Monthly Archives: May 2017

Stud Pitcher – 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 pitcher’s 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

Football Player’s Position – Complete Info

If we are talking about playing football, I think most of us want to be a striker or forward player, it’s because we think that the striker is the best position in the game and the others just for supporting the striker. And also we think that the striker is a hero for the team because he makes scores and finally wins the game. Sometimes common people say that they win only because of the Forward players or the strikers. But actually, their assumption is wrong, because the main thing that is important in football game is teamwork. Each player in the game must be discipline and do their duty based on their position. Without that, the play will be bad and the team won’t win the game.

In football game, basically we know about 4 positions of players; Goalkeeper (GK), Defender (DF), Midfielder (MF), and Forward or Striker (FW). In each position, they have their main duty in a game. So, what are actually the characteristics of each of them? Okay, let’s check it out.

The first position is a Goalkeeper. Goalkeeper is a position which has a main task to protect the goal post from opponent attack. This position actually is placed in the back of the others position. So, he just stands under the goal post and blocks the ball that comes to the goal. The characteristic of this position is goalkeeper is allowed to touch the ball with his hand.

The second position is a Defender or we usually call it as Back. Someone in this position has main task to protect their area from opponent attack. The position of back is in front of the goalkeeper. Usually in a game, defender is divided into two; Center Back (CB) and Side Back (SB). Center Back is a player who stands in the middle of defense area and in front of the goalkeeper. This kind of position holds the biggest responsibility in team after the Goalkeeper. Then the Side Back is a player who plays in the side of the defense area. Sometimes, this kind of position is helpful when attacking.

The next position is Midfielder. I think this is the most flexible position in the match. Because someone in this position can do everything, both attacking and defending. The midfielders play in the middle of the field. And also, midfielder is a position that is very important in a team. Because, they can make the defender are connected to the forward players. It means that the midfielders are the Playmakers in the game. Actually in the real game, the midfielder is divided into 4 positions; Center Midfielder (CMF), Defending Midfielder (DMF), Attacking Midfielder (AMF), and Side Midfielder. CMF tends to make the beautiful play by giving pass to others teammate. While DMF tends to more help the defender to defense. It means this kind of player is more defensive. Then an AMF is the contrary of DMF. It means that this player is more offensive. And the last is SMF, this player can both defending and attacking in the side of the field. This kind of player is usually called as a Winger.

And the fourth position in football game is a Striker or Forward player. This player has the main task to make scores by driving the ball into the goal post. In this position, the player should have good instinct and can make good positioning. And the Striker should be able to maximize the chance to make a score, because in the real game, the striker is always kept by opponent player.

By knowing about the characteristics of football players, we can conclude that, each position have their own duty and role in playing football. It means that the striker that cannot bring the team into victory without support from their teammate. Also the team cannot win the game without the participation of strikers. So we can say that all types of position in the game are important and each of them cannot stands alone, it means that the most important thing is teamwork. Without that, I think it is hard to reach victory.
Source by Abdi Muflih Dzaky