Here are the top rated USA Baseball Bats for 2018

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  There was a lot of angst over the new bat standard applied by USA Baseball in 2018. Many of the youth players that I know were concerned about these new bats having less pop than the previous youth bats. While they do, by definition, have less bounce than their counterparts, there are still some great USA Baseball bat models that don’t feel deadened. I’ve chosen three USA Bats that have garnered rave reviews online. They also happen to be three bats that I’ve heard only positive feedback on from hitters that I train. Users report that all three of …

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What is Exit Velocity and How Do You Measure It?

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  If you’re involved in the game of  baseball as a player, coach, parent or fan, then there is no doubt that you have heard the term “Exit Velocity” in recent years. But what is exit velocity? There is often confusion as to the exact meaning of the term. In this article we will clear that up for you, as well as show you how to measure exit velocity, why you would want to measure it, and what is the average exit velocity by age.   What is Exit Velocity?   Exit velocity in baseball is the speed the ball …

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How to Increase Exit Velocity When Hitting: 5 Quick Tips

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  How to Increase Exit Velocity When Hitting   Similar to the way throwing velocity has been used as a benchmark for evaluating pitchers for decades, coaches and scouts are now using exit velocity as a metric for assessing hitters’ ability and chance for success at the next level. In fact, most division-1 college coaches will not even consider looking at a position player unless his exit velocity is 90 MPH or higher. Whether or not you think this is the best way to evaluate a player, you have to admit one thing, exit velocity is now an important metric …

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Learn How to Hit Better in Baseball Games with These 5 Unique Tips

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  They’re called the “Five O’Clock Hitter.” That’s the type of player who routinely tears it up in batting practice, only to struggle at the plate when it is game time. As a longtime hitting instructor I’ve heard this so many times…”well his swing looks great and he kills it in the cage, but he’s still struggling in the games.” So how is it possible for someone who has such a good looking swing and dominates in practice to struggle in a game setting? Usually it has to do with a lack of preparation.  Get prepared, and learn how to …

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This is the Best Deal on Baseballs…PERIOD

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  If you’re a coach, facility or organization owner, or a serious baseball player or parent, you know that baseballs are not cheap. The cost of baseballs seems to have risen quite a bit over the past 5 to 10 years. If you are someone who is going to be buying a lot of baseballs for your players and teams to use for practice, you’re probably looking for a great deal on a quality ball. It is hard to find, but not impossible. And you don’t need to resort to buying those synthetic leather “Official League” balls that we all …

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These are the Best Baseball Gloves for Kids age 10 and Under

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If you have a Tee Ball player or Little Leaguer at home, like I do, then you know most are just beginning to learn how to catch a baseball. Kids 10 and under have minimal grip strength and dexterity with their non-dominant hand. Add the weight and awkwardness of a glove, and it can get ugly sometimes!  For tips and drills for teaching your beginner to catch a baseball, you can read our article on the subject here. The best baseball gloves for kids who are just beginning their baseball journey are the light-weight, flexible youth models that, lucky for …

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Here are the Top 5 Best Baseball Batting Tees on the Market

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  The batting tee is an essential tool for every baseball player. Not only is it a great tool for the beginner to hone their skills, experienced players (even Major League players) use batting tees on a daily basis. It is simply the best tool for working on the mechanics of your swing. The selections we’ve chosen all have great reviews and offer some fantastic features. Here’s the list of our choices for the Top 5 Best Baseball Batting Tees on the Market…   #5 Schutt Batting Tee   Let me start off by saying that while rubber batting tees are …

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WAIT! Read This Before You Start a Weighted Baseball Throwing Program

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  Weighted baseballs are not a new phenomenon, in fact training with weighted balls is almost as old as the game of baseball itself. However, the high-intent, extreme weighted baseball velocity training programs that have become the pitching craze of late are relatively new. Obviously it takes a considerable amount time and energy to conduct proper research and organize a formal study on a new type of training regimen. Weighted baseball velocity programs have essentially been operating ahead of the data and research. Within the last couple years, an independent group of baseball medical researchers, ASMI, conducted a study on …

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Baseball 101: What is a Grand Slam in Baseball?

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If you’re new to the game of baseball, or coaching for the first time, then you’re probably wondering what a lot of the new terms and sayings you’re hearing mean. With our Baseball 101 series, we’re here to help.   Today’s Baseball 101 question is: What is a Grand Slam in baseball?   A Grand Slam is a bases loaded home run. In other words, it is when a batter hits a home run while all of the bases are occupied. When a batter hits a grand slam his team scores 4 runs. This is the highest scoring play possible …

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Baseball 101: What is a Fungo and Why do Coaches Use Them?

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If you’re new to the game of baseball, or coaching for the first time, then you’re probably wondering what a lot of the new terms and sayings you’re hearing mean. With our Baseball 101 series, we’re here to help.   Today’s Baseball 101 question is: What is a fungo and why do coaches use them? A fungo is a light-weight bat that baseball coaches use to during practice. It is used to hit balls to players to work on their fielding. Fungo bats are most often longer and skinnier than a typical baseball bat. The most common lengths of fungo …

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