Ok, so we all have heard about Pinterest right? The place where all the ladies hang out and swap recipes and pictures and apparently it is really addictive? I don’t know, not sure I understand, of course, I am not born with the proper equipment. I have however, found a site for guys!
Fishypic, yeah, that’s what I said, Fishypic. You know how you always want to swap your stories, brag about your latest catches, or share the latest image of your kid’s first catch! Well, this is the site to do it! Check it out! It’s a really cool site.
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Michael’s Home Run – The kid stands maybe 4’ on a ladder! (that’s an exaggeration but you get it) but what he lacks in stature, he makes up for with heart, hard work, and dedication. He has a near perfect swing and had a perfect hit, OVER THE FENCE home run! A memory of a lifetime.
The look on Jake’s Face – He subbed in as a courtesy runner for the pitcher, the game was tied, top of the 8
th I believe, 2 nd inning of a Texas Tie breaker. He has come so far in his base running that the guy we didn’t want on the bases was now the guy we went to when we needed a runner! Fly to center, perfect tag, score, they carried him off the field. What was on his face was WAYYYY beyond a smile!
The intentional Walk – Blake’s chance to shine! Our girls growing into leaders – When it came time to step up and block, take their game to the next level, or face a tough situation head on, they stepped up and made us proud!
The Sectional Championship Game – One of the greatest games ever. 6 traditional double plays on a 60’ field and both teams leaving it all on the field.
Spring Break Slam and Fallout Slam Softball Tournaments – that we hosted. I have to admit, mostly a blur, but OMG they were some of the best tournaments we ever played in!
Finally getting to coach w/ Coach Sarah! – Need I say more? She is the bestest!
“What in the world are you guys doing?” spoken in the best 50 year old southern slang by the cop on 17/92 at 2:30AM as we were plastering the town with registration signs all over the city.
I remember back in Vienna, VA, at my Mother-in-law’s house they had a squirrel that lived in their attic. At first they thought it was cute, but after a while he caused quite a bit of trouble. I was never really excited about the thing being up there in the first place, we had dogs, they had dogs, and squirrels can carry ticks and all sorts of other diseases.
But they allowed him to live up there. A few thousand dollars in repairs later, they got rid of him and fixed all the damage he did. Don’t get me wrong, I am an animal lover as well, but squirrels need to stay outside where they belong.
-Have you ever had a squirrel stuck in your chimney?
-Have you ever had a squirrel crawl under your crawl space and pass away? Phewwww, talk about stinky!
-Have you ever had a squirrel get into your attic or rafters and cause all sorts of trouble chewing up your insulation and electrical wiring?
Those things can do some serious damage!
This is where Havahart squirrel repellents come in. They have concentrates, motion activated water repellents, granular repellents, every kind of repellent you would need to make the squirrel vanish w/o harming him, because who wants to hurt a cute, fuzzy little squirrel?
For the first time in a long time we had the entire family together last week at Islands of Adventure. The flip mini and Utube are a lethal combination. Here are some videos:
The High in the Sky Seuss Trolley Train Ride
Dueling Dragons Roller Coaster
Preparing to meet Spiderman
Incredible Hulk Coaster
Storm Force Accelatron Teacup Ride
The Amazing Adventures of Spiderman
The Cat in the Hat Ride
Obviously, a good time was had by all.
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Try 100 Free Postcards – VistaPrint.com! Most Misunderstood Rule
infield fly is probably the misunderstood and misinterpreted rule in the book. Everyone thinks they know what it is, but the definition is clearly defined in the book. Problem is most people have their own idea of what an infield fly is. Definition
Rule book definition: a
fly ball (not including a line drive nor an attempted bunt) which can be caught by an infielder with ordinary effort , when first and second, or first, second and third bases are occupied, before two are out. Key to Understanding
The key to the definition above is ORDINARY EFFORT. Ordinary effort means an effort that would be considered ordinary effort for an average
fielder . If you have your worst fielders in the infield and w/ their ordinary effort they don’t have a chance at catching the ball this does not nullify the infield fly. A ball that goes in the air that can be caught w/ ordinary effort is an infield fly regardless of the talent level of the player.
I have heard people say you can’t have an infield fly in the minors because nobody catches flies w/ ordinary effort. This is irrelevant. What you need to remember is that the purpose of the infield fly is not to get an easy out for the outfielders, but to protect the runners. Without the infield fly the runners are in jeopardy. The fielder can simply let the ball drop and have an easy
double play . Err on the Side of the Runners
Therefore, the umpire should err on the side of calling a ball an infield fly. The problem is when it drops on the ground the crowd thinks the umpire is wrong. Likewise, a poorly coached team’s players will run into outs when an infield fly hits the ground.
The play is very simple. If there are runners occupying 1st and 2nd and the ball goes in the air that can be caught with routine effort by an infielder, even if it is slightly into the
outfield , it is an infield fly and should be called as such. The talent level of the players is irrelevant.
What play is the most confusing to you?
Today I saw a call incorrectly made that I wanted to clarify. A
ball is foul based on where it is touched, not where the player is or where the players feet are. The ball is called based on the position of the BALL at the time it is contacted.
Therefore, if a player is standing fully in
fair territory and reaches over into foul territory to make a play, and contacts the ball when the ball is in foul territory, the ball is foul. The position of the player or the player’s feet is irrelivant.
This is a call that is often made wrong and rarely understood in the stands.
Do you know any other strange rules that come into play often?
People Appreciate Your Efforts
Those of us who volunteer countless hours need to be reminded occasionally that giving truly does give back at least 10-fold. This sounds slightly religious, or even a bit trite, but it is a fact. Why is this? Because people appreciate your efforts!
How do They Reward You?
How many leads have you gotten from your volunteer hours? How many times has someone informed you of a job opportunity? How about when you donate to a
charity run or dinner and show up there. What does that do for your personally or professionally?
At work, if you are polite and help someone in need, don’t they always go out of their way to help you out for the rest of the time you or they work there and beyond? How often does that tiny effort lead to a lifelong friendship?
The old saying you can get more flies w/ honey than spice is very true. How many times when you were younger did your volunteer hours lead to social invitations? Dates? Etc.
Always Be Giving
We need to make sure that we are always trying to give something to somebody. The "
pay it forward " scenario really works, use it! You will see. Miserable people seem to bring more misery to themselves, happy giving people seem to always have someone helping them that they can count on.
Thank you for everything you do. You will be rewarded.
Know of someone that deserves special notice? Let us know about them!
All coaches should be using soft toss during batting practice and pregame warm ups. There is no excuse not to. It is one of the most valuable drills to teach hitting and if you are not using it, start now!
That said, it can be so much more than it is. For those that don’t know, the soft toss drill involves positioning the player in front of a net, standing directly in front of him about 6′ away, and softly tossing balls for him to
hit . This should be from the side, not the front, if you do it from the front, it isn’t soft toss, its batting practice! Two completely different skills.
Initially, you want to simply use the basic soft toss drill. The object of the coach or "tosser" is to "float" the
ball on a tee right in front of the hitter . It should be a toss that seems to stop right where you want the batters bat to come through the zone. I call this "putting it on a tee".
This is great for little ones and for early season work outs. With practice, this drill becomes second nature. If your players are hitting every toss hard they are ready to move to the next level! Congratulations!
The next level of soft toss focuses on hitting the ball in locations. Saturday before our
softball game I was doing this with the girls and they were very successful! Our girls can knock the snot out of the ball, so while the repetition of the soft toss drill is good, they needed more.
I instructed each of them I was going to throw "out", "middle", "in". What I meant by this was I was going to toss the ball "on the tee" on the outside of the plate, middle of the plate, and inner half of the plate.
What I wanted to accomplish was:
Out – Get them diving into the pitch, hitting it in the back part of their swing and driving the ball to the opposite
Middle – Getting them to hit the ball right in front of the plate and drive it right up the middle
In – Get them to hit it in the front of their swing and pull it down the line
I was pleasantly surprised how well this worked. Most of them needed a little extra work with "out", but this is typical for all ages, especially younger ones. Using this technique demonstrated what we have been telling them all year. When they succeed with it during a drill, they take this skill to the field with them. Then we can drive the ball all over the field and we are much harder to defend.
Do you have anything you do during soft toss to make it more effective, entertaining, or to keep the kids interest? Please share it with us.
When slaughtering an opponent, please remember some basic
rules of thumb .
Once you are up by 10 in the 2nd inning and it is obvious that you will score much more back off.
Stop stealing all bases except on overthrows and then move up only one
base , but still don’t steal home Don’t
bunt ! Run only as far as the hit will allow, don’t "push the
defense ". Don’t overcheer or rub it in
Act respectfully, it will be you on the other side one day!
Give kids a chance to play positions they may not have played before
Sit your stars
Treat the other team as you would like to be treated yourself
These rules are basic sportsmanship. There is no need to ever run up the score.
Did I forget any? Please let me know.
Get Your Throws Down
When attempting to retire a runner heading to a base, it is very important to get the through down in the "tag range". This is and ofter overlooked minor subtlety of the game. How often have you seen a ball thrown up high where the receiving fielder has to reach up to catch the ball, then come down to make the tag. On a close play this is often the difference between an out and a run.
A way to practice this drill is to simply throw to the bases. (BORING!). Of course, we have to add a twist to make it fun for the kids! Here is what we did tonight:
3B strattling the bag slightly offset to receive the throw from home plate . SS on second slightly offset to receive the throw from 3B.
2B backing up second
1B on the bag strattling to mimic a "pickoff tag"
Catcher in standard catching position
Drill in Action
Here is the path to throw:
I throw to the catcher (could have been practicing a pitcher too now that I think about it).
Catcher fires to 3B trying to throw at knees, 3B makes "V Tag"
3B throws to SS at the knees covering 2nd (I know this is backwards, but I don’t care we are rotating anyway) SS makes "V Tag" 2B backs up
SS throws to 1B at the knees who makes a "V-Tag"
1B throws to catcher at the knees who makes "2-Hand Tag"
Catcher throws to SS’s knees covering 2nd who makes a "V-Tag"
SS flips back to 2B backing up
2B makes a throw home trying to "take my head off" mimicking a throw that can be cut off or let through. (Always keep your throws down!)
Everyone moves up a base sliding at home, 3B, 2B and running though 1B
This started out shaky, but by the time we were done, the throws were great and the outs were plenty!
Do you have a drill you use to practice throwing to the bases? I would love to hear about it.
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