How's your Little League team doing this season? If your squad is in need of a quick tune-up...or a complete overhaul, get your hands on a copy of Winning Secrets. Inside this terrific read you'll find all of the pointers you need to run a great practice and manage a game for the win. There are probably dozens of "little things" you could be doing to get the edge on the competition, if only you knew what they were. Well, they're waiting for you inside this book.
Here's an example: The other team has runners on first and third. You know they're going to steal their runner at first. Did you know that there are six different plays you can call on defense, all of which will at least keep the other team off guard and will, at best, get you an out and a huge momentum swing.
When you're on defense and the other team has a runner on third with less than two out, does the opposing coach know what you're having your fielders do with a ground ball? Why give him that advantage? Learn how to ensure your players are ready in every situation and that the other team isn't! Winning Secrets will not only help your players be the best they can be, but will make sure you're at your best as well.
Winning Secrets isn't just for baseball coaches either. Nearly all of the principles and strategies will apply to coaching youth softball as well.
So if you're going to put in your time and effort to coach the team, shouldn't you and the kids get the most out of it? Winning isn't everything, but if had the choice between winning and losing, which one would you, your players, and your players' parents choose? The choice is clear. And its no secret.
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Top-grade leather. Heavy-duty leather palm. Tight fit. Those are the descriptive phrases that will get you to try the Bones Batting Gloves from Vinci Baseball. However, what will keep you coming back are the value: They are inexpensively priced, but also durable. Everything we've tried from Vinci has been top-notch. And also best-in-class? Their customer service. You see they're a small, family-run business that takes care of its customers. So whether it be their intimidating-looking Bones Batting Gloves or their highest-standard fielding gloves you'll always feel like you're properly equipped, and part of the family.
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If you're involved with a youth football, soccer, field hockey, lacrosse or other sports league where there can be contact to a player's mouth there are two things you know are requirements for the coming season. A) Every player will need a mouthguard, probably multiple mouthguards during the season and, B) The league will need to do some fundraising. How about combining them both in a tasty way with Mogo Flavored Mouthguards.
The delicious, long-lasting flavors, (Bubble Gum, Orange, Fruit Punch and Blue Raspberry) are truly amazing. Kids will be eager to pop their protection into their mouths, making it less likely they'll try to play without it, risking dental damage. And they come in great colors: red, black, blue, green, orange, pink and yellow, so that any team or club can match up. You can choose to order with or without a tether. Most importantly, $1600.00 in dental insurance means you know your kids will be injury-free.
So where does the fundraising angle come in? Leagues buy these in bulk and sell throughout the year at the snack bar or concession stand, or just have them available for purchase at the fields. We all know how frequently kids chew up mouthguard and need new ones, so why not make it convenient for parents to buy another one while raising money for the organization?
The Mogo Mouthguard can serve two important purposes: Preventing dental injury and helping your league raise money. Sounds like something to chew on.
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This thing is crazy...in a good way. Imaginative doesn't even begin to describe it. Who thought, “Let's create a radical, highly modular, multi-use, home and garden apparatus that will revolutionize the way you play, relax, even sleep? PlayBase, that's who.
The product is still in the final stages of development, so all we know is what's on the website, (which we highly recommend you visit to have your mind blown). The idea is that the base can become dozens of cool accessories that are used for fun and exercise and much more. PlayBase appeals to all age groups and will keep pace with your children’s needs as they grow.
What can it do? What can't it do? Start it off as a gyroscope, which is becoming an increasingly popular piece of gym exercise equipment. Then, turn it into a trampoline. The kids will love converting it to a sunken castle to play in outside or indoors. How about making it a play deck, or a sport kit basket? Younger children will love climbing around on the play net, which provides a safe elevated play area. Older children might use it as an improvised goal for frisbee or football. It would make great ball basket.
When it is time to relax, quickly convert it to a floating sun deck or floating bed base where you can experience the sensation of lying on water without getting wet! The deck “floats” thanks to elasticated safety straps that allow limited movement between all three rings. Use it outside for sunbathing or inside as the base for a floating bed. You can turn it into a hammock as well.
When it is time to get active again, it morphs into a climbing net, sports wall to practice on or tennis trainer for solo work. And this is just a taste. There is almost nothing you can't do with the PlayBase, and every transformation transforms your back yard into a magic kingdom.
In baseball nomenclature, Cordskinz was facing an 0-2 count with us. When they first approached us with their product, we weren't sure what to make of it. A rubberized “skin” to apply over the cord of earbuds to keep them tangle-free? Initially, we questioned whether this was a sports product, until we thought of all the joggers and walkers and gym-goers who wear earbuds. Of course, they tangle. That's just what they do. Take them out of a gym bag and it is a requirement to spend 5 minutes untangling them. OK, we said, we'll take a look.
They sent them over and, quickly it was strike two. But not because of anything they did wrong. What comes in the package are two very thin rubber tubes and a plastic device called a “skinner.” It is simple, the instructions say, to pull the tubing through the skinner and over and around the earbud wires. Well, I couldn't get it to work and nearly gave up. But as I've been doing a lot lately, I asked my teenage daughter to have a look. My eyes recently have begun refusing to properly view very small things. Sure enough, in no time, she was able to thread the tube through the small hole and it somehow, magically, engulfed the tiny wire going to the earphones. Here is a video to show you how it should be done. I tried the next one and, while I still didn't do it quite as quickly as on the video, it wasn't difficult. I'm sure with a few more tries I'd have it down.
So, to extend the metaphor, after having two strikes, Cordskinz hit it out of the park. I've always despised tangled cords, can't understand how they can just be laying in a drawer or on a desk, and knot themselves up with no one around. And now, this pair will never have that problem. The first thing I did after the installation was try to tangle them. I flopped them around, swung them in the air, dropped them on the floor, bunched them up in my hand...every time they spring back without the slightest intertwining. And, with all of the color choices available, giving your buds a Cordskinz makes them look cool to boot.
So it turns out that you don't have to have a ton of moving parts, batteries, complicated assembly or costly materials to make a great product that will positively influence millions of people. All it takes is a problem that needs to be solved, a great idea and a little ingenuity. Sometimes a home run comes when you least expect it.