Youth Baseball Talk – Podcast

Youth Baseball Talk – Podcast

    I have a new favorite podcast called Youth Baseball Talk with Jim Cromer. One day while scrolling through iTunes I decided to look for a podcast related to a subject I think about everyday, youth baseball. I found Jim Cromer’s Youth Baseball Talk and gave it a listen. The intro music began (John Fogerty’s Centerfield – the best baseball song ever, right) and I was hooked. If you are the parent of a young ball player,…

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CSUN Head Coach Greg Moore Answers This One Question For Parents and Players

CSUN Head Coach Greg Moore Answers This One Question For Parents and Players

Over the past few months, I have reached out to NCAA and NAIA head baseball coaches and asked one question that has intrigued me for some time. The response to this question has been tremendous and some times even stunning. Over 100 coaches have provided their perspective to my question. As I am compiling their answers, I wanted to share one response from current head coach at California State University Northridge, Greg Moore. Coach Moore…

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His College Recruiting Secrets Will Surprise You — My Interview with CSUSM Pitching Coach Hause

His College Recruiting Secrets Will Surprise You — My Interview with CSUSM Pitching Coach Hause

  When I reached out to Coach Hause and asked if he’d be willing to sit down for a chat about youth baseball he replied immediately and said he’d do anything he could to help. Coach Hause is the pitching coach for California State University San Marcos, which gained NCAA status last summer and was recently approved for Div II candidacy. He is one of the best and most knowledgeable pitching coaches in the region, known for…

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Why Young Pitchers Should Learn A Changeup

Why Young Pitchers Should Learn A Changeup

Okay, I know it is not as entertaining as a nasty curveball. Batters won’t bail, duck and swing like a corkscrew out of the box.  Most fans in the stands won’t ooh and aah when they see it. It is not widely used especially in youth baseball.  It takes time to learn a grip that works and most of all, trust it.  But, done right…it is awesomely nasty!  It is the changeup. Lefty has been working…

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MLB Announces “Pitch Smart”

MLB Announces “Pitch Smart”

USA Baseball and MLB team up to help young players reduce arm injuries by providing a comprehensive resource for safe pitching practices. Pitch Smart – A series of practical, age-appropriate guidelines to help parents, players and coaches avoid overuse injuries and foster long, healthy careers for youth pitchers. Baseball is a safe game to play at all ages, but research has shown that pitching too much — particularly at a young age — can increase…

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Butch Thompson Explains Future Of Pitching

Butch Thompson Explains Future Of Pitching

  Interesting pitching philosophy by coach Butch Thompson at Mississippi State.  He believes that using more pitchers during a game not only gives every pitcher a key role but also creates a more effective staff late in the year instead of suffering from dead arms. By LOU PAVLOVICH, JR. Editor/Collegiate Baseball (From Feb. 21, 2014 issue of Collegiate Baseball) MISSISSIPPI STATE, Miss. — Pitching coaches have always utilized different strategies to maximize the pitching talent they…

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Hitting Slump? Try Humming a Tune.

Hitting Slump?  Try Humming a Tune.

All baseball players go through a time when they are not performing up to their usual level. Slumps can be very frustrating and confusing. Mets third baseman David Wright once said “When you’re in a slump, you go to bed at night and you lie there and your mind is racing and you think about everything imaginable: your bat model … your bat size … your pitch selection … how you are wearing your pants, but when you’re…

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Don’t Got Milk? Throw a Baseball!

Don’t Got Milk?  Throw a Baseball!

I knew baseball was great sport, but I didn’t realize the benefit you get from throwing the ball around.  In a recent article on abcc.net.au, Bianca Nogrady wrote how Exercise during youth builds strong bones for life. She refers to a study by a team of researchers with members from the U.S. and Australia that found that people who exercise when young tend to increase the size and strength of their bones, which appears to make for lifelong benefits. In…

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