September 16, 2016 - Name Game

We've told you before about the great dugout organizer called The Bench Coach. But what we didn't mention the first time is about the great value-add service they provide their customers, worthy of praise. 

The Bench Coach is a portable dugout organizer that a baseball or softball coach can easily carry to and from the field in its handy travel bag. Simply unfold it from the bag, (no poles or connecting needed, it's all one piece), and fasten it to the chain link fence that makes up nearly all youth league dugouts. 

If you see the typical Little League dugout, it is strewn with gloves, helmets, water bottles and other gear. The Bench coach eliminates that mess. Every player has their own compartment where they can store helmets, gloves, batting gloves, even water bottles. There's a spot on the side for a lineup card. And when the game or practice ends, it easily folds back into the carry bag in less than a minute.

But the folks who make The Bench Coach want it to be extra special, which is why they go the extra mile. For no additional charge, they will create name cards to go in each compartment, just like a real, top-of-the line helmet rack in a high school or college dugout. They want to make every player feel like a Big Leaguer, even if they're in T-ball. It's a nice feature they could easily charge extra for, but which they do because they know that happy kids make happy customers. 

We highly recommend this product and, from what we can tell, the client satisfaction rate is nearly 100%. Once you slide your players names into their own special slot, you'll see their eyes light up with pride. And your team's dugout will be the envy of the league.

Source: The Bench Coach

August 9, 2016 - Take Two for the Team

So you're a high school baseball or softball coach looking for a cool new way to spiff up your team's look. Or, perhaps you run a travel-ball organization. Maybe you're also wanting something that will raise much-needed funds for the program. You might be seeking unique items to include in your team's spirit packs.

The folks at can check off all the boxes. They are a batting glove manufacturer who specialize in custom gloves containing your organization logo and nickname, in your team colors. These gloves are pro-quality, and they fit and feel like a million bucks. But that's the best part. You won't pay a million bucks to have a set made for your team. in fact the price is so low that most teams resell them, still at a cost lower than buying from the store) for a profit to help raise money. Everyone wants to wear their team gloves. It's a no-brainer.

With a breathable mesh back and full, highest-quality leather your players will love how they perform. But maybe more importantly, they'll love how they look and make them feel even more a part of the team. And we all know that if we can get everyone to look like a team, there's a better chance they'll play as one.


August 26, 2016 - Stick With a Winner

We've reviewed several products from Unique Sports, each as good as the other, which is to say, great. There is a lot to love about what they do. 

First, they're still a family-owned company that hasn't forgotten its humble beginnings. They've built a world-renowned business on small-ticket items that fill the shelves of sporting goods stores everywhere. What really sets them apart is their incredible innovation. If you've ever thought, "It would be nice if there were something like (insert idea here)" for tennis, baseball, lacrosse, football, basketball, golf and other sports, there's a good chance they've already invented it. 

The PRO STICK is a prime example. Using the same concept as pine tar for baseball bats, this cleverly and aptly named product lets you rub a tacky resin on the handle of your lacrosse stick. This enhanced grip gives you better control and eliminates slippage. It's non-toxic, non-allergenic, safe and odorless and applies in seconds. Once you rub it on it lasts indefinitely and when you're done stores in a vial that you can just toss into your gear bag. Its the handy stick that adds stick to your stick. 

From their famous Tourna Grip and Hot Glove to their less well-known but essential accessories, Unique Sports just keeps cranking out the hits. They help make you a winner no matter what sport you're playing.

Source: Unique Sports

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August 20, 2016 - Think Inside the Box

Two things happened simultaneously this week that turned out to be related. My son set up our pop-up net in the backyard to hit off the tee, and we were notified of a new product we might be interested in checking out called the CrocBox. Maybe it's because its been a long week but it took us a few minutes to make the connection.

I have been working on filling in some areas in my lawn and I told my son I'd rather him put the net somewhere else because it wasn't good for my new grass. So, after going to the trouble of setting the net up, he had to then break it down and put it back in it's carry bag. Kind of a pain.

With three boys who play baseball, for years we've had nets in our backyard in varying states of permanence. There have been months that nets were just a fixture back there, causing consternation for my wife who viewed them as eyesores. Over the months the sprinklers, dew and occasional rain would deteriorate the vinyl material and eventually we'd have to throw it away. 

But I wasn't thinking about this when I first looked at the CrocBox website. I was just told it was a net that began as a golf trainer, but could also be used for baseball, soccer, lacrosse and other sports. So we figured we'd be looking at another version of something we'd already seen many of.

Then I realized that this product had to be installed by digging a rather large hole in the backyard. My first thought was, "Who is going to get a shovel and a bag of gravel and go to this effort for a practice net?" Then the memories of all of those years and other nets came back to me and I said, "I would!"

It makes perfect sense. The install is not that difficult and once it's done you have an invisible net ready whenever you need it. Simply lift the lid of the box, pull out the net, practice, and then it folds back up neatly and out of the way. No more struggling with poles and stakes. No more weather rotting away your investment. No more staring at a monstrosity in your backyard 24/7. Their motto is that you will practice more and there is no doubt that they're right about that becaue it is so much more convenient. And, the"Smart Net" technology means that each ball you hit bounces right back to you so that you don't need a bucket, but only one ball. Another huge advantage.

We haven't actually tried the device but a quick look a the videos on the site is all you'll need to be sold and understand the value. If you're a golfer who wants his own backyard practice range that disappears when you're done using it, of if your kids need something to hit, throw, shoot or kick into but you're tired of setting it up and taking it down, Croc Box is a dream come true. Go get your shovel. It's time to practice.

Source: Croc Box

August 12, 2016 - Next Best Thing To Being There

I've had three kids play college sports in cities far away. I tried to make as many games as I could in person, but the majority I missed. It killed me to not have any idea what the score was, how they were doing, and ultimately if we won or lost. 

Someone else must have had the same frustrating experience, but they did something about it. They created Scorebook Live. Scorebook Live is an electronic scorebook app that not only makes it easier to officially score a game, but broadcasts that information live so that anyone can follow what's happening anywhere.

It's easier to use than a paper scorebook so game officials love it. If you're "old school" and think it will be too complicated to use, you'll get the hang of it in no time. Everything on the screen is intuitive and prompts the user to take the necessary steps, making it almost foolproof. 

While the game is being scored, those updates are streamed in real time. And on the Scorebook Live website you can check all current games being played, which is kind of addicting. Coaches love the app because it eliminates the need to report scores to the media. The media loves it because they can essentially cover all the evening's games at once, which was never possible before. It will automatically generate game recaps and box scores, tabulate and update statistics, and create player profiles. Coaches no longer have to do a math test at the end of each game trying to figure points, rebounds and assists. Game alerts can even be pushed out on social media as they occur. 

This is a high school basketball fan's dream. On a Friday, I often look at the games to be played in town that evening and think it would be fun to go to one, but rarely do. Now, I can follow every one as they happen from my phone or desktop. Coaches, parents, officials, sportswriters, fans...they all benefit from Scorebook Live. And that ultimately means the players win too.

Source: Scorebook Live


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