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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 you 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...


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...


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...


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...