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TRAIN IT VS TRUST IT AT THE PLATE

Game time is compete time, not think time. At UP17, we strive to educate our players on trusting their hitting and pitching mechanics at game time. As simple of a concept as it may seem, it is one of the biggest hurdles a young player must overcome. To help simplify that process with players, we use “Train It” vs “Trust It.” Read more

GETTING READY FOR THE SEASON

At UP17, we are asked by many families when is the best time to start getting prepared for the upcoming baseball season. It is a very good question and one that can affect your son’s season immensely. Read more

SACRIFICE BUNTING TIPS

The sacrifice bunt is a play that wins and loses games and championships. Check out UP17's list of tips that will help you become a great sacrifice bunter. Read more

LEARNING THE GAME FROM THE DUGOUT

During the game of baseball, a pitch is delivered roughly every 20 seconds. What are you doing in the other 19 seconds? Read more

Evaluating Your Day at the Plate

Bad news: You just went 0-4 while hitting today. You immediately think, “Something must be wrong with my swing.” Here are a few tips on what you should ask yourself after a rough game to evaluate your day at the plate. Read more

Swinging vs. Hitting: What’s The Difference?

Many parents tell us their hitter is an all-star in the cage with a great ‘swing,' but ends up struggling at game time. This is the difference between hitting and swinging. It is valuable for swing mechanics to be clean but parents should understand that ‘hitting’ is a skill. Read more

On Deck Preparation: What Should You Do When You’re On Deck?

Next time you turn on a game, pay attention to what different players do to get ready for their at bats in the on-deck circles. You will be fascinated at the different preparation approaches, but you will notice a few commonalities among all players. Read more

Every Player Is Different: UP17’s Approach to Personalized Coaching

Players come in different shapes and sizes with different athletic abilities and different approaches to the game. One key to effective coaching is not trying to make players something they aren’t. Read more

What Can You Learn from Watching Baseball on TV?

If you’re anything like us, then the game is always on in your house.  While watching baseball earlier this year, we started thinking about what you can learn from watching the game on TV. Without a doubt there are valuable lessons to be learned while catching a game from your own living room. Read more

Should My Son Play Other Sports in the Offseason?

From a pure baseball perspective, it is good for young players to rest their baseball specific muscles for periods of time throughout the year, especially pitching arms. Playing other sports keeps them athletic, agile, conditioned and active during the off season, and allows them to recover from a grueling in-season schedule. Read more

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