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    Help! Do I say anything or not? (long read sorry but needed)

    You know the old saying, "Not your monkey, not your circus?" This is where it applies. I agree the AD needs to know the situation but it's not your place to tell him/her. IMO, if the AD were any good at their job, they'd be looking into the reason for the participation numbers dropping without...

    How do you decide?

    To the OP. There is a general rule of thumb shared by most of us members that have been on here for a long time. If you spend time to write more than 500 words on the topic, it's time to leave and you already know this in the back of your mind.

    Are We Destroying Our Kids?

    I think the one thing many forget with the players is the emotional side of it as well as the physical. There is a lot of demand on a student-athlete's time educationally (since they are students first, or at least should be), athletically and socially. The players usually end up making social...

    Wish me luck brothers!

    Go kick some A$$ AD!

    Another "fun" tournament-Wildness ensued!

    She was probably hammered too.

    Best ASA red stitch ball

    First, there are a few TB tournaments for 8U around my area. Granted, they are far and few between but they exist around here. As to the OP, I have found that Sterling, Dudley Thunderheats and Evil Sports Tump balls, all in leather, offer not only great raised seams for pitchers, but will last...

    Glove webs, what’s everyone’s favorite?

    Yep. The binding is rough all over but I don't mind since I exclusively use my CMW3000 now.

    Glove webs, what’s everyone’s favorite?

    I still have my HS glove I used in the outfield when not behind the plate. I bought this shortly after Mizuno was first introduced to the U.S. Just goes to show how long I've been an H-web fan.

    Drill Suggestions: too early with swing

    For those interested, I found pictures. This is the 12x14 inch board. Excuse the damage please. It's had many a rough year.

    Drill Suggestions: too early with swing

    I actually bought a 7X7 Rukket pitching screen that goes on my Rukket sock net frame (they'll actually fit any 7x7 net frame). I think they're like $39 with a lifetime warranty. I set the board up about 3 feet back from the opening which puts me plenty far enough back from the flex of the frame...

    Are you coaching the team or individuals?

    @Orange Socks Exactly right. Last year I had a split age 12U team. Out of 12 players, 3 had former TB experience and the rest came from various rec leagues. My coaching staff and I developed them from maybe a high level "C" team at the beginning to a Solid high level "B" team by the end of the...

    Glove webs, what’s everyone’s favorite?

    I've always preferred the H-web. I don't know why. Maybe it's the utilitarianism and no frills practicality of them. I would say that out of 27 catchers I work with, probably 24 of their catcher mitts are H-web and the other 3 are basket (closed webs). Granted, they mostly only come in the 2...

    Drill Suggestions: too early with swing

    Absolutely. I only do front toss through the summers outdoors...mainly because I'm lazy and don't want more cr@p in my car to unload for practices. However, once back to indoor lessons, hitting sessions and practices, I start intermixing the board since, like dropping and blocking for catchers...

    Another "fun" tournament-Wildness ensued!

    The wildest thing I've seen is an organization that we played twice in 2 separate tournaments. All of their coaches were tossed when my team was beating theirs. They were F-bombing the umps, the TD's, the tournament themselves, etc. and refused to leave. Of course, their parents joined in to the...

    What ball to use for indoor practice at home

    When DD used to pitch, we would go in our finished basement and use a Jugs Lite-Flite softball. The were pretty close to the same weight and soft enough to avoid any damage except the rain of dust when she'd hit the drop ceiling.