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GETTING OUT OF THE BATTER’S BOX: 3 WAYS TO GET OUT OF THE BOX ON BALLS IN PLAY

Let’s dig into different ways hitters should get out of the batter’s box after hitting the ball. Read more

SITUATIONAL BASE RUNNING AT 2ND BASE

Many of our teams have asked about some advice on situational base running, especially at 2nd base. Let’s dive into some different situations with various outs, and what to do. Read more

KEEPING YOUR HEAD STILL

Walk into a batting cage anywhere across the country and within 30 minutes you will hear a coach tell a player to keep their head still. What does this mean? To begin this discussion, let’s start with the fundamentals of a swing. Read more

INTENTIONAL TRAINING

Stay back, head still, swing down, swing up, use your back side, these are all terms or cues players hear when training. Many times, a player hears so many different cues, they get lost in their thoughts and become unable to train correctly. Read more

SPEAKING THE LANGUAGE

Over the last few years the game of baseball has transformed into the launch angle revolution. Search launch angle on the Internet and you will find hundreds of videos explaining the theory behind launch angle and some coaching opinions on how to create the perfect swing. Read more

POSITIVE SELF-TALK: WHO WILL TALK GOOD ABOUT YOU IF YOU DON’T?

Hitting a baseball can be frustrating, throwing strikes can be hard. The best hitters at the Major League level hit .300. This means they fail 7 out of 10 times. Baseball is a game of failure! One of the biggest challenges a young hitter can have is becoming frustrated with their batting average. Read more

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

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