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Practicing When No Field Is Available

By Marty Schupak | July 4, 2021

                   Practicing When No Field Is Available    How many times do we as coaches call for a practice, meet the team at the field, only to find one team practicing and one or more other teams waiting to practice? When I first started coaching, this always…

Bunt Young, Bunt Often!

By Marty Schupak | July 3, 2021

 I have always been a big proponent of bunting, and feel it can be taught at a young age. When you think about it, a bunt single or a long line drive single hit to the outfield looks the exact same in the box score. Some parents ask me what age should coaches or parents…

Baseball And Softball Hitting Techniques

By Marty Schupak | July 2, 2021

  One thing I learned in my 25 years coaching youth baseball is that there is no perfect way to coach hitters.I never considered myself an expert at teaching young 7-12 year-old ball players the most refined hitting techniques. The most success I’ve had with improving hitters’ techniques is when I didn’t over coach them.…

One Sided Game Motivation

By Marty Schupak | June 26, 2021

    Jim Valvano, while coaching at North CarolinaState University pulled off one of the greatest upsets in NCAA basketball history beating the University of Houston. No one gave Valvano’s team any chance of winning the game. His team won 54-52. This game is still considered one of the biggest upsets in sports history! A…

Unorganized Youth Sports Is Missing From Society

By Marty Schupak | June 19, 2021

    As parents we strive to do the best things we can for our kids. When we were growing up there were things our parents did that we liked and things that our parents did that we didn’t like. We become what we are by what we experience in the environment around us. In…

Five Things That Drive Me Crazy In Youth Baseball!

By Marty Schupak | June 13, 2021

 In sports, many times coaches are more negatively affected by bad things that happen than being positively affected by good things that happen. I heard an interview with legendary pro football coach, Bill Parcells, who said that in many cases the tough losses he lived through overshadow the tough wins and championships. I’ve heard the same…

Five Baseball Icons Youth Players Should Know!

By Marty Schupak | June 8, 2021

 I am an amateur historian who loves reading about the revolutionary war. I also love reading about sports history. I remember when I first heard that Hoboken, New Jersey claimed to have hosted the first ever baseball game. I referred to this historical fact in another article: Who Really Invented Baseball? I had read that…

Coaching Techniques That Work!

By Marty Schupak | June 6, 2021

 I love and appreciate great coaches in all sports and at all levels. I love to make notes of coaches who think outside the box and take chances. I remember years ago the baseball manager, Billy Martin, put a game under protest because the pitcher took one extra pitch to warm-up between innings. He was…

Baseball Mistakes By Catchers!

By Marty Schupak | May 28, 2021

  In 2016, a New York Yankee rookie catcher, Gary Sanchez went wild in the short time he was brought up to the big leagues. He was hitting home runs at an incredible pace. In only fifty-three games he hit twenty home runs, which are Ruthian numbers over the course of a full season.   …

Never Too Old For Fun Games !

By Marty Schupak | May 16, 2021

  Here is a story I witnessed years ago that I’ve told a lot. I am a huge NFL fan. I have followed the New York Jets forever, but love the NFL in general, and used to visit numerous team summer practices. Unlike today, these practices were grueling two a days that had a combination…

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