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Bryce!

Posted on 01-07-2017

One night after baseball camp last week, and after both our kids went to sleep, I found myself in my usual 8:30pm spot: plopped on the couch next to my wife, completely exhausted, and staring blankly at whatever game MLB Network had on. A few minutes into my nightly end-of-the-day-coma, the broadcast switched over to […]

Use Your Defense!

Posted on 25-04-2017

Padres SS Erik Aybar pitched the 9th inning last week as his team was losing 11-1 and Manager Andy Green didn’t want to use his bullpen anymore.   Throwing an awkward semi-submarine sort-of-sidearm knuckleball pitch, Aybar got Diamondbacks Catcher Chris Hermann to weakly ground out on a ball thrown…wait for it…59 MPH.  59!!!!   Chuckles […]

The Masters

Posted on 12-04-2017

I’ve written about what “being competitive” means to me (you can read a past blog about it by clicking here), and if you watched Sergio Garcia and Justin Rose battle on the back 9 at The Masters over the weekend, then you saw exactly what I’m talking about. Throughout the back and forth of the […]

Geno’s Viral Video

Posted on 22-03-2017

I think it’s likely that by now you’ve seen this video, but if not, it’s worth 2 minutes of your day): A few things popped into my mind after I watched it. First, I realized how lucky I am personally to coach players at the Little League level where selfish, me-first attitudes are much less […]

You Get 3 Strikes For A Reason!

Posted on 06-02-2017

I’ve written quite a bit about the mental side of hitting in youth baseball (please feel free to browse through old blogs), but today I want to talk about important things parents and coaches can do to make sure ballplayers have an attitude at the plate that gives them the best chance of success. First, […]

Barrels Aren’t Just For Surfers

Posted on 10-01-2017

I ran the “on the field” portion of tryouts on Saturday at RHLL which means that over the course of roughly 6 hours, I threw close to 1000 batting practice pitches to players age 7-12. There were giant 12 year olds preparing for their final season of Little League, 7 year olds who were participating […]

GPA vs BA

Posted on 29-08-2016

With school starting today, I thought I would spend a few minutes talking about academics. There’s most likely nothing I can say about the importance of getting after it in the classroom that your son hasn’t heard already from you, but I did come across this interesting statistic last week: As the chart above shows, […]

Guest Blog: What I Learned At Spring Training…

Posted on 06-07-2016

What I Learned at Spring Training that I Still use Today in High School Baseball By John Zuercher Hi, my name is John Zuercher, better known as Coach JZ around camp. I just finished my sophomore year of high school at Peninsula High, where I played on the Junior Varsity baseball team. I have played […]

Summer Camp Photos!

Posted on 24-06-2016

Summer Baseball Camp is off to an amazing start!  Please enjoy a few shots of the action from the first 2 weeks of camp here and you can follow the fun daily by finding @SpringTrainingBaseballCamp on Instagram!  I hope to see you on the field this summer!  – DS

2016 Regular Season Reflections

Posted on 27-05-2016

After giving close to 1,200 lessons and running several weeks of camp since the 1st of the year, I want to take a minute to look back on the Little League season before we turn our attention to Summer Camp and beyond. Here’s my hope for every kid who played ball this Spring: 1) That […]

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