Monday, July 30, 2018

Baseball Hitting Drills: The Bunting Cone Drill

Bunting can be an extremely useful approach in certain circumstances. Make sure you can lay down a quality bunt by practicing with this baseball hitting drill.

Find out how to setup and properly execute the bunting cone drill that can help with hand placement and bunting accuracy in different baseball situations.

Friday, July 27, 2018

Online Hitting Academy

Online Hitting Academy for players that can't come into The Baseball Barn for face to face hitting lessons - Richard Lovell-Epstein Hitting Online Academy.

A Customized Training Plan, Based on Your Specific Needs, And Managed by Your Very Own Personal Epstein Hitting Master Instructor, Rich Lovell, Will Show You How To Become the Best Hitter You Can Be!

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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Throwing Out Baserunners from the Outfield with Mike Trout

Learn to unleash your arm and keep baserunners at bay with these tips on throwing runners out from the outfield from all-star Mike Trout and DICK’S Sporting Goods. Find out how visualizing your throw and attacking the ball with momentum can help you strengthen your tosses for more a formidable defense.

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Oddities of the Week Include Bat Throws, Funny Fans

Check out the wildest plays and moments from around the league in this edition of Oddities of the Week

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Base Stealing Tips from Mike Trout

Learn how to take a lead and steal the show on the basepaths with these base running tips from DICK’S Sporting Goods. All-star Mike Trout details how to steal a base with confidence and reveals the other factors that can keep you running wild on the diamond.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Keeping the Barrel/Hands Inside the Ball

Rich Lovell discusses why and how to keep the barrel/hands inside the ball and an easy drill using an impact bag/tee and an old tee with a wooden dowel to guide you to the proper path.

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Situational Hitting Tips with Mike Trout

Learn how to tackle hitting situations for longer at-bats and higher run totals with tips from all-star Mike Trout and DICK’S Sporting Goods. Find out how approaching the plate with a game plan can help you between the base paths and in the win column this baseball season.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Warming Up Properly Helps to Prevent Injuries

In the early part of the season, it’s crucial to remember the importance of warming up, stretching, and keeping young arms healthy.

Little League® does more than any other organization to keep players safe on the field. Little League’s research has lead to the development of best practices designed to keep arms healthy, like pitch counts in baseball and inning limits in softball.

Early in the season, it’s important to make sure your Little Leaguer® gets into a routine of warming up and stretching before hitting the field. “Stretches and warm-ups should include all major muscle groups,” said Dominic Julian, Athletic Trainer and Product Developer for ACE™ Brand. “Shoulders and arms, while important, shouldn’t be the only focus for baseball and softball. Stretching the torso, back and legs are equally important.”

Stretching and Warm Up

“Stretching and warming up are important for many reasons,” said Mr. Julian. “One important is that it helps prepare muscles and joints for the activity by increasing blood flow and flexibility. Time should be dedicated to warming up and stretching prior to each practice and game so that it becomes routine.”

Mr. Julian recommends that athletes should warm up their muscles first, and follow that with stretching. The warm-up should be an aerobic activity, such as jogging, for at least 5 to 10 minutes. Stretching routines should combine static (stretch and hold position for 10-20 seconds) with dynamic stretches (movement involved).

Start at Home

Even when you’re in your backyard, warming up and stretching are important before picking up the glove. Make sure you’re incorporating a similar warm-up and stretching routine before working with your Little Leaguer at home.

According to Mr. Julian, equally important at home is ensuring that you are providing good nutrition, checking for injuries, and monitoring if your Little Leaguer is fatigued, beyond normal.

When playing catch, start at short distances before breaking out the long toss, or doing pitching drills.

One drill that is great for warming up an arm is putting your glove arm in front of you, almost like you’re holding a shield. Then, put the elbow of your throwing arm on the wrist of your glove arm, and flick the ball to your Little Leaguer. Have your child catch the ball and do the same flick back to you. Do that for 5 to 10 minutes to get your wrists and forearms warmed up before playing catch.

“Following this routine early in the season can help reduce injuries, but also help keep players feeling better and fresher as the season progresses,” said Mr. Julian.

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Friday, July 6, 2018

Gauging the Wall with Mike Trout

Learn how to make those leaping wall catches with these baseball fielding tips and tricks from baseball pro Mike Trout. Find out how to gauge your surroundings so you can better brace for impact and come up with the grab worthy of a highlight reel.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Pushing Your Hands Back...Not Good for a Short, Consistent and Powerful Swing

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Rich Lovell discusses the disadvantages caused by pushing your hands back and down from your rear shoulder/body.

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