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What Do Coaches Look For At Tryouts?

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What do coaches look for when evaluating players?
Most coaches agree that they want “five tool” players.  The five tools are raw speed, defensive ability, arm strength, hitting for average, and hitting for power.  Every coach looks for players that have all five tools or most of them since it is rare that a player possesses all the five tools.

Beyond the five tools coaches will look for the following:  attitude, strength and bodies that will develop, mental acuity and focus, and understanding of the game.  Lastly, a grade check will be performed often before tryouts to insure that the player will be eligible to play.

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Last Updated ( Tuesday, April 07 2009 10:40 )

Baseball Scoring Definitions

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Baseball Scoring Definitions


Bunt - When a batter holds the baseball bat out and tries to barely tap the ball vs. taking a full swing at the ball. The batter might do this to advance another base runner.

Count - The number of balls and strikes on a batter. For example a 3/2 (full) count means there are three balls and two strikes on the batter.

Fly ball - A baseball that is hit high into the air.

Foul ball - A baseball that is hit outside the field of fair play.

Full count - When the pitch count has 2 strikes and 3 balls. The next strike or ball will end the at bat. If the batter hits the baseball foul, then the count remains 3 and 2.

Ground ball - A baseball that is hit on the ground. Also called a "grounder".

Pinch hitter - A substitute baseball hitter.

Pinch runner - A substitute base runner.

Pitch out - A pitch that is thrown purposely away from the hitter. A pitchout is used in an attempt to throw out a runner trying to steal a base.

Hit or Single (H) -A batter is credited with a hit when he reaches first base (or any other base) safely on a ball hit into play in fair territory, after it touches the ground or a fence before being touched by a fielder, or which clears a fence, and when the fielder could not retire the batter with ordinary effort.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, December 02 2008 16:14 )

Learn Mental Fitness with Dr. Casey!

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dr_caseytopnav_01TBB Staff Psychologists Dr. Casey Cooper and Scott Schneider explain Sports Psychology and how athletes can train their minds to be tougher, more focused, and the power of positive thought.

Sports Psychologists seek to understand the impact that psychological factors have on physical performance, and the emotional influence that sports have on the athlete and family. When added to a training program, Sports Psychology can help athletes prevent problems and overcome difficulties when they occur. In this way, Psychologists specializing in this field assist athletes to achieve peak performance goals while maintaining their competitive edge. This mind and body approach helps athletes and their families with their overall growth and development. Sports Psychologists also help coaches and parents provide better support to their athletes.


Are You A Baseball Mom?

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anne_berryhill_head_shot_fitnessAn Interview With Big League Mom - Anne Berryhill

Anne Berryhill has been an involved wife and parent in baseball for much of her life. Married to major league catcher Damon Berryhill and raising two sons who played both football and baseball growing up, her experience as a "Baseball Mom" brings a wealth of knowledge to TeachingBetterBaseballTM.

Coach Corral recently sat down with Big League Mom Anne Berryhill to discuss her life as a "Baseball Mom".

Coach Corral: "Anne, what is always your biggest struggle as a ‘Baseball Mom'? "

Anne Berryhill: "February and March are interesting months for us. Ever since the beginning of our marriage, those months were always the start of baseball season. February started Big League Spring Training for my husband, and March definitely meant things were in full swing for our boys and baseball. I have always had mixed feelings about it. On the one hand, it was a beginning, a start. That always meant hope and excitement for what might be. But it also filled me with a little dread because I knew that this would be the hardest time of the year for me. "


Last Updated ( Thursday, August 20 2009 11:11 )

How Do I Keep My Child Motivated?

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A common question I hear in my practice is, what is the best source of motivation?  My child is getting burned out, but there is too much invested and their potential too great for them to leave the sport now!  This question is so important, and the answer based on a focus towards development….  NOT results!

Children are motivated by different needs throughout their development, and this can also be seen through athletic participation.  Enhancing motivation before the age of 12 is accomplished mostly with your praise and encouragement, in addition to your child’s sense of accomplishment within their sport.  After these early years, a child’s source of motivation and accomplishment can change.  This is often when parents begin to become frustrated trying to keep their child motivated to excel in their previously desired activities, including athletics and academics. 
Last Updated ( Tuesday, April 07 2009 10:43 )