Any Proud Parents?

If there are any proud parents out there, I have the Facebook page for you.  Evolution of baseball

Its loaded with bragging parents and players from across the country.

If you are a baseball nut come over and look at pictures from kids all over the country playing the greatest game ever. We have T~ballers to college students.

Post pictures of your own players or anything baseball  related you would like to share.

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Proper Pitching Mechanics

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How To Play Catch


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I have been coaching certified for a little over a year and a half now. I got certified through American Coaching Academy.

If your serious about coaching, I suggest you get certified. It may help when a position opening, comes down to you and another guy!


They occasionally keep me updated with learning material. Heres one I’m going to pass along to you.

Today, I want to talk to you about player-coach

More specifically – how to use verbal instructions
and body language to help your kids build confidence
and improve their skills.

Okay, here are the communication secrets I promised.

1) Make your requests specific and your criticism

Communication from the coach should be clear, positive,
and meaningful.  That means you should say what you
mean and give the athlete specific instructions on what
you expect from them… without being negative or confusing.

When delivering criticism or bad news, pick out at
least one positive aspect of the player’s performance.

Don’t leave a player feeling negative, because this
will not encourage their improvement or motivation for the sport.

Instead of

“C’mon Ricky, you should have caught that pass!”

Try saying:

“Nice try Ricky, way to get after it!  Next time, focus
on keeping your eye on the ball and your fingertips

Your players will be more receptive to your feedback
and much more willing and able to make corrections.

2) Don’t forget to listen

We all want to be heard… and sometimes it takes a little extra effort to really listen to what another person is saying.

Remember, we were born with TWO ears and only
ONE mouth for a reason.


To learn to listen well, pay attention when your
players are speaking to you. Give them cues,
such as nodding your head, to show that you are
still listening and are interested in what they are saying.

Occasionally repeat sections of what he or she
is saying to reinforce that you are hearing their
words and understand the point they are trying to make.

Most important of all – maintain eye contact.

People want to feel special. They want to feel
as though you are speaking to them directly or
that they are the most important person in the
room during your conversation.

Breaking eye contact is a surefire way to break
the connection with your athlete.

3) Body Language

Finally, let’s talk about body language.

According to our research, only a small
percentage of communication involves actual
words: 7%, to be exact.

In fact, 55% of communication is visual (body
language, eye contact) and 38% is vocal (pitch,
speed, volume, tone of voice).

When talking to your athletes, fellow coaches,
or team parents, you want to appear calm,
confident, and sure of yourself.

It starts with the eyes.

Avoiding looking at your audience – even if you’re
just consulting your playbook or lineup sheet – can
lead them to think you’re not being completely

Your posture is also key.

Slouching or leaning back can give the impression
that you’re unmotivated or not interested.

Keep your head up and back straight. If you’re
sitting down, lean forward and keep your shoulders
square to your audience.

Even more importantly, don’t let anything come
between you and your listeners. Crossing your
arms, standing behind a bench, chair or desk
tells people you are defensive.

To really make a positive impact on your athletes
and achieve your team’s goals, it’s ESSENTIAL
that you become a master of communication.

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Type 1 Diabetes

What is Type 1 Diabetes?

Good question! Here ya go

Diabetes (medically known as diabetes mellitus) is the name given to disorders in which the body has trouble regulating its blood glucose, or blood sugar, levels. There are two major types of diabetes: type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes.Type 1 diabetes, also called juvenile diabetes or insulin-dependent diabetes, is a disorder of the body’s immune system — that is, its system for protecting itself from viruses, bacteria or any “foreign” substances. Type 1 diabetes diagnosed in adults over 30 may be Latent Autoimmune Diabetes in Adults (LADA), sometimes known as Type 1.5 diabetes. LADA is often misdiagnosed as type 2 diabetes because of age; however people with LADA do not have insulin resistance like those with type 2. LADA is characterized by age, a lack of family history of type 2 diabetes, a gradual increase in insulin requirements, positive antibodies, and decreasing ability to make insulin as indicated by a low C-peptide. A fourth and very rare form of diabetes, called monogenic diabetes, is also sometimes mistaken for type 1 diabetes but typically strikes newborns.

Type 1 diabetes occurs when the body’s immune system attacks and destroys certain cells in the pancreas, an organ about the size of a hand that is located behind the lower part of the stomach. These cells — called beta cellsdisplay definition — are contained, along with other types of cells, within small islands of endocrine cells called the pancreatic islets. Beta cells normally produce insulindisplay definition, a hormone that helps the body move the glucose contained in food into cells throughout the body, which use it for energy. But when the beta cells are destroyed, no insulin can be produced, and the glucose stays in the blood instead, where it can cause serious damage to all the organ systems of the body.

For this reason, people with type 1 diabetes must take insulin in order to stay alive. This means undergoing multiple injections daily, or having insulin delivered through an insulin pump, and testing their blood sugar by pricking their fingers for blood six or more times a day. People with diabetes must also carefully balance their food intake and their exercise to regulate their blood sugar levels, in an attempt to avoid hypoglycemic (low blood sugar) and hyperglycemic (high blood sugar) reactions, which can be life threatening.

The warning signs of type 1 diabetes include extreme thirst; frequent urination; drowsiness or lethargy; sugar in urine; sudden vision changes; increased appetite; sudden weight loss; fruity, sweet, or wine-like odor on breath; heavy, labored breathing; stupor; and unconsciousness.

Type 1 diabetes is generally diagnosed in children, teenagers, or young adults. Scientists do not yet know exactly what causes type 1 diabetes, but they believe that autoimmunedisplay definition, genetic, and environmental factors are involved.

Im bringing this up because I was introduced to a high school ball player who battles this, along with the competition.

Mastbaum High School senior Zackary Davalos (right) values his older brother Joe. Zack, who has Type 1 diabetes,  plays outfield for his high school varsity baseball team.  CHRIS LYONS / STAR PHOTO

Heres the story of Zack Davalos, a player I would love to have on any team of mine.

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Beat The Heat

This is one of the coolest things Ive come across!!!

Not only would this be SWEET in the dug out but I can think of many other use’s for this bad boy!!!!

BBQ’s, Party’s, Tennis Courts, Basketball Courts, Working in the garage Etc……..

Its expensive but since when has comfort come cheep?????

It would be something parents could “go in on”. Realistically you will probably play with the same core group of kids and parents for years.

Mist Fan

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Baseball Bracelet

I have posted one of these before but I wanted to make my own….

I made this one to give away in a contest.

They are super easy and kids love them.

If you make your own BE CAREFUL!!!! HAHA

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To Be successful

I tell my players all kinds of motivational, go get ’em speeches I can think of. I always try to mix them up but these two were the most popular.

“To be successful, you have to see your self being successful”

“Think positive things and positive things will happen”

I bring this up because I just received and email the other day about this very topic.

I got my coaching certificate through ACA (American Coaching Academy) and on a regular basis they send updated info and hot topic material.

Heres one I have to share….This is a MUST read


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Teaching How To Run

The reason most kids are slow is because of poor mechanics.

I always say Bailey runs like he has 2×4’s on his feet”.

I also thought it was something I couldn’t fix.

But just like anything else I’ve taught, I broke out the video camera.

If you are trying to fix a mechanical flaw, you need to use video. There are things we just cant see with the naked eye. If we don’t see it, it doesn’t get fixed

So the first video Im going to show you is Bailey running. Although the video isn’t the best, it gets the point across.

Heres what were looking for……

  1. How high do the knees come up (not enough) (bad)
  2. How is his head positioned (OK)
  3. Do his arms work for him or against him (against him) (bad)
  4. Is his heel hitting the ground first (every time) (bad)
  5. How is his torso (slouching) (bad)

Now watching Bailey in slow motion, you can see that he lets too much of his weight come down with each step he takes. Basically he has too long of a stride and this forces his heel to hit first. He’s trying to throw his body forward with only his legs.

Neglecting to get the arms pumping correctly with our legs, is forcing our chest (torso) to stay back vs thrusting forward. Keeping the torso back is forcing our legs out in front of it, causing the heel first effect.

The leg making contact with the ground should be directly below us. Here is a video of 7 professional sprinters.

Now do we want our kids training like Olympic sprinters?


It will it increase our speed on the bases and the out field.

Here is one other thing it will help with.

So here is the most important drill to work with your runner.

In this drill we are working on FORM and EXPLOSION first, then increase the speed.

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First Base

First base has many more complicated parts to it, then just catching a ball thrown to them!

A first basemen has to constantly be aware of his surroundings and his position on the field.

Too many first basemen get caught watching the game VS being part of it.

A first basemen’s first priority is to get the bag. Depending how the first basemen is on the bag waiting for the incoming throw, can decide the outcome to the finish of the play.

If your playing first base and your out of position, plan on chasing the ball down!

I will cover a couple more defense situations at first come summer!

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Fielding a Bunt

The most important part of the game in my opinion is bunting.

You have to get them down correctly when needed and we have to be able to defend them as well.

Here are some quick tips


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Correct Infield Position

Too often we see little leaguer’s not taking the correct approach to “getting ready” for fielding.

These are my four most important!

  1. Their body is not in the correct stance for a quick reaction.
  2. They get “set” too soon, before the ball is pitched
  3. The don’t move after each pitch ( they stay frozen).
  4. They don’t think about “what do I do, if it’s hit to me”

All of these factors can cause multiple problems….

Limited range and poor decision making skills, when the ball is actually hit to them. These are the most important skills an infielder must posses.

Heres a quick video







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Ten Simple Rules Of Baseball

This was sent to me from a dad yesterday and I think its worth passin’ along!

Ten simple rules of baseball and life.
1. Acceptance of Responsibility – winners and losers part company here
2. Loyalty
3. Class – winning and losing
4. Control what you can control – on and off the field: Attitude – Effort – Preparation
5. Synergism – team chemistry; the total is greater than the sum of it’s parts
6. Heightened Program Awareness – Every person in and around the program matters
7. Transferable Trust – Confidence
8. Everything Counts
9. Body Language – that says you do or do not belong
10. Kaizin – continuous improvement, every day, in small increments
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Ball players are made, Part II

Just like anything written, there will be the critics.

So after I wrote my post about ball players needing to be motivated I get an email from  a reader, saying “little leaguers” (american) want it just as bad as any other kid”.

I was a little shocked! I dont remember saying (american) little leaguers didnt want it just as bad.

I remember saying 7 out 10 would say “I want to be famous”!

That leaves three right!

Those are the kids who WANT IT!! those are the kids bustin it. Just because we may live in a better country (my opinion)  then most, doesn’t mean our individual lives are better.

After the email I did a little more digging to see what I could find.

Here it is

This is a picture of where major leaguers are from. US is the only picture map I could find.

 States Ranked by “best”  to live

DEFINITION: Livability Index by state. “To determine a state’s ‘Livability Rating,’ each state’s rankings for 44 factors were averaged. The scale is 1 to 50, the higher the number, the better. Data used are for the most recent year in which comparable numbers are available from most states. All factors were given equal weight. States with no data available for a given category were ranked based only on the remaining factors. In our book, data are listed from highest to lowest. However, for purposes of this award, we inverted rankings for those factors we determined to be ‘positive.’ Thus the state with the highest median income in the book (ranking 1st) would be given a number 50 ranking for this award.” – Morgan Quitno Press;SOURCE: Morgan Quitno Press, 2005 via StateMaster


According to the maps and my first post. The kids in the “best” states to live, may not “have to” better their life.

And just because you may not “have to” “better” your life, doesnt mean you dont “want” to.

In my opinion, it’s not necessarily where you live, but what you live with!

According the “best” states to live, How many have a pro team for the boys to grow up following, seeing live, the “tangibles”?

Its also true that the states south can play year round!!

There are good explanations behind every theory. There are always exceptions to the rules…..

But like I said in the original, a ball player needs the hunger.

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Meet The Daubers

I have opened this website for bragging parents, players and coaches.

Well, a team from East Texas jumped at the chance.

This team has some VERY proud parents who flooded my face book page, so it feels like I know all the boys.

After seeing the “resume” these boys have created and reading through their website, I see they are a very well coached and fundamentally strong team.

I would love a chance to have any of these boys or coaches on my team or part of my staff!

Here is the website for East Texas Dirt Daubers

Good job Coach Best!

You have a great group of boys and parents.

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Another Tip from Mike Geary

Heres one where he takes on Diabetes!! If you know someone who is or you are diabetic yourself, This may interest you to know…..

I will let Mike take it from here

If you missed the newsletter the other day, we were talking about the controversy with Paula Deen announcing her type 2 diabetes (and the conflicts of interest with that) and also how their recommendations on her show to make her dishes more diabetic friendly actually made no sense.  You can read that controversial post here if you missed it.

As I alluded to in that post, most people are quite confused at how to modify recipes to be better for blood sugar control and for diabetics.  Most times, people end up trying to reduce the fat in a recipe which is not the enemy in this case.  Sugar and other forms of fast digested carbohydrates are the REAL enemy.

Substituting apple sauce instead of butter or oil is NOT doing anyone any blood sugar favors… in fact it goes directly against what you’re trying to accomplish by adding EXTRA carbs, plus just ends up producing a dessert that doesn’t taste nearly as good.

…Nor does substituting egg whites for whole eggs accomplish anything either.  Especially considering that the egg yolks are the most nutrient dense part of the egg, and that the healthy fats and other micronutrients in egg yolks can help to control blood sugar levels.

I’ve recently gotten to know an amazing healthy chef named Kelley Herring, and she knows how to make some really rich delicious desserts, but in a MUCH healthier, low sugar, low carbohydrate, higher fiber, higher protein method…

Better yet, all of Kelley’s delicious recipes are gluten-free and excellent for diabetics!

Here’s just a small taste of some of Kelley’s incredibly delicious dessert recipes that are perfect for diabetics and gluten-free:

* healthy chocolate chip cookies
* healthy carrot cake cupcakes
* healthy flourless chocolate cake
* healthy cheesecake with berries
* healthy chocolate coconut truffles
* healthy cranberry pecan muffins
* healthy poundcake (with 10 grams of protein per serving!)
* healthy espresso chocolate mousse
* healthy mint chip ice cream
* healthy creme brulee

Try out Kelley’s rich delicious healthy desserts here – you won’t be disappointed!

Also, if you missed my post a couple weeks ago about the delicious high protein, high fiber ice cream, I’ve been experimenting with lately, make sure to check it out…

Try this rich creamy high-protein, high fiber “flat belly” ice cream


Mike Geary
Certified Nutrition Specialist
Certified Personal Trainer | |


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Am I in or Out?

I have been asked this question since late August. What am I going to do about this upcoming baseball season. Anyone who knows my beliefs, knows they aren’t what our leagues here believe.

We dont have the option to join any league or team. We are limited  by our school district. That means Bailey has two choices for baseball.

Community Ed (Strictly fun)  VS Competitive (Travel).

Well, for difference of opinions with the local leagues and endless conversations with coaches all over, I have a decided to make a short story long.

Heres my answer and what the future holds for baseball in this house

Am I in or Out

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Re inventing baseball

I will have this up sometime this weekend! It has become a little more difficult to put into words then I thought it would be!! 


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Expect The Best

I stole this from my mom!! Us girls..Our Views

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Re Inventing Baseball!

I have had a couple personal emails now, asking about the seminar put on by Paul Reddick.

I know I said I would write about it and I am. Its just a major topic and I have a lot to say! Just like Paul Reddick told me, its going to ruffle some feathers!

It will probably be long enough to be put into PDF form, like I did with the long toss post!

This will take me awhile to put together, so be patient! I’m hoping to have this done by next weekend!

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