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March 5, 2018

Baseball/Softball: Setting the infield defense

Having played shortstop for more than 50 years and having coached fast-pitch softball for 18 years at the summer, high school and college levels, it always surprises me when I watch teams defensively play every hitter the same — straight up in the ...

February 6, 2018

New York passes mercy rule for high school baseball

New York's athletic association this month approved a new mercy rule for high school baseball that will go into effect during the upcoming season. The rule states that any game with a 10-run deficit will be ended after five innings. The New York ...

January 25, 2018

Cultivating a team identity

For four years as a player and another six as a coach at Rutgers University, “play all nine innings” was a consistent theme under our hall of fame head coach, Fred Hill. It wouldn’t be until years later, when I had my own clubs as a minor leagu...

January 8, 2018

9 effective teaching methods for coaches

Productive coaches spend 75 percent of their time teaching the sport to their players, and the other 25 percent of the time coaching. With younger athletes, this gap increases with teaching becoming more important. The problem is that many coaches...

December 27, 2017

Football still far and away most popular sport among high school boys

More than one million American boys played high school football in 2016-17. While it is still the most played sport among boys, participation decreased by more than 23,000 players from the previous year. (See chart at bottom of page.) Data compile...

November 27, 2017

Cubs star Anthony Rizzo donates $150K for high school ballpark

The ballpark at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida is in dire need of repairs, and one of its most famous alumnus is lending a hand. [caption id="attachment_25231" align="alignleft" width="263"] Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizz...

August 15, 2017

Lawsuit claims benching player was equivalent to bullying

A lawsuit filed by a former California high school baseball player claims that being benched by his coach was the equivalent of bullying. Robbie Lopez and his parents are seeking at least $150,000 in the lawsuit against Lopez's former coach, Gabri...

July 11, 2017

Former MLB player Coco Crisp accepts high school coaching job

Former professional baseball player Coco Crisp has reportedly accepted a job coaching high school baseball in southern California. [caption id="attachment_24327" align="alignright" width="241"] Coco Crisp in 2007 as a member of the Boston Red Sox....

June 20, 2017

Baseball/Softball: Tips for coaching your 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...