June 16, 2017 - Change of Pace

Here is one of the things that makes the folks at JUGS Sports so impressive. They all come from sports playing and coaching backgrounds. They're in tune with their customers. They know their market. So even though they had one of the most successful softball pitching machines in the game, used by thousands of teams and institutions, they didn't rest on their laurels. They surveyed coaches to find out how they could make it better. When the heard the overwhelming request for a machine that could throw changeups, they came out with the CHANGEUP Super Softball Pitching Machine.

It throws fastballs up to 70 mph and changeups at speeds as low as 44 mph. Now players can't simply figure out their timing and mechanically hit drive after drive because they know what's coming. This forces players in batting practice to think and react as they will in a real game. 

It's portable and easy to set up and can be stored in the trunk of the car if you're a travel ball coach. It can also swivel 360 degrees and be used for all facets of the game, including ground ball and fly ball practice. 

Those of us who have been around for a while all know that JUGS Sports owns the past of baseball and softball. But, just like the players their products are made for, because of their innovation and relentless pursuit of improvement, they're going to also be stars in the future. 

Source: JUGS Sports

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June 9, 2017 - Shoulder to the Wheel

They look like giant doughnuts, but if you're a football player, they're really, really good for you. The Tackle Wheels from Franklin Athletic teach proper tackling technique in a safe manner.

The wheels are made of foam covered in heavy-duty vinyl. The can be rolled laterally across the field so that tacklers hit a moving target. The player drives his shoulder into the side while hooking his arm through the hole to simulate a perfect tackle with a minimum of stress and impact to the player. The wheels can also be rolled straight on to a player to help him work on shedding oncoming blockers. 

Tackle Wheels teach players to tackle without using their bodies. If they put their helmets to the side of their targets there is less chance for injury. For that reason alone every youth, high school and college program should have a few of these ready to roll.

Source: Franklin Athletic

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June 2, 2017- These Will Catch On

The folks at Upstart Sports know their gloves. Their Team Batting Gloves are top-of-the-line in quality and budget priced. School, leagues, travel teams and more are clamoring to get their custom gloves with their own embroidered logo in their baseball and softball team colors. 

But football season is coming up and there are thousands of schools and leagues that are planning for the new season. If you're one of them, make your plans to include the custom gloves from TeamFootballGloves.com. These gloves are unlike any on the market with their extremely durable, breathable stretch fabric in back and their silicone palm that can be emblazoned with a cross-finger logo.

They sent us some to try out and the silicone is just the perfect amount of tackiness to make those one-handed highlight grabs. The backs are so comfortable and form fitting that your players will feel like they are not wearing a glove at all. Most over gloves we've seen are cumbersome and don't have the same flexibility the gloves from Upstart provide. 

But coolest of all is the wide array of designs available. You can get your team logo embossed within a camo pattern or anything else you can imagine. Let your creativity run wild, like your players. Oh, and when the ball goes up in the air rest assured it's going to come down firmly tucked away in these gloves...and looking spectacular in the process.

Source: TeamFootballGloves.com

 

May 26, 2017 - Power Up

The Power Up Wedge is a personalized training device for baseball and softball that allows the individual player to understand his or her lower half and introduces them to the responsibility of the lower half and the importance it plays in the success of each and every hitter, pitcher, athlete.

The Power Up Wedge is a direct link to better balance, stability, core awareness and strength, presenting today's player with unmatched feel and a keen synchronization of mind and body, allowing the muscle memory to come quick.

Once you fasten the Wedge to either front foot, back foot or both, your lower half is ready to drive you to untapped levels of success by training you to be an athlete and giving you an opportunity to make an immediate impact.

While we haven't tried the product it definitely looks like it has promise. As we've written many times before, balance is a key component to everything, in sports and in life. Anything that promises to provide your athlete more stability, direction, leverage, torque and power while creating muscle memory, strength, bat speed, velocity and consistency gets our vote. 

Source: Power Up Wedge

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May 12, 2017 - No Palm Ball

The folks at Unique Sports love to find solutions for common, everyday sports problems. The Ball Control training device is a simple, yet excitingly easy-to-use device that will quickly transform your little hoops player into a ball-handling and scoring machine. 

If you've watched novice youngsters play basketball they all have one thing in common: When they try to dribble or shoot the ball, they tend to use their palms. They think they that need to slap at the ball to make it bounce and there is no shooting touch, it is more like a shooting hoist. 

The Ball Control is a soft leather strap that fits on any hand which, via the knob built into the palm, helps create the good habits of dribbling and shooting with the fingers, not the hand. The knob forces the ball out away from the palm and onto the fingertips where it belongs. 

This is just one of many products we've written about from Unique Sports and there will likely be many more to come. If it isn't broken, don't fix it. Or, in the case of a little one's mechanics, if it is broken, now you can fix it.

Source: Unique Sports

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