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Tips to Become Good Baseball Players

What good baseball players need to learn? The answer is pitching. However, until a boy gets out of high school, he just need to develop two basic pitches-the curve and the fast ball. In the first place, he’ll get four pitches with the fast ball alone-low inside, low outside, high inside, high outside. If he then learns to change the speed of each pitch, he can double his assortment.

The overall grip is the same for the curve and fast ball; forefinger and middle finger spread in a comfortable V on top of the ball, thumb underneath. For the fast ball from the overhand or three-quarter delivery, the hand should be directly behind the ball. When the ball leaves the hand it should rotate upward, or toward the pitcher. To make this spin more effective, pitchers usually grip the ball across the stitches-some across the fat part of the figure 8 pattern, some at the narrow part.

To throw the curve, the pitcher makes the ball spin, or rotate, away from the hitter at an angle. He wants the ball to go out and down; not on a horizontal plane or “flat.” To accomplish this, run the top fingers along the stitches. Go slowly through the delivery as with the fast ball.

At the forward snap of the wrist, twist the hand outward and bear down on the outside finger. Beginners should first learn to twirl the ball at the proper angle. (It’s a good idea to paint a large black spot on one side of the ball to help get the correct angle to the spin.)

To improve a pitcher’s control, managers might consider erecting a set of “strings”. Here’s how it’s done: stretch a string between two poles, or trees at average shoulder height. Stretch out another one at knee height. Then tie two pieces of twine, 12″ apart, to the top string and loop both around the bottom string. The rectangle forms the strike zone. To complete the job, build a pitching mound in front of the strings at the proper distance.

The Windup

Let’s switch to the body movements now, using the three-quarter delivery as our example since it is the most popular. Two basic positions are employed-the full windup and the “stretch”. The full windup is used mostly when the bases are unoccupied. In professional ball, it is used when runners are on 3rd, on 2nd and 3rd or on 1st, 2nd and 3rd. Pitchers usually “stretch” with runners on 1st, or 1st and 2nd, and also 1st and 3rd.

Good baseball players at eight years old probably should first be taught to throw from the stretch position and then gradually be introduced to the full windup. Before starting any move, the pitcher must learn how and where to stand on the mound. The rules say he must have one foot in contact with the pitching rubber until the ball is delivered.

This means his pitching foot-the right foot for a right hander, the left for a southpaw-is to be an the plate at the start of windup and remain in contact until the body is in the final part of the delivery cycle. (The pitcher cannot step forward to the pitching plate and make that part of the windup.)

The toe of the pitching foot ought to extend over the forward edge of the rubber with the heel on top. The weight should be on the back foot, located comfortably behind the rubber. The pitching hand holds the ball out of the batter’s sight behind the pitching leg.

As soon as the pitcher gets his eyes on the target, with the catcher in proper receiving position, he can start his move.

Remember that faithful, regular practice is the best way to improve all aspects of your game. Good baseball players are made, not born!

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Tips For Basketball Coaches

Basketball
by Mr ATM

Playing basketball, have you ever heard that “It doesn’t matter what offense you run, it’s how you run it that counts?”. Actually, I think it is totally false. It must be “Even though it does matter how you run your offense, what you run it is at least equally as important!”. Regardless of your coaching philosophy and goals, your choice of offense will be absolutely critical to your overall success.

 

Now I will be the first to admit that championships have been won on various levels by teams running the Flex, Triangle, Shuffle, Hi-Low, 5 Out Motion, Dribble Drive Motion, and undoubtedly dozens of other offenses. BUT, that doesn’t mean that a coach can just reach into a grab bag of offenses, pull one out, run it effectively, and win. Yet, year after year that is essentially what many coaches do, especially at the high school, middle school and club levels.

 

Even if their selection of an offense is not quite that random, there are always teams in every league and region that are running a particular offense because either their coach ran the same thing when he was in high school or because Duke, Carolina, Kansas, Kentucky, or another big name program runs it.

 

Before mentioning some things that you might want to consider when choosing an offense, let’s look at the real purpose of running an offense in the first place. Simply stated, running an offense should accomplish two things: 1.) Put your opponent at a defensive disadvantage so they end up fouling and sending your team to the free throw line and 2.) Generate open, makeable shots for your three best scorers.

 

With that in mind, here are five things to ask yourself when choosing an offense:

 

1. What is my #1 coaching priority and/or the coaching priority of my school? (Win games, develop players or a combination of both?)

 

2. What is the physical makeup and skill set level of my team and especially of my three best players? (Big, small, quick, slow, shooters, posts, slashers, drivers, etc).

 

3. What is the experience and basketball I.Q. of my team in general and especially of my three best players?

 

4. How does the physical makeup, skill level, experience, and basketball I.Q of my team compare to teams on my schedule? (We might be smaller or slower than in years past but still bigger or quicker than teams on our schedule.)

 

5. Where do my three best players shoot/score from most effectively? (Hubie Brown says that even NBA players will shoot better from one side of the floor than from the other and better from certain spots than others.)

 

6. Considering my staff and my available resources, what can I effectively teach?

 

Once you have the answers to those questions you can start weighing some of the many offensive options that are available. When looking at all the various offenses remember that college coaches generally recruit players who will fit into their already established system of play and so they may not have the same personnel limitations that you are facing. It might be more advantageous to seek out successful programs at your same level and see what they are running before making any definite decisions.

 

Regardless of which offense you decide to install it is absolutely imperative that you make the commitment to become an expert in that offense. You can’t effectively teach what you don’t know and understand yourself. Instructional DVDs, books, clinics, and articles are the most common methods of learning but don’t underestimate the value of getting out on the floor with your team and running through the offense yourself. I guarantee that actually running the offense yourself will help you discover insights to whatever offense you choose that you won’t be able to find any where else.

 

Finally, it’s important to know that all of today’s great and most popular offenses are basically “tweeked” versions of similar offenses that have been used for years. If something doesn’t fit your team’s personnel then change it! Carroll Williams did and came up with the Flex. Bobby Knight did and came up with Motion. Tex Winter did and came up with the Triangle. Vance Wahlberg did and his offense evolved into the Dribble Drive Motion Offense. Don’t be afraid to be creative – who knows what you might come up with!!

 

Dave Stricklin is a veteran basketball coach and writer for HoopSkills.com. Visit the website for more of his expert basketball instruction.

College Lacrosse Recruiting – Success Tips

If you are a high school lacrosse player, you may be thinking about earning your way to college with a college lacrosse recruiting scholarship. There are several tips that can help make the lacrosse college recruiting process more successful for you as you advance through your high school years.

Make it easy for coaches to see you play

This seems like a no brainer, but it really isn’t. If you participate at a major lacrosse recruiting camp, there can be upwards of five hundred players out on the field on any given day, with no guarantee that the coach you want to see you will in fact have the chance. When coaches have rosters to fill, they are out every weekend with the goal of recruiting lacrosse players to fill the gaps on their teams.

While it is important to attend a lacrosse recruiting camp, there are other methods that will enable you to be seen by coaches: utilize video on a personal webpage that you set up. While coaches may or may not have time to track you down at a tournament or lacrosse recruiting camp, it is very easy for them at their convenience to click on a link in an email you send to them and watch you play online. You can select the video, allowing you to put your best images forward for coaches to see.

Be selective when you attend a lacrosse recruiting camp

You may have different goals for college lacrosse recruitingdepending on where you are at in your high school career when you select camps and tournaments to attend. If you are a freshman or sophomore, you will want to focus on attending lacrosse college recruiting camps where you can learn and improve your skills. In later years, your focus will shift to attending college lacrosse recruiting camps and tournaments at colleges you would like to play for and where the coaches you want to be seen by will be in attendance. While on campus, you can check out the dorms and cafeterias, even classes and see how you like the school.

Work hard at your high school academics

This is especially true in your junior and senior years of college lacrosse recruiting. It is all too easy to begin to let things slide in classwork, but it is this very work that recruiting lacrosse coaches will be looking at to see if you meet their requirements for admittance to their university or college. College is not all playing lacrosse; you have to meet the academic requirements to be admitted in the first place. Your college counselor can offer advice on lacrosse college recruiting and what colleges are looking for in terms of academics.

Finally, have fun. College lacrosse recruiting can be stressful, but if you are properly prepared for it, it will be much less so.

In this article Wayne Hemrick writes about a lacrosse recruiting camp.

Better Communication Skills – Three Tips For Conference Calls

The conference call has been a way of life in business for many years now. So why are so many frustrating, ineffective calls being held every day? This simple list of reminders is intended to help keep conference calls from becoming wasted time.

No multi tasking — I’ve been guilty on this count, I must admit. But if you force yourself to follow a no multi tasking rule, you get another benefit. You’re force to confront the question of whether the conference call is an effective use of your time. It’s easy to say yes if you’re thinking you can appease someone while you do your email. But if the call isn’t worth your time, you need to speak up and say so.
It’s a meeting, so treat it like one. The call should have a clear PAL (Purpose, Agenda, Limit). Participants should be invited, and attendance taken. Be clear about who is leading the call. Start on time. The leader needs to keep the call/meeting on track, and document actions taken and follow up activities (who, what, by when). End on time. Send an email with the documented action items promptly, preferably before you do anything else.
Test for agreement. In face to face meetings, body language and facial expressions provide clues as to whether people are engaged in the topic, even if they choose to remain silent. Not so on a phone call, and while we’d like to live by a rule of silence equals acceptance, that’s dangerous. If the number of participants is reasonable, call the roll so everyone has to say yes or no on key decisions. Beware of voice inflections that indicate uncertainty, and tactfully call them out.

Avoid ex partee one to one conversations after a conference call, especially the kind where someone calls you right away to express their frustration or anger. On the other hand, if you’re leading a call and you’re convinced that someone has been disenfranchised or needs some help dealing with a topic, go ahead and reach out to them.

One more point — the speakerphone is a great invention. But poor quality speakerphones can really bog down a call. People end up talking over one another and sometimes don’t even know it. It can lead to repetition and frustration. If you’re relying on speaker phones, get high quality equipment. Otherwise encourage people to use handsets or headsets.

The organization that isn’t changing is probably dying. For more information about managing change and developing leaders, please visit http://www.thomasjodea.com.

Tips In Selecting Ideal Conference Venues

Conferences can be large or small. Large scale conferences are usually held at convention centres that can accommodate thousand of attendees, medium scaled ones usually happen in a lecture theatre while small conferences can be held at conference venues that have meeting room facilities.

The first thing on your checklist should be establishing the purpose of the conference by answering the three defining questions which are whom you are trying to reach or the target audience you would like to attend the conference, what is it you want to get across or the main purpose of what you are trying to achieve and lastly where the conference should happen.

Another important thing that should come first is the budget unless you are appointed to estimate the budget yourself. If you are, set a budget at this early stage so you can work within that budget eliminating the risk of bills piling up one after another. Itemise your budget list so you know exactly how much goes into particulars.

Next is identifying the number of people attending the conference or a forecast on the maximum number of people you would like to attend the conference. You simply cannot go on without having this number clearly decided on as it defines so much in the planning process.

Now, choose your conference committee to help you out. This simply cannot be done alone as there are too many things that need to be done as well as keep an eye on. Create your planning calendar so you can keep track of how you are progressing so far and ask everyone to update the calendar every day.

Sit down with your committee and list down the keynote speakers you would like to invite. List a lot of speakers from the start and make your calls so that you know exactly who is available on the dates of your conference. Narrowing the list down to three just to find out that all of them are not freely available on the particular dates is pointless. Now from the list of speakers available, narrow it down to the ones you really want. Send your formal invitation, confirm their attendance and ask for a brief description of what they will be talking about as well as the speakers biography, notable or relevant achievements and a picture that the speaker would like to use so you can include this when you market your conference as well as include it in the conference programme.

Now it is time to seek for the right venue where you will be holding the conference. Do your searches online because the great thing about today is most establishments have websites that allow you to see when venues are available. When choosing your venues, consider parking space, accommodations and amenities, audio visual equipment readily available and banqueting packages. Sit down with your team, discuss the prospective venues and finalise which venues you should visit on foot. When visiting the venue itself, observe all the places you will be utilising if this suits your preference. Ask for sample contracts of previous conferences, brochures and pricelists so you can compare when you sit down with the committee later on. When you get back, finalise the venue.

The last frontier is deciding on the giveaways or tokens of appreciation. Be on the practical side and choose something memorable and actually useful unless you want to spend on a give away that is also given away to a random man on the street as soon as the conference is over.

All in all, planning conference events are hard work whether it is held at a big convention centre, a lecture theatre or conference venues with small meeting room facilities. But the key to planning a conference is having lots of time to plan it. Big conferences are even planned a year ahead. In this way you can book the venue you want and the keynote speaker you prefer without being set back because they are not readily available due to an earlier booking. Also, following trends on big international conferences might help in the creativity area. Conferences like these are always the talk of the town. Surely you would want yours to be regarded in the same manner.

Kathryn Dawson writes articles for Keele, offering to host an event that will be remembered for all the right reasons. Their meeting room facilities and lecture theatre are the perfect places for you who want to set up the most amazing event ever. Find more about conference venues today.

Tips To Find Best Conference Call Provider

The conferencing solutions have become imminent for the smooth operation of every individual, commercial business type and non-profit establishment. Luckily, you will able to find many conference call companies in market but could not expect them to offer you the same quality of conference call services always. So, you need to choose the best conference call provider that can make you communicate freely without failure for a second. Below are given few tips that will surely help you incase you are seeking for an efficient conference solution provider.

Give priority to those providing round the clock customer support

Even though your conference call provider turns out to be the best one, it must have time for you. Whenever you face difficulty in making conference calls, you need to discuss the matter with conferencing company and find the out the reason as well as solution. It should be instantly available to clarify your queries on conference call services or other products on offer. Irrespective of the reason, the conferencing call company should provide you with constant customer support.

In fact, you are needed to analyze the response time as well as the client dealing features of the conferencing company before finalizing on it. Are their customer executives pleasant to you? Do they sound knowledgeable enough and promptly furnish you the details on conference solutions? Are they readily available during urgency or do they make you leave offline or voice messages at last?

Go for user friendly conference call services

A conferencing company should have some common features to meet up your demand for best conference call provider. The user friendly conference call certainly comes first in the feature list without which you can’t imagine to have perfect conference calls. So, you need to gather information about the conference call proceedings and find out how comfortable you are in following them all.

Apart from a flexible interface, technical assistance and documentation are preferable as they will support you in handling the conference calls properly. Just go through the user manuals, guidelines or some other kind of usable materials released from conference providers and compare the findings with that of others. In this way, you can narrow down your selection and settle for the one giving you optimal results in conference calls.

A conference call provider putting you at ease while giving maximum value

It is meaningless to pay for poor quality conference call services that are no way effective in serving your communication needs. Regardless of using time, you may have to pay a fixed conferencing charge every month. If you make conference calls regularly, find a conferencing company charging reasonably on per time basis. In this way, you can keep your conference call expenses under control and avoid paying a fixed price every time you go for a call. In addition to this, search for the one that won’t need any setup charge. With it, you can ensure conference services are within your budget. Some of the conference providers are also offering discounts on the basis of call volume. By choosing from any of these companies, regular conference call users will be able to get a good discount on the net call charges.

Though searching for the best conference call provider consumes a lot of time but is always possible with a good amount of efforts. By keeping in mind the above tips, one would certainly be able to avail high quality conference call services at reasonable price.

Hope Neel is a technical person doing research on the role of conference call provider for years. He regularly comes up with useful tips that would guide users in finding best quality conference call services for low rates.

2 Football Training Tips for High School Football Success

Football Training Tips: 2 Ways to Increase the Effectiveness of Your Football Workouts!

Weight training for football, sadly, is an issue that confuses far too many coaches and players. In reality, it’s not that complicated. I didn’t say it was easy! Just not complicated. You need to make sure that your football workouts are well planned and increase your performance on the football field.

Here are 2 killer football training tips that will have you faster and stronger in no time.

1. If you need to gain weight, try timing your sets

This one is for you skinny guys who eat like you just got out of jail but just can’t seem to gain muscle. First, keep eating and eat more. Add liquid calories as much as possible. A tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil added to your protein shake is an extra 135 calories. Do that twice a day and add extra oils to your regular food and you’re well on your way.

Next, get to work on your assistance exercises, but instead of simply shooting for 24, set the timer and go all out. You can do this two ways. You can either time the actual set (i.e. set the timer for two minutes and do dumbbell inclines the entire time) or you can do two exercises like rows and dumbbell bench and set the timer for 15 minutes. Then try to get the maximum number of reps on both exercises in 15 minutes. In the next session, beat your total. Both methods will put muscle on even the hardest of hard gainers.

On the timed sets, pick a time—usually 90 seconds to two minutes—and do the exercise, resting the dumbbells only as needed. So if you’re doing dumbbell presses, you might do eight reps, rest for a few seconds (with the dumbbells on your shoulders), do another six reps, rest, do six reps, rest, and then 4, 3, 3, 2, 1, and 1 until the timer goes off. Again, beat this number next week.

2. Want to Be a Starter? Get the Coaches’ Attention

Listen, I get way too many whiney emails talking about how “my coach hates me and won’t play me ’cause he’s a hater” or some other such mess. Chances are if your coach isn’t noticing you, it’s because you aren’t doing anything to get noticed. Get to the weight room and practice on time and work your ass off when you’re there. Jump out to the front of the line when it’s time to do agilities, form running, stretching, and of course, hits.

Don’t skip workouts or practices unless you’re dead. Even then, try to get there. Don’t be the guy who missed twelve training sessions and then wonders why the coach is “hatin yo.” Over the years, I’ve seen this happen countless times. The young player who is unproven starts to jump out and make himself get noticed and he gets the starting job. Why? Because he got the attention of the coaches in a positive way and then, once he had it, took the starting job. It’s a beautiful thing.

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Tips for Conference Calling

As more and more companies are trying to control their costs, conference calling has become an integral part of the business world. There was a time when conferences meant a person had to travel long distances and stays in dreary hotels which meant they would be unavailable for days. They were tiring and very expensive affairs.

As conference calling became popular, more and more companies saw the benefits of not having to spend so much money on travelling-related expenses for their personnel. They also realized that conferencing saved a lot of time which can be used more productively. Companies can now meet or confer with their staff either by audio, video or web-based conferencing.

To make a call conferencing more productive, there are some things that need to be considered:

Planning

A conference call is more successful if it is planned. There must be a list of who are the required participants. The agenda also needs to be mapped out. Unnecessary discussions waste time. Any memos, notes or documents that need to be disseminated to participants must be made available ahead of time to avoid any problems. Any presentations that need to be made should be checked ahead of time so that any problems with equipment and slides can be rectified. All emails or invitations to join the calls should be sent to the right people. There is nothing more frustrating than sending an email to the wrong person and having that wrong person join the conference call.

Time

It is important that the call starts and ends on time. Participants need to make themselves available a few minutes before schedule to ensure no one is tardy. It is also best, if there is more than one person to lead a discussion that the person is informed ahead of time how long he or she can speak. Any Q&A must be time-bound to avoid wasting time. If food needs to be served, especially if the conference is a long one, the food must not be too distracting.

Respect

When someone is speaking, the others need to listen and avoid talking amongst themselves during the call. This saves a lot of time as matters need not be unnecessarily repeated. It is also necessary for participants, who are about to speak, to introduce themselves if there are participants who are joining only via audio.

Notes

There must always be someone assigned to take notes as it is impossible to remember everything that has been discussed in the conference. Recording the session is good but what if something goes wrong with the recording equipment?

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3 Football Workout Tips for Beginners and High School Football Players

3 Football Workout Tips for High School Football Players to Increase Strength, Speed and Football Skill

Despite what many think, you do not have to jump from football training program to football training program whenever you miss a rep! In fact, often, your program and workouts are fine. You just need a few tweaks to keep the progress going.

This is especially true with high school football workouts. Most beginners and high school players simply need to stick to the basics…here are three tips to improve your workouts and to increase speed, strength and explosiveness.

1. To Get Stronger for Football, Use the Big Exercises

As great as all the information on the internet is, it can be a real curse, too. Between weirdo websites, bodybuilding mags, Men’s Health, and the like, the number of odd ball exercises has exploded. Variety is great, but if you’re trying to replace box squats with one leg front squat swings on a Swiss ball, you’re going to lose every time.

Forget all the fancy stuff at first. Focus on squats, deadlifts, bench presses, presses, and cleans.

Then use their variations including box squats, front squats, sumo deadlifts, snatch grip deadlifts, clean pulls, and inclines. Even when talking about exercises for specific parts of the body like the back, it’s always best to go with big, proven exercises like rows, chin-ups, and one arm rows.

In general, start off with exercises that hit many muscles at once. For example, the squat works the glutes, hamstrings, quads, hips, lower back, and abs. Compare that to a leg extension that only hits the quads. The isolation stuff will be useful in time, but to get started, stick with the big exercises.

2. Get Stronger to Get Faster on the Football Field

Forget parachutes, fancy cone layouts, “strength shoes,” and complex track peaking programs. When it comes to getting faster for football, it all comes down to getting stronger in the right areas.

Strengthen the entire body with special attention to your hamstrings, glutes, and quads. Along with learning proper running form, you will literally transform yourself into a faster, more explosive football player.

Exercises like deadlifts, Romanian deadlifts, swings, box squats, back squats, front squats, and sled or Prowler work will all have a direct effect on your speed. This is your foundation. Without it, no amount of speed-specific track programs will do a damn thing for you.

3. Eat Right for Strength

Younger guys hate to hear this ’cause ya know they’re 15 years old and immune to things like eating properly. But the truth is what you eat directly relates to how you perform. Nutrition is as important to your football training as lifting weights, conditioning, or speed training. If you put crap fuel in, you body will return the favor by giving you a crap effort.

Nutrition for football players is worthy of an article unto itself. However, follow these rules and you’ll be OK to start:

Eat a lot of protein including eggs, fish, beef, chicken, pork, and protein powders.
Eat healthy fats such as extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, fish, or krill oil.
Treat carbs as a “supplement.” Don’t just eat them freely if you’re sitting on the couch all weekend playing World of Warcraft. Use them as activity dependant. Carbs are overused, especially pre-game/practice/lift, but if you decide to have a significant amount of them in your diet, be sure they’re coming from vegetables, fruit, and maybe some oatmeal, not Snickers, Oreos, and Briers.
Eat 4–6 small, protein centered meals per day.
Drink a protein shake after lifting.
Don’t drink soda (sorry but you just shouldn’t).
Limit junk foods to once or twice a week.

Better Communication Skills – Three Tips For Conference Calls

The conference call has been a way of life in business for many years now. So why are so many frustrating, ineffective calls being held every day? This simple list of reminders is intended to help keep conference calls from becoming wasted time.

No multi tasking — I’ve been guilty on this count, I must admit. But if you force yourself to follow a no multi tasking rule, you get another benefit. You’re force to confront the question of whether the conference call is an effective use of your time. It’s easy to say yes if you’re thinking you can appease someone while you do your email. But if the call isn’t worth your time, you need to speak up and say so.
It’s a meeting, so treat it like one. The call should have a clear PAL (Purpose, Agenda, Limit). Participants should be invited, and attendance taken. Be clear about who is leading the call. Start on time. The leader needs to keep the call/meeting on track, and document actions taken and follow up activities (who, what, by when). End on time. Send an email with the documented action items promptly, preferably before you do anything else.
Test for agreement. In face to face meetings, body language and facial expressions provide clues as to whether people are engaged in the topic, even if they choose to remain silent. Not so on a phone call, and while we’d like to live by a rule of silence equals acceptance, that’s dangerous. If the number of participants is reasonable, call the roll so everyone has to say yes or no on key decisions. Beware of voice inflections that indicate uncertainty, and tactfully call them out.

Avoid ex partee one to one conversations after a conference call, especially the kind where someone calls you right away to express their frustration or anger. On the other hand, if you’re leading a call and you’re convinced that someone has been disenfranchised or needs some help dealing with a topic, go ahead and reach out to them.

One more point — the speakerphone is a great invention. But poor quality speakerphones can really bog down a call. People end up talking over one another and sometimes don’t even know it. It can lead to repetition and frustration. If you’re relying on speaker phones, get high quality equipment. Otherwise encourage people to use handsets or headsets.

The organization that isn’t changing is probably dying. For more information about managing change and developing leaders, please visit http://www.thomasjodea.com.