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How to Keep Your Kids Safe During Little League 0

Posted on April 23, 2018 by Scott Huntington

Kids all over the country are participating in spring little league baseball and softball leagues. It’s a pleasant way to get some exercise, enjoy the weather and emulate their favorite baseball players.

Although baseball is a relatively safe sport compared to football or even soccer, injuries can and do happen. A stray bat or ball can cause injury and pain, as can a dramatic slide into a base.

Let your kids enjoy little league with their friends. Just make sure you and your child take adequate safety precautions, so a preventable injury doesn’t ruin all the fun.

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Wear Proper Protective Gear

Baseball doesn’t require too much protective gear, but it’s important to use the few items you need. Specific requirements will vary through the leagues and age groups, but certain things, like batting helmets, are a must throughout any baseball career.

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What to Do if You Chip a Tooth Playing Baseball 0

Posted on April 10, 2018 by Scott Huntington

Spring is here, and it’s time to play ball! Baseball is a great sport that’s suitable for a wide range of ages. However, the nature of a sport that features a high-velocity ball can lead to injury, one of the most common being a tooth chipping. If your tooth chips during a baseball game, leave immediately and consult a dental professional, even if there is no pain or blood. Call your dentist and make an appointment as soon as possible, since timeliness plays a role in whether the dentist can save your tooth.

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Baby or Adult Tooth?

It’s important to identify the chipped tooth. If a baby tooth is chipped, you probably don’t need to do anything, since the tooth will fall out on its own naturally. The chipped tooth may look funny, but poses no risk to dental health if it’s a baby tooth. The only exception is if there is an injury to the gums also, or the chipped tooth causes a sharp edge. Either scenario will be easy to see or detect. If the tooth is jagged, a dentist can remove the sharp edges and contour the tooth for safety and aesthetic appeal. Read the rest of this entry →

44 Years Ago: Number 44 Became Number 1 0

Posted on April 08, 2018 by Dean Hybl
Hank Aaron being celebrated after hitting career home run number 715 on April 8, 1974

Hank Aaron being celebrated after hitting career home run number 715 on April 8, 1974

It was 44 years ago today, April 8, 1974, that Hank Aaron, wearing number 44 for the Atlanta Braves, broke the seemingly unbreakable home run record of Babe Ruth with his 715th career home run.

In the decades since, the home run in baseball has lost some of its individual luster as juiced balls, juiced bats and juiced people (not to mention shrunken ballparks) have made the home run a much more common occurrence than in past generations.

However, that “cheapening” of the home run has in some ways elevated the realization of just how amazing it was for Aaron to amass more than 700 home runs despite playing much of his career during a time when baseball wasn’t geared to make it easier to hit home runs.

Few players have displayed the long-term consistency of greatness that Aaron compiled during his career. From 1955 through 1973 (19 years), he finished in the top 17 in the National League MVP voting every year, including 13 times in the top 10 and winning the award in 1957.

He led the National League in home runs four times and blasted 40 or more home runs in a season eight times. He hit a career-high 47 at the age of 37 in 1971 and two years later hit 40 home runs in just 120 games.

While his total of 755 career home runs has technically been passed, Aaron is still recognized by many as the Home Run King. His 2,297 career RBIs and 6,856 total bases are still the highest totals in Major League history. Not to mention, he finished his career with 3,771 career hits and a .305 career batting average.

In celebration of the 44th anniversary of his record-setting home run, check out videos of that blast as well as Aaron’s career.

 

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The Big Leagues: How to Take Your Coaching Career to the Next Level 0

Posted on April 07, 2018 by Kara Masterson

The Big Leagues, How to Take Your Coaching Career to the Next LevelRunning a successful coaching business can be rewarding. However, it can also be difficult. There are many things that you will have to do in order to ensure that your coaching business is a success.

Partner up

You may be working for yourself, but that does not mean that you have to work by yourself. You can work with other people who have a coaching business. You should try to work with people who are in the same industry as you. Partnering up with other coaches will help you develop more ideas that will make your business a success.

Build Credibility

People want to be lectured by people who are reliable and experienced. That is why building your credibility is one of the most important things that you can do as a coach. You can complete training courses in your industry. You can also earn certifications, or even just showcase your proficiency with career skills like player evaluation. There are many PEM Application Tools and similar resources available today to help with that. It can also be helpful to read books about your industry.

Your current and previous clients can also help you establish credibility. Ask your clients to leave you positive reviews on your website. You can also ask them to refer your family members and friends to your coaching business. Read the rest of this entry →

How to Enjoy Every Game this Season 0

Posted on March 15, 2018 by John Harris

Orioles-2017As any sports fan can attest, you do not choose the teams you support; you grow up with them. They are either the teams your dad loved as a kid or the one that captured your heart at a young age. Supporting a team is a very emotional experience, and anyone who can pick and choose their sports team as each season passes are not true fans. That being said, supporting more than just one team can help keep the whole season exciting, rather than just the games your team is playing.

Getting caught up in the thrill of the sport is the key goal of every sports fan, which is why, though you have your absolute favorite that you will cheer on no matter what, following these tips will help you stay excited throughout the season:

Knowing the History

Though this isn’t necessary to enjoy any sport, it can make things so much more pressing when it comes to records or up-and-coming talent. It can also help you appreciate the sport and how far athletes have come. You can find this information in a variety of ways, and the one that is perfect for you will depend on your preferences. You can watch movies, or documentaries, you can read articles on the history of sports, or books, or listen to podcasts. There are so many sports fans out there willing to share their knowledge with you that all it takes is a quick search to find the right medium for you.

What you will learn about the game goes so much more beyond who created it, but about the famous figures in its history and their records. The inspiring stories that generations before you followed with vigor. This can be key, especially if you are currently following the career of an up-and-coming sports start. You can measure his accomplishments with those who came before him. If you think that a consecutive number of hat tricks is exciting, imagine how thrilled you would be to learn that you were watching a new world record be made on your television? Read the rest of this entry →

Baseball Exercises for Strength and Flexibility 0

Posted on February 19, 2018 by Coraline Huard

Baseball-1For any baseball player, there are two important aspects which one should not ignore are body explosive power and body strength. The shoulder integrity is vital for baseball batters and pitchers. Therefore, baseball workout includes building muscles, adding arm strength and gaining speed. In case, if audience finds out that the pitcher is adding speed to the fastball, then they consider that the player is doing only upper body workouts. Whereas, building strength in arms needs more than just upper body workouts.

The most important aspect is mobility as well as stability in shoulders along with hips. Pitching is transferring the power from your legs to your upper body part of your arms. Therefore, to reduce the chances of injuries, one has to work hard not only on shoulders, arms and back but also on hamstrings, legs and hips.

Speed of pitching is directly proportional to arm speed not on the isolated muscle’s strength. It means focusing on pillar strength will increase the rotational power. Thus, the focus is on doing stability exercises of shoulder, strength work of lower body and propulsive exercises.

Exercises 1: Stride Stretch

This one will help the baseball athletes in giving more mobility and flexibility during playing baseball in their shoulders and rotator cuffs. In simpler terms, it is stretching of front as well as back of your hips. Never ignore the importance of mobility in hip as the mobility in hip is equally important to mobility in shoulders for pitchers. In the absence of proper mobility, then the pitchers will do only those actions which their body will allow them to move. It will decrease their leg drive, ultimately reducing the power and strength. Read the rest of this entry →

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