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River Sharks was created by Adam Smith. Back in his younger days he used to play Youth League before moving onto College Baseball. These days he is happy coaching his twin boys' Youth team while also having the occasional get together game with the boys.

One of my favourite quotes is "fail to prepare and you prepare to fail" - and nothing is more true when it comes to baseball. If you want to win games, then you need to train and practise.

Ok, sounds easy! But what exactly are you meant to do? Well it can be broken down into 2 key categories: Drills and Information.

Drills - Before we get into some of the most common drills, it's important to remember that baseball drills can become boring FAST. Especially for younger players. You should always try and make them as fun as possible - one of the best ways I've found is to turn them into competitions. Not only with that make them more fun, but the team tends to work harder.

To play a better game, then you need to practise! This could be ground ball drills, agility drillsfirst base drills, outfield drills, shortstop drillsor tee ball hitting drillsEach one of these should be practised over and over to ensure that when the big game day arrives, you already know instinctively how you're going to play.

When it comes to drills, you should start them as young as possible. There are plenty of baseball drills for 10 year olds and then by the time they get to high school you can move them over to high school baseball fielding drills.

Information - There's no such thing as knowing too much about baseball. For example, do you know how many stitches on a baseball? Ok that's an extreme example, but there are also the basics to cover too such as when season softball commences, which team bats first, how many balls are used in a baseball game, and even how to start a travel baseball team.

There are also more practical questions that your team may ask, especially if they are young. Questions like:

Parents may even ask questions:

Even if you are able to answer all of those, there are still a few other things you should know. For example, whats the difference between a 4 seam vs 2 seam fastball? Do you know why mlb players use wooden bats? 

How about this one to impress the guys at the bar - which is better - gamechanger vs iscore?

You could also be asked any of the following.. "coach, what are the best....":

So you have the training, practise and drills down! Which is AWESOME! But all that could be undone if you don't have the correct equipment. 

Now there are literally a ton of different things you could buy to help improve your game, but really there are 2 main pieces of equipment that will make a major difference - Bats and Gloves. 

Bats - Sounds simple, but if you want to play baseball, then you are going to need a bat. Doesn't really matter if you're practising for the Youth League, a parent looking for a softball bat for their 8 year old, or you're at collage and need the best collage baseball bat

There are a ton of bat's on the market and it can be quite difficult deciding which one in exactly right for you. I mean do you go for the Easton Elevate, Marucci CAT 8, Marucci F5, Demarini Uprising, or the Louisville Slugger Solo 619?

If you're coaching a youth team, then parents are naturally going to ask you questions about bats. Things like:

Don't worry though! We have you covered. You'll find the answer to all of these questions and more on River Sharks. 

Gloves - Not all baseball gloves are created equally! In fact, almost every position will require something slightly different. When playing at an amateur level, this isn't quite as important, but as you progress your need for better quality gloves will increase.

When it comes to finding the right gloves, it can be a bit of a crazy time. If you're a pitcher for example, then you need to ask yourself what are the best baseball gloves for pitchers? You also have more in-depth things to consider such as heart of the hide vs pro preferred? Which one is the best?​​

If you are coaching then parents are going to ask you questions - so you better sharpen up your glove knowledge:

Again, no need to panic! River Shark has your back! We have answered all these questions and more. Simply follow the links above to visit each in-depth guide. 

Oh and before we forget, we have just added a guide around the best baseball sliding shorts and best baseball pants.