pitchers. Pitchers need to be in shape. Losing just a couple mph's late in the game on the fastball can mean the difference between a win and a loss for the team. When a pitcher's body breaks down from exhaustion, injuries are more likely to occur, therefore, youth baseball coaches need to be very much aware of pitcher conditioning and prepare their players for the increased pitch counts that are to follow as they grow older.