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7/8/2009 2:25:10 PM
topic: Litigation in Youth Sports

swinterton
swinterton
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Most youth sports organizations are pressed to find qualified volunteer coaches. Stories like this one illustrate a risk we hope never to face as youth coaches: the potential for litigation resulting from player injury. What do you think?
7/8/2009 2:06:25 PM
topic: Introduction of Breaking Pitches

swinterton
swinterton
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There has been a significant point of debate surrounding the appropriate age to introduce breaking pitches and curve balls to a pitcher's repertoire. What are your thoughts on the matter?
7/8/2009 1:59:09 PM
topic: Bat Weight vs. Swing Speed

swinterton
swinterton
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I found an interesting discussion on bat weight vs. swing speed. Included in the article are references to a product that formulates a player's ideal bat weight based on his or her physical makeup. On average, following table outlined ideal bat weights:

Major League Baseball : Height/3 + 7
Amateur Baseball : Height/3 + 6
Fast Pitch Softball : Height/7 + 20
Slow Pitch Softball : Weight/115 + 24
Junior League Baseball (13-17 yrs) : Height/3 + 1
Little League Baseball (11-12 yrs) : Weight/18 + 16
Little League Baseball (9-10 yrs) : Height/3 + 4
Little League Baseball (7-8 yrs) : Age*2 + 4

What are your thoughts on these results? My son uses two bats: a Miken 19 oz. and a DeMarini 22.5 oz. According to the chart, the Miken is his ideal bat. He definitely gets more power out of the Demarini, but his "optimal" swing (as evidenced by a combination of control, power and speed) definitely comes from the Miken. According to the chart, his ideal bat weight is about 20 oz. Go figure.
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