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Calling Pitches Should Be A Team Effort

For many years we have enjoyed the debate over who should call pitches – pitchers, catchers, or coaches. Baseball is a team game. Pitching and catching are arguably the most difficult positions to master. Throwing the ball and receiving the ball require unique skills and mental disciplines. When, where, how, and why to throw a.. read more →

15 Dec 2014
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Water or Energy Drinks?? OR Beetroot juice!?!?

For years we have expressed that water, for baseball players, is better than sports drinks. With the exception of the pitcher and catcher most baseball players don’t exert massive amounts of energy. They don’t burn calories as a soccer or basketball player would. With the rise of “energy” drinks like Red Bull, 5 hour Energy,.. read more →

11 Dec 2014
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Use Video To Help Improve Over The Winter

JC Video Systems, Inc. is a digital video analysis system that is absolutely magnificent. Whether the images are taken by video camera, iPhone, iPad, or GoPro the system is easy to use, portable, and very useful. Visit the App Store on your iPhone or iPad to download JC Video’s Digital Mirror Mobile. Back in 2002.. read more →

08 Dec 2014
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Darth Vader’s Best Coaching Technique

Tom Hanson is one of the best Sport Psychologists in the game today. He earned his Ph.D. in sport psychology from the University of Virginia. His career highlights include: Full-time Performance Enhancement director for the New York Yankees Performance Enhancement Consultant for the Texas Rangers Performance Enhancement services for Anaheim Angels & Minnesota Twins Head.. read more →

05 Dec 2014
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What Is The Most Dangerous Position in Baseball?

Is it the Catcher? No. Third Base? Guess again. A pitcher in the aluminum bat world? Close! All equally dangerous, but there is one more that is much more likely to injure players and coaches!……..It’s the pitcher/thrower tossing BP behind the L screen. It has been our direct experience that the most severe accidents that.. read more →

01 Dec 2014
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Q: Why don’t more high school players play college ball?

A: Because they act like high school players. 3% of High School players move on to play in college. College players are different. It is your job as a high school student athlete to find out what different things college players do. Go visit a college practice. College coaches by nature want to compare you.. read more →

24 Nov 2014
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The Difference Between Trying And Doing

Recently Jeff attended a Platform Conference in Colorado Springs. At the conference one of the keynote speakers was Michael Hyatt. Recently on Michael’s blog he spoke about the difference between trying and doing. For many years John, Jeff, and Pat have spoken to players that “trying” really only leaves the door open for failure and.. read more →

19 Nov 2014
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Take The Time To Find The Problem

Accuracy is everything in pitching. So many of us spend long hours working with pitchers on their location. Every now and then (which seems to come more often) we scratch our heads while working with a pitcher who has great mechanics but just can’t seem to throw the ball where he wants. First we video.. read more →

17 Nov 2014
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Thank you for visiting

The Pinkmans are regular contributors to Collegiate Baseball Magazine. Continue visiting our blog weekly to read about Mental Preparation Skills, Mechanics, Pitching Tactics, Athleticism, Nutirtion, and Athletic Values. read more →

14 Nov 2014
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