Coach Chuck Bushbeck’s Baseball Tips 

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

Published on December 13, 2012,

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!

Published on December 13, 2012,

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

Published on December 8, 2012,

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

Published on December 5, 2012,

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”?

Published on December 3, 2012,

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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Mike Trout

Published on November 30, 2012,

Mike Trout wins Silver Slugger and AL rookie of the year awards. I did not highlight Mike Trout because he is with the Angels or because he won the Silver Slugger award as well as the AL rookie of the year. No, I highlight Mike Trout because of the way he plays the game. I first met Mike when he was just a freshman playing ball in New Jersey and I was scouting for the Angels. From the first time you saw him, you knew he was something special. After talking to Mike, I left with the impression that he

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Why are 1st baseman left handed?

Published on November 30, 2012,

Three reasons: First, when a first baseman is holding a runner on first, if the pitcher tries to pick off that runner, this is not a force out, so the first baseman will have to tag the runner. This tag is much easier to make with the right hand. And, as you know, a left-handed player wears the glove on his right hand. Second, when a first baseman is trying to get a force put-out at first base, with another infielder throwing the ball to him, this is a force out, so he just has to have his foot on

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Does Swinging a weighted bat help?

Published on November 30, 2012,

As some of you know from attending hitting classes with me that I do not advocate swinging a weighted bat before hitting.   Remember, we follow science, not philosophy or tradition. Studies show wielding a weighted bat can actually slow down the swing, if not given ample time for ATP and Creatine stores to recover (main source of muscle fuel for resistance training).   Problem number two with swinging a weighted bat is if the resistance is too heavy, then it can wreak havoc on the mechanics of the swing. But as you can see in this photo of Derek

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Pitcher / catcher relationship

Published on November 29, 2012,

You see, anyone who knows anything about baseball, knows that pitchers rarely ever call the shots, it starts with the catcher. The catcher knows almost everything there is to know about each batters tendencies and weaknesses. Catchers play every day; pitchers may only pitcher once every five days and see the same batters around 10 times a year. The catcher signals in the pitch that he wants, the pitcher prepares the throw and then releases it to the catcher. The catcher is both the origin and the termination of the action.   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZaLdrVWDdQU&feature=em-share_video_user

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A must read for parents

Published on November 28, 2012,

Why Are Most Parents and Pitching Coaches Still Misinformed? In the book The Science And Art Of Baseball Pitching, which was written by a sports scientist and an ex-major league pitcher in 2006, they revealed the research that has proven why much of today’s misinformation about pitching is just not true. This book for high school, college and professional coaches as a reference so the truth about how to improve pitching performance would be available for all coaches to consider. Here’s a recap of what most coaches do not understand about how to produce more velocity: Arm strength is not

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