The Origin of Soccer

Although it may be impossible to accurately state when and where the game of soccer originated, history has shown us glimpses of a game similar to our present day version being played for over 3000 years.

Around the 2nd or 3rd Century BC, it was documented that the Chinese military during the Han Dynasty played a game involving kicking a ball into a small net.

A game similar to soccer was played by the ancient Greeks and Romans but their game could include up to 27 players on a side compared to the modern day game of 11 players to a side.

Soccer became one of the most popular sports of the masses due to its popularity as a war game. A game of “football” which the British called it, was played in the east of England during the 8th Century where the head of a defeated Danish Prince was used as the ball.

During medieval times, villages and towns were pitted against each other in game battles that could take all day. There were no structured rules to abide by and kicking, biting, gouging and punching turned the game into a virtual battle of survival. These matches became so violent that the English authorities made many attempts to have soccer banned.

King Edward III from England passed laws in 1331 to abolish the game and Queen Elizabeth I had a law passed that provided a one week jail sentence for anyone caught playing soccer.

Despite these efforts, the game of soccer became so popular in England over the next few centuries that it evolved as the most popular sport of its time.

At this point, the only shortcoming of the sport was its lack of rules or standards. In 1815, Eton College, a famous English school, established a set of rules to be implemented by other schools, colleges and universities.

A standardized version of these rules were later adopted in 1848 by most of England’s colleges and universities that were known as the Cambridge Rules.

Unfortunately, at this point, there were still two different sets of rules being used. Some colleges favored the Rugby Rules which allowed carrying the ball with your hands, tripping and kicking to the shins. which were contrary to the Cambridge Rules.

In 1863, The Football Association was created by eleven English soccer clubs and schools to establish a single set of rules to be enforced when they played against each other.

The supporters of the Rugby School rules objected to the changes and the two groups split apart. The Football Association later changed the rules in 1869 where they forbade the use of hands, except by the goalie, which led us to the game of soccer as we know it today.

The English still called it a game of “football” because the ball was played primarily with the feet but in the late 18th Century, the word, “soccer”, was first used by a student of Oxford University by the name of Charles Wreford Brown. The students at Oxford were known for using slang where they added “er” to the end of words that they intentionally shortened. The game of Rugby was called “rugger”. Brown shortened the word “association” and added “er” and the term “soccer” was born.

Since the 19th Century the game has evolved to where it is today. It is the World’s Game that is played by more people than any other sport and is universally recognized as the most popular game in sports history.

The World Cup which is held every four years to crown a World Champion draws millions of spectators to the 32 games played and is watched by billions of fans from around the globe thanks to modern day satellite television technology.

The popularity of soccer continues to grow as organized youth soccer programs are getting a young fan base involved at an early age which will fuel its growth for years to come.

Source by Michael Russell

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Basketball Drills That Work

Basketball drills are the most important factor when trying to improve your game. No matter what sport you play or if you are learning a new job skill you must learn the foundementals first. Once you have a solid understanding of how to perform the basic skills needed to play basketball you can add to them and become a better player. Even profesional basketball players still do drills every day.

Basketball drills range from as simple as practising a chest pass with another player to basketball drills that require multiple players to work on game time simulations, like practising a fast break by running 3 players against 2 defenders.

No matter what skill level you are at or what type of basketball drills you are doing , you must warm up first to avoid injury. Simple drills may not seem very demanding but if you have stiff muscles you run the risk of pulling something. All you need to do to warm up is some stretching of the legs and back for 10 minutes. After stretching some light running to get the heart going and you should be ready to practise your basketball drills.

There are whole books written on the subject of basketball drills, I’ll just cover the larger catagories. This will be a very simplistic overview and not meant to insult those of you that have played the game for a while.

1. Ball handling, this includes dribbling and passing.

2. Shooting, this includes lay ups, free throws, 3 point shots and jump shots from varying points on the court.

3. Rebounding, both offensive and defensive.

4. Offensive play

5. Defnsive play

All these are vary broad catagories and many books have been written on each subject by itself.

To continue to improve your basketball game you must always work on the basics but keep adding more difficult basketball drills as you progress. The things you find difficult today will seem easy after practising them for a while. before you can steal the ball, drive the length of the court and do a spinning 360 dunk, you have to become a accomplished defensive player and ball handler.

Just think, if you pay your dues, practise hard and get some good coaching and training advice you may just get a free ride to college. Look at some of the people in the NBA that came right out of high school to make a impact. They did that by working harder than everyone else and practising basketball drills over and over until it was second nature.


There are some outstanding training systems available, put out by great athletes and trainers. A good training system will even have videos to help you see the best way to do your basketball drills. Get a training program, get to work. Who knows we may see you on TV some day.

Source by Mike Disrud

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5 Drills For Extreme Football Conditioning

5 Drills For Extreme Football Conditioning

In the dark ages of football conditioning usually amounted to nothing more than running a few miles and maybe jogging up stadium steps. It was the old standby. And, often the only reason it was done was because that’s what your coach did when he was young, and his coach before him. . . and on and on and on. . . it was the mediocre conditioning conundrum and it struck football like a plague.

If there’s one thing that all football strength and conditioning coaches should agree on it’s that running sucks for improving football conditioning.

Jogging is boring, results killing, and, if you are over 200lbs (and you all should be), it can be hell on your knees and ankles. We never run distance in a game, and usually not much more than 30yards and often only 3 – 10yards!

Yet, no matter what, some football players continue to rely on the dreaded and unproductive jogging as the mainstay of their football conditioning programs.


I’m pretty sure it’s because most coaches grew up when the aerobics craze hit. Jogging was the solution from everything from fat loss, heart health, sports conditioning to solving world peace.

But, just because you did something 25-years ago doesn’t mean you should still do it! It used to be common practice to not allow your players to drink water during summer practices. It took a few tragic accidents before this stupid practice was put to rest.

How many times must we run around the practice field screaming “4th Quarter” before someone gets that in order to win the big games. . . the close games against good teams, we have to be in extreme football condition, or, as we like to say. . . game shape.

But, if you don’t run how the hell do you get “in shape?”

If you play a sport, you should do conditioning that is similar to the demands of your sport, which is why Football players have absolutely no business running distance. Ever.

Sprinting, of course, is the usual answer. And, it should be. But, for most of the country, sprinting outside isn’t always an option. Here in NJ it seems to either rain, snow or dump buckets of ice on us at the most random times. I can only imagine what the hell goes on in places where it really snows.

Sprinting in the snow may seem cool and hardcore, but, slip on one spot of ice and your season is done.

There are alternatives for those time. . .

But, a word of warning. . . it is not for the weak hearted.

Combining three exercises, often called Triple Threats, is not new. Early strongmen would often perform triples; typically a Two-Hands Anyhow, a Press, then a Side Press. Olympic lifters often use them and guys like Alwyn Cosgrove have applied complexes to fat loss training with phenomenal results. But, we aren’t talking about just combining exercises in the gym. Using Triple Threats for extreme football conditioning is a great way to get into amazing football shape even when going outside is impossible.

1. Prowler, Farmers Walk, Sprint

This movement is brutal. There’s just no point where it lets up. Start off by setting up a Prowler (or sled) about 30-yards from a set of loaded Farmer’s Walk bars. Very heavy dumbbells can be used if you don’t have access to Farmer’s bars.

Get down low and start pushing that Prowler. This should be a sprint, so don’t overload the sled too much. As soon as you reach the bars, pick them up and do a Farmer’s Walk back to the starting point. Then, drop the bars and sprint back to the prowler.

The last sprint might feel a little funny, especially on the later sets, but tough it out. Yell out “Fourth Quarter!” or whatever cliché gets you to keep going when you just want to vomit.

Start with 3 sets of this combo, rest as needed. When you get good, try to cut the rest periods down to 45-seconds. Gradually. Trust me, go gradually. Five sets of this will be enough for most. You can use it as a stand-alone movement, as part of a conditioning day, or as a finisher after a weight room session.

You can do this in the gym if outside isn’t a possibility. The Prowler wouldn’t go over well with the school, but, you can get a tarp or even a heavy piece of rug, throw a few plates on top, attach a rope and pull. Instant indoor sled.

2. Dumbbell Cleans, Dumbbell Front Squats, Dumbbell Duckwalk

This is a favorite of mine. It’s super easy to set up, easy to do, and is excellent for conditioning and teaching your body to be coordinated when tired. By the way, this is important. I’ve heard for years that you shouldn’t put high skill exercises toward the end of your strength sessions because you’re too tired to perform the movement correctly. But, seriously, if you play football (or any sport really) you damn well better be able to perform high skill movements when tired. You better be as fresh in the 4th Quarter as you were in pre-game warm ups!

This trio is great for teaching the body to be on point even as you tire. Grab two dumbbells and knock off 5 rapid fire Cleans.

On the 5th, immediately do 5 explosive Front Squats. Then, on the 5th, keep the ‘bells on your shoulders and go right into a Duckwalk. You can go for about 10 yards. But, speed of movement is more important.

The keys here are:

Speed! You have to move fast

25-Seconds rest between sets

Focus. . . you must learn to perform when tired

Go for 3 – 5 sets to begin with. This works great as a finisher, done at the end of a strength training session.

3. Kettlebell Swing, Kettlebell Bear Crawl, Kettlebell Push ups

This trio can also be done with Dumbbells, but it’s no where near as fun. It’s best to do this combo outside, preferable in crappy weather (conditioning is as much about mental toughness as it is physical). Yea, yea. . . I just said don’t sprint outside. . . there’s not sprinting here, sucka.

Start off by doing 10 – 15 reps in the KB Swing. As soon as you finish, drop down and, with kettlebells in hand, start doing a Bear Crawl. Crawl about 30 yards. When you reach the finish line, keep your hands on the K-bells and do as many push-ups as possible.

Rest as needed at first, but eventually try to cut the rest down to under 45-seconds between sets.

Once you get used to this combo, try doing it with two different size K-bells. No one ever said the weights always have to be perfectly balanced. This will increase difficulty and keep your stabilizers working the entire time.

This complex can be used as a finisher on an upper body day or as part of a conditioning day. Start off with4 sets and work up to 6. Experiment with different Kettlebell weights, try using dumbbells, or wear a weighted vest throughout to increase the workload.

4. Sandbag Bearhug Carry, Shoulder and Squat, Sandbag Deadlift

Again, best to head outside for this one, but, if you can’t then the gym is perfectly fine. I’ve said it a million times; Sandbags are excellent for improving strength and football conditioning. . . and it’s the #1 tool for bridging the gap between the weight room and the field.

You will have to play around a bit with the weight of the bag. If it’s too heavy, you’ll never make it. But, if it’s too light, the exercise becomes too easy. Starting light and going heavier is the best way to go.

Start off with feet shoulder-width apart. Bend and grab the bag just as you would a barbell Deadlift. You will have to find the best form for you, but, a good way to start for beginners is to Deadlift the bag to the thighs, then do a high-pull/hip pop combo to get it to the chest. If you’ve ever watched World Strongest Man competitions, you’ve seen this move used when lifting the large, round stones. It’ll take some practice to find your sweet spot, but, once you do, you’ll have very little problem.

Once the bag is at chest level, wrap your arms around it and squeeze the hell out of the damn thing. If you relax your grip, the bag will fall, especially as you get tired. Once secured, start walking. When you get to the 50-yard marker drop the bag, repeat the lifting sequence but this time get it to your shoulder. Do 5 reps each side.

When you hit the 10th rep, drop the bag again and do as many Deadlifts as you can. This is quite a bit of work in a short time, so it is ideal when used as a finisher. Start with 3 sets and gradually increase to six.

5. DB Swing, DB Snatch, DB OH Lunge

Again, if you are afraid of accidentally becoming a card carrying member of a Kettlebell Kult, you can use Dumbbells for this complex. This is best done with one ‘Bell at a time.

Grab one Kettlebell or Dumbbell, take a shoulder width stance and knock off 20 Swings. Immediately do 20 Snatches then, keep your arm locked out overhead and do 10 Lunges with each leg.

This is ideal for those who are forced to workout inside or in a very small gym because it takes up so little space. You can do the swings and snatches without much fear of some dummy walking directly in the path of the dumbbell. . . though I once saw Roder drop the bar he was doing Straight Leg Deadlifts onto his foot, so I guess ya never know, eh?

This is also a great way to condition when you can’t get to the school’s weight room. . . like on Christmas break. All you need is one dumbbell and some balls.

Depending on your needs, choose 1 – 3 of the combos and work them hard 2 – 3 times a week. If you are early in your off-season, one day a week should hold you. As the season draws near, or if you are looking to lose fat for a specific occasion, start to increase the amount of conditioning you do. The old mainstay of doing 3 weight training workouts and 2 conditioning sessions is a good starting point.

5 Drills For Extreme Football Conditioning
Source by Steve Morris

Basketball Shoes

Basketball Shoes

Playing basketball requires vigorous moves like running, jumping, side-to-side movements, blocking, and shooting. This involves a lot of wear and tear on shoes. In order to reduce wear and tear, basketball players need specially developed shoes, like basketball shoes.

Basketball shoes help in preventing lower body injuries by allowing the players to move quickly and by helping to transfer body weight. At the competitive, level you have to choose proper shoes.

Different players require different types of basketball shoes. Some players, especially power players, need shoes with high tops with maximum ankle support and comfort. Some others, like all-around players, need mid-sole shoes. Speedsters need lightweight, low-top shoes with no restriction of the ankles. Many players use tennis shoes for playing basketball, but there are risks in wearing these shoes, like the increased chance of sliding, becoming injured, and slowing down by weak grip.

Basketball shoes are made up of leather, synthetic leather, or canvas. The most frequently used material is synthetic leather, which is more durable and lightweight than natural leather. Some use only natural leather but these shoes have a tendency to stretch. Many basketball shoes have combinations of synthetic leather and natural leather or textile.

Team shoes feature a highly durable sock liner. Today, there are different styles of basketball shoes on the market. When buying a basketball shoe, the most important things to be noted are durability, support, traction, comfort, and style. There are different shoes for men and women.

Basketball shoes are more advanced than running shoes. When playing on a hardwood floor, you need shoes that provide good traction, both for forefoot and heel. The basketball shoe size must be suitable for the toes, arch, and heel. Many of these shoes have pillow-like landing pads with elastic quality. Many have heel plates for increased support. Basketball shoes are available in different colors or as team colors, and the pricing changes accordingly. These shoes can be purchased directly or online. The price of leather shoes ranges from $35 to $190 for a pair, but canvas shoes are available from as low as $17.

Source by Eddie Tobey

Soccer- Religion, Madness and Passion

Soccer is a religion in many countries. It is also known as “Football” in most countries except in the United States of America. If you’re a soccer fanatic most probably you know about the recent developments in the sport. However, many websites provide world cup soccer schedule as they are announced.

The international governing body of this sport is FIFA that majorly comprises of six regional confederations. All of these confederations might also have many national level soccer clubs. This primarily includes The Asian Football Confederation (AFC), Confederation of North Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF), South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL), Oceania Football Confederation (OFC), The Confederation of African Football (CAF), and Union of European Football Associations (UEFA). Get the latest updates and know about previous world cup soccer scores online.

<>It might take you some time to understand if you’re watching a match for the first time. The different colored flags and penalties can get a little confusing. This isp a very competitive sport. FIFA is the primary contest for soccer, which is played over a four-year period. It is amazing and shocking but about two hundred confederations participate. The main tournaments then begin with thirty two teams.

The games are scheduled for 90 minutes with two halves 45 minutes each. In between there will a break for 15 minutes. The clock keeps going even if the ball is out of play or during substitutions. However, to balance the timing, at the end of every match a few additional minutes of “injury time” come into play. In case the match is tied there will be a penalty shootout session that decides the winning team.

Besides goals dribbling is an important part of the game. A dribble requires a lot of practice as it destroys the opposing teams shot at passing or defense, and this can be quite the tactical advantage your team was looking for. Dribbles require more than just footwork. There are many types of dribbles – Inside, Outside and sole or back heel. When you carefully notice the movement mechanic enables the dribbler to shift weight quickly, which is simply amazing.

Football today is a lot tougher than what it used to previously be with more free kicks in every match. It’s these free kicks that determine the final outcome of the game. There are two kinds of free kicks. The first kind where the shot is made towards the goal whereas in the second the shot are made crossed. If a team gets a chance at a crossing free kick, there are good chances that the team ends up winning.

Source by soccerpeace2012

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Golf Driver Swing: How To Stop Hooking

The same as slicing, the hook is likewise among the most common issues that golf players face. A golf player can take the steps needed to stop slicing however might generate a hook. A hook is triggered if the club face slightly closes at the position of impact, thus causing the golf ball to spin in a counter-clockwise direction. It primarily occurs because of a ‘strong grip’ but may be easily fixed by mastering your golf driver swing.

Whether you are hooking or slicing, the most important thing you have to do is to discover how to swing the exact opposite of precisely what you are doing now. To do this, you will need to move the golf ball forward in your stance. Many players that slice the golf ball play the golf ball forward within their stance. You only need to copy these people and you will then begin slicing.

Look at your grip strength as a tight grip, mostly by the bottom hand, is a significant factor exactly why you start to hook the golf ball. When you are squeezing too tight while swinging, you make the golf ball to go more towards the left than usual. You will want to go back and begin from the basics of the right way to grip the golf club. So, you ought to have only two knuckles on your left hand showing whenever you take your golf grip. Should you be showing 3 knuckles, then you are using a strong grip, which ends up in hooking. It’s also possible to quit hooking simply by weakening your grip. To do this, you will need to simply turn both your hands anti-clockwise on the golf grip (clockwise regarding lefties). In addition, you only need to hold the golf club tight enough to keep control of the club. Do not forget that you should make only little changes to your grip, simply because overdoing it can cause difficulties while swinging and might cause slicing.

Stand squarer to the target. In case you hook the golf ball, it means that you could have shut your stance as well as situated your front foot much closer to the ball compared to your back foot. To avoid hooking the ball, see to it that each of your feet are at equal distance from the golf ball in addition to parallel to the target line.

An additional golf driver swing tip that can help you to cure hooking is to be sure to have a full body turn whenever striking the ball. You should not focus on striking the ball hard with a hard swing, but need to alternatively concentrate on driving the swing by using your hips. Practice your golf driver swing very carefully trying to slow down your golf swing to quit hooking the golf ball. Swinging together with your hips and letting your arms to follow is the key to getting a smooth golf swing. A half an hour session practicing this will definitely help you to stop hooking.

Additionally, make it a point that you are finishing with your weight on the front foot. This really is, in reality, the best cure for hooking. Any time you hook it occurs simply because you end-up putting too much of your weight on your back foot. If you do this, it makes you come across the ball with the face of the club closed and consequently causes a hook. Thus, you should finish with your weight on your forward foot and you’ll stop hooking.

The other primary reason behind your hooking is keeping the club head turned to the left at impact. To quit hooking, keep your clubface at a 90 degree angle to the ball at impact. Some practice sessions of golf driver swings with special importance on hitting the golf ball with square contact instead of across it could work wonders in getting rid of your hook.

You must learn the fundamental principles involved in a golf driver swing to hit the ball straighter as well as to quit hooking. Just adhere to the tips given above and you’ll be able to hit the golf ball like a pro.

Source by Sam Kinsley

Infractions And Penalties In Soccer

In the game of soccer, there are a number of player infractions that will result in the referee halting game play, and possibly even implementing disciplinary measures according to regulations set by FIFA, which is the primary governing of the sport all over the world. Here, we take a look at the different soccer penalties and the infractions that may bring them about.

Direct free kicks

With the occurrence of certain fouls, referees may award a direct free kick to the disadvantaged team. In the event of such penalties, the free kick is taken from the spot where the infraction occurred, with the team making the kick essentially having a free shot at the opponent’s goal, guarded only by the goalkeeper and a wall formed by the defending team.

Direct free kicks are awarded to the opposing team in the event of any one of the following infractions committed by a player:

  • Kicking or attempting to kick another player
  • Tripping or attempting to trip another player
  • Jumping at an opponent
  • Charging an opponent
  • Striking or attempting to strike an opponent
  • Pushing an opponent
  • Tackling an opponent before making contact with the ball
  • Holding an opponent
  • Spitting at an opponent
  • Handling the ball with the hands

Penalty kicks

When any of the above offences are committed by a player within his team’s penalty area, the opposing team will be awarded a penalty kick which is taken from twelve yards away from the defending team’s goal. Unlike the direct free kick in which players of the defending team may form a wall comprised of two or more players, the penalty kick is guarded only by the goalkeeper of the defending team.

Indirect free kicks

An indirect free kick may be awarded to the opposing team if the goalie commits any one of the following infractions:

  • Taking four steps or more with the ball in his hands
  • Touching the ball after releasing it without it having been touched by another player
  • Touching the ball with the hands after it has passed by a teammate
  • Touching the with his hands after a throw-in

Indirect free kicks are also awarded to the opposing team if a player commits any one of the following infractions:

  • Playing in a manner that can endanger other players
  • Preventing an opponent from moving
  • Preventing the goalkeeper from releasing the ball
  • Committing an infraction that results in the player being warned or taken out of the game

Yellow and red cards

In addition to the above penalties, referees may also opt to impose disciplinary actions signified by yellow or red cards. Yellow cards are given to a player for offenses ranging from poor sportsmanship to delays in restarting game play. Red cards are given in the event of more serious infractions, including violent acts, spitting at any player or the referee, or preventing a player from the opposing team from scoring a goal by deliberately touching the ball with the hands. Red cards may also be given to any player that has received two or more cautions in the same game.

Source by Roland Black

Soccer Balls: Crafted With Technology

Soccer is the most widely played sports. It is watched & played in almost all countries on this planet. People across the globe just love to play this game. Every day we come across various instances in which from kids to all age people play this game to get excitement & thrills.

The soccer ball is the most interesting element of this game. Eleven players on each side just compete with each other for the possession of this round structure only. The advancement in the field of technology has positively contributed towards its development.

The most vital part of the soccer ball is its outer covering. This basically comprises of the synthetic leather. The pure leather has the property to absorb water. But synthetic leather has no tendency to absorb water molecules. Synthetic leather is nothing but a hydrocarbon compound. The most preferred hydrocarbon that is used to manufacture the outer covering is the poly-ethane. The chemical properties of this compound prevents water from getting absorbed. Thus, it should not get heavier. In place of synthetic leather, if pure leather would have been used, than the ball would have become heavier.

The second important part of soccer balls is lining. It is basically the several layers that are placed in between the outer covering & the bladder. The most preferred choice of material for this purpose is nylon. It provides support to the ball & help in providing bounce. It prevents it from busting & provides strength against hard strokes.

The next important part of the soccer ball is bladder. It is most vital as it holds air inside it. The most preferred material for this purpose in latex. It has the property to hold air for a very long duration, providing it durability & strength.

Last but not least is the stitching. Modern equipment along with stitching with very good quality thread is provided in order to provide strength to the soccer ball.

These are some of the specifications that are associated with the soccer ball. But now the question arises are these the only specifications that one should consider prior to purchase. The answer to this question is simple. There is one more parameter that widely influences the performance of the soccer ball. It is its color. The game & practice has to take place not only in the day light, but also in the night as well as in rainy day. So, colors play an important part in the performance. As per the study, there are certain wavelength colors that provide good vision to the players. Colors play a vital role in giving higher performance. So, always go for the colors that give good vision in every season.

Apart from this, one more factor affects the performance of players in the game. It is the name & logo of the team. Currently, the promotional soccer balls are highly demanded in the market. This is due to the fact that these contain the name & logo of the team. This helps the team in gaining popularity in the neighboring or local tournament. Apart from this, these attributes help in enhancing the performance of the players. One most important advantage of promotional soccer ball is that it helps in drawing attention of the sponsors. It gives the feeling to sponsors that these guys are surely doing some serious business on the ground. This feeling helps in raising the fund & attracting the sponsors.


Discussed above some of the points that widely influence the manufacturing process of soccer balls. Buyers should check the above mentioned attributes prior to buying. One more thing should be added to this is that technology is associated with everything.


Race Sporting Goods is a renowned Soccer balls manufacturers also offer mini soccer ball, customized soccer ball, etc.

Source by RaceSportingGoods

Hitting the Slider in Baseball

A stud pitcher usually can take care of stud hitters. If you are a hitting coach there is only so much you can do to prepare your hitters for a great pitcher. You can study the pitchers tendencies as when he throws different types of pitches and do some guess work, but usually stud pitchers are so good that most hitters can’t hit their pitches even if they know which pitch is coming.

The best way to get a stud pitcher off his rhythm is to somehow rattle him. Some baseball coaches like to play small ball and try to steal bases and lay down some bunts to force the team to make plays. This is a good tactic. Then there is a tactic of creating a power line-up full of good hitters and see if one of them can break the game open with an extra base hit. This tactic is probably even better as it can create momentum changing effects when a long ball is hit.

Either way, the stud pitcher has the edge and with one or two stud pitchers on the same team, the organization as a whole has a greater chance of winning. Pitching is definitely 75 percent of the game.

Arguably, the greatest hitter of all time, Ted Williams has been quoted as saying, “The hardest pitch to hit is the slider.” If someone like Ted Williams said this, there must be a good reason why. Most good pitchers who can develop a good curve ball or change-up are somewhat effective. The reason is that the majority of decent hitters have trouble staying back on the off-speed pitch. Great hitters have the ability to quickly recognize different pitches, have a natural ability to stay back and rarely get fooled by off speed pitches.

The slider, however is a pitch that appears to be a fastball then slides on diagonal plane down and away (or in) right at the last second. Ted Williams never had a problem recognizing and adjusting to any pitch other than the slider. As a pitcher, developing a slider pitch without hurting your arm is not an easy thing to do. However, developing this pitch with the right technique would be a good idea, especially since the best hitter in the world had trouble hitting it.

As a hitter, it is important to learn the secrets on how to stay back on all pitches as you climb the ladder of success. Hitting different types of pitches is challenging enough, let alone trying to decide to swing at a nasty slider. Hitters who learn how to stay back will be less likely to swing at bad pitches.

Source by Mike Huber