03 Jan

2017 ABCA Convention

Don’t miss LineDrivePro Trainer at the 2017 ABCA Convention in Anaheim, CA. Baseball’s biggest trade show is taking place Thursday, January 5th through Saturday, January 7th. The annual ABCA Trade Show is one of the major highlights of the Convention. Over 300 exhibitors will be at the ABCA Trade Show to display state-of-the-art equipment and products, including hitting aids, apparel, field equipment, hitting/pitching machines and software. Be sure you stop by Booth 483 to check out the hottest hitting aid on the market.

See all the schedules, speakers in the 25 clinics, 19 presentations in the Expo Theater, ABCA Trade Show details and other events at http://www.ABCA.org/convention

ABCA Convention

Jan 5 – Jan 8

Anaheim Convention Center
800 W Katella Ave, Anaheim, California 92802

BOOTH 483 – LINEDRIVEPRO TRAINER

 

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02 Jan

LineDrivePro At The 2016 ABCA Convention In Nashville

Be sure to stop by booth 239 at the #‎ABCA2016‬ Convention to say hi and demo the LineDrivePro Trainer! At the ABCA Trade Show, over 300 companies are expected to display state-of-the-art equipment, products, and innovations, including coaching aids, baseball apparel, field equipment, baseball hitting aids and more. Many products will be unveiled for the first time during the Trade Show. Clinics, the ABCA Trade Show, meetings and several awards presentations and honors will all be features at the 2016 ABCA Convention at the Gaylord Opryland in Nashville! Activities begin on Thursday, Jan. 7 with the first day of the ABCA Trade Show as well as committee and divisional meetings. The ABCA Clinics begin on Friday, Jan. 8 and run through Sunday, Jan. 10. For more info visit: http://abca.org/convention

 

2016 ABCA Convention

Booth #239
Jan. 7-10, 2016 – Nashville, Tennessee
Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center

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02 Dec

3 Quick Tips To Fix A Slow Swing

proper-training-ldpt1 – STOP BAD TRAINING HABITS

  • Practice hitting line drives, not home runs

Generally line drives develop into home runs over time. It’s important to master hitting drives up the middle and to the opposite field before trying to swing for the fences. As your baseball swing mechanics develop and get stronger you will start seeing doubles turn into home runs naturally.

  • Run rather than jog / lift faster rather than slow.

Baseball is a game of short bursts of strength, speed, and power. You can’t get faster by running slow laps around the warning track. Sprints and agility drills combined with explosive lifting to enhance fast twitch muscle fibers are key if you want to run faster and hit the ball harder. The goal is to train muscles to trigger faster and contract quickly, providing the short bursts of energy needed for stealing bases and a proper baseball swing.

 

 

 

 

2 – STAY LOOSEstay-loose-icon

It is important to feel comfortable at the plate so that you can block out distractions and concentrate on what’s important – seeing the pitch and utilizing the proper hitting mechanic. By staying relaxed you are able to avoid muscle tension, specifically in the arms and legs, and remain mentally focused which are the components needed to make hard contact consistently.

 

 

 

 

 

 

timing-ldpt3 – MAKE SURE SWING SEQUENCE  IS CORRECT

An effective swing is a fluid swing in which you unlock your body parts in order. Your stride should be early and easy, remembering that the majority of your power comes from your lower half, your hips lead your hands keeping your wrists locked until after extension.

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02 Jul

4 Tips For An Effective Baseball Offseason Training Program

Summertime is full of fun and exciting distractions. So, whether you are gaining momentum into your summer practice schedule or fighting to stay faithful to a softball or baseball training routine, it is important to keep in mind that if you apply yourself in the offseason, you will get results. To make the most of the time you spend in the gym and on the field this summer you may want to focus on these 4 areas to make next season your best season:

1.) Training For Consistent Power At The Plate

Basbeball Power Training

Most softball or baseball players with high batting averages hit the ball hard and often. To increase your ability to hit for maximum contact, you will want to add balance training and core work to your fitness program. To generate consistent power at the plate, lower body training is essential. The waist down is responsible for over 80% of power and bat speed. Training that focuses on the hips and other lower body areas will help encourage proper baseball swing mechanics. The proper hitting stance and weight distribution gives the hands a clean path to be able to keep the barrel working through the hitting zone longer. When the lower half spins, the upper half will spin and the bat will work in and out of the hitting zone. When the lower half (back knee) drives toward the pitcher, the upper half (front shoulder) stays closed. If done properly, the back side naturally knocks the front side out of the way allowing the hands to work independent of the body. Nothing is more important than staying inside the ball, behind the ball and through the ball. This is an absolute of all good hitters and requires core training.

 

2.) Include Baseball Speed Training

Baseball Speed Training

Speed and quickness are important for both base running and running down balls on defense. On the field, enhance foot speed and body control by integrating ground and fly ball drills. To increase speed you will want to incorporate a lower body workout as well as resistance running drills into your weekly training regiment. Lateral Strength Exercises and Sliding Lateral Lunges are perfect. Performing exercises that improve your ability to maintain a tight core during running can have a tremendous impact on your sprinting speed. Make sure your routine emphasizes hip and glute activation. The hips and glutes are critical areas for increasing your speed.

 

3.) Maximize Batting Practice With Baseball Training Aids

Baseball Training Aids

The best thing you can do for your swing is to keep batting practice simple. Work on fine-tuning your swing mechanics during batting practice with fundamental hitting drills using baseball training aids like the LineDrivePro Trainer. The correct angle at which the bat/barrel enter the hitting zone is crucial to consistent hard contact. When line drives are launched up the middle using our baseball training aid, the hitter knows that the angle is correct. It’s as simple as that.

 

4.) Develop A Strength & Conditioning Training Plan

Baseball Training

To help make tough plays look easy at any position, concentrate on agility and upper body strength training. Plan and stick to a routine to make sure you’re hitting the gym at least 3 to 4 times a week. It’s no secret that the best players on the field are the first and last players in the gym. Segmenting your weekly workout schedule will help reduce boredom and allow you to rest certain major muscle groups without avoiding the gym. On the days when motivation is lacking, try to keep in mind that developing a routine over summer and sticking to it is your best opportunity for seeing serious improvement before next season.

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09 May

Mental Toughness and Sports Psychology in Baseball and Softball

The training doesn’t stop at the plate

In a game where great hitters fail at a rate of 70 percent, perseverance is as important as baseball swing mechanics, bat speed, and physical strength. Mental toughness is having the capacity to press on through difficult situations while remaining confident. The process of developing mental toughness begins with adopting a can-do attitude. It is training that voice in your head to tell you to keep pushing, you got this, the next pitch is yours, even after watching 2 strikes fly by. The best way to achieve this level of inner confidence is to put in work before stepping up to the plate. Practicing with a baseball hitting aid like the LineDrivePro Trainer introduces the techniques of visualization and pre-performance routine. According to former MLB Player Dmitri Young; “The LineDrivePro Trainer truly reminds the hitter to have a consistent swing path and to work on visualizing the contact point.” Visualization decreases stress and puts you where you need to be mentally when it comes time to execute on the field. Plus, concentrating on the routine you developed while using the baseball swing trainer can help you be less distracted by the many uncontrollable factors of the game. It is this zen-like focus that you want to have while walking slowly to the plate. Just remember to breath and keep the routine going.

Positivity, confidence, and focus. . .all that is left is not to worry about the outcome of your at bat. Yes, this is absolutely easier said than done. However, if you can become comfortable with an uncomfortable result like striking out and can accept failure as an inevitable part of baseball then you will be more likely to bounce back from small defeats. Be resilient, celebrate your accomplishments, recognize opportunities for improvement, and know that your capabilities are not predetermined or limited. Effort creates success so get out there and PLAY HARD, PLAY SMART! Click Here to see how the LineDrivePro Softball & Baseball Swing Trainer works.

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30 Mar
26 Mar

Baseball Hitting Aids Are The Best Coaches

Recently I went to the little league park just to sit, relax, and watch a baseball game. As I walked through the clover of baseball fields I heard a coach exclaim, “Johnny get your elbow up. Get it UP!” Then my attention was drawn to the baseball field on my left where I heard another coach yell to his player, “Get that elbow down. Get it DOWN!” This conflicting information got my wheels turning and I began to think about what we as coaches tell our kids. Again, I heard the voice of the first coach, “Son, you need to stay back.” and seconds later, “Be aggressive. Go get the ball,” rung out from the coach on the opposite field. I went to the park knowing that the team likely to win would be the one who made the fewest errors and I left thinking about the impact misinformation can have on a baseball player’s development.

So what message are we sending our kids who we expect to do well? We buy them fancy cleats, the big league glove, the magnetic wristband that is supposed to increases power. But where do we go to buy the right information to help our kids succeed in a very difficult sport? We can enroll them in expensive private lessons, with the hope that the instructor can connect with our hitter. After all, there are an abundance of individuals willing to sell their expertise to help your son or daughter become a better hitter. The problem lies in that anyone can offer private instruction, yet we are not all experts.

More frequently we rely on the advice that is most readily available, and often free, to our child. Being a dad and coach myself, I can say that most dads and coaches believe that their information is correct. If I read it in a book, saw it on Youtube, or heard other coaches give the same advice it must be true, right? Baseball is a sport that is such a part of our culture that overtime many aspects of the game have been simplified so that anyone can understand the basics. However, any player will tell you that baseball is anything but simple. It’s a tough sport to succeed at, only made harder by bad instruction provided with the best of intentions.

So how do parents with limited or no baseball experience help young athletes become the best players possible? Fortunately, a new baseball hitting aid and training device just entered the market that helps to make hitters better and coaching simpler. The LineDrivePro Trainer has been quoted as being “ingenious, absolutely simple and effective.” We all know that good hitters manage to keep the barrel of the bat in the hitting zone, but how is this taught? How does a player know if his/her swing is good or not? How do they know that the drills they are working hard at are working to make them better? Unlike traditional tee practice which can inevitably promote swinging without a purpose, the LineDrivePro Trainer provides instant feedback so that your hitter can make beneficial adjustment to their baseball swing mechanics rather than reinforce bad hitting habits.

As a coach my goal is to guide a hitter to learn how to fire the baseball back at the pitcher. Again, this is often easier said than done and since instruction doesn’t always translate seamlessly into an intended action, The LineDrivePro Trainer was developed to takes the guess work out of finding the right swing. The product is a cup that attaches to any bat that is designed to release a ball with the force of the hitter’s swing. If the hitter is able to fire the baseball up the middle then the bat was in the zone. If the hitter fires the baseball anywhere else, the barrel did not work properly. It is the only baseball hitting aid that truly simplifies the tough process of developing good baseball swing mechanics to the point that all the hitter needs to do is consistently fire balls up the middle. Feel it. See It. Hear it. Keep doing what works and repeat. That’s it! Your hitter will quickly learn how to keep their barrel in the hitting zone and with continued use of the LineDrivePro Trainer they will develop the muscle memory to succeed at one of the hardest things to do in sports.

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