HOW TO PREPARE FOR YOUTH BASEBALL SIGN-UPS

At CageRat Baseball, we have youth baseball sign-ups for our program running throughout most of the year. When we fill up our spring and summer teams, we begin rostering for our Fall program…and we are always looking to bring players into our training program where they will see the most benefit from our program! Being…

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TIP: QUICK TURN DRILL

One of my favorite drills to do as an infielder is what I would call the “Quick Turn.” In the drill, you are going to use your hands only (take away all footwork). The goal is to catch and get rid of the ball as soon as you can. There will be one guy flipping…

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YOUR BRAIN: IS IT WORKING FOR OR AGAINST YOU?

One thing I have learned over the past few years is your mind is an absolutely unbelievable object that has the ability to either make or break your career. Someone that has their mind right and has their mind set to exactly what they want, with the right attitude, is someone that can do some…

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INTENSITY OF YOUR FOCUS

Have you ever held food up in front of a dog and moved it from side to side and up and down? What does he typically do? My dog’s eyes do not move off of the food. He follows it very intently because in his world at that very moment, the food is ALL he…

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FAT IS THE ENEMY – SUGAR IS IT’S FUEL

Body fat weighs you down. Fat to an athlete is like attaching a trailer to a NASCAR, or an anchor to a boat. Excess fat slows the athlete down. How do you get rid of it? If you starve something it dies. If you feed something, it lives and grows. Body fat, adipose tissue, the yellow, nasty dead…

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BUILDING A STRONG FOUNDATION

When you walk into many Little League/pre-high school games, one of the most talked about issues is overuse of pitchers and sore/injured arms. We are going to skip on the abuse and overuse of youth arms in this article (that could fill up a whole book) and instead focus more on the sore/injured arms and the…

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DEFINITION OF LONG TOSS

There are many different definitions of long-toss by many different people. When I talk about long toss with our players, we talk about stretching their arms out as far as they go, not worrying about the height on the baseball during their throw. Every time a player plays catch, the distance he is throwing needs…

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THREE REASONS WHY THE LOAD IS IMPORTANT

Having a good load is a critical part of having a great swing. We will discuss the mechanics of a good load in a different article. Today, I want to discuss why it’s important to have a good load. There are 3 reasons that come to mind when thinking about why a good load is…

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THE THREE LITTLE HOPS: WHICH ONE IS JUST RIGHT?

One of the toughest things to do as an infielder is reading hops correctly. Especially when you have to play on certain amateur fields that are uneven or not maintained greatly, it is even tougher to read the hops. There are three types of hops: The long hop The short hop The in-between hop As…

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WHAT IS A “GOOD” HOP

A key trait of every good infielder is the ability to choose exactly when he is going to field the ball in relation to where the ball is in its current hop.  In an ideal world, an infielder would field every groundball when the ball is at the height of its bounce or just starting…

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