Grand Rapids Youth Baseball Expansion

Grand Rapids Youth Baseball Expansion

HUGE Summer Baseball Camp Series coming to Grand Rapids and Rockford Grand Rapids, MI – Youth baseball players and parents will have some great skill building and training opportunities this summer in Grand Rapids and Rockford. The Christian Athletic Complex (CAC) announced expansion of their baseball training opportunities by partnering with...

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Youth baseball bats… is yours going to be Illegal?

Youth baseball bats… is yours going to be Illegal?

Little League International announced that beginning January 1, 2018 (ten months from now), all currently used 2 ¼” barrel composite bats will be ILLEGAL! Yes, that is right, you have one more season with your current bat. Here is the statement from Little League International: With the Little League® International Board of Directors formally adopting USA...

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Dick’s Sporting Goods Coaches Guide and DVD

Dick’s Sporting Goods Coaches Guide and DVD

Baseball Concepts receives contract from Dick’s Sporting Goods Baseball Concepts of Zeeland, MI is a creator of quality baseball instructional material for youth baseball coaches. The company has just announced that they have received a contract from the national sporting goods chain, Dicks Sporting Goods. Baseball Concepts has produced a coach’s guide...

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Travel Baseball!

Travel Baseball!

Lakeshore Warriors and Baseball Concepts to Partner in 2016. The lakeshore area’s youth baseball players and families will be interested in learning that two quality baseball organizations in the region have now partnered. The travel baseball organization, Lakeshore Warriors, and the baseball training and camp organization, Baseball Concepts, plan to engage...

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Baseball: When it goes all wrong!

Baseball: When it goes all wrong!

I love this game! It teaches us so much – life does not have problems, it has opportunities… opportunities to overcome struggles and discouragement to obtain freedom and success! Looking at the glass as half FULL can help us in baseball and in life, let’s look at this a little closer: Baseball is a game of failure, and far too often kids (and...

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What Makes Great Youth Baseball Parents?

What Makes Great Youth Baseball Parents?

In a past survey of youth sports, young players were asked the question, what is the least favorite part of being involved in youth sports? Their response: “the car ride home”! Why is this? Parents, what are we saying or asking of our child to create this type of feeling from our kids? We are supposed to be our kid’s biggest fans and their primary...

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Coaching this Year? How to Address Mom and Dad!

Coaching this Year?  How to Address Mom and Dad!

Developing a “Pre-season Parent Letter” Communication is the single most important element in leading any type of organization or team. We can prevent or solve most any issue with proper communication. As a coach your desire is to have a smooth flowing season without distracting problems. Parents will feel more informed and comfortable if they have good...

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Building Confidence in Your Child!

Building Confidence in Your Child!

Confidence comes from many things, but with constant youth sports surrounding your child, it seems to be an easy boost for your son or daughter to provide them with skills that help them excel in the one activity that almost every young child participates in – sports! Granted, God gives every child different levels of coordination, so sometimes that factor...

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5 Razones por las que los niños necesitan los deportes!

5 Razones por las que los niños necesitan los deportes!

Los niños que se dedican a los deportes de todo tipo son, por lo general, más social, más cómodo “montaje”, y desarrollar intereses sanos que los padres pueden ayudar a dar forma y molde de la primaria juegos infantiles y adelante con el resto de la escuela del niño años! Los padres, su función: ayudar a su hijo a convertirse en juego! Jugar...

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5 Reasons Kids Need Sports!

5 Reasons Kids Need Sports!

Kids who are involved in sports of any kind are generally more social, have a more comfortable time “fitting in”, and develop healthy interests that parents can help shape and mold from the elementary playgrounds and onward through the rest of the child’s school years! Parents, your role: help your child become involved! Play catch with them, shoot...

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What size bat / glove will my child need?

What size bat / glove will my child need?

The big question we get asked all the time is… How do I know what size bat to choose? There are many thoughts on this. You may have heard that your child should be able to hold a bat out to his/her side for 1 minute without fatigue, and if they can not do this then the bat is probably too heavy. It is also said that kids should hit a bucket of balls to see...

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Letting Kids Be Kids!

Letting Kids Be Kids!

Often times it can be very difficult as parents to refrain from mapping out a plan for our kids and deciding what they are to become involved with and how they will turn out. Far too often I see it in the world of youth baseball, where kids are pushed far more than they really want to be. This occurs mainly impart to “dad” re-living out his shortcomings...

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Back To School…Baseball!

Back To School…Baseball!

The essential and main component for youth sports involves and is directly associated with school athletics. Having academically sound students first, participating in athletics second. With fall brings the start of another school year, this is the time for parents to instill sound studying habits in their child’s learning schedule. Kids are typically more...

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How to Make an Awesome Web Gem Play!

How to Make an Awesome Web Gem Play!

Have you ever wondered how a baseball player makes an awesome, jaw dropping Web Gem play? Well, it is certainly not by accident or a result of good luck, it all stems from the player being in a proper “ready step” position that helps him get a great jump on the ball to make the play! The ready step is the motion a player makes as the pitcher is delivering...

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Are you PUSHING your kid too much?

Are you PUSHING your kid too much?

Often times it can be very difficult as parents to refrain from mapping out a plan for our kids and deciding what they are to become involved with and how they will turn out. Far too often I see it in the world of youth baseball, where kids are pushed far more than they really want to be. This occurs mainly impart to “dad” re-living out his shortcomings...

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Mid-Summer Classic… an All-Star Camp?

Mid-Summer Classic… an All-Star Camp?

Many kids are wrapping up the 2014 youth baseball season, and many are reflecting saying, “wow that was awesome, does it have to end”? For many kids the excitement of the season is too short lived and as they see Major League Baseball ramping up, kids are sort of disappointed to see their season closing down! The MLB all-star game is happening next month,...

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Does my child have a GOOD Coach?

Does my child have a GOOD Coach?

Does my son have a good coach? Wonder if your child’s coach is a good example? Is he or she being positive, supportive, and encouraging? Youth baseball is ALL about teaching and building relationships with kids. If you are in need of a check list to be sure, check this out! • Caring for the kids and makes practice fun for them. • Giving high fives to...

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The Car Ride Home from the Game!

The Car Ride Home from the Game!

The car ride home! The car ride home! A study once reported that kid’s least favorite part of a little league game is the car ride home. The reason, mom and dad constantly telling them what they need to do better and placing some unhealthy demands on their little kids! Parents, what does your car ride home sound like? Are you positive, encouraging, and...

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Catching – Proper Stance?

Catching – Proper Stance?

Proper Stance- Signal Stance, Receiving Stance, Man on Stance A. Signal Stance The catcher’s butt is low and sitting on the heels. The catcher’s feet are close together and knees pointed at pitcher. The catcher’s chest is straight with chin up and the elbow of the bare hand resting against the hip. The wrist of the glove hand rests on the knee...

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Think your son will get drafted?

Think your son will get drafted?

It is important to note that less than one percent of high school seniors will graduate with a full athletic scholarship – and of this less than one percent, only .2 percent will become professional athletes. This statistic is very eye opening. Many parents have a genuine thought and unrealistic expectation that investing in their child’s athletic...

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