Coach Chuck Bushbeck’s Baseball Tips 

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Dealing with adversity!

Had one of our Division 1 players in yesterday and instead of just focusing on his mechanics, we started talking about his situation at school. He revealed to me that he was not happy in his current situation, he felt that his coach was very two-faced and that he was considering leaving that school. The player told me that while he was being recruited, his coach was nice as pie and talked about how much they wanted him to attend the University. However, after committing to the school, he found out that the coach was quite different than what he

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Hit the cut-off man!

Talked to one of our instructors (Carlos Hughes) the other day and discussed what he would do to get in to the proper cut-off position. How many times have we heard coaches scream, “hit the cut-off man”! Well let’s give some simple advice. You would be surprised how missing the cut-off man cut result in a one run game where the 2nd or third baserunner is allowed to advance another base and put themselves in better scoring position. Whether you are an outfielder or an infielder, you have to be aware of the game situation. How many men are on

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Mental Toughness: It may not be what you think it is!

Is your son or daughter mentally tough? Can he or she bounce back after a bad season or bad game? How often have you heard something like this? I would like to re-define how we train athletes. Why not teach them to play “In The Zone”! Nothing wrong with expecting excellence from our players, however, how do we go about this task. Instead of waiting for circumstances to go wrong and then criticizing, why not teach the player how to stay positive, how to love what they do. If you walk in to a dark room, you don’t yell at

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What do scouts look for in a player (Part 2) Baseball Speed & Agility Development

Baseball Speed & Agility are components which allow baseball players to move faster & improve performance, which differentiates baseball players and is advantage on the field. Baseball games are not a track meet. Many baseball players with track-speed can’t utelize speed on the baseball field, stealing bases or reacting to batted balls. Knowledge of the game is essential. Baseball-specific agility is the ability to maintain body-position while accelerating to high speed as quickly as possible and quickly react, start, stop, & change direction without losing speed. Baseball Speed & Agility requires short bursts of movement and ability to react. Plyometric

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Scouting the player: (part 1) A must read!

Going to share with you some insight that you should be aware of if you are considering wanting to play Professional Baseball. This is also a good guide of what College and High School coaches use to evaluate talent. This is part one of a two part e-mail. Part two will discuss speed and agility and how it affects your marketability. What Professional-Scouts Evaluate The purpose of this article is to help the player, as well as their parent understand the professional baseball scouting-process . Scouting is not a science. Scouting is subjective & individual scouting opinions will vary of

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Avoiding pitching injuries

Remember, there are a couple of positions that the arm must be in in order to avoid injury and to maximize velocity. The question is – does your instructor videotape and show you exactly what your son’s problems are and how to fix them? Probably not. This of course is one of the reasons why 50% of youth and high school pitchers pitch with pain every year. Neither parents or instructors are educating themselves and thus nobody is paying attention. Important arm position you should be aware of: You want to observe the position of the throwing arm at ball

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Balance

As some of you know, some of these e-mails are based on players coming in for instruction who have been given some real bad advice from probably well-intentioned coaches and trainers. This e-mail we will briefly discuss the “balance” part of hitting”. In order to hit with maximum efficiency, you have to engage the lower torso / mid-section (hips). If you cannot maintain balance before, during and after the swing you are severely doomed to inconsistent and unimpressive performance. The better your balance the more consistent your swing will be. If you are falling in any direction you will not

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What is the meaning of the baseball term, “Hot Stove”?

We had a great weekend this week and while I was doing instruction, I mentioned the term Hot Stove. The player that I was instructing never heard of the term befor and I’m sure many other people have not or have heard the term but doesn’s know what it means. The name “Hot Stove” is a baseball-related term, referring to the off-season. It is not actually a “league”, but the term instead calls up images of baseball fans, anxious for the start of the new season, some time ago, gathered around a hot stove during the cold winter months discussing

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