Sunday, October 29, 2017

Hey Blue! -Umpiring Myths and Truths


MYTH - The batter cannot be called out for interference if he is in the batters box. 

TRUTH - The batter's box is not a safety zone. A batter could be called out for interference if the umpire judges that interference could or should have been avoided. 

Official Rules of Major League Baseball - Rules: 2.00 INTERFERENCE, 6.06©

Thursday, October 26, 2017

5 Ways To Improve Your Offensive Game During The Off-Season


1. USING A TEE or Other Hitting Aid With A Stationary Ball - Impact/Punching Bag, backspin tee, Swing-Away, etc, but remember to slow your swing down to work on the movement, not on your power...yet.

2. LEARN TO TAKE A LEAD Base running can be just as important an offensive weapon as hitting. Often times taking an extra base can be the difference between a win and a loss in a close game. During the winter, all that's needed for this drill is one bag. Players can then learn to practice taking their leads. A good base runner eventually knows exactly how large of a lead to take without being picked off. Players should learn to get comfortable with their leads off the base without having to look back as they are moving off. Learning how to take a lead can eventually lead to taking that extra base, or scoring the winning run.

3. READING SIGNS AS YOU RUN The key to good base running is never looking down. One way to learn how to properly run without looking is to find a long hallway, or path. Pick out some sort of sign located farther down the hallway/path and start running while never peeling your eyes off the sign. This drill helps players keep their eyes up at all times and have more of an awareness of what's going on around them. In time, they'll learn to follow the signs of their base coaches with their eyes as well.

4. LEARNING TO KEEP THE BAT INSIDE THE BALL (attack from the inside) This drill incorporates the use of a bat and anything that can be set up between the player and the plate and easily moved. Start by placing the object, a tee or pool noodle, just behind the trail foot and at the point of the plate. As you become better at not hitting the object, move it close to the inside part of the plate towards you and slightly in front of your trail foot. See a demonstration on my YouTube Channel: https://youtu.be/m7EzMrnj7Mk

5. SIMPLY USING A MIRROR It may sound silly, but practicing your swing in front of a mirror can yield great benefits. As mentioned above, proper repetition is an important component to developing a proper and effective swing. By practicing a swing in front of a mirror, hitters can quickly find flaws and work to correct them.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Little League & Softball News


Little League® International has assembled an online resource page dedicated to baseball bat information, that includes the latest bat information, current Little League Baseball rules and regulations governing bats, definition of terms, the moratorium on the use of composite bats, and a series of frequently asked questions, with answers and licensed bat lists.

Please note that as of January 1, 2018, the new USA Baseball Bat Standard will be implemented. Little League-approved baseball bats that are approved for use for the 2017 season will no longer be acceptable for use in any Little League game or activity starting on January 1, 2018. For more information on the USABat standard and a complete list of bats approved through the USABat Standard, visit usabat.com.

Note on Softball Bats: The composite moratorium only applies to baseball bats with 2 1/4 inch barrels. It DOES NOT apply to any divisions of Little League Softball. Also, there is no list of approved softball bats. In softball, the bat only needs to meet the specifications of Rule 1.10 for a softball bat.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Random MLB Facts You Never Knew


Dave Winfield Traded for Expensive Dinner

In late August 1994, MLB was over two weeks into a strike that interrupted the season. Just before the waiver trade deadline expired, the Minnesota Twins traded aging outfielder/designated hitter Dave Winfield to the Cleveland Indians for a player to be named later.

Two weeks after the trade, on Sept. 14, the rest of the 1994 season was canceled, so Winfield never played for the Indians that season, and no player was ever named in exchange.

Later on, executives from both the Indians and Twins got together for a dinner, with Indians' execs picking up the dinner tab, making Winfield the only player in MLB history ever traded for a five-star meal.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Private Camps 2017


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Hitting Camps can accommodate teams, individuals and small, semi-private groups

Email Rich Lovell if you have any questions

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Top 10 Home Runs of the Week


Francisco Lindor's grand slam sparks the Indians' comeback and a big fly from Bryce Harper highlight MLB.com's Top 10 Home Runs of the Week

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Rhythm and Tempo - Why is it Important?


Rich Lovell discusses the importance of rhythm and tempo with not only experienced players, but introducing it to younger players for Development...

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Thursday, October 5, 2017