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December 13, 2016

Why observation is critical to improving players and coaches

This past offseason, the San Diego Padres named Andy Green their new manager. To those outside of the baseball fraternity, and to many who are a part of it, the collective reaction was more of a “who?” than a “wow!” Shortly after the annou...


November 22, 2016

NFHS survey: High school football decline is slowing

The latest national participation survey by the National Federation of State High School Associations revealed that more kids are playing prep sports than ever before. That’s a fine achievement, but the focus continues to be on football and whether...


November 14, 2016

MLB Hall of Famer Winfield calls specialization ‘recipe for burnout’

MLB Hall of Famer Dave Winfield has some advice for youth athletes — play multiple sports. [caption id="attachment_18089" align="alignright" width="284"] MLB Hall of Famer Dave Winfield, right, calls sport specialization the "recipe for burnout....


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...


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 ...


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...


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...


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...


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...