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Any players still looking for summer Travel Ball/Showcase teams?

East Coast Whitecaps ·
The East Coast Whitecaps are still looking for some players at the 16u and 18u age levels. We are currently seeking pitchers/outfielders for the 16u and 18u level. We also are in need of a catcher at the 16u age level. If you are interested or know of...
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Choosing a glove for outfield-help!

David_ie ·
Hi guys, first post! So I'm 17 and playing european baseball on national level, I have big tournament in the summer and the glove I have for the last 2.5 years got floppy and it feels like I need to get a new one. I play outfield and my current glove is an easton pro 82 12.75" which i really like but I gotta get a new one. I am looking to spend around 100$ so a2000 or heart of the hide is ruled out. I am interested in your opinion on a few gloves I noticed on the web- easton core 12.75"(less...
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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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What does "On the field" mean in this context, does it mean spread and use the whole field?

iplaybaseballtoo ·
Rewording question because people are having trouble understanding it. Before I go into the details here is the premise of the argument if someone says "do you want to take an infield/outfield on the field?" during warmups before a game where would you go? The two choices are to the outfield where you do a infield/outfield, or to your normal game position on the field. The answer should solely be based on how the question was phrased. I got into this debate with my friend because he stated...
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Looking for quality outfield coach in the Dallas area

iplaybaseballtoo ·
Hello, I am looking for a quality / experienced outfield coach in the Dallas area. If anyone knows where to find a coach or can refer me to someone with a solid background it would be greatly appreciated. Thank You.
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Looking for quality outfield coach in the Dallas area

iplaybaseballtoo ·
Hello, I am looking for a quality / experienced outfield coach in the Dallas area. If anyone knows where to find a coach or can refer me to someone with a solid background it would be greatly appreciated.
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Tips on improving outfield footwork and reading fly balls

iplaybaseballtoo ·
Anyone have tips on improving my footwork in the outfield and getting quality reps on reading fly balls. My dad never really played baseball so he is out of the question as far as someone that can help me. I feel the best way is to just immerse myself in the game so that I can see as many fly balls as possible, but to do that I need an instructor in the Dallas area (if you know of one please tell me!). Besides this does anyone have drills or certain things that I can focus on by myself?
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Re: Any players still looking for summer Travel Ball/Showcase teams?

East Coast Whitecaps ·
Open tryout this saturday the 18th at 10AM. Location will be at Lakewood Park, Norfolk VA.
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Re: Any players still looking for summer Travel Ball/Showcase teams?

East Coast Whitecaps ·
We are currently seeking players at the 17u age level. If you or anyone you know is interested please contact us. www.eastcoastwhitecaps.com
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Re: Looking for quality outfield coach in the Dallas area

jbench ·
I have never been, so, I cannot fairly endorse it, but, these guys offer defensive instruction in the Dallas area: http://www.rustygreerbaseballschool.com/ Good luck!
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Re: HS Tryout Question

baseballhs ·
My son is a sophomore in your position. For now he is pitching varsity and doing some DH. If he can't get time on the field, he has talked to the coach about playing on jv when he isn't pitching.
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cabbagedad ·
I never heard of a HS varsity A team and varsity B team. Can you explain a bit more?
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momo1515 ·
My school is really big so they have the Varsity split into two levels, A and B
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ILVBB ·
It is "play ball!" Go where you can play!
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too.tall ·
How big? My son's school is 4,000 kids and they only have one varsity. I wish they had 2.
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momo1515 ·
I think there are about 3500
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Golfman25 ·
I would say try both spots. Coaches will decide what is best. If they need you as a Varsity pitcher, they'll do that. If they can use you as an outfielder and/or DH/PH they'll do that too.
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RJM ·
Is the A team the varsity and the B team the junior varsity?
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momo1515 ·
No, there is a separate JV team. There are 2 levels for varsity.
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RJM ·
1) Do you attend a high school in Dutchess County? 2) Does your varsity B team play games against much smaller high schools varsity teams that are considered non conference games for them? 3) Are there other high schools in your area with varsity B teams? I’m not trying to figure out who you are. It’s an odd situation I’ve never heard of before. Based on other responses I don’t believe others have either. Where my kids attended high school there were several schools in the 3500 range or...
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NYdad2017 ·
If it is that HS in Dutchess there is a big difference in talent between the two varsity teams. My son’s HS played both teams last year (some games are scheduled by the Section that you must play), and depending upon your desire to be competitive you may not like the “B” team. And for what it’s worth, there are some schools in this Section that have Varsity B teams due to parental pressure more than enrollment numbers. My son’s HS has about 1600 kids and has a “B” team in a couple of sports.
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joes87 ·
Momo, have you tried talking to the coach and asking him what he sees as your roll on the team? Part of being part of a team is understanding your roll on the team and accepting it. That doesn't mean you have to sit back and not work at the other part of your game, but if the coach needs you to be a PO you need to accept that that is your roll on the team. Depending on how your coach structures your practice you maybe able to take some reps in the infield or get some BP in. You need to use...
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CaCO3Girl ·
You’ve gotten some good advice. The part I think you should focus on is that it might not be up to you. You can have this talk with the head coach and tell him what your issues are, but at the end of the conversation you should say “but I want to help the team out however you see fit”. I hate to say it but we had a junior this year who was sure he knew where he should play. Coach didn’t like his attitude and offered him JV. The kid quit, kind of proving the coaches thoughts about the kid...
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NYdad2017 ·
In NY, from what I recall, you can not go back and forth between varsity and JV. I believe that once you’re called up to varsity you must stay there. But I’d have to doublecheck on that. The why? As I said above, it’s often parental pressure.
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BOF ·
My advice would be to: 1. play against the highest level of competition you can find. 2) Tell the coach you would like to be able to also play in the field and understand that you have to earn it, but tell him to "put me where you think I can best help the program" and leave it at that. He is going to respect you for it and if you don't make the playing squad keep working out like you are part of that group and keep asking for AB's at practice and fielding practice. The more you are in...
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RJM ·
The good news with this varsity B concept is it’s more kids playing ball. The B team plays small high schools. I doubt they’re eligible for post season play. It’s only varsity in the players and parents minds. You can call a duck a dog. But it’s still a duck. The concept seems like college club ball. I know kids whose club teams played against other clubs and small colleges and JuCos.
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Branson Baseball ·
MOMO, Thank you for asking your question. It’s pretty common for a guy to play multiple positions at your age. And it’s very common for guys who can pitch to still want to hit. I agree with the comment of talking to the coaches first. Let them know you are a P, 3B, and OF on your travel team and want to tryout at multiple positions for your HS team. The coaches will decide whether to let you tryout at multiple positions (they should in my opinion). And after tryouts the coaches will then...
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Iowamom23 ·
My son pitched varsity as a freshman, but then when coaches knew he wouldn't be pitching, he played third for the freshman team. That continued until his junior year when he went strictly varsity. Coaches at all levels want to win, I'd try out and let them figure out the logistics of where to put you. If they assign you as a PO you can always respectfully ask about the opportunities to play at other levels when you're not pitching.
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Buckeye 2015 ·
Tryouts? Two varsity teams? Hahahaha.....this stuff is just crazy to me. My son's HS has somewhere around 500-600 kids total. When he was in HS baseball had 30 TOTAL KIDS....in the entire program.....freshman thru senior. No freshman team any of his 4 years....heck, in some cases playing a JV and Varsity game the same day was tough on pitching. My son's senior class had 5 kids play baseball. Last year our HS had a freshman team for the first time in as long as I can remember...they had 20...
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Re: Choosing a glove for outfield-help!

HVbaseballDAD ·
My son needs at least one new glove every year due to a medical condition (profuse hand sweating - think Albert Brooks in "Broadcast News"). As an aside, it also derailed his basketball and pitching careers and means he needs a different pair of batting gloves for each at-bat (he will go through 5 or 6 in a cage session). That being said, we are always monitoring ebay for batting and baseball glove deals. A new HOH, Global Elite, or A2000 at retail once or twice every year is tough. He...
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Re: Choosing a glove for outfield-help!

MDBallDad ·
Welcome to the site David! Any glove that is appropriately sized will do fine if you are a capable outfielder. Instead of a specific recommendation I would recommend and approach to selecting the glove that is right for you. How much time do you have to break in the glove? The answer to this question will determine if you should focus on "game ready" gloves that are easy to break in or if you have the time to get a little better quality leather and break it in the way you like. How strong...
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Re: What does "On the field" mean in this context, does it mean spread and use the whole field?

RJM ·
Re: What does "On the field" mean in this context, does it mean spread and use the whole field?
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Re: What does "On the field" mean in this context, does it mean spread and use the whole field?

iplaybaseballtoo ·
What exactly is confusing about the question? I am trying to debate the meaning of "on the field" in baseball based on the phrase that I used. Imagine this, it is a situation before the game and you normally up by taking infield/outfield in the outfield correct? If the coach says" would you like to take your in/out on the field" would you assume that he means spread out and use the whole field and play in your normal position, or just play warmup in the outfield.
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PitchingFan ·
In/out means on the field in your normal positions. Otherwise the coach would say we don't get on the infield during pregame. I've never seen a high school that did not take in/out on the field in positions unless the field was wet or real short on time. Travel is different. Unless it is a true showcase game just for show nobody takes in/out or infield/outfield on the field.
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cabbagedad ·
What age level and who is the "someone" saying it? If HS, I'm with your friend and Pitchingfan... taking I/O on the field means each player at his position. The exceptions typically are some tournaments. "Do you want to take I/O?" means the normal routine with each player plus backups at their designated position, making throws to bases, etc.
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Re: What does "On the field" mean in this context, does it mean spread and use the whole field?

iplaybaseballtoo ·
I understand the error in my logic now, but do you see how I could be confused at the phrase? My assumption was that the outfield is technically "on the field" and we usually take our in/outs in the outfield. I guess I'm just trying to justify my bad logic. But do you see how someone could make that mistake?
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Re: What does "On the field" mean in this context, does it mean spread and use the whole field?

iplaybaseballtoo ·
I understand the error in my logic now, but do you see how I could be confused at the phrase? My assumption was that the outfield is technically "on the field" and we usually take our in/outs in the outfield. I guess I'm just trying to justify my bad logic. But do you see how someone could make that mistake?
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Re: Tips on improving outfield footwork and reading fly balls

cabbagedad ·
You can also buddy up with teammates, head to the field and take turns hitting each other reps. You can youtube some good OF drills and mechanics. ABCA stuff is always solid.
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luv baseball ·
Ball over brim of cap you must "open the gate" that means if it is to your left your left foot should drop taking your left shoulder away from home plate. Same move on balls hit to your right except it is right foot dropping. If ball is below brim of cap hold your ground or step forward toward ball. Know your field.... for Corner outfielders the ball will bend toward the line. Center fielders have to play slice and hook. Left hand hitter to left field gap will slice to LF line. In Right...
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game7 ·
Here's what I've done to bring new HS outfielders up to speed on fly balls: Set up a two-wheel pitching machine to shoot 300 foot very-high fly balls. It's best to use leather baseballs with torn seams, which randomly hook or slice. (Torn seams, not torn covers.) When our regular BP balls get torn seams, I save them in a bucket for this purpose.
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