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February 27, 2018 - Hitting Home

Those of you who have been reading us for years know we have a soft spot for JUGS Sports and the many great products they produce. Here is one I wish they had 15 years ago when my sons were in their Little League days. 

JUGS' Hit at Home batting cages are Nirvana for any aspiring baseball player and baseball parent. My kids were lucky in that we usually had access somewhere to a field or batting cage and I was usually able to find the time to throw to them. And I enjoyed doing it. But even so, had this thing been in our backyard all my boys would have gotten thousands more swings on their own. And how knows what that might have meant to their careers. 

The Hit at Home comes with everything you need to set up immediately, poles, clasps and netting all included. It sets up in under an hour and can be taken down whenever you'd like so there is no permanent construction required. Those of you who don't already know this will be happy to hear that JUGS nets are the industry standard. No one makes them better. You can order the cage alone for soft-toss and tee work, or make it a package with a state-of-the-art JUGS pitching machine and L-screen. 

JUGS continues to be the industry leader in everything baseball and softball. If you want your players to have all the advantages, to give them the head start they deserve, their own batting cage in the backyard is a privilege you can now afford.

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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. 

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Posted on Friday, June 16, 2017 at 01:01PM by Registered CommenterSports Product Review in , , , | CommentsPost a Comment | EmailEmail

July 30, 2016 - JUGgernaut

So if you're a baseball player, coach or parent, you've undoubtedly seen the new “pro style” tees that are taking over the baseball tee world. The unique difference between these tees and the more “old-fashioned” models is the rubberized cone at the top.

The big advantage to this cone is that when you make contact with the tee, there is less resistance which gives a hitter a truer feel for the ball. Rather than feeling a clunk and knocking over the tee, the cone simply flexes down and out of the way without impeding or damaging the bat in any way.

So it would be natural to think that all of these types of tees are the same. And while we've tried, liked and reviewed several, it's always tough to compare something to a JUGS product. They just seem to know exactly what coaches and players want.

JUGS Sports is famous for their iconic pitching machines, but they do so much more. The JUGS T is their newest example of brilliance. The first thing that jumps out is that there is no pro-style tee with a lower price and longer warranty. We could end the review there and have given you all the information you need.

But when we tried the one they sent us, we understood there was much more than immediately meets the eye. They know that not everyone will be using the tee outdoors. So the base is rubber covered with rounded edges so it can be placed on a gym floor with no worries about scuffing. Let's stay with the base: See that ergonomic handle? Seems like a small thing, but it's a big deal. It allows you to pick the tee up and carry it easily, which none of the other ones we've seen can do. And the base is sturdy and balanced perfectly so that no additional weight is needed to keep it upright. You'll love how the stem easily unscrews so that you can conveniently store it in your bat or equipment bag and have it whenever you need it.

Speaking of the stem, it can be adjusted, quickly and easily, which is what we liked the best. It will go from a low of 24” to a high of 46” making it great for working on pitches anywhere in the zone. And the internal interlocking bolt design prevents slippage so once you make the adjustment you want, it stays in place.

We've never tried anything from JUGS Sports that isn't top quality and brimming with innovation. You'll be able to find similar products on the market but when you add up all the features, benefits and craftsmanship they bring to the table, they're running through every season undefeated.

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October 16, 2015 - Change for the Better

They say the changeup is the most effective pitch in baseball. That's even more true for softball. A pitcher's job is to keep hitters off balance. However when throwing batting practice with a pitching machine, every pitch is coming at the same velocity. This is great for developing good mechanics and developing an eye for the ball, but doesn't help hitters learn to time different speeds.

 

Hitting off the JUGS new Changeup Super Softball Machine is the next best thing to live batting practice. It provides a realistic underhand delivery so the ball approaches the batter at the same angle as when thrown by a pitcher. By changing the speeds at the press of a button, hitters have to adjust their swings instantaneously. In addition to the manual control on the base of the unit, it also comes with a remote control on a keychain. Why? The whole point of this machine is to force hitters to see different speeds without knowing what's coming. Now crafty coaches can change from fastball to changeup from inside the dugout so their hitters are facing variation similar to what they'll see in games.

 

This machine is not only great for working with your hitters, but it's also perfect for advanced outfield drills. The swivel-design base provides 360 degree movement for fly balls, pop-ups and ground balls.

 

It comes standard with a transport cart, making it portable and easy to move and set up. Simply insert the handle, tilt and roll. It weighs just 75 lbs, which means one person can load the JUGS in the trunk of a car.

 

JUGs is the world leader in pitching machines. If you've ever used one, you know they're top-of-the-line. If you're a high school or college coach, have a travel team, or even just are a parent with a daughter aiming high in her career, you need to have this in your arsenal. If your players can learn to master the Changeup Machine, your opponents won't know what hit them.

 

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Posted on Friday, October 16, 2015 at 02:06PM by Registered CommenterSports Product Review in , , | CommentsPost a Comment | EmailEmail

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.

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