August 28, 2015 - Blow Up the Target

While these may seem more in the realm of toys than actual sports products, we like them anyway. Maybe thats because we can remember the days of active, sports-loving little boys running around the house throwing balls and looking for ways to have fun. Hedsrtom Specialty must know what its like too.

If you have a reasonbly big room, a garage, a back yard or a basement and kids under the age of ten who aspire to be pro baseball or football players, get them one of these. Reminicent of the old-fashioned inflatable punching bags many of us had as kids, this Training Camp 2-in-1 Trainer makes it fun for little guys (and gals) to practice their pitching and TD spirals. Best of all, they can do it on their own with no parents needed. It is safe, solitary fun.

And let's face it. Toy or not, when kids are throwing at a target over and over, which they will do with the Trainer, they are getting better. It will only translate to more strikes thrown on the field later in life.

So take a deep breath, blow up the 2-in-1 Trainer, lay out a couple of soft balls and watch what happens. Our guess is your future Cy Young Award winner has a sore arm tomorrow.

Source Hedstrom Speciality

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August 24, 2015 - Watch Out This Time of Year

The last two weeks of August bring a special event to those of us who love youth baseball. Of course we're talking about the one and only Little League World Series. Many folks are not intimately familar with the rules of Little League, the most prominent among them being the pitch count. 

There is a maximum number of pitches a youth player can throw in one game. If that player is age 11-12 the cap is 85 pitchers. If the player is 10, he/she may throw no more than 75. And after reaching certain plateaus, corresponding days of rest are required. If a player has thrown 20 or fewer, there is no rest needed, he is free to pitch again the next day. However for 21 to 35 pitches one day rest is mandated. If he throws 36-50, its two days, 51-65, three days and 66 or more pitches in a game requires four calendar days rest.

This is why every serious Little League coach needs the Pitch Count Watch. We love using ours. It tracks your team's pitches with the touch of a button - and even tracks the opponents. It also comes with a stopwatch, date, and oh yeah, it tells the time so your never late to a game. 

If Little League is your thing, good for you. And if you're gearing up for a new season of coaching next year, you're going to want to get your watch out.

Source: Upstart Sports

August 13, 2015 - They've Got You Covered

What do these guys at CoverSports do? What don't they do is the better question. If it has to do with baseball, football, tennis, track, soccer, golf or virtually any other sport and it needs to be covered up, look no farther.

They do personalized outfield and stadium wall covers. You know the ones with the cool illustrations, logos and ads? That's them. They do rain tarps, sideline covers, special events,  and on and on.

They are especially proud of they GymGuard gymnasium protector. They stock them in virtually any weight and color to suit your budget and application. Since they are the actual manufacturer, they have an advantage over others who subcontract or simply re-sell.

Since new gym floors cost tens of thousands of dollars it makes sense to bring in a GymGuard to protect your investment. Constructed of ultra durable and vinyl reinforced fabric. They are water-resistent, slip resistent and fire-resistent. You can also add letters or logos. They can be quickly unrolled and laid out to protect that valuable floor.

So from NFL stadiums to MLB field tarps to your local high school gym floor, there's no one better to blanket you in top of the line quality.

Source: CoverSports

August 6, 2015 - mmm, mmm, Guard!

If you've ever had a kid play football or any other sport requiring a mouthguard, you know that while they're a pain to wear, they're pretty important. You also know that they get chewed up and essentially rendered usless after just a few games. What if you could buy a mouthguard for your league that would be one kids wanted to keep in their mouths, and that would serve as a great fundraiser? Now you can with Flavored Mouthguards from Upstart Sports.

The come in a variety of colors, Orange, Red, Yellow, Blue, Black, Green and Pink as well as terrific flavors such as Fruit Punch, Blue Raspberry, Bubble Gum and more. Because the flavor is not sprayed on, but embedded into the moldable plastic is stays fresh and delicious game after game. And because your per-piece price for a 25-pack is only $3.00 your league can sell them for $5.00 or more all season long and make a sweet profit.

We've tried all the flavors and they really are outstanding. Plus the guards come with $1600.00 in dental insurance so you know they're legit protection. Now you can show your league's true colors and flavors while adding to bottom line. What could taste better than that?

Source: Upstart Sports

July 31, 2015 - Triple Play

Here's what the folks at JUGS Sports do. They figure it out. They understand what tools are needed to improve baseball and softball players' games and they innovate. A culmination of this innovation is one of their newest offerings, the Backyard Bullpen.

The Backyard Bullpen is a tremendous, versatile combination of three items in one great package. Included is a A huge 7’ portable screen with 12 "Hit-Your-Spot"  pockets. The pockets serve as throwing targets providing pitchers with precise areas in and around the stike zone on which to focus. Also part of the package are the JUGS Radar Cube and a a set of 15 Perfect Pitch baseballs or softballs, (as well as a throw-down plate and nylon carrying case). The idea behind the trio of the Radar Cube, the Perfect Pitch balls and the screen is brilliant in its simplicity. On each ball is printed an exact replica of the throwing pocket grid. Simply match the suggested location printed on the ball with the same location on the net. And after firing into the appropriate pocket, The Cube will display the speed of the pitch with the same accuracy as their world-famous radar guns. Together they help pitchers improve their speed and accuracy all while learning the strike zone.

The uses are nearly limitless. Having the Backyard Bullpen means having a personal batterymate. High school and college teams can utilize it to warm up a pitcher in the bullpen. It would be a tremendous addition to any indoor baseball faciilty, creating a pitching station that needn't be staffed or monitored. It works for hitting practice too. Batters can stand in front of the net while pitches come in and either hit or just "take" and get a feel for whether those pitches were balls or strikes with instant feedback, (i.e. into which pocket the ball landed). How about fielding work? The net can be set up at first base as a reciever for infield practce, or down at second base as a target for catchers working on the pop times.

Those who have been reading our reviews for the past several years will find it no surprise that our favorite application is that of a backyard trainer. One of the most challenging things for busy, working parents is how to get baseball or softball-playing kids to practice on their own and without having to shuttle them off to expensive private lessons. Now every day, young , aspiring pitchers can simply go out, by themselves, and throw into The Bullpen. If I had had this when my kids were Little League and even high school age, I'd have asked them to throw a certain number of pitches each day, paying attention to the counts and locations printed on the balls, and notating the velocity of each pitch. We'd have tracked ratios of accurate pitches and speeds and compared them day after day to monitor improvement. My kids would have looked at this fun, built-in challenge and regimen as a game, not work. And with that mind-set, you'll never have to worry about them practicing on their own. Plus, I always hated squatting in the catcher's stance and wearing out my knees while waiting for a shothop to bite me somewhere. It would have been much more enjoyable to let the net do the work for me.

And, finally, speaking of games, the Backyard Bullpen is also like having your own arcade in the backyard. Imagine inviting competitive friends over for a barbeque what would happen once a few folks toss a ball into the net with the radar on. Next thing you know there's going to be a line waiting their turn, a ton of trash-talk and a whole lot of fun. You decide if you want to provide huge stuffed animal prizes.

We know of nowhere you can go to get as many high-quality products to improve your game as JUGS Sports. They've been the leaders for decades and, impressively, they have never sat on their laurels. In fact, we just learned of another fantastic product they've developed that will take the baseball and softball world by storm. You'll see our review of that in the near future. In the meantime, be it college, high school or youth league; professional, serious instruction or just some backyard fun, get yourself a Backyard Bullpen. You'll feel like you just signed your own full-time catcher, infielder and pitching coach to long-term contracts.

Source: JUGS Sports

A huge 7’ portable screen with 12 Hit-Your-Spot™ pockets.
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