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5 Drills for Better Upper Body Swing Mechanics

By Garrett Gordon The upper body in the swing is very crucial. It is part of what’s holding and ultimately delivering the bat to contact. Unfortunately, the upper body is where most hitters make the biggest mistakes. Here at Baseball Rebellion, we have our Rebel’s Rack progression of movements that hitters can learn. As a […]

What Your Work Ethic Says About You

A Player, Parent, and Coach Perspective By Garrett Gordon What Motivates You? As a player, ask yourself “why do I play baseball?”.  As a parent ask yourself “Why does my son play baseball?”. Do they play because you make them? Is their goal to someday play in the big leagues one day? Do they want […]

How Should a Hitter Stride?

By Garrett Gordon Many young hitters have an issue with their stride length.  By using a rope or band to help them feel where they need to be can help get them in a more athletic position. I get a lot of questions weekly on how far a hitter should stride.  It all depends! Mainly […]

Pre-Game Warmup Plans: How to Get Your Hitters Ready in Any Scenario

By Eric Tyler Your team is an hour early for their first game for a tournament. You’ve never been to this field complex before. You’re looking around to see what’s available for warming up. Do you have a cage? Can you do on-field BP? Do you just have a little patch of grass next to […]

Fouling Pitches Straight Back? You’re Probably Just Late.

By: Chas Pippitt Pop-ups…Everyone hates them. Coaches, Parents, Hitters…(pitchers don’t count).  So why do they happen? There are a few obvious reasons like swinging too low or dropping your hands. If you think dropping your hands is the problem, check out the videos below and get that fixed asap. However, one reason is a little […]

Stop Getting Jammed & Start Hitting Barrels

By Garrett of Baseball Rebellion Stop Getting Jammed & Start Hitting Barrels The bat path of all great hitters gets in the zone and stays through the zone for a long time. The direction of the swing must stay through the middle of the field. Choking up on the bat 4-5 inches or using a […]

Weekend Wrap-Up: August 28-30, 2020

3&2’S EVOLUTION SERIES POWERED BY WILSON BASEBALL 11U: TX/FL Canes Elite: 15 Team Arkansas: 0 12U: KC Prime: 7 Mojo Baseball Blue: 3 13U: STL Dynamite Black: 7 Building Champions UA (Shelton 13U): 3 View this post on Instagram 6-0 on the weekend with 2 bombs and a great championship win. A post shared by […]

Weekend Wrap-Up: August 21-23

South Carolina Summer NIT 10U: TG Dbacks: 8 SBA Nationals: 2 View this post on Instagram USSSA Super NIT champions in Colombia, South Carolina! This win gives us a bid to the Elite 32 in Florida of July 2021 A post shared by TG Dbacks 10u (@tg.dbacks.10u) on Aug 23, 2020 at 7:43pm PDT 11U: […]

Baseball IQ: The Pump Fake Throw

By Eric Tyler of Baseball Rebellion What is Baseball IQ? Knowledge is Power Scroll twitter for five minutes and you’ll find 10 different instructional drills/videos on how to become a better hitter and improve your swing. And to be clear, there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. People genuinely trying to help others is typically […]

Creating the Engine in Your Swing- Javy Baez Swing Breakdown

By JK Whited of Baseball Rebellion Creating the Engine to Your Swing There are two key factors that determine the exit velocity of every ball that you hit. Bat Speed Square Contact Both of these are vital to your swing’s longevity and should be trained equally.  Today we will take a look at bat speed […]

Weekend Wrap-Up: July 17-19

USSSA Wilson DeMarini Elite World Series 9U: Shock Prime: 10 Tampa Heat: 2 10U: Diamond Elite-Wilson: 11 Swamp Donkeys: 3 11U: Stars Future Baseball: 9 NTX Eagles: 3 12U: Texas Canes Elite: 13 Oakleaf Knights: 1 Perfect Game Summer Mayhem 10U: NP Outlaws: 7 East Cobb Astros Navy: 6 11U: 643 DP Cougars 11U Pralgo: 9 […]

DO NOT Take the Knob to the Ball

By Garrett of Baseball Rebellion DON’T Push the Knob to the Ball Taking the hands out of the swing is something that hitters have a hard time trusting.  Often leads to mis-hits and poor bat path.  A Lot of coaches teach lead with the knob of that bat to the ball.  This does somewhat happen […]

Weekend Wrap-Up: July 3-5

PG Texas State Championships 10U Major: Dynasty 10U Black: 7 Backyard Ballers: 4 11U AAA: Young Guns: 7 Velocity Baseball: 4 12U AAA: Texas Banditos Black: 13 Sabers Baseball- Turquoise: 0 13U Major: Marucci Elite Texas – Biggers: 7 G1 Baseball 13U Purple: 2 View this post on Instagram No better way to spend the […]

One Drill to Help Hitters Stop Barring Their Front Arm

Are you or your hitters struggling with the arm bar? Are they barring out their front arm too soon in their swing? Learn how the arm bar can hurt hitters early in their development.

Angled Tee Drill

In this day and age, there is a huge argument about “Feel vs Real”. Understanding the difference is crucial for your development as a hitter. Doing drills that you feel and that will give you actual real results is something hitters obviously need. With the angled tee drill below, you will see how it will […]

Weekend Wrap-Up: June 20-21

Perfect Game Deep South World Series 11U East Coast Sox 11U – Johnston: 8 Steal: 4 Great weekend for our teams again. HITS 7U – RunnerUp in BPA 7U event East Coast Sox 11U Johnston – Champions of PG 11U Major Deep South World Series @eastcoastbball pic.twitter.com/DwNIx0KidP— HITS Athletes (@HITSAthletes) June 22, 2020 12U VBA […]

How Important is it to Break in Your Glove The RIGHT Way?

In a sport full of superstitions none are more prevalent than the sacred relationship between an infielder and his glove. They will go to extended measures to keep it intact including carrying it onto planes as a carry on (seriously). The reason they are so cautious with their glove is that it is broken in […]

One Drill to Help Hitters Create a Consistent Barrel Path

How Can Your Shoes Affect Your Swing?

By Eric Tyler of Baseball Rebellion Why is Balance so Important?  Stability and balance. Two major factors in swing quality. The hardest thing to do in sports is to be “on-time” with a moving pitch. When in a hitter is struggling timing is often hard to find. It can often be the most frustrating time […]

How to Eliminate a Long Swing

By Garrett Gordon Staying connected in the swing is vital for a hitter’s success.  Cast your hands and barrel in your swing can result in poor contact and consistency when hitting. Oftentimes hitters mindlessly hit off the tee thinking they are getting better.  With this simple drill, you can make sure you are staying connected […]

Finding & Maintaining Confidence as a Hitter

By JK Whited “Confidence: A feeling or consciousness of one’s powers or reliance on one’s circumstances.” Have you ever met a professional athlete at the highest level?  If you have, you’ve probably noticed their presence, their swagger, their aura.  There is a way about them that sometimes is hard to quantify. It’s a trait they […]

Youth Players: Should You Throw your Fastball with Two Fingers or Three Fingers?

By Kyle Wormington of Baseball Rebellion Two Finger vs Three Finger Fastball Prior to getting shut down due to COVID-19, we had many kids in the facility ramping up for their season. That included a lot of young pitchers. One issue I noticed from quite a few of my throwers was that their fastball tended […]

One Drill to Help the Arm Bar

By JK Whited Side Bend and Tilt Here’s a great drill that you can do indoors that highlights how the tilt and side bend works in a proper swing.  Players and coaches need to understand that ideally the arms should never be used to get the barrel to the incoming pitch (unless having to make […]

Increase Arm Strength Without a Throwing Partner

By Kyle Wormington of Baseball Rebellion Run and Gun Throws Many have criticized the videos that are posted all over social media with guys running/jogging into a shuffle/etc. and throwing a ball into a net with the radar gun flashing big numbers. If you believe in a long toss program, such as Jaegers well known […]

Living Room Hitting Drills

By Eric Tyler of Baseball Rebellion Here are FIVE Drills You Can Do Inside Your Living Room (Sorry Mom) While most of our country is safe at home during this time, we wanted to give some drills that can be done easily inside. We will continue posting these drills across our various social media platforms […]

Keep These Skills Sharp While You Stay Inside

By Eric Tyler of Baseball Rebellion Every athlete in America is currently in the same boat. These are trying times for our country and quite frankly unprecedented waters for many of us. As I sit in the apartment continuing to work from home, I can’t help but think back to the restlessness I felt as […]

My First Year as a Little League Dad

By Chas Pippitt A Year of Firsts for This New Baseball Dad My oldest son, Bryant, is now playing his first year of Little League baseball. He’s almost six, so he’s in machine pitch and loving every second of it. We’ve had some funny conversations and happenings already in this season, and I wanted to […]

The Weekend Wrap-Up: March 7-8

PG Spring Frost 10U East Cobb Astros Orange: 8 Knox Select: 3 11U 643 DP Cougars: 7 East Cobb Astros Orange: 4 12U East Cobb Astros Navy: 18 Team Elite Prospects: 4 13U Signature Park Bears: 6 TG DBacks Robinson: 0 14U Meridian Panthers: 4 STB Cox: 1   View this post on Instagram   […]

TOP 10 COLLEGE BASEBALL PLAYS OF THE WEEK: MARCH 2-8

Each and every Monday, Baseball Youth will be bringing you a comprehensive list of the 10 best plays in college baseball from the previous week. Check back each week to see what plays made the cut and if your favorite school was represented! #10 Georgia Tech Georgia Tech walks it off over Virginia Tech in […]

Increase Your Power with Angled Medicine Ball Throws

By Eric Tyler More Power with Angled Medicine Ball Throws Often times hitters are hampered by the inability to rotate in the proper sequence. Whether their lower body rotates too far, or their upper body stops too soon, the fear of missing the ball causes poor body movements. In order for the body to accelerate […]

Podcasts

Baseball Youth Coaches Show Ep. 15 – Coach Eric Moore – Baseball Youth Elite

Listen to the Coaches Show on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and anywhere you listen to podcasts. In this episode BY’s Anthony Grassi sits down with our very own Eric Moore. Coach Moore, who coaches high school ball in Kentucky and oversees BY Elite, gives out tips for youth players transitioning to the high school level to better prepare […]

Baseball Youth Coaches Show Ep. 14 – Coach Joe Francisco – Team Francisco Notorious 9

Listen to the Coaches Show on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and anywhere you listen to podcasts. Baseball Youth’s Anthony Grassi sits down with Coach Joe Francisco, whose Notorious 9 team finished as the #11 team in the 13u rankings for 2019. We chat with Coach Francisco about his organization and its growth, this past season in which the […]

Baseball Youth Coaches Show Ep. 13 – Coach Marco Cunningham – Alamo Drillers

Listen to the Coaches Show on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and anywhere you listen to podcasts. Alamo Drillers Founder & Coach Marco Cunningham joins us for episode 13 of the Baseball Youth Coaches Show. We discuss the growth of his team and the organization from its beginning in his garage to a perennial powerhouse, what’s next for his #2 […]

Baseball Youth Coaches Show Ep. 12 – Coach Leo Ruiz – MVP Hustle

Listen to the Coaches Show on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and anywhere you listen to podcasts. We chat with MVP Hustle coach Leo Ruiz after his team was ranked the #2 10u squad in the nation. We discuss the turnover year-to-year for this team since 6u, the successes and failures this past season, what lies ahead in the […]

Baseball Youth Coaches Show Ep. 11 – Coach Rudy Garcia – MVP Hustle

Listen to the Coaches Show on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and anywhere you listen to podcasts. Ahead of the 2019 BY Elite 25 Rankings, we chat with MVP Hustle coach Rudy Garcia. He had a new 10u squad this year, after his 2018 12u team went 93-2 (insane!). We discuss the transition to a new team for the […]

Baseball Youth Coaches Show Ep. 10 – Coach Jim DeCarlo – South Tampa Hooks

Listen to the Coaches Show on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and anywhere you listen to podcasts. On this week’s episode, we talk to South Tampa Hooks coach Jim DeCarlo after his team’s championship win at Cooperstown. We discuss how the Hooks’ season has gone, coach walks us through the approach and managing his team through Cooperstown, and he […]

Baseball Tech Talk Powered by Pocket Radar – Ep. 03 – Deven Morgan – Driveline Baseball

Listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and anywhere you listen to podcasts. Baseball Youth President Matt Roberts and Pocket Radar CEO Steve Goody co-hosts an interview with Driveline Baseball’s Deven Morgan about the company and the origin of Driveline, how Driveline has differentiated itself, how Driveline uses technology, and much more.

Baseball Youth Coaches Show Ep. 09 – Coach Aaron Harrison – So Cal Aces

Listen to the Coaches Show on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and anywhere you listen to podcasts. BY’s Anthony Grassi chats with So Cal Aces Coach Aaron Harrison following the Aces championship win at the Youth Baseball Nationals in Reno. A ton of great insights from Coach Harrison on how he leads his 13u team and the […]

Baseball Youth Coaches Show Ep. 08 – Coach Chip Wade – Yalobusha Giants

Listen to the Coaches Show on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and anywhere you listen to podcasts. BY’s Anthony Grassi sits down with Yalobusha Giants coach Chip Wade to talk about winning the right way, life lessons to teach players, motivation, and coaching strategies. A ton of great insights.

Baseball Tech Talk – Ep. 02 – Darin Everson – Colorado Rockies

Listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Soundcloud, and anywhere you listen to podcasts. Baseball Youth President Matt Roberts talks with Colorado Rockies Hitting and Bunting Coordinator Darin Everson. The duo touch on Darin’s career as a player and coach, taking notes as a hitter, finding actionable data for players and coaches, how data has changed the […]

Baseball Youth Coaches Show – Ep. 07 – Coach Ryan Rohmiller – Rawlings Tigers

Listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Soundcloud, and anywhere you listen to podcasts. Baseball Youth’s Anthony Grassi dives in with Rawlings Tigers Coach & Player Development Ryan Rohmiller to discuss his role and thoughts on player development. The two talk about Rohmiller’s approach on the mental aspect of baseball, the presence of failure, understanding the game, and much more […]

Baseball Tech Talk – Ep. 01 – Steve Goody, CEO Pocket Radar

Listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Soundcloud, and anywhere you listen to podcasts. In episode 1 of Baseball Tech Talk Powered by Pocket Radar, Baseball Youth President Matt Roberts interviews co-host Pocket Radar CEO Steve Goody about their dominance in the radar space. The two start by talking about Pocket Radar’s history, the basics of radar, […]

Baseball Youth Coaches Show – Ep. 06 – Coach Dave Piersall – Utah Grays

Listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Soundcloud, and anywhere you listen to podcasts. In Episode 6, BY’s Anthony Grassi chats with Utah Grays Coach Dave Piersall to talk about baseball and running an elite organization out of Utah. The duo discuss Piersall’s approach to scheduling and his approach heading into games and tournaments. We end with Coach Piersall’s big […]

Baseball Youth Coaches Show – Ep. 05 – Coach Mike D’Argenio – NJ Axemen

Listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Soundcloud, and anywhere you listen to podcasts. In Episode 5, BY’s Anthony Grassi chats with NJ Axemen Coach Mike D’Argenio to catch up on what the team has been up to since the end of their #21 ranked season. The two also discuss roster management, playing in the Northeast, offseason training, player development, […]

Baseball Youth Coaches Show – Ep. 04 – Coach Brad Worley – Adidas Baseball USA

Listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Soundcloud, and anywhere you listen to podcasts. In Episode 4, BY’s Anthony Grassi chats with Coach Brad Worley of Adidas Baseball USA. The guys discuss Adidas Baseball’s most recent tryouts (1:20-2:49), sport specialization (3:28-4:46), managing parent expectations (5:53-8:02), Kyler Murray’s decision to play football over baseball (8:39-9:29), the biggest changes […]

Baseball Youth Coaches Show Ep. 03 – Coach Rudy Garcia – MVP Hustle

Listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Soundcloud, and everywhere you listen. In Episode 3, Baseball Youth President Matt Roberts talks with MVP Hustle Coach Rudy Garcia following their 93-2 2018 season about season highlights (0:51-3:29), roster management (3:41-4:28), and off-the-field moments (5:00-6:07). The two dive into the team’s characteristics and values (6:29-8:28), Coach Garcia’s questions for […]

Baseball Youth Coaches Show Ep. 02 – Coach Alex Rodriguez – Los Angeles Cachorros

Listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Soundcloud, and everywhere you listen. In Episode 2, Baseball Youth’s Director of Content Strategy Anthony Grassi talks with Coach Alex Rodriguez of the Los Angeles Cachorros after the team’s 2018 season that landed them number 11 in the 10U rankings. They talk about the team’s name and origin (1:24-1:53), the […]

Baseball Youth Coaches Show Ep. 01 – Coach Ryan Duman – 3n2 Warriors

Listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Soundcloud, and everywhere you listen. In Episode 1, Baseball Youth’s Director of Content Strategy Anthony Grassi sits down to talk with Coach Ryan Duman of the 3n2 Warriors out of Highlands Ranch, CO. The two talk about the improvement in the Baseball Youth Elite 25 Rankings (1:38-2:27), standout moments from the […]

Ep. 00 – Welcome to the Baseball Youth Coaches Show!

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, people of all ages, welcome to the Baseball Youth Coaches Show! This biweekly show will feature interviews with coaches from all over the nation discussing a multitude of topics. We look forward to the conversations and sharing them with you. Subscribe to the podcast anywhere you listen to podcasts […]

State of the Game

State of the Game Part 3: Play Ball

By: Eric Kaufman Click here to read Part 2: Commitment Word Count: 2,574; 9.5 minute read “What really tied the room together, Dude?” — Theodore Donald “Donny” Kerabatsos So far in this three-part State of the Game series, we’ve taken an in-depth look at participation (read Part 1 here) in youth baseball with an emphasis on travel […]

State of the Game Part 2: Commitment

By: Eric Kaufman Click here to read Part 1: Who’s on First? 2,160 words: an 8-minute read A pig and a chicken are walking down the road. The chicken says: “Hey, Pig, I was thinking we should open a restaurant!” The pig replies: “I don’t know. What would we call it?” The chicken responds: “How […]

State of the Game Part 1: Who’s on First? 

By: Eric Kaufman Click here to read the introduction. Read time: <7 minutes Raise your hand if you’ve heard this one before: Baseball is no longer America’s national pastime. Football and basketball have passed it by. Their audiences are younger, their stars are more visible and their games get higher ratings.  Is your hand up? […]

Introducing: State of the Game

The philosopher Michael Gary Scott once observed that fall is the “most contemplative of seasons,” and while that might sound like the kind of sage wisdom typically reserved for Hallmark cards and Thomas Kinkade paintings, it is an apt description of the youth baseball offseason. For players, parents and coaches, fall is an opportunity to […]

Rankings

Best Elite 25 Team Names

The results are in. With the help of our friends at NASA, the Baseball Youth Department for Analytics, Sabermetrics and Intermediate Quilting has crunched all the numbers and compiled the definitive list of the best team names in all of travel baseball. Using a methodology which took into account more than zero but less than […]

Uniform Review: 2018 12U Baseball Youth Elite 25 Teams

As we begin the spring season, we will be showing off the ???? threads for our 2018 Elite 25 ranked programs heading into the 2019 season.  The Utah Grays kick-off this week’s uni review with a trio of fresh Triton threads. The red and white pinstripes and black jerseys sport the Grays name and the navy top […]

Uniform Review: 2018 11U Baseball Youth Elite 25 Teams

As we begin the spring season, we will be showing off the ???? Triton threads for our 2018 Elite 25 ranked programs heading into the 2019 season.  We lead off this week’s uniform review with Florida Surge Scout and their flashy green and white threads. (Also get a look at the team logo on the green jersey ????).   […]

Uniform Review: 2018 10U Baseball Youth Elite 25 Teams

As we begin the spring season, we will be showing off the???? Triton threads for our 2018 Elite 25 ranked programs heading into the 2019 season.  We begin with our #2 ranked squad from the 10U age division, MVP Hustle Casillas. Coming off of an outstanding 2018 campaign, the team has begun 2019 with 11U three […]

Weekend Wrap-Up

Weekend Wrap-Up: August 28-30, 2020

3&2’S EVOLUTION SERIES POWERED BY WILSON BASEBALL 11U: TX/FL Canes Elite: 15 Team Arkansas: 0 12U: KC Prime: 7 Mojo Baseball Blue: 3 13U: STL Dynamite Black: 7 Building Champions UA (Shelton 13U): 3 View this post on Instagram 6-0 on the weekend with 2 bombs and a great championship win. A post shared by […]

Weekend Wrap-Up: August 21-23

South Carolina Summer NIT 10U: TG Dbacks: 8 SBA Nationals: 2 View this post on Instagram USSSA Super NIT champions in Colombia, South Carolina! This win gives us a bid to the Elite 32 in Florida of July 2021 A post shared by TG Dbacks 10u (@tg.dbacks.10u) on Aug 23, 2020 at 7:43pm PDT 11U: […]

Weekend Wrap-Up: July 17-19

USSSA Wilson DeMarini Elite World Series 9U: Shock Prime: 10 Tampa Heat: 2 10U: Diamond Elite-Wilson: 11 Swamp Donkeys: 3 11U: Stars Future Baseball: 9 NTX Eagles: 3 12U: Texas Canes Elite: 13 Oakleaf Knights: 1 Perfect Game Summer Mayhem 10U: NP Outlaws: 7 East Cobb Astros Navy: 6 11U: 643 DP Cougars 11U Pralgo: 9 […]

Weekend Wrap-Up: July 3-5

PG Texas State Championships 10U Major: Dynasty 10U Black: 7 Backyard Ballers: 4 11U AAA: Young Guns: 7 Velocity Baseball: 4 12U AAA: Texas Banditos Black: 13 Sabers Baseball- Turquoise: 0 13U Major: Marucci Elite Texas – Biggers: 7 G1 Baseball 13U Purple: 2 View this post on Instagram No better way to spend the […]

The Weekend Wrap-Up: March 7-8

PG Spring Frost 10U East Cobb Astros Orange: 8 Knox Select: 3 11U 643 DP Cougars: 7 East Cobb Astros Orange: 4 12U East Cobb Astros Navy: 18 Team Elite Prospects: 4 13U Signature Park Bears: 6 TG DBacks Robinson: 0 14U Meridian Panthers: 4 STB Cox: 1   View this post on Instagram   […]

Weekend Wrap-Up: February 29-March 1

Perfect Game Florida Select Championship 9U Shock Prime 9U: 10 Cobras: 8 10U Diamond Elite-Wilson: 10 Tampa Phenoms: 2 11U Tampa Elite: 13 GRIT Baseball: 4 12U North Pines Cobras: 7 North Broward Predators: 6 13U  TBT Ballers National: 19 Gulf Coast Monarchs 13U: 10 Perfect Game Spring Season Opener 9U Hopewell Hawks Elite: 15 […]

Weekend Wrap-Up: February 22-23, 2020

PG Mountain West Select Championship 11U LVR: 9 HBPA Pence: 7 12U Vegas Renegades: 11 Vegas Gamers: 6 13U BPA Sting Clark: 12 MVP Hustle Rodriguez: 8 14U CBA Nevada 2024: 7 Mountain West 2024: 3 2020 PGBA 14U East Coast Showdown Central Florida Select: 6 5 Star Hurley: 5 Fools For A Weekend 9U […]

Weekend Wrap-Up: February 14-17, 2020

PG Presidents’ Day Classic 10U San Diego Show: 4 SoCal Victory: 2 11U Top Tier Americans: 5 Semper Fi Bulldogs: 4 PG 11U Presidents Day Classic Champions – Top Tier Americans ???? ????Runner-up – Semper Fi Bulldogs ????MVP – Demarcus Reyes ????MVPitcher – Brody Black pic.twitter.com/0v9fI57Xk6 — Perfect Game Youth (@PGYouthBB) February 17, 2020 12U […]

Weekend Wrap-Up: February 8-9, 2020

PGBA Frozen Ropes Classic 11U 5 Star Tigers Myers: 7 FBC Wolves: 6 12U Inferno Black: 5 Paw Sox: 4 13U 5 Star Schlosser: 13 Chet Lemons Juice: 6 14U Florida Hurricanes 2024 Platinum: 13 FBH Angels: 4 7th Annual Ice Crystal Super Regional NIT 10U Tampa Phenoms: 10 South Tampa Tanks: 2 11U Tampa […]

Weekend Wrap-Up: January 25-26, 2020

Domingo Ayala “Semi Pro” Tournament 9U Southern Nevada Baseball: 11 Clutch Baseball Powered by I-5: 3 10U The Club: 6 GBG Vegas Red: 4 11U Las Vegas High Heat: 10 Southern Nevada Bruins White: 5 12U LV Rebels: 7 Vegas Gamers: 2 13U Baseball Youth Elite 13U Blue: 14 Blackhawks: 8   View this post […]

Weekend Wrap-Up: January 18-20, 2020

Rankings are reflective of the 2019 end-of-season Baseball Youth Elite 25 Rankings, which can be found here. USSSA MLK/SELECT30 SUPER NIT: Southern California 10U MVP Hustle Ruiz 1oU: 14 Chino Hills Thunder: 4 11U #1 MVP Hustle Garcia 11U: 2 #2 MVP Hustle Ruiz 11U: 0 12U #1 Easton Top Notch National: 6 SC Phenom: […]

The Weekend Wrap-Up for July 26-28

NYBC – Baseball Heaven, Long Island, NY 10u MVP Hustle Ruiz 6 I AM Baseball 1 Noah Everly messed around and got a triple double while leading MVP Hustle Ruiz to the 10u title. Everly belted three doubles while knocking in three and scoring two runs himself, earning himself a Baseball Youth Power Point!   […]

The Weekend Wrap-Up for July 18-22, 2019

Wilson DeMarini Elite WS USSSA Space Coast Stadium, Melbourne, FL 9u MVP Hustle Ruiz – 10 Traction Canes Black – 1 Tied 1-1 heading into the third inning, 9u championship was anybody’s game this weekend in the Sunshine State. By the time the dust settled and the inning ended, MVP Hustle Ruiz stood atop a […]

The Weekend Wrap-Up for July 12th – 15th

Wilson DeMarini Elite WS USSSA Space Coast Complex, Melbourne, FL 8u Texas Nitro – 9 Line Drive Elite – 7 Down 4-3 heading into the fourth inning, Texas Nitro exploded to score six runs over the next two innings en route to securing the 8u title. Jimmy Tipton III had a terrific day at the […]

Weekend Wrap-Up: July 5-7

Cooperstown Dreams Park Week 5 – Cooperstown, NY Meridian Panthers – 6 Weston Travel Ball Prime – 2 Meridian Panthers SS Blake Russell and P Adrian Jimenez put the game out of reach by blasting three-run and two-run HRs, respectively, in a five-run fifth inning for the squad from Georgia. Jimenez also started the game […]

The Weekend Wrap-up for June 22 – July 1, 2019

TravelBall National Championship Acworth Sports Complex, Acworth, GA 9u SBA Futures – 5 MVP Hustle Romero 9u – 4 Michael Pecora entered the game in the bottom of the seventh as a pinch runner, stole second and scored from there on a Max Matthews bunt to end the 9u title game in dramatic fashion. Zade […]

The Weekend Wrap-Up for June 18-24, 2019

Is your team participating in a notable travel event this weekend? We’d like to know! Submit your recaps with any photos or videos from the tournament and you could be featured in the BY Weekly Recap. USA Baseball Futures Invitational Cary, NC 11u MVP Hustle – 13 Banditos Black – 4 The final score does not tell […]

The Weekend Wrap-Up for June 14-16, 2019

Is your team participating in a notable travel event this weekend? We’d like to know! Submit your recaps with any photos or videos from the tournament and you could be featured in the BY Weekly Recap. 2019 PG 13U Summer Showdown Protected by G-Form Brook Run Baseball Fields, Atlanta GA 13u Los Tigres 2024 – 13 Knights […]

The Weekend Wrap-Up for June 7-9, 2019

Is your team participating in a notable travel event this weekend? We’d like to know! Submit your recaps with any photos or videos from the tournament and you could be featured in the BY Weekly Recap. South Texas State Championships Baseball USA – Houston, TX 10u Texas Matrix – 12 Sabers Baseball Turquoise – 0 Back-to-back weeks […]

The Weekend Wrap-Up for May 31-June 3, 2019

Is your team participating in a notable travel event this weekend? We’d like to know! Submit your recaps with any photos or videos from the tournament and you could be featured in the BY Weekly Recap. Florida World Series Terry Park Sports Complex, Fort Myers, FL 13u Florida Hurricanes 13u Platinum –  9 Next Level Prospects Blue […]

The Weekend Wrap-Up for May 24-27, 2019

Disney Memorial Day Classic Wide World of Sports Complex, Kissimmee, FL 10u Grit Baseball – 11 Tampa Force – 4 Eli Feld must not have felt like sprinting, so he went ahead and hit not one, but two, home runs as part of a five-RBI day that powered Grit Baseball to the 11u title. Grit’s […]

The Weekend Wrap-Up for May 17-19, 2019

Is your team participating in a notable travel event this weekend? We’d like to know! Submit your recaps with any photos or videos from the tournament and you could be featured in the BY Weekly Recap. Bullpen Super Select Grand Park, Westfield, IN 10u Motor City Hit Dogs – 7 Motor City Hit Dogs — Bean – […]

The Weekend Wrap-Up for May 10-12, 2019

Is your team participating in a notable travel event this weekend? We’d like to know! Submit your recaps with any photos or videos from the tournament and you could be featured in the BY Weekly Recap. Midsouth Select30 Super NIT Snowden Grove Baseball Complex, Southaven, MS 10u Traction Canes Black – 14 Germantown Giants — Steht – […]

The Weekend Wrap-Up for May 3-5, 2019

Is your team participating in a notable travel event this weekend? We’d like to know! Submit your recaps with any photos or videos from the tournament and you could be featured in the BY Weekly Recap. USA Baseball Future Series Championship Orange County Great Park, Irvine, CA 11u Easton Top Notch – 6 Dykstra Baseball MLT – […]

The Weekend Wrap-Up for April 26-28, 2019

Is your team participating in a notable travel event this weekend? We’d like to know! Submit your recaps with any photos or videos from the tournament and you could be featured in the BY Weekly Recap. Perfect Game Invitational East Cobb Complex, Marietta, GA 10U Knoxville Stars – 9 Beehive Stars – 6 A five-run […]

The Weekend-Wrap Up for April 18-20, 2019

Is your team participating in a notable travel event this weekend? We’d like to know! Submit your recaps with any photos or videos from the tournament and you could be featured in the BY Weekly Recap. Roller Coaster Challenge  April 19-20, Sandusky, OH 10U Aces Elite – 9 Baseball Youth Elite Red – 6 The […]

The Weekend Wrap-up for April 12-14, 2019

Xtreme Diamond Best of the West NIT  Various Parks, California 10U (Played at Orange County Great Park) MVP Hustle Garcia – 12 Top Notch Elite – 4 Despite the lopsided final score, this was a game very much up for grabs until the fifth, when MVP Hustle Garcia removed all doubt by putting up a […]

The Weekend Wrap-Up for April 5-7, 2019

Beast of the East Select30 Super NIT Robert C. Bradford Park, Huntersville, NC 10U Showcase Baseball Academy (SBA) Nationals – 7 Showcase Baseball Academy (SBA) Futures – 5 SBA Nationals jumped out to an early five-run lead and held on to fend off a valiant rally by the SBA Futures squad, who cut the lead […]

The Weekend Wrap-up for March 29-31, 2019

Perfect Game Elite Showdown East Cobb Complex, Marietta, GA 10U Championship 643 DP Cougars 10U – 8 Game On Venom – 7 A balanced offensive attack propelled the Cougars to the 10U title over Game on Venom Sunday in Marietta. Seven players notched RBIs for the 643 squad, including P Evan Brand, who allowed just […]

The Weekend Wrap-Up for March 22-24, 2019

Perfect Game TX Invitational Premier Baseball of Texas — Tomball, TX March 22-24 12U Championship Alamo Drillers – 14 OneOeight Black – 11 The bats came out to play this weekend in Texas, where the 2018 #3 ranked Alamo Drillers held off a game OneOeight Black team to capture the 12U title. The Drillers were […]

Top 10 Plays

TOP 10 COLLEGE BASEBALL PLAYS OF THE WEEK: FEBRUARY 24-March 1

Each and every Monday, Baseball Youth will be bringing you a comprehensive list of the 10 best plays in college baseball from the previous week. Check back each week to see what plays made the cut and if your favorite school was represented! #10 Baylor The freshmen outfielders bringing the highlight grabs out on a […]

Top 10 College Baseball Plays of the Week: February 17-23

Each and every Monday, Baseball Youth will be bringing you a comprehensive list of the 10 best plays in college baseball from the previous week. Check back each week to see what plays made the cut and if your favorite school was represented! #10 New Mexico T6 | What a get and throw by Justin […]

TOP 10 COLLEGE BASEBALL PLAYS OF THE WEEK: FEBRUARY 14-16, 2020

Each and every Monday, Baseball Youth will be bringing you a comprehensive list of the 10 best plays in college baseball from the previous week. Check back each week to see what plays made the cut and if your favorite school was represented! BONUS: McNeese State Best pit crew in @NCAACWS ????#GeauxPokes | #PokeNation pic.twitter.com/vqr3Id9ZGz […]

TOP 10 COLLEGE BASEBALL PLAYS OF THE WEEK: JUNE 17-24

Each and every Monday, Baseball Youth will be bringing you a comprehensive list of the 10 best plays in college baseball from the previous week. Check back each week to see what plays made the cut and if your favorite school was represented! #10 Vanderbilt CUT. DOWN! Ethan Paul keeps Louisville off the board.#CWS | […]

TOP 10 COLLEGE BASEBALL PLAYS OF THE WEEK: JUNE 10-17

Each and every Monday, Baseball Youth will be bringing you a comprehensive list of the 10 best plays in college baseball from the previous week. Check back each week to see what plays made the cut and if your favorite school was represented! #10 Arkansas Wooo Pig WOWIE WHAT AN ARM ????#RoadToOmaha | @RazorbackBSB pic.twitter.com/sIF0puWAmZ […]

Top 10 College Baseball Plays of the Week: June 3-9

Each and every Monday, Baseball Youth will be bringing you a comprehensive list of the 10 best plays in college baseball from the previous week. Check back each week to see what plays made the cut and if your favorite school was represented!   #10 Tampa (DII) Are you not entertained? More defense out of […]

Top 10 College Baseball Plays of the Week: May 27 – June 2

Each and every Monday, Baseball Youth will be bringing you a comprehensive list of the 10 best plays in college baseball from the previous week. Check back each week to see what plays made the cut and if your favorite school was represented! #10 Arkansas Another #SCtop10 worthy catch from @CF13_ yesterday. Kid is a […]

Top 10 College Baseball Plays of the Week: May 13-19

Each and every Monday, Baseball Youth will be bringing you a comprehensive list of the 10 best plays in college baseball from the previous week. Check back each week to see what plays made the cut and if your favorite school was represented! #10 Omaha Another look at Ben Palensky’s diving catch ????#SCTop10 #EveryoneForOmaha pic.twitter.com/to7XPdH6U6 […]

Top 10 College Baseball Plays of the Week: May 6-12

  Each and every Monday, Baseball Youth will be bringing you a comprehensive list of the 10 best plays in college baseball from the previous week. Check back each week to see what plays made the cut and if your favorite school was represented! #10 Cal     View this post on Instagram   WHAT. […]

Top 10 College Plays of the Week: April 29 – May 5

Each and every Monday, Baseball Youth will be bringing you a comprehensive list of the 10 best plays in college baseball from the previous week. Check back each week to see what plays made the cut and if your favorite school was represented! #10 UMBC .@UMBCBaseball‘s Andres Machado with one of the best plays you’ll […]

Top 10 College Baseball Plays of the Week: April 22-28

Each and every Monday, Baseball Youth will be bringing you a comprehensive list of the 10 best plays in college baseball from the previous week. Check back each week to see what plays made the cut and if your favorite school was represented! #10 Texas A&M We have a visual on the sweet slide from […]

Top 10 College Plays of the Week: April 15-21

Each and every Monday, Baseball Youth will be bringing you a comprehensive list of the 10 best plays in college baseball from the previous week. Check back each week to see what plays made the cut and if your favorite school was represented! #10 Louisville ???? We already knew @loganwyatt32 was an All-American hitter and […]

Top 10 College Baseball Plays of the Week: April 8-14

Each and every Monday, Baseball Youth will be bringing you a comprehensive list of the 10 best plays in college baseball from the previous week. Check back each week to see what plays made the cut and if your favorite school was represented!  #10 Michigan Ako Thomas with his #SCTop10 candidacy today ???? #GoBlue pic.twitter.com/q6iDBgKrVO […]

Top 10 College Baseball Plays of the Week: April 1-7

Each and every Monday, Baseball Youth will be bringing you a comprehensive list of the 10 best plays in college baseball from the previous week. Check back each week to see what plays made the cut and if your favorite school was represented!  #10 Maryland Lol our bullpen catcher is better than yours The CASUAL […]

TOP 10 COLLEGE BASEBALL PLAYS OF THE WEEK: MARCH 25-31

Each and every Monday, Baseball Youth will be bringing you a comprehensive list of the 10 best plays in college baseball from the previous week. Check back each week to see what plays made the cut and if your favorite school was represented!  #10 Don’t try to run. Don’t do it. #9 Robbery to preserve the […]

Top 10 College Baseball Plays of the Week: March 17-23

Each and every Monday, Baseball Youth will be bringing you a comprehensive list of the 10 best plays in college baseball from the previous week. Check back each week to see what plays made the cut and if your favorite school was represented!  #10 NO FLY ZONE????????‍♂️ pic.twitter.com/IvV4u3r2zk — Jackson Hardy (@JHardy07) March 24, 2019 […]

Gear Review

Gear Review: Phiten Titanium Necklace

We’ve all seen them. For over a decade now, players such as Mike Trout, Bryce Harper and Justin Verlander (among dozens of others) have been spotted sporting some colorful, braided rope necklaces. They’re called Phiten titanium necklaces, and they are said to increase players’ mental and physical prowess by stabilizing the body’s natural electric flow. […]

Gear Review: Oakley Radar EV Path Sunglasses

It’s not unfair to say baseball helped bring Oakley into the mainstream. For a generation of fans, their first experience with the California-based brand was witnessing players like Chipper Jones, Pudge Rodriguez and Jose Canseco sporting Oakley’s Pro M Frames, a precursor to the Radar EV Path offering currently being worn by big leaguers and […]

Gear Review: DeMarini Gattaca

The Concept: Like so many other tech disruptions, the new DeMarini Gattaca was a byproduct of the process instead of the expected result. Ideation for the Gattaca began more than five years ago when advanced innovation engineer Josh Stenzler set out to find ways to increase distance without increasing performance or violating the BBCOR rules. […]

Uniform Reveal

Uniform Review: 2018 14U Baseball Youth Elite 25 Teams

As we begin the spring season, we will be showing off the ???? threads for our 2018 Elite 25 ranked programs heading into the 2019 season.  We start with the pair of unis from our #20 Gulf Coast Fury with the clean red and gray jerseys. The Fury across the front is ???? #17 #9 with the solid […]

Uniform Review: 2018 13U Baseball Youth Elite 25 Teams

As we begin the spring season, we will be showing off the ???? threads for our 2018 Elite 25 ranked programs heading into the 2019 season.  Leading off, our #24 ranked San Antonio Kings with the trio of threads with the ???? black and gold color scheme. The #14 Georgia Jackets National with the sneak ????. The white unis […]

Uniform Review: 2018 12U Baseball Youth Elite 25 Teams

As we begin the spring season, we will be showing off the ???? threads for our 2018 Elite 25 ranked programs heading into the 2019 season.  The Utah Grays kick-off this week’s uni review with a trio of fresh Triton threads. The red and white pinstripes and black jerseys sport the Grays name and the navy top […]

Uniform Review: 2018 11U Baseball Youth Elite 25 Teams

As we begin the spring season, we will be showing off the ???? Triton threads for our 2018 Elite 25 ranked programs heading into the 2019 season.  We lead off this week’s uniform review with Florida Surge Scout and their flashy green and white threads. (Also get a look at the team logo on the green jersey ????).   […]

Uniform Review: 2018 10U Baseball Youth Elite 25 Teams

As we begin the spring season, we will be showing off the???? Triton threads for our 2018 Elite 25 ranked programs heading into the 2019 season.  We begin with our #2 ranked squad from the 10U age division, MVP Hustle Casillas. Coming off of an outstanding 2018 campaign, the team has begun 2019 with 11U three […]

Uniform Review: MiLB Copa Unis

Minor League Baseball recently unveiled the 2019 Copa de la Diversión identities for 72 teams. Check out some of our favorite ???? unis and logos below.              

College Baseball

TOP 10 COLLEGE BASEBALL PLAYS OF THE WEEK: MARCH 2-8

Each and every Monday, Baseball Youth will be bringing you a comprehensive list of the 10 best plays in college baseball from the previous week. Check back each week to see what plays made the cut and if your favorite school was represented! #10 Georgia Tech Georgia Tech walks it off over Virginia Tech in […]

Top 10 College Baseball Plays of the Week: February 17-23

Each and every Monday, Baseball Youth will be bringing you a comprehensive list of the 10 best plays in college baseball from the previous week. Check back each week to see what plays made the cut and if your favorite school was represented! #10 New Mexico T6 | What a get and throw by Justin […]

TOP 10 COLLEGE BASEBALL PLAYS OF THE WEEK: FEBRUARY 14-16, 2020

Each and every Monday, Baseball Youth will be bringing you a comprehensive list of the 10 best plays in college baseball from the previous week. Check back each week to see what plays made the cut and if your favorite school was represented! BONUS: McNeese State Best pit crew in @NCAACWS ????#GeauxPokes | #PokeNation pic.twitter.com/vqr3Id9ZGz […]

Campus Connection: Michigan

An inside look at Michigan Baseball Quick hits: Founded: 1866 Students: 44,718 Location: Ann Arbor, MI Nickname: Wolverines Conference: Big Ten Conference Home Field: Ray Fisher Stadium at Wilpon Baseball Complex Seating: 4,000 Head Coach: Erik Bakich (7th season; 85-57 at Michigan) College World Series Appearances: 7 (1953, 1962, 1978, 1980, 1981, 1983, 1984) NCAA […]

Coaches Box: Dan McDonnell

This interview was conducted by AthleticDirectorU and hosted by Bob Walsh, former Men’s Basketball Coach at the University of Maine. This Dynamic Leadership Podcast interview is being repurposed for Baseball Youth. You can listen to the full interview here. BY: Now in baseball in particular, it’s a team sport, but with a huge individual dynamic. […]

Campus Connection: Mississippi State

Quick hits: Founded: 1878 Students: 21,884 Location: Starkville, MS Nickname: Bulldogs Conference: SEC Home Field: Dudy Noble Field (1976; 330-390-326) Seating: 9,000 (13,000 in 2019) Head Coach: Chris Lemonis (1st Season) Conference Titles: 1979, 1985, 1987, 1990, 2001, 2005, 2012 NCAA College World Series Appearances: 1971, 1979, 1981, 1985, 1990, 1997, 1998, 2007, 2013, 2018, […]

Top 10 College Baseball Plays of the Week: June 3-9

Each and every Monday, Baseball Youth will be bringing you a comprehensive list of the 10 best plays in college baseball from the previous week. Check back each week to see what plays made the cut and if your favorite school was represented!   #10 Tampa (DII) Are you not entertained? More defense out of […]

Top 10 College Baseball Plays of the Week: May 13-19

Each and every Monday, Baseball Youth will be bringing you a comprehensive list of the 10 best plays in college baseball from the previous week. Check back each week to see what plays made the cut and if your favorite school was represented! #10 Omaha Another look at Ben Palensky’s diving catch ????#SCTop10 #EveryoneForOmaha pic.twitter.com/to7XPdH6U6 […]

Top 10 College Baseball Plays of the Week: May 6-12

  Each and every Monday, Baseball Youth will be bringing you a comprehensive list of the 10 best plays in college baseball from the previous week. Check back each week to see what plays made the cut and if your favorite school was represented! #10 Cal     View this post on Instagram   WHAT. […]

Top 10 College Plays of the Week: April 29 – May 5

Each and every Monday, Baseball Youth will be bringing you a comprehensive list of the 10 best plays in college baseball from the previous week. Check back each week to see what plays made the cut and if your favorite school was represented! #10 UMBC .@UMBCBaseball‘s Andres Machado with one of the best plays you’ll […]

Top 10 College Baseball Plays of the Week: April 22-28

Each and every Monday, Baseball Youth will be bringing you a comprehensive list of the 10 best plays in college baseball from the previous week. Check back each week to see what plays made the cut and if your favorite school was represented! #10 Texas A&M We have a visual on the sweet slide from […]

Campus Connection: Stetson

AN INSIDER’S LOOK AT STETSON BASEBALL Quick Hits Founded: 1883 Enrollment: 4,330 Location: Deland, Florida Nickname: Hatters Conference: Atlantic Sun Home Field: Melching Field at Conrad Park (1999; 335-403-335 dimensions) Seating: 2,500 Head Coach: Steve Trimper (2nd season; 72-40 at Stetson, 553-506-4 overall) Conference Titles: 8 (1988-1990, 2000, 2005, 2006, 2016, 2018)   Just the […]

Top 10 College Plays of the Week: April 15-21

Each and every Monday, Baseball Youth will be bringing you a comprehensive list of the 10 best plays in college baseball from the previous week. Check back each week to see what plays made the cut and if your favorite school was represented! #10 Louisville ???? We already knew @loganwyatt32 was an All-American hitter and […]

Top 10 College Baseball Plays of the Week: April 8-14

Each and every Monday, Baseball Youth will be bringing you a comprehensive list of the 10 best plays in college baseball from the previous week. Check back each week to see what plays made the cut and if your favorite school was represented!  #10 Michigan Ako Thomas with his #SCTop10 candidacy today ???? #GoBlue pic.twitter.com/q6iDBgKrVO […]

Top 10 College Baseball Plays of the Week: April 1-7

Each and every Monday, Baseball Youth will be bringing you a comprehensive list of the 10 best plays in college baseball from the previous week. Check back each week to see what plays made the cut and if your favorite school was represented!  #10 Maryland Lol our bullpen catcher is better than yours The CASUAL […]

TOP 10 COLLEGE BASEBALL PLAYS OF THE WEEK: MARCH 25-31

Each and every Monday, Baseball Youth will be bringing you a comprehensive list of the 10 best plays in college baseball from the previous week. Check back each week to see what plays made the cut and if your favorite school was represented!  #10 Don’t try to run. Don’t do it. #9 Robbery to preserve the […]

Top 10 College Baseball Plays of the Week: March 17-23

Each and every Monday, Baseball Youth will be bringing you a comprehensive list of the 10 best plays in college baseball from the previous week. Check back each week to see what plays made the cut and if your favorite school was represented!  #10 NO FLY ZONE????????‍♂️ pic.twitter.com/IvV4u3r2zk — Jackson Hardy (@JHardy07) March 24, 2019 […]

MLB Hall of Fame

Hitherto Shalt Thou Come, But No Further: Inside Aaron Boone’s 2003 ALCS Walk-Off HR

The year was 2003. The U.S. had ended the bloody regime of Saddam Hussein in Iraq, John Major was the prime minister of Great Britain, Martha Stewart was in prison and Conan the Barbarian was governor of California. (One of these “facts is false.” Can you guess which one?) In football, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers […]

Who Won the Pennant? Inside the Shot Heard ‘Round the World

The year was 1951. Having emerged victorious from World War II, America, despite finding itself in the middle of another war, this time in Korea, was in the midst of a period of unbridled optimism. The economy experienced record growth. Baby Boomers were being born at an unprecedented rate. Televisions were entering American homes faster […]

Touch ‘Em All, Joe: Joe Carter’s 1993 World Series Walk-Off

It took a bit of time, but by 1993, America was settling into the ‘90s quite nicely. Just two years earlier, bands like Nirvana and Pearl Jam led the nation’s headlong dash into grunge, while other cultural phenomena, such as neon windbreakers, flannel shirts and Friends, have burst back into today’s cultural zeitgeist. Aside from […]

Perfect Theater: Inside an Iconic Home Run

The year was 1988. The nation was preparing to vote in a presidential election between George H.W. Bush and Michael Dukakis. Overseas, the Russian policies of perestroika and glasnost signaled the waning of the Cold War. The “Showtime” Los Angeles Lakers, led by Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabar and James Worthy, had just clinched their fifth […]

Hall of Fame: Mel Ott

Name: Mel Ott Nickname: “Master Melvin” Teams: New York Giants (1926-1947) Position: Right Fielder Number: 4 Bats: Left Career stats: BA: .304 Hits: 2,876 HR: 511 RBI: 1,860 Over the course of his 22-season career, Mel Ott simultaneously became one of Major League Baseball’s most beloved players, admired by fans around the country – including […]

Hall of Fame: Cy Young

Name: Denton True “Cy” Young Born: March 29, 1867 Died: November 4, 1955 Teams: Cleveland Spiders (1890-98), St. Louis Perfectos/Cardinals (1899-1900), Boston Americans/Red Sox (1901-08), Cleveland Naps (1909-11), Boston Rustlers (1911) Manager: Boston Red Sox (1907) Position: Pitcher   Career Stats Wins: 511 Losses: 316 ERA: 2.63 Strikeouts: 2,803 Before there was the Cy Young […]

National Baseball Hall of Fame: Frank Thomas

Class of 2013 Number: 35 Name: Frank Edward Thomas, Jr. Nickname: “The Big Hurt” Teams: Chicago White Sox (1990-2005), Oakland Athletics (2006), Toronto Blue Jays (2007-2008) Position: First Base/Designated Hitter Number: 35 Bats: Right Throws: Right Career Stats BA: .301 Hits: 2,468 HR: 521 RBI: 1,704 At 6’5” and over 240 pounds, Frank Thomas, known […]

Instruction

5 Drills for Better Upper Body Swing Mechanics

By Garrett Gordon The upper body in the swing is very crucial. It is part of what’s holding and ultimately delivering the bat to contact. Unfortunately, the upper body is where most hitters make the biggest mistakes. Here at Baseball Rebellion, we have our Rebel’s Rack progression of movements that hitters can learn. As a […]

What Your Work Ethic Says About You

A Player, Parent, and Coach Perspective By Garrett Gordon What Motivates You? As a player, ask yourself “why do I play baseball?”.  As a parent ask yourself “Why does my son play baseball?”. Do they play because you make them? Is their goal to someday play in the big leagues one day? Do they want […]

How Should a Hitter Stride?

By Garrett Gordon Many young hitters have an issue with their stride length.  By using a rope or band to help them feel where they need to be can help get them in a more athletic position. I get a lot of questions weekly on how far a hitter should stride.  It all depends! Mainly […]

Pre-Game Warmup Plans: How to Get Your Hitters Ready in Any Scenario

By Eric Tyler Your team is an hour early for their first game for a tournament. You’ve never been to this field complex before. You’re looking around to see what’s available for warming up. Do you have a cage? Can you do on-field BP? Do you just have a little patch of grass next to […]

Fouling Pitches Straight Back? You’re Probably Just Late.

By: Chas Pippitt Pop-ups…Everyone hates them. Coaches, Parents, Hitters…(pitchers don’t count).  So why do they happen? There are a few obvious reasons like swinging too low or dropping your hands. If you think dropping your hands is the problem, check out the videos below and get that fixed asap. However, one reason is a little […]

Stop Getting Jammed & Start Hitting Barrels

By Garrett of Baseball Rebellion Stop Getting Jammed & Start Hitting Barrels The bat path of all great hitters gets in the zone and stays through the zone for a long time. The direction of the swing must stay through the middle of the field. Choking up on the bat 4-5 inches or using a […]

Baseball IQ: The Pump Fake Throw

By Eric Tyler of Baseball Rebellion What is Baseball IQ? Knowledge is Power Scroll twitter for five minutes and you’ll find 10 different instructional drills/videos on how to become a better hitter and improve your swing. And to be clear, there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. People genuinely trying to help others is typically […]

DO NOT Take the Knob to the Ball

By Garrett of Baseball Rebellion DON’T Push the Knob to the Ball Taking the hands out of the swing is something that hitters have a hard time trusting.  Often leads to mis-hits and poor bat path.  A Lot of coaches teach lead with the knob of that bat to the ball.  This does somewhat happen […]

Angled Tee Drill

In this day and age, there is a huge argument about “Feel vs Real”. Understanding the difference is crucial for your development as a hitter. Doing drills that you feel and that will give you actual real results is something hitters obviously need. With the angled tee drill below, you will see how it will […]

How Important is it to Break in Your Glove The RIGHT Way?

In a sport full of superstitions none are more prevalent than the sacred relationship between an infielder and his glove. They will go to extended measures to keep it intact including carrying it onto planes as a carry on (seriously). The reason they are so cautious with their glove is that it is broken in […]

One Drill to Help Hitters Create a Consistent Barrel Path

How Can Your Shoes Affect Your Swing?

By Eric Tyler of Baseball Rebellion Why is Balance so Important?  Stability and balance. Two major factors in swing quality. The hardest thing to do in sports is to be “on-time” with a moving pitch. When in a hitter is struggling timing is often hard to find. It can often be the most frustrating time […]

How to Eliminate a Long Swing

By Garrett Gordon Staying connected in the swing is vital for a hitter’s success.  Cast your hands and barrel in your swing can result in poor contact and consistency when hitting. Oftentimes hitters mindlessly hit off the tee thinking they are getting better.  With this simple drill, you can make sure you are staying connected […]

Finding & Maintaining Confidence as a Hitter

By JK Whited “Confidence: A feeling or consciousness of one’s powers or reliance on one’s circumstances.” Have you ever met a professional athlete at the highest level?  If you have, you’ve probably noticed their presence, their swagger, their aura.  There is a way about them that sometimes is hard to quantify. It’s a trait they […]

My First Year as a Little League Dad

By Chas Pippitt A Year of Firsts for This New Baseball Dad My oldest son, Bryant, is now playing his first year of Little League baseball. He’s almost six, so he’s in machine pitch and loving every second of it. We’ve had some funny conversations and happenings already in this season, and I wanted to […]

Increase Your Power with Angled Medicine Ball Throws

By Eric Tyler More Power with Angled Medicine Ball Throws Often times hitters are hampered by the inability to rotate in the proper sequence. Whether their lower body rotates too far, or their upper body stops too soon, the fear of missing the ball causes poor body movements. In order for the body to accelerate […]

How Deliberate Practice Can Help You Hit the Ball Harder

By Garrett Gordon Stop Hitting Just to Hit- Quality Over Quantity We have all heard that statement before, but baseball and softball training seem to have not listened. Yes, one of the main ways to get better at hitting a baseball or softball we have to hit.  But does that mean the more reps we […]

Hitting Terms Every Coach Must Know

By Chas Pippitt Do You Know Today’s Most Commonly Used Hitting Terms? If not, this article will be extremely helpful for you. It’s important for moms, dads, coaches, and players to understand these terms. Knowledge is power, and knowing these terms and what they mean will help everyone learn faster and share hitting information better. […]

How Players & Parents Can Better Understand the Strike Zone

By: Chas Pippitt Recently, a few parents and players have talked to me about the ‘strike zone’ issues. Usually, they describe a bad call or two that the ump called on their son or daughter which resulted in a strikeout. I also had a parent submit a video recently in a 10u elite travel ball game […]

How The High-Tee Drill Can Help Your Hitters

By Eric Tyler Why Set The Ball Higher Than The Strikezone? When training youth hitters, exaggerated drills are often needed. Drills that can help get the hitter to understand just how dramatic of an adjustment they need to make. As we post these drills we often get negative comments on social media about how “nobody […]

Mastering Head Position in the Swing: The Head Pivot Drill

By Chas Pippitt Head Movement in the Swing Hitting a moving ball is hard enough as it is without moving your eyes in the middle of the rotation! Many times, players have a hard time maintaining their head position when swinging a bat. Their head will work forward after the stride foot lands, forward inside […]

Understanding the Competitive Edge

By Garrett Gordon What Are You Doing to Gain a Competitive Edge on Your Opponents? In this day and age of getting participation trophies and everyone making the all-star team gives kids a false sense of success.  Whether they play baseball or softball until high school or go beyond and play college, playing the game […]

6 Traits That Make a Great Outfielder

By Garrett Gordon Do you have the qualities that make a great Outfielder? “BUT THE OUTFIELD IS BORING” At the youth level, outfielders may not get much attention or glory. This is because at the younger levels many balls are not hit to the outfield. Therefore, kids get bored and end up picking daisies and […]

The Three Biggest Keys to On-Deck Preparation

By JK Whited When a hitter is on deck, there are primarily three focal points as they prepare for their at-bat.  The hitter can use his or her on deck time to visualize, body preparation, and timing. Now, these three can be done individually or at the same time, depending on the hitter’s individual needs.  […]

Tilted Wall Drill

By Chas Pippitt Getting on plane with a pitch is the best way to maximize a hitter’s contact zone.  Because of this fact, lots of coaches are using different ideas and drills to get on plane sooner and longer.  While there are many ways to achieve this, my favorite way is the Tilted Wall Drill. […]

Learn to Load with the Wedge Drill

By Eric Tyler The ability of a youth athlete to get into the proper hip hinge position is extremely difficult. This is something that can be troubling to teach and one that we at Baseball Rebellion strive to make easier daily. Often we see hitters load their weight into their quad before moving forward in […]

The Most Efficient Way to Play a Ball Off the Outfield Wall

By Tyler Zupcic One of the most overlooked and costly plays in youth baseball is the following:  The ball is hit deep to the outfield and hits off the outfield wall. There is a runner on first who was running from the moment the ball was hit. The outfielder plays the ball off the wall […]

Why Egypt? Because Baseball.

On first glance, baseball and Egypt seem to go together like peanut butter and motor oil. But first glances are rarely reliable, especially when the subject of said glance is complex, layered and several thousand years old. From the pharaohs to the Arab Spring, no country on earth can lay claim to having more directly […]

3 Drills to Improve Your Catcher’s Pop-Time

By Eric Tyler What is Pop-Time? When thinking about developing catchers in today’s showcase environment the truth is, whether right or not, there is a large amount of stock placed on a player’s pop-time. For those who don’t know, a pop-time represents the time elapsed from the moment the pitch hits the catcher’s mitt to […]

The Scoop: Q&A with MLB Network’s Jon Morosi

By Jacob Gill We’ve all been watching a game when the announcers toss it to a reporter on the field for a live interview with a manager or player. If you’re like us, you’ve probably thought a) that’s an awesome job and b) how’d they get it. Well, we asked. Jon Morosi is an MLB […]

Fielding Drills in Minimal Space

By Eric Tyler Unfortunately, for baseball players all over the country: WINTER IS COMING! So the sad reality is that many of you may not have the luxury to throw some spikes on and head to the field for some ground balls. BUT, that shouldn’t keep you from honing your defensive skill for the upcoming […]

1 Drill to Stop Swinging Down

By: Eric Tyler One of the biggest flaws with youth hitters is their inability to swing up on the ball effectively. And whether it be their size, age, or ability level, many are taught not to. In my opinion, every hitter, regardless of the qualities mentioned above, should swing on plane (various degrees of up […]

Slow Roller Ladder Drill for Infielder

By Eric Tyler One big issue I have noticed with young infielders during my lessons at Baseball Rebellion is the inability to field a slow roller while still remaining athletic. They tend to stop their feet in order to catch the ball, or struggle to bend low enough to field cleanly.  The Slow Roller Ladder […]

5 Drills for Better Upper Body Swing Mechanics

By Garrett Gordon The upper body in the swing is very crucial. It is part of what’s holding and ultimately delivering the bat to contact. Unfortunately, the upper body is where most hitters make the biggest mistakes. Here at Baseball Rebellion, we have our Rebel’s Rack progression of movements that hitters can learn. As a […]

Increase Bat Speed with Double Snap Towel Drive

Increase Bat Speed with a PVC Pipe By Tyler Zupcic If you are looking to increase your bat speed, pick up a PVC. There are many types of PVC progressions that promise to increase bat speed out there on Twitter and YouTube. Most of them, unfortunately, do not accomplish the ‘feel’ they’re intended to put […]

Remembering President George W. Bush’s First Pitch

“America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It’s been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. This field, this game, it’s a part of our past, Ray. It reminds us of all that once was good and could be again.” – Field of Dreams Have you […]

Taking Ownership of Your Commitments

A Player, Parent, and Coach Perspective By Garrett Gordon What Motivates You? As a player, ask yourself “why do I play baseball?”.  As a parent ask yourself “Why does my son play baseball?”. Do they play because you make them? Is their goal to someday play in the big leagues one day? Do they want […]

Four Good “Mishits” Coaches Shouldn’t Worry About

A player and coaches ability to read mishits (a hit or swing that produced a result that wasn’t the intended purpose of the hitter) has to be one of the most important skills to acquire. Without it, good swings are altered all the time for no reason, especially at the youth level. If you can […]

The 6 Ways YOU Can Help Your Kid Get More Playing Time

By Garrett Gordon Youth Parents, This Article is for YOU In my years as a private instructor, travel ball coach and even as a player, “politics” in sports is something that is unavoidable. Although this is a part of most teams, is this really why your child isn’t getting the playing time they and you […]

Feel vs. Real? What makes Mike Trout great?

By Tyler Zupcic How Mike Trout Prepares for Games What do the best hitters practice? What if I told you that most of them have no idea why they are practicing something. Most of them will just do the same drills they were taught and never change. However, you have seen that players nowadays are […]

Pre-Game Warm Up

By Eric Tyler You’re team is an hour early for their first game for a summer-ball tournament. You’ve never been to this field complex before. You’re looking around to see what’s available for warming up. Do you have a cage? Can you do on-field BP? Do you just have a little patch of grass next […]

Weekend Tournament Nutrition Plan

By Kyle Harris How to Make Sure Your Player Receives Proper Nutrition During Those Long Weekend Tournaments One of the best things you can do for your son or daughter during their weekend-long tournament is to keep them properly hydrated and energized. This doesn’t mean loading them up on Gatorade and Red Bull but finding […]

Footwork for First Basemen

By: Eric Tyler Who’s On First? When I say ‘First Basemen’, the first thing that comes to mind is a big power hitter who just has to catch the ball thrown to them. However, when taking a deeper look at the highest levels of Baseball/Softball, those days are over. The defensive intricacies of playing first […]

The Best Way to Hit More Home Runs

Home Run Opportunity Percentage By Tyler Zupcic Train to Hit More Doubles, Triples, and Homers for ALL Ages The other day, our business manager, Chris Gennaro, approached me with a stat I had never heard of. It was called “Home Run Opportunity Percentage or HROpp%.” This statistic created by Dan Richards shows the best Launch […]

Talking to Umpires: The Do’s & Don’ts for Players, Parents, and Coaches

By Chas Pippitt How you talk to an umpire can be the difference between winning and losing. These men and women are not robots, they have both emotions and memories. More than likely, they will remember both good and bad interactions with you and your team. What’s the best way to make umpires remember you […]

The Truth About Barrel Turn

By Chas Pippitt Turn the Body First First, before you do ANYTHING with the upper body during the swing, the lower body and torso must rotate properly. That means the stride needs to be correct and the focus is preparing to turn the body and time the ball with the turn. Once those things are […]

How to Increase Exit Velocity? Learn First, THEN Load!

Exit velocity is quite the buzz-worthy topic these days. Just as pitchers have gone through the unrelenting quest to increase their throwing velocity, hitters are doing the same thing with bat speed and batted ball exit velocity. These revolutions are happening for a good reason! More velocity on the mound or in the batter’s box […]

5 Swing Clogging Moves To Avoid

By JK Whited I often get my hitters to envision the flow of energy in their swings as water flowing through pipes. If the pattern of a hitter’s swing is precise, the energy, or “water”, will flow smoothly without friction. When this happens the player will squeeze every drop of potential power out of his […]

10 Tee Drills for More Power

By Chas Pippitt Frequently, Baseball Rebellion is emailed with questions about the Launch Angle Tee, one of our products. Many times, these emails have questions about the tee or adapter top itself.  However, the one thing I continue to be surprised about is how often we are asked for tee drills. To be more efficient, […]

5 New Habits to Dominate Summer Ball

By Chas Pippitt Your spring season is coming to an end. School is out soon. Summer is here! If you’re like thousands of kids across the country that means one thing: SUMMER BASEBALL! Make sure you don’t just go through the motions this summer. If you want to dominate on the field, be named tournament […]

How to Stop Pushing the Ball and Throwing Sidearm

By Dave Shinskie The most common problem I see in both online and in person evaluations is a lack of body awareness through the throwing delivery. Many kids are seemingly taught to just lift their leg and throw.  Many of these kids also seem to throw sidearm when pitching. There is a gap in instruction […]

Top 5 Ways Players Get Worse from Team Practice

TOP 5 WAYS PLAYERS GET WORSE FROM TEAM PRACTICE By JK Whited Practice is supposed to make players better. The way a team’s hitting practice is organized can be either very helpful or very damaging to a hitter’s development. Here are just a handful of practice situation that might be happening that are detrimental. If […]

Get More Extension in Your Swing with a Tool You Already Have

By Chas Pippitt Imagine this: You’re headed to the field after struggling again in your last game.  You’ve hit and hit and hit, and yet, your coach says you’re still ‘pulling off’. ‘Roll-overs’ are happening over and over and you keep ‘just missing’ the ball. Right now, it’s just you, a tee, and a bucket […]

The Launch Angle Formula: Why it Matters for Youth Hitters

Exit Velocity Determines Optimal Launch Angle What goes into making a great hitter? It’s not just a pretty swing or how hard you can hit a ball. Great bat speed and swing path help, but there’s more to it than that. It’s not just your lower body mechanics or your turn.  And it’s for sure […]

How to Cure Pop Ups

By Tyler Zupcic of Baseball Rebellion It’s Not What You Think All too often you see a hitter pop the ball up to the infield or in foul territory and hear one or both of these reactions from uninformed coaches and parents: “Stop dropping your back shoulder” or “Get on top of the ball” Counterintuitively, […]

Instructional: The Leg Lift

Are you wondering if your son should be using a leg lift? with Clint McGill It is enticing, right?  Many of today’s big leaguers such as Mike Trout and Jose Altuve utilize a big leg lift to generate incredible amounts of power. Even Justin Turner, Josh Donaldson and Jose Bautista have all turned themselves from […]

International

Why Egypt? Because Baseball.

On first glance, baseball and Egypt seem to go together like peanut butter and motor oil. But first glances are rarely reliable, especially when the subject of said glance is complex, layered and several thousand years old. From the pharaohs to the Arab Spring, no country on earth can lay claim to having more directly […]

Destination: Canada

An inside look at the state of baseball in the Great White North. By: Trey Huntsman A revolution began on October 14, 2015. On that day, Jose Bautista sent Canada into a frenzy when he launched a two-out, three-run home run to put the Toronto Blue Jays ahead of the Texas Rangers by a score […]

Destination: Australia

Baseball’s Best Kept Secret They should’ve made an announcement. An impossible-to-miss, siren-blaring, nothing-else-matters broadcast to the entire world. Because I didn’t know, and you probably didn’t either. Apparently, back in 2000, while the rest of the world was going Y2Krazy, the ocean-deciding wing of the scientific community got together and concluded that, after nearly 2,000 […]

Destination: Puerto Rico

From legends of the past to the stars of today, few countries can boast a roster of Major of League players as skilled, passionate and determined as those from Puerto Rico. Beginning with the iconic Roberto Clemente, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1973, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, an official but […]