Wednesday, April 29, 2009

My Review of Nike Men's College Football Flea Flicker Hoodie

Baseball Express

Nike Men's College Football Flea Flicker Hoodie

Heavyweight fleece hoodie with team logo applied on center chest and embroidered team wordmark on the center front of hood. Embroidered Swoosh logo on left shoulder. MP3 player pocket on left sleeve with inside headphone cord outlet. 1...

Better than you can imagine

Jared the baseball player Greenfield IN 4/29/2009


4 5

Sizing: Feels too large

Length: Feels too long

Sleeve Length: Feels too long

Pros: Stylish, Comfortable, Versatile, Washes Well, Great Color

Best Uses: Casual Wear

Describe Yourself: Classic

This hooded sweatshirt is high quality and can be worn casually or as outdoor workout gear. We've had it for almost six months now and it looks the same as the day we got it. It's still our favorite sports-related jersey.


Wednesday, September 17, 2008

From a Coach to the Parents:

This fall, I've been helping with a Fall League Prospect team. I was shocked at the lack of defensive skills. They didn't make an inordinate number of errors but they didn't make very many plays either. They didn’t know how to properly start or turn DP’s. I don’t think I saw anyone go to his backhand, field the ball, plant and throw. I have yet to see an infielder charge a ball and throw on the run. The outfielders took bad angles to balls and couldn't go back on flies.

Why is this? I contend that although parents spend thousands of dollars on private hitting and pitching instruction, they don’t get defensive instructions. Everyone is told when the kids are young, they must be allowed to play all the positions but none of them learn how to play “A” position. No one has taken them to a field and hit hundreds of balls to them at “A” position. No one has shown them proper techniques on various different situations that arise and then drilled them. You probably have all the knowledge necessary to teach any player ALL the defensive skills necessary at each position. I have taken our son to the field and hit him dozens of balls at shortstop. He did reps on each kind of play, to his right, to his left, charging and throwing on the run, starting and turning DP’s. If he started booting a few we would start over fielding simple 2-hoppers to regain confidence. Never practice failure. At the end of a session, I would tell him to feel free to “put some mustard” a few. By this I meant to be creative and “hot dog” a few. This is fun and what is important isn’t that proper mechanics be utilized, but that sometimes the play must be made as the circumstances dictate. This might mean a whirling 360 on a ball fielded way up the middle, a leaping “Jeter” in the hole or a flip behind the back to start the DP on a chop up the middle fielded in front of the bag. These plays were seldom ever called for in games but they are FUN to practice!

BTW, you are going to need a fungo bat to hit your young ballplayer quality defensive reps. Stop using his 29 inch bat! You are denting an expensive bat and look like a dork!

Catching skills are particularly important. Spend the time to help your young ballplayers to be quality defensive players. Seek out the knowledge necessary to train your young ballplayer in all the skills of the game.

There is more to defense than just catching the ball. He must make PLAYS!

Monday, July 21, 2008

NOT the finish ...

... but just a mile completed in our players' marathon.

The 12U Bandits completed their 2008 season in tremendous fashion last weekend in the Cincinnati World Series. They entered the Championship Bracket undefeated (3-0) and barely missed moving onto the Championship game in a loss to a Goliath-sized team.

That seemed representative of their whole season in that, although they didn't always match up to the best of the best, they made great strides over where the team has been in years past.

I'm sorry to use this phrase again, but remember - it's a marathon, not a sprint. And no college recruiter ever asks or looks at a player's resume to see how their 12-year old team did.

Players - trust me, you are at the head of your age group regarding your baseball playing knowledge and ability. And for that, your coaches and parents are so very proud!

Stay in "the race," and we will see you at next month's 13U Bandits tryouts.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Called because of rain?

Well, yes, some of this past weekend's games were called because of rain.
But thanks to many dedicated individuals, the Bandit Yard Summer Heat Tournament was saved and produced some fun and outstanding games with the Wells County Hawks taking home the first place trophy in the 12U Division (check with Coach Christopher of the 9U Bandits for their Division winner).
If you were there, we hope you enjoyed your experience!

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

What do you think?

In the middle of the season (as every pitcher's ability is being tested), the below comments came across my computer.
What do you think?
Everyone is looking for a magic pill to keep young pitchers from hurting their arm. The current voodoo answer is “pitch counts” and “don’t throw the curveball.” Well, Dun S, Loftice J, Fleisig GS, Kingsley D, and Andrews JR. of the American Sports Medicine Institute, Birmingham, Alabama have done a study that puts that myth to bed.

A Biomechanical Comparison of Youth Baseball Pitches: Is the Curveball Potentially Harmful?

BACKGROUND: The curveball has been anecdotally considered as a dangerous pitch among youth pitchers, especially for their ulnar collateral ligaments. No biomechanical studies have been conducted among youth pitchers comparing different types of pitches. HYPOTHESIS: The kinetics of the baseball throw varies significantly between the fastball, curveball, and change-up for youth pitchers. Kinematic and temporal differences are also expected. STUDY DESIGN: Controlled laboratory study. METHODS: Twenty-nine youth baseball pitchers (age, 12.5 +/- 1.7 years) pitched 5 fastballs, 5 curveballs, and 5 change-ups with maximum effort in an indoor laboratory setting. Data were collected with a 3-dimensional motion analysis system. Kinetic, kinematic, and temporal parameters were compared among the 3 pitches. RESULTS: For elbow varus torque, shoulder internal rotation torque, elbow proximal force, and shoulder proximal force, the fastball produced the greatest values, followed by the curveball and then the change-up. The fastball also produced the greatest elbow flexion torque. Shoulder horizontal adduction torque and shoulder adduction torque were the least for the change-up. Several differences in body segment position, velocity, and timing were also found. CONCLUSIONS: In general, elbow and shoulder loads were the greatest in the fastball and least in the change-up. Kinematic and temporal differences were also found among the 3 pitch types. CLINICAL RELEVANCE: The curveball may not be more potentially harmful than the fastball for youth pitchers. This finding is consistent with recent epidemiologic research indicating that amount of pitching is a stronger risk factor than type of pitches thrown.Now how about pitch count? Some people think that if a young pitcher throws less than a certain number of pitches in a game he is safe. Let’s say he is limited to 50 pitches. But then he throws 50 on Tuesday, pitches for an hour with his private instructor Wednesday, throws 50 on Thursday, 50 on Saturday and sucks it up on Sunday to help win the tournament championship and his arm hurts. How can that be (he doesn’t throw a curve and is only allowed to throw 50 pitches)?

A SEC pitching coach has come up with an interesting formula to protect pitchers’ arms. Multiply the pitcher’s age by 100. That is the maximum number of pitches a pitcher should throw in a year. So if he is 12, he can only throw a maximum of 1200 pitches in a year. He can throw 80 pitches a game if he doesn’t tire, but let him rest for a week between starts. He can pitch 15 times in a year. He can throw curveballs. His arm should be fine. Having said that, understand that throwing overhand is an unnatural motion for the human body. It places strains on the arm and shoulder and stuff can happen. But if you follow that formula, you will minimize the risk.

Friday, May 30, 2008


Webster's Dictionary defines maximize as making the most of an opportunity or situation.

After a lackluster performance a couple of nights ago, we had our doubts about our chances against last night's impressive opponent - kind of a David against Goliath scene - even on our home field.

But our pitching and hitting especially shined and met the challenge, and we managed to turn a tie game in the bottom of the last inning with two on and two out into a great victory - definitely one for the memory books!

Focus and confidence highlight ability and performance on any given game!

Thanks to the team!