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Coaches Clinic this December

Thunderking ·
Bernie Walter's Winning Edge Coaches Seminar is a dynamic informative coaching clinic by the University of MD Director of Baseball Operations. Coach Walter has been the USA Baseball National HS Director and has also led the USA Baseball Junior...
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2016 player who just ended first season in HS Baseball, how do I start to be recognized by college coaches?

mbarrett5 ·
I would LOVE to play baseball in college. My dream is to play baseball at a top college to get the best education possible, while playing the best sport in the world. I just ended by first year, in which I played JV. I was one top hitters on the team...
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Playing for HS and Showcase at same time?

JeffLovin ·
I am a newbie, so please accept my apologies up front if I have posted to the wrong area.  We have a situation where we have a player on the JV team at his school in Texas but he is also playing on a tournament team.  Glancing through the...
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60yd times (Getting Times down to 6.7 and below possible?)

Linedrive_07 ·
For those that have players with great 60yd times of say 6.7 and below, I am curious what kind of work was involved if any. You always hear the saying that you cant teach speed, but I wonder how true is that? My experience from the players I have been around and coached, it seems like the athletic players end up with 7.0 60yd times by their senior year in HS, without a lot of effort. Does that hold true with the really fast guys of say 6.7 or 6.5? Are those guys hitting these numbers purely...
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Rising HS Sophomore Advice

12whitesox12 ·
This is my second post on the site. I received great advice from my first post, but I am still unclear about some things. I am a future sophomore with dreams and aspirations of playing at Notre Dame, going pro, etc. My freshman year was disappointing from a baseball standpoint. I was second-string under a player who was probably a little better than me. He threw harder than me and was well known by the coaches before the season. When I got opportunities I produced, but I was still a utility...
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HS Summer Showcase Team Tryouts!

Serious Baseball ·
Professionally coached Texas Select Baseball Club is looking to add talent our High School summer showcase teams. Our practice field is located in Sunnyvale, just east of Dallas. Visit our team website for more information and to fill out a tryout form at www.claysmithbaseball.com
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HS Tryout Question

momo1515 ·
Hi, I am a junior in high school and tryouts are coming up soon. I am a solid pitcher but I also play 3B and outfield for my summer team. I really enjoy hitting and cannot see myself becoming a PO just yet. My school is pretty big, so I probably have a better chance of making it onto the Varsity A team as a pitcher but I know I would not be getting much playing time and won't enjoy being just a pitcher. So I'm debating on whether to try out as both an outfielder and pitcher so I 'd be able...
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Tommy John Symptoms

Trojans35 ·
I'm kind of new to this site so I searched I search "Tommy John" and read through the forums. So it seems like a lot of people here have some experience on this subject. First off I'm 17 and a senior in HS. I've been having arm issues lately and I have a doctors appointment scheduled for next week. Could any of you list some of the symptoms you you or someone you knew had that resulted in some type of ucl or arm injury? So far these are the problems that I've had: numbness, occasional pain...
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Is Travel Ball a necessity?

D17 ·
Let's say a kid is on varsity his sophomore year and doesn't play much. Doesn't play travel ball in the summer but plays with his HS summer team. Then he breaks out and has a huge junior year, but does the same thing again next summer, not playing travel ball. What are the chances of this kid getting recruited? Is travel ball a must for being recruited nowadays? 
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2015 Northern Virginia HS Showcase Camp @ GMU

jmrw20 ·
2015 Northern Virginia HS Showcase Camp @ GMU Grades 9-12 Location: Raymond H. "Hap" Spuhler Field Saturday, September 5, 2015 to Sunday, September 6, 2015 Camp Cost: $250.00 Link: http://collegebaseballcamps.com/patriots If you have any questions...
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2015 Northern Virginia HS Showcase Camp @ GMU

jmrw20 ·
2015 Northern Virginia HS Showcase Camp @ GMU Grades 9-12 Location: Raymond H. "Hap" Spuhler Field Saturday, September 5, 2015 to Sunday, September 6, 2015 Camp Cost: $250.00 Link: http://collegebaseballcamps.com/patriots If you have any questions...
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Can non Travel Players Get to the Next Level?

baseball_swagg ·
Hello All- I'm a 2021 RHP with the dream of playing at the next level. People tell me I have the talent to pitch at the next level, and I believe I can as well, with hard work and a little bit of luck. I throw 84 as a sophomore in HS, I have a sharp breaking ball and a pretty good changeup. I also have a feel for pitching and the game. However, I don't play travel. It's not possible for my family, as it is too expensive and my parents are too busy for that kind of commitment. I'm a hard...
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Expectations for mid-sized HS baseball program?

JoeG ·
(First Post) My son, a small 2023 LHP will be starting 9th grade in a couple months at a high school with just under 1500 students. It has the smallest student population among schools in its division (CA division 2), and I am given to understand pays around a $5000 stipend to the head coach of the HS baseball program. I don't think $5000 is likely to attract a high caliber head coach who is able and willing to put in the time and effort to build a comprehensive program. I have learned from...
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Advice for Incoming College Freshman

BLUD15 ·
Going off to college is exciting, know there is a whole new baseball world that's waiting for you is even more exciting. I just finished my freshman year of college and I wanted to share some of the things I wish I had known/ I learned. Disclaimer: This is written from a players perspective of college baseball, so there will some things that parents probably won't want to know about. Understand that you are a freshman: It doesn't matter if you're the number 1 recruit in your class or a...
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2017LHPscrewball ·
What age are you talking about? I personally love those umpires.
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WashBarn ·
HS JV. Good for pitchers of course.
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Matt13 ·
To be honest, I'm not sure I generally put much stock in an assessment such as this. I know there are horrible umpires. I also know that very few people can see the zone inside and outside with any measure of accuracy. I know I've been accused of ringing batters up on pitches "a foot off the plate" when I can tell you with 100% confidence that they were on the black, at worst. Keep in mind that on a properly-lined field, 9" is 3" into the other box. Most fields I see at the HS level put the...
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IEBSBL ·
Here is what I tell my players..... If you don't like it, don't put yourself in that position by taking hittable pitches for strikes.
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cabbagedad ·
If truly consistently that far off the plate, at some point, coach would have to express concern directly to ump but problem is the coach has the worst angle to see just how far off it is being called so not much credibility. If it is somehow otherwise clear that the zone is stretched way too far, coach can submit a request for ump not to do his games with the reason why. But this needs to be kept in perspective. JV baseball - zones are typically wide. You don't want to be that coach unless...
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2019Dad ·
In my experience it is the travel ball tournaments where the zones seem a little wider -- perhaps they have to get the games in and need them to move along? -- and in HS they seem more legit.
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Kevin A ·
Don't forget the receiver effect. If you have a really good catcher back there, he can steal some of those questionable balls and make them strikes.
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Golfman25 ·
What I have seen it the zone moves out as the batter gets closer to the plate. So "inside" pitches that are strikes are called balls because the batter turns out of the way. Then the ball way off the plate becomes a strike.
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Golfman25 ·
I have seen this too. When they are too close anything between the lines is in fact a strike. Actually makes it easier to see.
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Midlo Dad ·
If you watched the C.B. Buckner debacle the other night (Nats v. Braves), and then saw him botch another call in the field last night, then you understand that even the highly paid MLB umps are fallible. In fact, some of them are just not that good at all. Every level of baseball you step down from MLB, things get worse. MiLB, college, high school varsity, then HS JV. So think of your son's situation like this: The guys making the calls are 4 levels down from guys who screw up with...
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Midlo Dad ·
One time I did pull the rule book out of my back pocket and I said, "I see. Is there anything else in here that we won't be using today?" That game did not go well.
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2017LHPscrewball ·
Matt13 - Can you give me a refresher on the "plate" dimensions anddescribe what the black portion is designed to do? Also, when you talk about 6" off the plate, are we talking about the "white"? Love nothing more than some kid toeing the line, leaning in and getting rung up on a low/inside strike. Correction - do love it even more when they back out like they were about to get pegged while getting rung up.
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piaa_ump ·
This is not an excuse for poor umpiring..........but understand that in HS baseball, you often don't get the best umpire.........just the most available umpire....... With 3-4:30 or so start times, the umpires who are available are often retirees......and often sub varsity gets lesser quality umpires........and the chronic shortage of umpires does nothing to lessen the problem. I often have far better umpires working evening 13-14 yr old games because of the starting times.... Plus we all...
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Matt13 ·
The plate is 17" wide, not including the black (which is technically not considered part of the plate.) The outside of the batter's boxes should be 6" from the white. For HS: Let's inject some reality here, though. If only called the white in HS, we would never get out of there. Thus, I'll give a tiny bit more inside, and a bit more outside--never more than a ball, though, at the absolute max (when I'm in a game where i have to buy strikes.) Thus, if the outside pitch touches the line on a...
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Swampboy ·
Generally speaking, some umpires suck, but very few suck as bad as fans think they do (exceptions include the "my zone" guys Midlo mentioned). It is hard to call strikes accurately and consistently. Good umpires approach the job with awareness of one's perceptual limits, concentration and humility. The catcher and the plate umpire have the best view of the three dimensions of the zone abd the whole flight path of the pitch. Other observers--coaches, fans, base umpires--sometimes have more...
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hshuler ·
From what I've seen this year, high school umpiring is definitely better than travel ball umpiring...but there's good and bad in both. Pre-game meeting a couple of years ago: Ump - "Coaches, I'm giving two baseball off the plates? Me - "Why? Ump - "Because I want the kids to swing." Me - "This is travel ball and I can promise you that they're swinging." Ump - "I'm giving two baseballs off the plate, Coach!" Me - "Why do we have a plate again?" Needless to say two baseballs became four...
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Matt13 ·
Bad timing (too quick) is the number one issue I see when I evaluate or on the field and it's a problem for everyone at times.
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real green ·
2 baseballs is touching is touching the Edge of the batter's box. A true strike is one ball off the plate. Matt just stated above that his limit is touching the box i.e. two balls off the plate.
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Matt13 ·
Of course, this all comes down to what we're defining. When I describe it, I'm talking about the distance between the ball and the plate--thus, one ball between the edge of the plate and the ball itself, which would put the outside of the ball at just under six inches, but the inside at just under three inches.
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Golfman25 ·
All true. Week day lower level games, you get what you get. Sometimes they can even see.
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hsbaseball101 ·
New pitch rules, new pitchers that can't find the strike zone. Players need to act like they're Roberto Clemente. Or 2016 Puig. You can't hit those pitches in the pros but you should be able to in HS, especially if you step into the box with a 33 or 34" bat. At least 2 baseballs on any count, 3 on two strikes, 4 baseballs on 3-2.
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Matt13 ·
I've had two varsity games this year on the dish...so this is really an ineffective sample size, but I did notice something in this first year of pitch counts (before, it was innings pitched in a week.) Every pitcher I've seen has become more reliant on FBs and offspeed in the zone to get ahead early, rather than using breaking balls to get the batter to chase or to set up for later in the count. With that, there has been more contact and--surprisingly--better defense. My two games were 3-1...
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real green ·
The ball touching is a legal strike. The second ball, as the dad of a pitcher, I hope is called a strike but legally out of the zone and what I would consider two balls off the plate. If balls over the chalk (3 balls out) are getting called strikes it's going to be a tough day for the batters.
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2017LHPscrewball ·
I would hope "one ball out" is your max limit. I suspect you are a good, if not great umpire (and I am one to give umpires some leeway except in t-ball), but a pitch - let's assume a pretty straight fastball for argument - that is three inches off the white does not come close to looking like a strike, even with my old eyes. My 2017 pitches in that area a whole lot and when he is 3 inches out and doesn't get a strike call, I have zero problem. If the teams cannot throw well, then I could see...
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Golfman25 ·
And as matt indicated, many time the box is only "one ball" off the plate. I have actually measured some artificial fields, with permanent boxes, where such is the case.
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SomeBaseballDad ·
Years ago after getting my first DLSR I joined a photograph forum for some pointers. Of course people posted pics. One was of a catcher and umpire the fraction of a second before the ball hit the catchers mitt. It was a great pic and I regret losing track of it. Oh yeah, both the catcher and ump had their eyes closed, LOL.
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JohnF ·
If you think you can do better, you can always try - I betcha that's "a" reason some guys get started umpiring. If you don't want to take the punishment, then stop complaining. It's not an enjoyable experience getting hit with a FB that the catcher doesn't move to catch or a foul that either gets you on the arm or off the plate and up into your nether regions. Consistency is something you strive for as an umpire, but when the pitcher gets lucky to find the zone 1 out of 6 pitches thrown or...
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CaCO3Girl ·
I will take your game over the one I saw this year. JV game, both sides had fairly good command of the strike zone. There were a lot of painted corners and very VERY pretty pitches....all BALLS! Up the middle, waist height, was the only strike being called. Both sides tried 3 different pitchers, from super fast to super slow, heck we threw in a submarine pitcher...nothing worked. Between both sides the ump rung up 25 walks that game....game was almost 3 hours long!
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Batty67 ·
Good umpiring in HS games is not hard to find. Good CONSISTENT umpiring is, alas, often hard to find. I tip my hat to those who work hard to make baseball games possible in the first place. I will add that my son, a 2017 catcher who can get very frustrated when he gets a late-game called strike that he, having been catching all along and having both the best view of the pitches and "working knowledge" of the umpire's strike zone, was not a strike until then. So being a catcher can be a...
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Swampboy ·
Agree. Parallax error works against the umpire on both the up-down and in-out planes for the low outside pitch. An umpire who consciously decides to give a little extra on the outside edge can end up giving an embarrassing amount, even more so at the bottom of the outside edge. My approach is to call the defined zone as I see it without compensating for the known error. It seems to help me with consistency while keeping my zone within expected parameters. I halfway suspect that the common...
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Matt13 ·
Keep in mind that I'm referring to the outside limits. Inside is much tighter...If a batter gets hit by something off the plate, it's not a strike.
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JCG ·
Good points here. RE #3 - I think it's been posted here before that a while back some PHD statistician types published a paper making a good case that pro umps' zones change depending on the count. IE, the zone widens at 3-0 and narrows at 0-2. RE #2 - anyone who has gotten behind the dish to call even a Little League game knows that the low outside corner is really very difficult to call accurately. And knowing that, as a HS baseball hitter's parent, I can live with it. But working in the...
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IEBSBL ·
This is amazing. This just became part of my teaching repertoire when we discuss hitting plans.
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2forU ·
Swing the bat
 
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