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5/26/2010
Fielding is a skill that is often overlooked by young players because it is perceived as less fun than hitting and pitching.

Many games are won or lost by fielding, though, especially the close ones.

Here are some tips for fielding ground balls:

1. Get in the “ready” position
• Spread your feet slightly wider than shoulder width so you can take off in any direction.
• Shift your weight to the balls of your feet.
• Bend at the back with your seat...
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5/25/2010
If you’re looking for a new glove for your child, let Rawlings introduce you to its latest series, the Gold Glove Gamer Pro Taper.

Gloves in this series are perfect for 8- to 11-year-old athletes who will play at least 40 games this year. The Pro Taper glove is recommended for any athlete who is ready to move into a better glove, but whose hand is still too small for a Rawlings’ Heart of the Hide, Pro Preferred...
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5/24/2010
In Italian, primo means “the first,” “the leading” and “the best.” That’s just what Rawlings Primo leather is.

Primo leather is a full-grain Italian leather that is produced with a tight grain structure to give it a flawless appearance. Only the best 5 percent of leather is used to make Rawlings Primo gloves.

The leather goes through a unique tanning process that results in a buttery soft feel and a shape...
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5/21/2010
You’ve reached first base, and it’s a tie game in the bottom of the last inning. Getting into scoring position could get your team into the win column, and your coach knows it. You’ve been given the sign to steal.

Getting a good jump isn’t the only part of this basic baseball skill. Here are some tips for stealing successfully:

Always listen to your first base coach and watch your third base coach while still on the bag. Don’t take your lead and then look to your coach, or...
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5/20/2010
No matter what level you play at, tagging up and advancing to the next base on a fly ball is a critical base-running skill.

It takes heads-up play, good timing and practice.

Here are some tips for tagging up on a fly ball:

As a runner on first base: On fly balls to right field, you want to go about 1/4 of the way to second base; to center field, about 1/3 of the way; and to left field, about 1/2 of the way. You should be under control and watching the ball so...
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5/19/2010
Maple wood bats have become the popular choice among pro athletes in recent years, and Rawlings carries a variety of models, lengths and prices.

Maple wood bats, are known to be firmer, giving them more pop. Despite their reputation for shattering explosively when they break, maple wood bats...
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