baseball, sports equiptment, team sports

Baseball training rarely involves having a full team game of pitchers, fielders etc. Manufacturers have produced equipment that are now used by any pro or college teams.

For pitchers there are a host of radar guns on the market. Radar guns essentially record the pitchers speed and the speed of the ball. For batters, most use a batting cage for training purposes. When using a batting cage there is obviously no need for fielders as the mesh and steel structure contain the batted balls to a small area. Batting cages are also used a lot with pitching machines for practice, this saves a lot of time meaning more practice can be achieved. The batting cages can range in size with some as small as golfing nets.

Batting tees have always been hugely popular with baseball players. These are a key training aid for all batters and have become a minor sport in themselves. Batting tees help players improve their swing and the baseball is placed on a tee, so there is no need for a pitcher during these training sessions.

Pitching machines can be expensive but are also necessary for serious batters to practice with. As with all ball games practice, and more practice is the only way to improve and good pitchers are not always available for training purposes. Pitching machines massively improve the batters hand / eye coordination and are much more useful than a batting tee.

Although some of these training aids can be expensive, they will certainly improve your teams performance.



football, sports, sports equiptment

Hey guys, Tom here again with a hard hitting(hehe) sports post for you guys. Yes I am talking football. I love football, and if you are a local reading this blog then I know you do to. Whether it be the Steelers or Pitt State, I watched every game at Three Rivers Stadium for 10 years, and have kept that tradition up with Heinz Field. My sons are starting to play now too. The youngest is on the atom team in town and my oldest starts his rookie year for the high school team this year. As someone who played his gridiron career with cheap second hand equipment I wanted to ensure that my kids had it better, so I went shopping with them and we got some bags full of gear now. Of course, some of the stuff isn’t football gear but just something generic to have with you that can be extremely helpful.

Other than all your necessary gear, you want some additional gear to level the playing field against everyone else who already has it. The first part of this is gloves. I recommend Cutters, they stick better than anyone else. Nike also has some good one that let you move your hand roe, but they are not padded. Next of is a visor, preferably a reflective one but a lot of youth leagues won’t allow this as it interferes with doctors looking for a concussion. Nevertheless, having a chrome or amber reflective visor can help you before the snap has started. You also want some basic gear in your bag: some painkillers(ibuprofen), cough candies for before the game, some breath strips can be good too. Make sure to always check this stuff though, as it can go bad. Take it easy everyone, see you all next time.

football equipment bag