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October 7, 2016

Playing & Practicing: Why athletes can’t have one without the other

Baseball is an individual sport played within a team concept. It was that way when Abner Doubleday invented the game in 1839 and remains that way here in 2016. It’s a constant of the game’s blueprint that likely won’t ever change. What has c...

October 3, 2016

10 innovative products that are leaving their mark

Product innovations constantly change the way athletic administrators and coaches operate their programs. The trick is figuring out which new inventions best fit high schools and colleges. In Coach and Athletic Director’s second annual Innovatio...

Photo: Keith Allison, Wikimedia Commons
September 21, 2016

Yankees’ Joe Girardi: Sport specialization is concerning

Sport specialization among young athletes has many coaches concerned, and Joe Girardi is one of them. [caption id="attachment_17584" align="alignright" width="283"] Photo: Keith Allison, Wikimedia Commons[/caption] The New York Yankees manager ...

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August 8, 2016

Profane rant gets youth baseball coach banned

A California youth baseball coach has been banned by the U.S. Amateur Baseball Federation after a profanity-laced tirade toward an umpire was caught on film. [caption id="attachment_17214" align="alignright" width="278"] Screenshot via CBS 8[/capt...

Photo: Kevin Hoffman
July 12, 2016

NFHS approves restriction policy for baseball pitchers

State athletic associations will now be required to develop policies affording baseball pitchers adequate rest between appearances, according to rules adopted by the national association. [caption id="attachment_15407" align="alignright" width="2...

Former Atlanta Braves pitcher John Smoltz speaks during his induction into the Hall of Fame. | Photo: Arturo Pardavila III
July 11, 2016

HOF pitcher John Smoltz: Specialization hurts baseball

Another key figure in professional sports is speaking out against sport specialization. [caption id="attachment_16177" align="alignright" width="260"] Former Atlanta Braves pitcher John Smoltz speaks during his induction into the Hall of Fame. | P...

Photo: Kevin Hoffman
May 25, 2016

Illinois examining pitch limits in high school baseball

Illinois could join a growing number of states that are implementing pitch counts for high school baseball players, an effort to curb arm and shoulder injuries. [caption id="attachment_15407" align="alignright" width="250"] Photo: Kevin Hoffman[/c...

John Kruk | Photo: Seacrest County Day School
May 5, 2016

John Kruk to coach varsity softball at Florida high school

Former professional baseball player and three-time All Star John Kruk has agreed to coach softball at a Florida high school, according to the Naples Daily News. [caption id="attachment_15902" align="alignleft" width="185"] John Kruk | Photo: Seacr...

Players plan to name coach Rob Querry's baby boy Benjamin Smalls Querry, a nod to their favorite film, The Sandlot.
March 31, 2016

Baseball coach: ‘If we win 14 games, I’ll let you name my kid’

We enjoy highlighting the creative motivational strategies coaches use with their players, but this one might be the most daring. "If we win 14 games, I'll let you name my kid." [caption id="attachment_15706" align="alignright" width="241"] Pl...

Texas may consider whether high school baseball pitchers need to be on a mandatory pitch count. | Photo: Kevin Hoffman
March 30, 2016

Texas baseball coaches association to propose pitch count

The Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association (THSBCA) next month will propose a pitch limit to help prevent arm injuries in young athletes, The Dallas Morning News is reporting. [caption id="attachment_15702" align="alignright" width="280"] ...