Tagged With "Pros and Cons"

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Quality 15U/16U Players wanted for Summer Team.

Pro Source ·
We have a team coached by two former college players that is looking for 4-5 players at the 15U/16U level. Two Pitcher Only's and 2-3 position players. Email admin@prosourceathletics.com to set up a tryout. Thanks!
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Coaches with College/Pro Experience Wanted

Pro Source ·
We are looking for very good men of character who have college or pro coaching/playing experience in the Dallas area who are interested in coaching youth teams or have current teams. We have a 12, 500 sq. ft facility where you can also do lessons in Carrollton off of 35/George Bush if interested. We take care of everything for you and pay great but you need to be organized, motivated and a constant learner. We pay very well per half hour/hour lesson and for our teams. Contact our admin...
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Andrew Carr ·
Its a shame you're in TX. I have 2 Lefty P/1B looking for a home this summer. Good luck with your search!
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Catching mask

Backstop1512 ·
Okay guys, so I am a catcher recently going into High School. I have worn a hockey mask for all my life. I haven't had much problems with it. I have an All Star MVP4000 and I love it. As I continue to get older I keep seeing more and more traditional...
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BishopLeftiesDad ·
Originally Posted by Backstop1512: Okay guys, so I am a catcher recently going into High School. I have worn a hockey mask for all my life. I haven't had much problems with it. I have an All Star MVP4000 and I love it. As I continue to get older I keep seeing more and more traditional style masks. I also thought they were cool looking, and after doing some research on them, I have read some Pros and Cons. Most Cons were saying how it doesn't cover ears, or their state doesn't approve it. The...
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Backstop1512 ·
Originally Posted by BishopLeftiesDad: Originally Posted by Backstop1512: Okay guys, so I am a catcher recently going into High School. I have worn a hockey mask for all my life. I haven't had much problems with it. I have an All Star MVP4000 and I love it. As I continue to get older I keep seeing more and more traditional style masks. I also thought they were cool looking, and after doing some research on them, I have read some Pros and Cons. Most Cons were saying how it doesn't cover ears,...
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Golfman25 ·
Unless you trust that the hitters won't clip you, I would stick with the hockey style.
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Smitty28 ·
You have an All-Star MVP4000 and you're thinking of using a two-piece? Geez, that's the best mask you can get. It's pretty cool looking too if you consider Yadier, Buster, etc.
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Coach_Sampson ·
If you're comfortable wearing the hockey style helmet then stick with it.
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coach2709 ·
The mask helmet is there for protection and safety. Never make a decision on any safety equipment based on how cool it looks or what others are doing. Get the one that protects you the most. That would be the hockey style mask.
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Batty67 ·
Originally Posted by coach2709: The mask helmet is there for protection and safety. Never make a decision on any safety equipment based on how cool it looks or what others are doing. Get the one that protects you the most. That would be the hockey style mask. My son is in 9th grade and will be trying out for his HS team in the next few weeks. He has always used a hockey style mask since he started catching in LL 5-6 years ago. All the time he asks me about getting a traditional style and,...
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coach2709 ·
Originally Posted by Batty67: Originally Posted by coach2709: The mask helmet is there for protection and safety. Never make a decision on any safety equipment based on how cool it looks or what others are doing. Get the one that protects you the most. That would be the hockey style mask. My son is in 9th grade and will be trying out for his HS team in the next few weeks. He has always used a hockey style mask since he started catching in LL 5-6 years ago. All the time he asks me about...
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Go44dad ·
....But the whole "cool" and "everyone's doing it" is generational. When the hockey style mask came out everyone wanted to have one because it was "cool" and "everyone's doing it" as well. Now that the hockey style is the norm the kids coming up see the old two piece as trendy...... I'm waiting for the curved bill hat worn straight to come back in style.
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BackstopDad32 ·
My son wears both of the All Star types. We live in TX so in the school year he has to wear the hockey style. No issues with it. In the summer he prefers the two piece. He is a kid who sweats a lot and he finds the two piece to be more comfortable in the heat. He claims it stays drier as well.
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Sugi ·
My son is a 14yo 8th grader and prefers the two piece (Mizuno mask, Wilson skull cap)over his hockey style helmet (All Star 2500). He will wear the All Star if rules says it so and has no problems wearing either. He just prefers the two piece. He says the two piece is cooler (temperature not looks) and on foul tips don't ring his bell like the hockey style sometimes does. The fact that the foul tips don't rattle him is enough for me to support it. I coach his team and I have argued for him...
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Smitty28 ·
Originally Posted by Sugi: My son is a 14yo 8th grader and prefers the two piece (Mizuno mask, Wilson skull cap)over his hockey style helmet (All Star 2500). He will wear the All Star if rules says it so and has no problems wearing either. He just prefers the two piece. He says the two piece is cooler (temperature not looks) and on foul tips don't ring his bell like the hockey style sometimes does. The fact that the foul tips don't rattle him is enough for me to support it. I coach his team...
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Coach_Sampson ·
The only reason I preferred the two piece set up was that it was easier to wear sunglasses with the mask on.
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Batty67 ·
And let's not forget the super-extension follow-through that can clip a catcher in the side or back of the head. Yes, rare, but it does happen. Just another safety consideration.
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trojan-skipper ·
High school rules require the one piece, hockey style, the rationale on I that was there was no way you test a 2 piece together... Kids wear different helmets with different masks. Keep your 2 piece for summer ball but you have no choice for high school.
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piaa_ump ·
Trojan skipper hits this on the head.....if you play under NFHS rules, and most all HS baseball is, there is no choice, the traditional mask and helmet are prohibited for NFHS play. it does have to be NOCSAE certified and have dual ear protection......thus the HSM is the most used mask......
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mepp ·
Related question: My son wants to go to a 2 piece mask because he says that he can see better with it. It seems like that wide design of the mask gives a better view both peripherally and directional line of sight. Was wondering if anyone else had seen that as a reason for going to the old style. Comments?
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Coach_Sampson ·
I've worn both... and there is a perceived difference in field of vision but not any real difference. I think it is due to the sides of the helmet being against your face. But like said before, if your son plays under NFHS rules he has to wear the hockey style helmet
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Bulldog 19 ·
Originally Posted by mepp: Related question: My son wants to go to a 2 piece mask because he says that he can see better with it. It seems like that wide design of the mask gives a better view both peripherally and directional line of sight. Was wondering if anyone else had seen that as a reason for going to the old style. Comments? You can come up with whatever reason you want, NFHS rules specify that the mask must be approved by NOCSAE as a unit. The two-piece mask/helmet does not meet...
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Maintaining a New Catchers Mitt

Jaxcatcher_13 ·
Hi this is my first post on this forum and I just had a few questions about forming and maintaining my new glove. I purchased a Rawlings Pro Preferred this past weekend http://www.rawlingsgear.com/baseball/baseball-gloves/proscm41mo.html and...
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tanndonn ·
Sounds like the glove will get enough reps to break in fairly quick. All of this will be in my opinion. Don't do anything to accellerate the breaking in period. Games, bullpens, catching off a machine will break it in properly with your hand in it. Stay away from petroleum based oils or creams. I love using Lexol on mine. You can buy it at auto part stores, hardware stores, etc. It's a leather conditioner, very lite. Won't build up or add weight to the leather. Apply as needed, when it dries...
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CollegeParentNoMore ·
Keep it clean. Dirt is like sandpaper to the glove.
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Rob T ·
At the PG tourney in Ft. Myers there was a company called "Webgem" that has a product that is basically a hard plastic form that you place in the glove and a neoprene bag that you keep it in when not using it. Because my son has a habit of turning his gloves into pancakes, I bought one of the "webgems" to see if it will help keep his glove in proper shape. Google it to see if it is something that you may be interested in.
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Jaxcatcher_13 ·
Thanks for the feedback guys I really appreciate it.
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sowilson ·
I like Lexol Conditioner to aid in breaking in a glove, just apply a little bit to those areas that you want to flex. As you use your glove during the season apply a little Lexol Conditioner to the whole glove, especially the laces (they get brittle and break when they dry out). Dirt is the enemy of your catchers mitt, so wipe off the glove with a towel (damp is best) after each use. Once the glove is dry, take a medium bristle brush and brush off any caked on dirt, pay special attention to...
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Batty67 ·
Originally Posted by Rob T: At the PG tourney in Ft. Myers there was a company called "Webgem" that has a product that is basically a hard plastic form that you place in the glove and a neoprene bag that you keep it in when not using it. Because my son has a habit of turning his gloves into pancakes, I bought one of the "webgems" to see if it will help keep his glove in proper shape. Google it to see if it is something that you may be interested in. Ordered one last week. Should have it this...
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slbaseballdad ·
we are trying something new. a friend works with leather and suggested it. after each game, a long wipe to get the dirt off. every other week of so, rub a little pure lanolin on the dry areas and/or flex points. good so far. it takes very little (half of a dime size dollop for whole glove). it goes far. Lanolin is in Lexol (previously mentioned). You can find it at drug stores in the nursing section.
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BackstopDad32 ·
My son has been using the Web Gem mold and bag for about a month now. I am a believer. Glove looks great. Also on the advice of their literature he stopped keeping it in his bag in the garage.
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Va Pro Pitching + Catching Clinic. Learn from the Pros

VA Pro Pitching ·
Whats up everyone? 2 players here, Connor Jones (Great Bridge HS, Chesapeake -> UVA -> St. Louis Cardinals) and Alec Bettinger (Hylton Hs, Woodbridge -> UVA -> Milwaukee Brewers) here. We are both obviously from VA. Friends since playing for the Canes together, Teammates at UVA, and we are both in Tidewater this offseason. We wanted to take the opportunity to try and team up to continue to influence Youth baseball in VA. In addition to lessons, we are running at 6 week pitching...
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Re: Division 3 to Pro

BOF ·
Your coach is going to place you in the appropriate league if he thinks you have the talent he will get you placed there. Top D3 programs have scouts at their games and following their top players and many have a scout day. Getting noticed is not typically not the problem if the talent is there.
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old_school ·
BOF is correct, I know a kid friend of the family who committed to a power 5 school. For a few reasons he ended up staying local and throwing D3 ball. He had many scouts looking at him closely this summer and will have many more this spring.
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PGStaff ·
Much depends on which DIII college you are at. Some are followed closely by the scouting community, many are not followed at all. There is a very big difference between the highest level and lower levels of DIII. I would think that most coaches would know when they have a player with professional ability. They should also know some area scouts that they can notify and someone in a summer leagues. Also, be proactive if you truly believe you're a prospect. There are Tryouts you can attend.
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RJM ·
A coach at a quality D3 is going to know pro scouts. He's probably had scouts interested in his players in the past. If a player isn't getting interest and his coach isn't good enough to help he should attend a MLB tryout. If he has anything he will be noticed. A D3 pitcher is more likely to draw interest than a D3 hitter. 90+ is 90+ regardless of the competition. I know a kid who entered college 5'11" throwing 84. He left drafted, 6'2" throwing 93. The question regarding D3 hitters is the...
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SluggerDad ·
The coach of my son's D3 says that he expects that up to three of his players should draw some interest in the draft this year. From what we can gather the coaches are well connected and well respected, at least for a D3. They seem to get what might be called a small trickle of guys drafted from time to time. I think I read on their website that it was 24 in the past I can't remember how many years. So it definitely can happen. Of those 24 draft picks, though, I think most were in very late...
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lionhurler ·
Thanks for the input everyone! Looks like I'll have to attend a tryout this summer since my school isn't a power house D3 program. We do play a lot of power house schools (two schools from our conference went to the world series last year and one of their coaches made it to the majors) though so I may get lucky if a scout is watching someone on another team. I am a pitcher by the way and I know we have a better chance at being scouted. Thanks again!
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Goosegg ·
Here's the key question: what is your velo (sitting and touch)?
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lionhurler ·
I'm a sophomore sitting around 86-87 touching 88
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Goosegg ·
With that velo, you should press your coach to find you a spot - Northwoods would be perfect for you. If he does not have the contacts, press him to speak to an area scout who has the right contacts. If that doesn't work, at the beginning of the Northwoods season, teams are always looking for temp players to fill in until the rostered players arrive. Do well during that temp contract and the team will either have a spot or call other teams on your behalf. Also, as the Northwoods season...
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infielddad ·
lion, I am going to come at this in a slightly different way, but it worked for our son who was a D3 position player who was drafted. This is actually the way our son's D3 coach did it and his track record for Summer placements is second to none at the D3 level-last summer he had one player selected as a Northwoods All Star and 2 selected as NECBL All-Stars, (including one pitcher) and another who was one of the very top hitters in the NECBL for most of that Summer. I would suggest you look...
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Dominik85 ·
Contact a guy like Kyle or cressey and get your velo up a little
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BOF ·
You have received great advice, get on a good summer league team, work on your velo, and don't worry about the pro prospects until it is evident you have those skills. 86-88 in today's world is nowhere near where you need to be. Frankly 90 is not that unusual these days, for serious pro interest you will have to sit 90 (minimum) and be touching 94-95, anything less than this you are just kidding yourself. My son has a friend from his program (CWS team) who sat 90 touched 94 and was taken as...
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Division 3 to Pro

lionhurler ·
Does anyone have any experience or know how to get pro scouts to come see you play at a Division 3 school? I've heard most of the Division 3 players that get drafted/signed played in top summer leagues like Northwoods or Cape Cod but those leagues seem to want scout recommendations. Any input would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
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12U AA, 14U AAA ,17/18U Top level teams

Pro Source ·
Hi, Pro Source Athletics is looking for 3 12U AA players near Dallas, 2 14U AAA players near Dallas and 2 17/18U Pitchers for our top level teams this coming Spring/Summer. Contact admin@prosourceathletics.com or 972.242.1882 for further information. Thank you.
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Private Tryouts for Ages 10U-16U

Pro Source ·
Pro Source Athletics is conducting private tryouts for 10U through 16U teams for this upcoming Spring/Summer. Be a part of a program that values the student-athletes by having a minimum GPA requirement, gets them involved in their communities, sends over 95% of it's graduates on to college baseball and loves to have fun and win! Contact Jeff@prosourceathletics.com for more information or to set up a private tryout. Jeff Breeding---469.569.9673 www.prosourceathletics.com
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Baseball Playing Opportunities for Ages 17-26 via VMarlins

VMarlins ·
If you are a player looking to play collegiate, international, or professional baseball then look at all the avenues we provide and the results we have for those who participate in our program. Qualifications are as follows: Respect Others, Respect Self, Respect the Game. We have provided a weblink below to explore. Call anytime. Frank Fulton, GM VMarlins, 4344894544. http://www.vmarlins.com/If_This_is_You..php
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The Dick Birmingham Memorial Sports Complex

cchiass ·
“The Birm” – features 6 full baseball fields of various age appropriate sizes for players ages 7-18, including 3 outdoor batting cages, newly renovated fields, fences, and dugouts. The Birm also offers delicious concessions, clean restrooms, large pavilions for parents and spectators, and a Marucci Pro Shop…but The Birm isn’t just another concrete filled cookie cutter park. We undertook the ambitious project of saving and restoring this classic baseball complex for the enjoyment of...
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