Category Archives: Fielding

Insignia Glove Company Review : Attention Fielders, Get Yours Now. RT

Insignia Glove makes some of the best gloves around these days. High quality leather and as durable as it gets. I have owned Rawlings Heart of Hide Gloves and TPX Louisville Slugger TPX Pro model glove and even an Wilson A2000, but for the quality in leather and durability Insignia is making its way as a credible glove company in the cluttered marketplace. They use the finest steer hide leather so that your glove will last far longer than those other glove companies. Along with the thick durable lacing, they offer color options to customize the glove to your team colors. Here is some pictures of gloves they currently have to offer. Share this post with your friends if you happen to own one! Great gloves!!!

Insignia Defiant

Insignia Defiant

Insignia Gaurdian

Insignia Gaurdian

Insignia Awe

Insignia Awe

Insignia Caliente

Insignia Caliente

Insignia Chisholm

Insignia Chisholm

Insignia Dyersville

Insignia Dyersville

Insignia Gaurdian

Insignia Gaurdian

Insignia Onyx

Insignia Onyx

Insignia Range

Insignia Range

Insignia Valor

Insignia Valor

Insignia Primal

Insignia Primal

  • Insignia brand
  • enhanced  with a comfort perforated palm liner
  • made in america ( one of the best gloves out there)
  • For the serious, mainstream, baseball player
  • Insignia Athletics is an American made premium high performance, high style glove company
  • Insignia Athletics is proud to make our products in the United States. The Insignia factory is a 110,000 square foot building in Worcester, Massachusetts. Every aspect of the glove production and assembly takes place at the Insignia factory.

    Insignia Athletics belief in domestic manufacturing reaches beyond our production floor. The materials used to produce Insignia products are sourced from American companies who produce the materials in the United States

    Glove Components:

    ►Steer-hide & Buffalo-hide: Shell and Palm liners – Wisconsin
    ►Cowhide Binding, piping and finger stalls – Wisconsin
    ►Laces – Texas and Pennsylvania
    ►Felts – Illinois
    ►Labels – Maine
    ►Palm Paste – Pennsylvania
    ►Stamping dies – Massachusetts

How to “Do” Baseball in Simple Steps

astros tryout

  • Sign up for a Little League, Sports Association, or School Sports Team
  • Find out when Tryouts for Leagues that are in your area are to be scheduled
  • Post on social networks and send text messages to friends that you are interested in baseball
  • Get with a friend who is already playing and ask them to show you how to play baseball
  • Watch Baseball to Get an Idea of the Rules and Format of the Game
  • Hire a Baseball Coach /Personal Trainer to teach you the Proper Mechanics of Throwing/Hitting
  • Pick a position You would like to Play Defensively
  • Practice, Practice, Practice so when you eventually play in a game you can be prepared
  • Baseball is a Sport, so when “Doing” Baseball Have Fun and Keep it Simple

Baseball isn’t a complex game. Essentially baseball can be seen as a form of tag with the bases as safe zones. Ironically when your on a base when you are tagged by a player with a ball, the umpire is most likely to call you “SAFE”. So essentially baseball is a fun safe game than can be played at all ages and over time and progression improve drastically at different levels. The first step is to get involved in a league and find information on sign ups or tryouts. After that usually the league sends out information and practices and games are usually laid out. From here you can decide to seek professional help in the former of a personal trainer, otherwise known as a personal baseball instructor that offers private lessons. This coach will provide more emphasis on your individual game getting started as opposed to becoming lost in the team game. The point of team practices is execution on the field during game day, however when you take the position of pitcher or are hitting, essentially your in control of the game and working individually to help out the team. Overall remember baseball is fun and should be enjoyed. The more you practice, the more you will become perfect.

 

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Long Toss Program-Throw HARDER!!!

longtossThere are many debates about whether or not a long toss program is an effective tool in a throwing program for building velocity. My opinion, if your not throwing long toss you really don’t want to throw that hard. Long toss is the most effective example of throwing at maximum intensity. Whether your an outfielder or pitcher an athlete must realize that the arm is a rubber band and made up of tendons that need to be stretched to be maximized. This doesn’t mean throw until your arm falls off, but it does mean your training your arm to throw long distances with the proper throwing motion, creating arm extension, good release after front foot strike, and proper follow through after ball release. Long toss should not be thrown on consecutive day and at max should be thrown 3 times a week and in a throwing program designed with enough rest as possible. Ideally a Monday-Thursday or Monday-Friday schedule would be good with perhaps a bullpen or normal catch session in between mixed in.

DO’s

  1. Make sure that you warm up your arm and body before beginning even one throw. This includes proper Jobe exercises, arm circles, arm and leg stretches, hip rotations, and a light job to get body temperature up.
  2. Proper distance and the amount of throws should be decided on before hand when beginning the throwing part of the long toss. ie Start at throwing at 20 ft. and extend back 10 feet per 10 throws or so not to surpass 180 feet. Foul pole to foul pole is usually about 180 feet depending on the size of field being used.
  3. At maximum distance digression should be taken into the number of throws. I would say no more than 10 throws be thrown at the maximum distance to ensure arm safety.
  4. Upon reaching the furthest distance the long toss is then done. The choice to either throw another 10 throws at 60 feet at maximum velocity on flat ground is an option or all throwing can be done and the rest can begin till the next session.
  5. If the arm is fatigued after the long toss session it is o.k. If the arm however is sore and in pain this is not good and the thrower may have over exerted his efforts. Proper RICE/Ice procedure along with rest should be taken into effect.

Hey Bill Buckner Please Read!!! BOSOX

 

billbucknerBill Buckner the guy who let Red Sox Nation down in the World Series became infamous for not getting his butt down on that ground ball in game The baseball itself also later became famous eventually selling in auction to Charlie Sheen the winning bidder who paid $93,000 dollars for the ball. 2 things made famous for one simple common mistake often made by infielders when fielding ground balls. Number 1 priority when fielding a ground ball is find the direct route to where the ball is headed and GET BEHIND THE BALL!!!! Buckner did not get behind the ball and instead let the topspin roller dictate where it was headed on its own. Its much easier to “read” a ground ball if you are behind the ball and with your butt down so that you can push through the ball when making a play on it. I can see it now, Buckner sees the ball…makes a dive and lays down in front of the ball, ball is blocked by Buckners body and he grabs the ball and underhands it to the pitcher who came to cover the bag….OUT! And the game is over. Funny thing though, if that had happened just how much awareness would we have been about getting your butt down and getting behind the ball? I salute Buckner and “he gave it his best shot, and came up a Buck short!” You can’t go back and change history, but you can learn from his mistake and 1. Get behind the ball and 2. keep your butt down and field the ground ball in front of your body. Thanks Buckner!