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Camille D.C. Sutton

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You Need To Know This Baseball Guy [Jerry Manuel Foundation]

Posted by Camille D.C. Sutton on Apr 25, 2017 7:00:00 AM

Every so often, we hear baseball stories that move us. This one isn't happening under the bright lights of the Major League stage.

This is a story unfolding in Sacramento, CA, where urban youth are given an opportunity to receive Charter School quality education, while receiving elite baseball training from the legendary Jerry Manuel and his team.

Get inspired by how Jerry Manuel is using baseball to build character in the next generation of young men in life and the game.

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Topics: Baseball, Baseball Coaching, Jerry Manuel Foundation

What Are Coaches Saying About FungoMan? [Videos]

Posted by Camille D.C. Sutton on Apr 20, 2017 7:00:00 AM

If you've heard anything about FungoMan, you're likely to have heard some polarizing statements about the machine that give rise to concern or curiosity.

"That machine makes coaches lazy."

"I don't go through a single practice without using it."

"This thing can do anything!"

Sound familiar? For this week's blog, we figured a little feedback from our customers might be the best way for you to hear your peers' opinions about the automated baseball practice machine that is FungoMan.

Check out these videos below!

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Topics: Baseball Coaching, FungoMan, Fungoes, Coach Talk

How Easy Is FungoMan To Use? [Video]

Posted by Camille D.C. Sutton on Apr 11, 2017 6:00:00 AM

The serial complaint made by coaches when considering FungoMan for their own program, is that the machine is too high-tech for the everyday man and it's too hard to move around -- wasting time and energy that could be better spent on the game.

What Coach Trent Mongero, Head Coach of North Hall High School, a state champion coach and author of Winning Baseball, brought to light in his recent video was that the above mentioned assumption couldn't be farther from the truth.

Read more to see if what he says rings true for you.

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Topics: FungoMan, Winning Baseball, Coach Trent Mongero

Your Favorite Baseball Movie Reveals Your Coaching Style! [QUIZ]

Posted by Camille D.C. Sutton on Apr 4, 2017 9:30:00 AM

A guys's favorite movie tells quite a bit about his sense of humor, likes, dislikes, and who his heroes might be.

What better way to know a baseball guy, than by his favorite baseball film?

Baseball movies are most sacred to those in baseball stadiums across America are filled with thousands of individuals who feel what Shoeless Joe Jackson felt when he mused: "It was the game... The sounds, the smells " in Field of Dreams. 

Folks love Moneyball because it represents the underdog who fights like heck to make a way, and beat the system.

And films like Trouble With A Curve remind us that some things about the game will never change, and that the soul of the sport will tell you everything you need to know about the player.

Every baseball movie has its central truth; we think we might be able to boil down your's by taking this quiz.

Read on for the link to our Baseball Movie: Coaching Style Quiz...

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Topics: Baseball Coaching, Baseball movie, Baseball Quiz

Individual Practice Ideas with FungoMan [Videos]

Posted by Camille D.C. Sutton on Mar 14, 2017 12:00:00 PM

While other kids were watching Cable TV growing up, I remember watching the YES Network documentaries of Yankee greats, including the likes of Don Mattingly.

I'll never forget hearing Mattingly talk about how obsessed he was with baseball in high school. He credits his high school coach for his unparalleled work ethic, challenging him to be the best on his team, best in his city, and best in the state, etc., etc.

You wouldn't find Mattingly with other students at the cafeteria during lunch hour. You'd find him in the indoor batting cage set up in the basketball gymnasium.

Those individual practice sessions during lunch period are the gems we at FungoMan value most in the makeup of a player's development.

Check out the ways players are capitalizing on individual practice.

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Topics: Baseball, baseball drills, Individual Baseball Drills

Outstanding Outfield Drills with Coach Trent Mongero [Videos]

Posted by Camille D.C. Sutton on Mar 3, 2017 3:00:00 PM

If outfield work brings to mind standing around and picking daisies, our take on outfield drills is anything but.

Case in point: this hustle hard series of outfield drills is a sure fire way to spruce up your outfielders practice regiment. Get ready to stretch your range, own the warning track, and rob homeruns.

Check out Coach Trent Mongero's lineup of outfield drills below. 

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Topics: Baseball, Trent Mongero, Outfield Drill

The Ultimate 1 Hour FungoMan Practice [Infographic]

Posted by Camille D.C. Sutton on Feb 25, 2017 10:15:00 AM

All coaches have a number of go-to drills they visit in practice every single day. Aside from the obvious ones like ground balls to infielders and BP, your favorites might be anything in your coaching repertoire from hot box, to double play drills, to long toss.

Wouldn't it be great if you knew you could workout every position efficiently in an hour practice?

That's exactly what this infographic is for. In practice, it's nice to have a regiment of go-to drills that can work for your team on specific skills for each position, while also keeping everyone engaged and challenged.

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Topics: Baseball Practice, FungoMan

Fundraising for FungoMan: 4 Proven Methods That Reap Results

Posted by Camille D.C. Sutton on Feb 15, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Upon seeing FungoMan, whirling its wheels and hearing the sound of baseballs firing in all their glory, coaches at every level of play express their appreciation for such a tool, but quickly disqualify themselves from ever affording one.

Some FungoMan-users have shared how they were able to raise funds for their program, despite their small size or small budget. Their creativity and tenacity inspires us, so we're sharing their successful resources with you, and hope to hear many more.

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Topics: FungoMan, How Much FungoMan Costs, Financing FungoMan

How To Bullet Journal Your Baseball Program Forward

Posted by Camille D.C. Sutton on Feb 7, 2017 8:00:00 AM

When Skip Bertman won the head coaching job at LSU's baseball program, he started by walking the baseball facility and wrote down his vision for LSU Baseball.

He made a dream list of everything he wanted the program to become.

LSU is now one of the most formidable and beloved baseball programs in the country. Bertman gives us a secret to success in the game: He wrote out his vision.

Read more on how to launch your program into greatness by simply writing down and staying accountable to your vision.

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Topics: Coaching, Baseball Coaching, Baseball Coach, Baseball Program

Hand and Glove Positioning With the Masters [Videos]

Posted by Camille D.C. Sutton on Jan 26, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Baseball culture throws around the compliment "he's got good hands" like it's something only a few innately talented players possess. But who's to say, those hands didn't become that way without purposeful practice?

A baseball player's hands are arguably some of his greatest tools; after all, your hands catch with a leather glove, throw a 108-stitched ball, and grip a bat, making up the primary actions of baseball.

Let's take a look at a few little details that go into making your hands some of your greatest assets on the field.

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Topics: baseball drills, MLB, Infielding, Infield Drill

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