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June 20, 2017

Tips for coaching outfielders

A lot of coaches don’t spend enough time on outfield defense — they just put a couple good athletes out there, hit them some fly balls and hope for the best when it’s their turn to make a play. But any team’s outfield defense can be improved...


May 16, 2017

Ohio considers extending high school baseball, softball seasons

Ohio's athletic association next month could vote on whether to extend the high school baseball and softball seasons by two weeks. [caption id="attachment_15407" align="alignright" width="268"] Photo: Kevin Hoffman[/caption] According to WCPO.c...


May 9, 2017

Fla. baseball team forfeits playoff spot over pitch count violation

A Florida high school baseball team has forfeited its playoff spot after violating new rules that regulate the number of pitches a player can throw in a single game. Bayshore High School won its Class 5A District final, 6-2, but later forfeited t...


April 27, 2017

Why playing multiple sports matters

To become an expert at something — especially in sports — conventional wisdom suggests that you dedicate yourself wholly to that sport. But while practice can make perfect, it's important for young athletes to recognize the many advantages of bra...


March 22, 2017

Baseball coaches accused of beaning hitters at practice

A pair of Tennessee high school baseball coaches are under investigation after they were accused of intentionally hitting batters with pitches during one of the team's practices. The coaches at Two Hardin Valley Academy have been placed on paid ...


March 9, 2017

Preventing baseball injuries with specific exercises

Baseball remains an extremely popular sport among youths and adolescents and will likely experience an even greater resurgence following the dramatic 2016 World Series. Baseball, however, also remains a sport that gravitates toward early specializati...


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...