Monday, April 15, 2013

Five keys to playing you're best on the pitch

1.  Stay focused on the game.  Watching anything other than the game is asking for trouble.  Ask your family and friends what they were doing after the game.  Keep your eyes and ears on what's going on within the game.

2.  Listen to the coaches.  The coach is trying to help you understand something specific about the current game.  Be open to adjusting your play to help the team.

3.  Keep moving.  Never stop when you're on the pitch.  You can't do much for yourself or your team standing in one spot.  Move, and keep moving.

4.  Think and react.  Focus on the task at hand.  Ask, "what should I be doing right now to help the team," then do it.

5.  Put a smile on your face.  If you're not having fun, find something else to do.  It's soccer!  What could possibly be more fun than running around kicking a ball?

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Are youth coaches over using young arms?

If you haven't read Tom Verducci's article on MLB pitching injuries, do so now.  It's an interesting insight into the rate of pitcher injuries in MLB.  

I've also been reading some of Eric Cressey's pitching information on his site.  I was especially interested in this article on the amount of pitching young people should be doing each year.  Although I don't agree with everything Cressey says on the topic, I think it at least should make a coach think hard about the impact each and every season can have on a young person's long term health, especially pitchers.  It's very easy to always look to your go to guy when you need a big win.  But is it the right thing to do?

Monday, April 1, 2013

Opening Day 2013

Opening Day 2013.  Baseball's back.