3 Tips for Young Catchers on Throwing to Second Base by Kevin Hussey

by Throwing the ball as a catcher takes a very unique skill set to be successful. Catchers need to have athleticism, arm strength, and great accuracy to be able to throw successfully. Without these skills, it’s very difficult to consistently throw runners out. Here are some tips that will help young catchers with their time to second. Moving Forward A problem that most kids have is that they have a tendency to step out towards their glove side with their initial

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3 Things To Do to Overcome the Disadvantage of Attending a Small High School – Baseball Scholarship

by Steve Karp College recruiting is about time management for both the student athletes and the coaches. Coaches need to see dozens or hundreds of qualified student athletes in order to make offers to a fortunate few. The coach will probably find more qualified student athletes by looking for them in larger schools rather than smaller schools. Let’s face it, not everybody attends a large high school with 4000 or more students. But, attending a smaller school; Class S or

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Thoughts About Junior College Baseball

by by: Bob Howdeshell of High School Baseball Web  Talent is beginning to spread across a larger number of schools as top recruits are no longer strictly choosing top programs. Some examples include Albert Pujols choosing to attend Maple Woods Community College in Missouri, Aaron Rodgers attending Butte Community College in Northern California before being recruited by Jeff Tedford to UC Berkeley, Cam Newton playing at Blinn Junior College before attending Auburn, and most recently, 2011 Heisman trophy winner Robert Griffin

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BDC and Dick’s Sporting Goods $500 Giveaway

by YO BallPlayers!  BaseballDirectConnect.com is giving away 5 $100 Dick’s Gift Cards to help you have your best season ever!  Here are the rules: To be eligible for the drawing you must do the following: 1.  Retweet the Contest Announcement Tweet at least once – Each Retweet you do gets you an additional entry into the drawing. 2.  You must have a free profile on BaseballDirectConnect.com that is at least 90% Completed Contest runs from 3/3/2015 – 3/8/2015 Thanks and Good Luck from

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Projecting the Development of High School Pitchers: Training Habits Matter by Eric Cressey

by It happens every year. Inevitably, I talk to college coaches about players with whom I work, and without fail, the conversation always comes back to the question: “what type of kid is he and how hard does he work?” These are two loaded questions and they’re becoming incredibly important in the evaluation process for college coaches. Because the recruiting timeline is getting faster paced every year, coaches are dipping into increasingly younger talent pools to get commitments. This process

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College baseball is changing the ball this year to boost offense by Craig Calcaterra

by A couple of years ago college baseball changed its rules regarding bats, which in turn reduced offense considerably. Scoring and home runs are down, which is particularly notable in a sport which had long featured big offense. In response, there has been a change in the ball to boost scoring: The change on the baseball is relatively subtle: The seams have been lowered so it’s more like the one used at the professional level. Researchers found that the flat-seam ball

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Don’t Make These Recruiting Mistakes!

by David Franco at http://www.nextlevelballplayer.com There are many obstacles throughout the recruiting process that players and families struggle through across the board.  A few of the most common topics include:  How to know if you’re good enough to play D1, how to actually stand out when being scouted, how college coaches determine whom to give scholarships, how to determine which showcases are a waste of time and money (Hint: Most of them!), and others.   NOT BEING PROACTIVE IN THE RECRUITING

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The First Letter To a College Coach by Bob Howdeshell of High School Baseball Web

by The First Letter To a College Coach by: Bob Howdeshell High School Baseball Web   One of the most common questions asked of me, and the High School Baseball Web is how do I go about contacting a college coach? What do I say in the first letter? Here’s an example of what your first letter might look like. The following is an example of an introductory letter to a college baseball coach. But first let me offer a

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The State of Baseball in America

by Joey Schwartz   When I was asked to write a piece on the State of the Game in America, I immediately questioned my qualifications.  I’m not a writer.  Sure I played the game.  I did create an online recruiting service.  I watch MLB network before bed and the playoffs as much as I can.  Does that give me a doctorate in Baseball Ideology?  No.  I gathered my thoughts, fighting the anxiety of offering my opinions to those who may

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