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Throwing Practice- Not Warming Up!!

If you go to any little league baseball complex and observe pre-game warmups, you may see a group of 12 players playing more fetch than catch.  Inaccurate throws and uncommitted catching result in sloppy games of catch, leading to inconsistent play on the field in practices and games.

We learn quickly in college and professional baseball how important our throwing practice is to our performance on the field.  Establishing solid routines during our throwing practice is where we learn how to be consistent with our throwing mechanics, improve arm strength and make accurate throws on the field.

There are many different throwing programs that will work for the youth and high school athlete, but the structure or routine, used consistently is the key to success.  Each player must take on the philosophy of building mechanics every day during the throwing practice.  It is not a “warm up”, but an opportunity to practice mechanics and prepare for strong throws and catches in the game.  

Below is a sample throwing practice that can be used at the beginning of practice or pre-game warmup. —READ MORE


Absolutes of a Great Swing

If you watch baseball games from little league to the major leagues, you see that hitters have a wide variety of stances from which to hit.  However, there are many common denominators in all good hitters.  Stances may be different, but the similarities in the moving parts of the swing are “non-negotiable” if a player wants to give himself the best chance to be a good hitter.

Below you will find guidelines for the proper stance and swing.  Also keep in mind that every player’s body is different and interprets movement patterns differently.  Therefore, every swing will not look exactly the same.  Use the following as a checklist but also understand that slight variations from these guidelines are accepted. —Read More


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