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Camille D.C. Sutton

Let's just say that I can hang with the best of them in a game of serious wiffle ball. An expert observer, baseball admirer, and baseball coach's daughter, I'm just here to share the latest and greatest in baseball development, baseball training, and maybe some of my peanuts at the ballpark.
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[VIDEO] Texas Rangers MLB Youth Academy Meets FungoMan

Posted by Camille D.C. Sutton on Nov 15, 2018 7:00:00 AM

A well oiled practice regiment is a fantastic thing. But you know what's better than filling your hour and half with drills? Developing skills that lead into real game outs (video below).

The key to turning drills into skills is giving your player the chance to practice the exact feed (i.e. game ball) until he masters it. Too often, we focus on getting through the drills, giving everyone a handle full of tries to complete a play that isn't really the same ball. 

The instructors at Texas Rangers Youth Academy in Dallas, TX are making sure their players get quality feeds in practice—and it's already paying off.

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Topics: MLB Youth Academy, MLB Urban Youth Academy Dallas, MLB

[VIDEO] Coach Trent Mongero's Pick and Pop “Ozzie” Drill Is a Fundamental Staple For Practice

Posted by Camille D.C. Sutton on Oct 19, 2018 7:00:00 AM

While some drills specialize in position or game situation, Trent Mongero's Pick and Pop "Ozzie" Drill is a fundamental must for every player on the field.

You'll want to use this drill again and again in practice, working on the three zones that Coach Mongero breaks down in his video.

Read on to see the "PICK AND POP 'OZZIE' DRILL."

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Topics: High School Baseball Drills, High School Baseball, High school baseball coach

[VIDEO] The Diving Drill We've All Been Waiting For

Posted by Camille D.C. Sutton on Oct 11, 2018 12:00:00 PM

We all love a good diving play, but when it comes to practicing diving catches, our full-bodied dives can't take many repetitions.

Coach David Klein (Head Coach at Menlo-Atherton HS) may have just discovered our saving grace.

WATCH HIS DIVING DRILL BELOW!

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Topics: High School Baseball Drills, College Baseball Practice Drills, Middle Infield Drills, Individual Baseball Drills, Training Drills, Defensive Drills

[VIDEOS] Throwback Thursday: 5 Coaches Give Their FungoMan Review

Posted by Camille D.C. Sutton on Oct 4, 2018 12:00:00 PM

Born from the baseball dad who wanted to give better fungoes to his son outside of practice, he figured: "surely there's a machine out there that can challenge my son with the exact reps he needs."

No such machine existed at the time. And hence, FungoMan was idealized for the baseball dad and player who just wanted extra practice.

Today we're sharing 5 coach reviews for the teams wanting better baseball practice.

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Topics: Coaches Using FungoMan, Coach Talk, Baseball Coach, Coaching Baseball

BASEBALL INSPIRATION: Dave Dravecky's Comeback Story

Posted by Camille D.C. Sutton on Sep 20, 2018 12:00:00 PM

Former San Francisco Giants All-Star, Dave Dravecky has provided countless coaches with hard-fought wisdom for life and anyone pursing baseball professionally.

His unbelievable story of coming back after less than one year after cancer surgery, and pitching a winning game is the stuff of legend. Only five days later, he won, but broke his arm. And then broke it again in celebration after the Giants won the National League Championship.

He shares how he faced dismal challenges with unflinching determination and resolve to make his comeback. 

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Topics: Baseball Motivation

[VIDEO] USSSA Baseball Showcase Features FungoMan Working Out 12U Players

Posted by Camille D.C. Sutton on Sep 6, 2018 12:03:29 PM

When hosting a baseball event, it never hurts to go back to the drawing board to make sure it's up-to-date, innovative, and engaging for the players (and yes, for the parents, too).

USSSA Baseball just hosted the 2018 Championship Showcase, where 12U teams got to show their skills working off of FungoMan.

WATCH some great footage from the event, and see if FungoMan might be a good fit for your next event, fundraiser, or tryout!

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Topics: USSSA Baseball, Youth Baseball Practice, Youth Baseball

[VIDEO] MLB Develops + USA Baseball Host STATES PLAY Tournament, FungoMan Provides The Fungoes

Posted by Camille D.C. Sutton on Aug 30, 2018 11:00:00 AM

Last week FungoMan participated in STATES PLAY, a tournament hosted by MLB Develops and USA Baseball, highlighting the best seniors of California and Texas.

Dallas, TX: At Mercy Street Sports ComplexTexas Rangers Youth AcademyMLB Develops served this year's top high school prospects with premiere opportunity to train with FungoMan, an automated fielding and pitching baseball machine, and showcase their talent.

WATCH HIGHLIGHTS FROM THEIR ELITE PRACTICE

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Topics: MLB Youth Academy, USA Baseball, MLB Develops, MLB

[VIDEOS] CUSTOMER SPOTLIGHT: Academy Life with the Technique Tigers

Posted by Camille D.C. Sutton on Aug 23, 2018 6:00:00 AM

On the walls of Technique Tigers Sports Academy reads, "Anytime you have an opportunity to make a difference in the world and you don't you're wasting your time on earth."

As baseball training contributors, this mandate holds us accountable to train with purpose. Here, we'll explore the ways Manny Torres and the Technique Tigers in Trumbull, Connecticut are setting the bar for excellence in coaching and baseball skills development.

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Topics: Baseball Academy, Baseball Academy Owner

[MLB VIDEO] GOAT's Talk Hitting: Alex Rodriguez and Mike Trout In the Cage

Posted by Camille D.C. Sutton on Aug 10, 2018 1:00:00 PM

Let's take notes. A-Rod and Trout are here to talk BP, and we got a hunch you might want to hear their conversation in the cage. With a career batting average of .295 over 22 years, Alex Rodriguez interviews Mike Trout standing with .309 batting average over 7 years to talk BP, pre-game, and high and low pitches.

WATCH their interview and check out our footnotes below!

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Topics: Hitting Drills, Hitting, MLB

FungoMan At The MLB's Elite Development Invitational

Posted by Camille D.C. Sutton on Aug 3, 2018 12:00:00 PM

It's not everyday that you get to play on a diamond, hear Ken Griffey Jr. talk about hitting, and watch the Commissioner of baseball give a state of the game.

Let's talk about the incredible work of MLB's Youth Academies creating opportunity through the Elite Development Invitational. 

Read on and get an inside look at how Major League Baseball is providing the best training and opportunity for the most prolific players of the Urban Youth Academies from across the nation. 

WATCH THE VIDEO!

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Topics: Elite Development Invitational, MLB Youth Academy, Breakthrough Series

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