KEY TAKEAWAYSIn recreation youth baseball, most players are assigned using their current school gradeIn travel youth baseball, teams are formed via birth dates with a specific cutoff dateWHAT DOES IT MEAN "PLAYING UP" IN BASEBALL?Playing up is usually associated with recreation baseball.NOTE: I strongly believe that playing up in travel baseball is not … [Read more...] about Should you play down in youth baseball?
Ever since I was a little kid, I loved collecting baseballs.But not the autographed ones but regular baseballs I used to throw and catch with my friends.It didn't matter if they were dirty or shiny. I even collected broken baseballs because I felt a tinge of sadness and just could not throw them out even when seams were coming apart. There was just … [Read more...] about Where Can I Get Some Free or Unwanted Baseballs?
Some are considered bush league (which I do not endorse), but most are legitimate way of deeking or fake outs to trick baserunners.Stealing when a batter tips a foul ball into catcher's gloveUnless the foul tipped ball gets away, it's a strike so the baserunner's stolen base is valid. Some opponents may call out foul ball and try to trick the runner into going back. … [Read more...] about Trick Plays – Part 1