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YOUTH SPORTS Games are Won at Practice USA Baseball With the 2022 baseball season just starting in some places and in full swing in others, PBSCCS contacted USA Baseball to see if they had information posted that would help improve practice sessions. The following explains the importance of practice in player...

Lateral Bounds for Strength, Speed and Power By Gene Coleman, Ed. D., RSCC*E The lateral bound is single-leg plyometric exercise in which you leap off one leg, and propel your body as far as you can in the frontal plane. Lateral bounds target the muscles of the lower body – hips, thighs, claves, ankles and feet –...

Mental Breaks In Game and Out of Season By Andy Bass, Ph. D. – Pittsburgh Pirates Focus and concentration are crucial to success in baseball and softball. We need to be locked in on every pitch and every at bat. How often have we heard coaches or players say that the reason they lost the game, or made a costly...

Youth Sports What Game Changer Tells Us About Catchers By Gene Coleman, Ed. D., RSCC*E Regardless of whether you are playing in the Major Leagues or youth baseball, the position of catcher is one of the most demanding on the field. Review of Game Changer data for over 70 games during the 2019 and 2020 seasons...

Youth Sports The Goblet Split-Squat Increase Lower Body Strength and Balance Without Directly Loading the Spine By Jose Salas, CSCS, Philadelphia Phillies. In an attempt to better serve the coaches, players and parents involved in youth and high school baseball, the PBSCCS periodically publishes information on factors...

Larry Walker – What the Scouts Saw in Him By Gene Coleman, Ed. D., RSCC*E, FACSM Like his HOF classmate, Derek Jeter, Larry Walker was a two-sport athlete, but unlike Jeter, his primary sport was not baseball. Being a Canadian, it was hockey. He didn’t turn his attention baseball until he was 17-years old. So,...

In children and adolescents the bones are still growing. The growth plates are made of cartilage and are actively producing more bone. The growth plates are the weakest part of the elbow, and the UCL and flexor tendon attach to a bump of bone immediately adjacent to one of the main growth plates on the inner side of...

  Another baseball season is underway and that means thousands of young pitchers are throwing at all levels of youth league competition. For many of these youngsters, this effort becomes the peak of their athletic careers. It’s not just sometimes because of a lack of desire to continue on, but also often an inability...

If you are looking for a change of pace from doing traditional split-squats, try doing them of a 2” x 4” beam. Elevating your body as little as 2 to 4 inches and placing your feet in a parallel stride position raises your center of gravity, decreases your base of support, reduces stability, increases...

Research shows that proper nutrition and hydration before competition can improve performance. Try these food and fluid recommendations to find out what works for you! Food • Eat a carbohydrate-rich meal with moderate protein 3 to 4 hours before competition. Examples would be scrambled eggs with oatmeal, peanut...