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How to Build a Batting Cage in Your Own Backyard

 This article will briefly describe how to build a batting cage right in your backyard. Recently, my father and I built a 70′ cage of our own with parts from Menards and a net we ordered from eBay. It costs us around $600 total, and can be taken down in the winter and re-assembled. This article provides a brief look at how we did it. For a more in depth look at how to build a cage, I recommend checking out my e-course, Build a Batting Cage on a Budget. More information is available at the end of this article. The first thing you want to do is determine where your cage will be on your property. Once you know how much space you have to work with, you will be able to determine what size of a cage you can build. That brings us to our next obvious step. Decide what size you want your batting cage to be. This will obviously depend on many factors. First of all, the larger the cage, the more expensive your framing and net will cost…obviously. This decision will also depend on who will be usin

Jugs pitching machine models are top of the line

 The Jugs pitching machine line is probably the most well-known of all the pitching machines available today. The Jugs company makes a variety of pitching machine models that vary in price depending on which kind of budget you have to work with. Starting off with the high-end model, you have the very versatile Curveball Combo Pitching Machine. It is called the Combo because it will throw baseballs, softballs, and tennis balls rather than just one of them. This machine can throw a wide range of pitches including fastballs, sinkers, risers, sliders, along with sidearm curves and fastballs. Basically anything you can think of, this machine can throw it. And it can bring it anywhere from 20-104 mph. That’s some heat! It will also throw fly balls and grounders for fielding practice. Breaking balls are possible by having two wheels, in which one of them spins at a different speed than the other. This makes the ball spin at a speed great enough that will cause it to break in the direction of

Read about baseball pitching machines from popular brands

 Baseball pitching machines are probably the most valuable training tool that a hitter can have. It is the closest thing you can get to "live pitching," without having an actual pitcher throwing to you. If a player is fortunate enough to be able to own a baseball pitching machine, or have access to one, along with a batting cage, you’ll be one step ahead of the competition right off the bat (pardon the pun). The number one obvious advantage is to be able to hit pitched balls coming in at a velocity close to what actual pitchers throw, as well as from the same distance from home to the mound, without the need of an actual pitcher. They are usually much more accurate than a human pitcher, and nobody has a sore arm after batting practice. There are two types of baseball pitching machines. One is the "arm style" pitching machine, which is the most expensive, but I believe the most beneficial. And second, there is the wheel style, which is less expensive and much more co

The rotational hitting philosophy of instruction

 Rotational hitting is a relatively new philosophy of hitting instruction that has caught the attention of many players and is somewhat debated due to its difference from the conventional hitting instruction of old. Made popular by former Major League ballplayer, Mike Epstein, the rotational swing is supposed to produce more bat speed as opposed to the more traditional "linear" swing. The whole theory behind all of this is that what the majority of amateur coaches are teaching and what all successful hitters are actually DOING is something completely different. Basically it is a way of teaching that closely analyzes the way the pros swing, and attempts to mimic that as much as possible. So what is linear hitting?? The linear swing is the way of teaching that has hitters taking the hands and feet straight to the ball in a "linear" fashion. Here are some popular sayings used by the more familiar linear philosophy. Stride toward the pitcher Swing down at the ball Squis

Pitching baseball training equipment

 There is a lot of throwing / pitching baseball training equipment that I would highly recommend to invest in to help improve velocity and accuracy. It all depends on the budget you have to work with, but some of these training aids can be very useful. Radar Guns The first option I will present you with is a radar gun. Of all the pitching baseball training equipment, this one isn’t going to help you build more velocity or arm strength, but it will help you monitor your progress. It is a monitoring device and not a training aid. However, let me caution you before I proceed. If you get a radar gun around many youngsters, and they know they are being clocked, they are going to try to throw so hard that they will throw their arms out and risk injury. Do not buy a radar gun for your 11 year old. They don’t need it. At that young of age, they need to be focusing on good solid mechanics, and pitch accuracy. If they master their mechanics at a young age, the velocity will come. Players shouldn

Soft toss pitching machines

 If you’re looking for a soft toss machine, check out the models listed on this page. Soft toss machines are a great training tool to use at home when practicing by yourself. You can use them in your garage or your backyard as long as you have a good soft toss net. They will help you develop hand-eye coordination and the ever important bat speed. In high school I was able to get a good soft toss net , and practice in my garage all winter long. I know that it's easier to make a good decision on which product to buy if you can see it in action. Therefore, I was able to find some good YouTube vidoes that show exactly how they work. Check those out below. Ground style machines The Jugs soft toss pitching machine Although not actually a pitching machine, the Jugs Soft Toss Machine (pictured to the right) sits on the ground, and tosses balls up to the hitter at five second intervals. It will hold up to 14 baseballs, and actually runs on batteries as well as AC power. I have heard however

Use a soft toss net for all your hitting practice

 A good soft toss net will be needed for all of your hitting practice, whether that includes taking soft toss from another person, a machine , or just hitting off a tee. There are a few different styles of baseball soft toss nets that you should consider before making your purchase. The most convenient of all the soft toss nets are the portable or pop-up screens. These are nice because they go up quick, go down quick, and are easy to haul around to practice or just throw up right in your garage. The second style is more heavy duty and is not meant to be as portable. They are however more sturdy because they are usually constructed with aluminum or steel frames and heavy duty baseball netting. The last option is just to make your own. Let’s start with the portable screens. Pop Up Nets Probably the most common of the portable soft toss nets are the Jugs Instant Screen (pictured to the right), the Easton Pop Up or Squarecatch Net, and the ATEC Multi Sport Net. I recommend the Jugs model,

These hitting aids will help improve every ballplayers swing

 There are several hitting aids available to ballplayers nowadays, other than batting tees that are very nice and should be taken advantage of. The first of which is the soft toss machine . These are excellent because they allow you to work on your swing in a space as small as your garage all by yourself. The Jugs Company makes one that appears to be very nice. It sits on the ground and tosses the ball toward the batter every five seconds. It runs on a rechargeable battery so you don’t have to mess with an extension cord or an outlet. At the time of this writing, the price on this machine is $235. There are also a few other manufacturers that put out a different style machine. This style consists of a tripod-like stand that holds a rack of baseballs. At a set interval, the machine releases the ball and it rolls down a shoot which tosses the ball toward the batter. These are also very nice as I have owned this style of machine. They usually will run anywhere from $100-300, depending on

How to choose your baseball bat size and weight

 When choosing baseball bat size, there are a few things to consider. If you or your child is new to the game, the very first thing you need to determine, are the rules for bat size and length for the league that you are involved in. If you haven't already, check out my page on baseball bat rules. The last thing you want is to purchase a new bat, and find out that it is not allowed in the league you're playing in. Once you've determined the rules of your league, lets discuss other considerations. Weight will be the most important. Many players (mainly youngsters) have a tendency to want to swing a bigger and heavier bat than is necessary. Just because you may be swinging a bigger or longer bat, does not mean you will be hitting the ball any harder. If a bat is too long or heavy, you will do just the opposite. Ask yourself this question when choosing baseball bat size. Which bat will give me the best bat speed?? BAT SPEED is what gives a hitter power. If you cannot get the b

Baseball Bat Rules

 Here you can find baseball bat rules for many of the well-known leagues of youth and amateur baseball. Learn about the rules concerning bat weight and length. Click on the link to which ever league you or your child plays in to open a new window and look at that league’s website. On the league websites you should see a link that says "Rules" or "Regulations." You should be able to find what you need there. The main thing you are looking for is to see if there is a limitation on the length or the weight of the bat. Most leagues have a limit on the "drop." The drop is the difference between the length of the bat in inches, and the weight of the bat in ounces. High school and college leagues have a limit of a -3 drop. So if you have a 32 inch bat, the lightest it can weigh is 29 ounces. Also high school and college bats are required to comply with what is called the BESR (ball exit speed ratio) rule. This means that the ball cannot exit the bat more than a c

Welcome to Baseball Equipment Review

 Fellow ballplayers, parents, coaches, and baseball enthusiasts, This website exists to help baseball players improve and meet their full potential by keeping them informed and educated of all of the equipment and training aids that are available to them today. Whether you are a ballplayer yourself, a parent, or a coach, my goal is to be able to help you make the best decision with the equipment you choose to purchase. Baseball Equipment Review is constantly on the lookout for all of the newest and hottest equipment today. The technology of baseball bats are always changing. There are many baseball gloves to choose from. Many players and parents also want to know what the best baseball training aids they should purchase to help them improve their fundamentals. I'll do my absolute best to provide you with the info you need to help you out. If you're interested in seeing the latest pages added to Baseball Equipment Review, click here to read the latest reviews posted. Or if you w