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5/12/2010
Knowing how to run the bases can make a runner with average speed better on the base paths than a speedy player who runs them incorrectly.

Taking the right steps as you round first on a base hit can get you a double in a stat book instead of a single.

Here are some tips for rounding first base:

As you approach first base, take a very quick peek to see if the ball is in the infield or not. If you see the ball is through the infield, or if you had hit a fly ball,...
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5/11/2010
Shoulder pads can’t adequately protect the football player wearing them unless they are properly fitted.

Use the following guide to get fitted for Rawlings shoulder pads:

1. Fully extend your arms above your head. If you notice any abnormal movements or feel any pain when you do this, consult a physician before continuing because it may be a sign of a potential or existing shoulder...
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5/10/2010
For many pros, choosing a wood bat is all about feel. And for many of those pros, an ash wood bat just feels right.

Rawlings makes both ash and maple bats, but ash wood has had the longer tenure in the Major Leagues.

Ash was the...
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5/7/2010
You can be around a baseball field or softball diamond for years and still learn new ways to make the equipment you use maximize your potential.

One such way is to look at the pattern of your glove and determine if it’s right for you.

Simply put, the pattern is the size and shape of the glove.

If you are an infielder, you may want a smaller pattern, between 10-1/2...
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5/6/2010
In baseball and softball, base running is just as much an art as hitting or bunting.

Getting out of the batter’s box and down the line efficiently is a seemingly simple task that can have game-changing results. Imagine beating that throw from the shortstop or legging out what your coach meant to be a sacrifice bunt.

It doesn’t take tremendous speed, either.

Here are some tips for running to first base:

As a batter, taking a balanced swing and...
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5/5/2010
Rawlings spends just as much time improving the quality of its footballs as it does its baseballs.

New and improved is the Rawlings Pro 5 game ball.

The Pro 5 football offers a true Pro-style feel in...
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