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FungoMan Baseball Blog

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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[VIDEOS] Welcome to the FungoMan Multi-verse Practice

Posted by Camille D.C. Sutton on Mar 22, 2019 8:00:00 AM

The manipulation of limited space, time, matter, and energy are up for your designation at the start of practice. We all know that limitation is the mother of creativity. These coaches have some ideas that are multiplying their effectiveness in practice.

In this article, we have six real practice examples of coaches taking the leap to make their practices meet the demands of competitive play. You should definitely consider nabbing one of these for your next practice session.

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Topics: Baseball Practice Drills

HAT TIP: Mariano Rivera, A Lesson in Humility

Posted by Camille D.C. Sutton on Mar 7, 2019 2:00:00 PM

It's been several weeks since Mariano Rivera's historic election into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Some of the controversy surrounding his 425 ballot nomination raised a few questions in the baseball community: Was he worthy? Of all the previous Hall of Famers, did he deserve the first unanimous vote?

I'd like to put forward these questions instead: When someone honors a player, what's our first instinct? Do we quickly acknowledge his achievement or poke holes in his career? In the context of life, the answers of these questions tell us something about ourselves. 

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Topics: MLB, New York Yankees, Mariano Rivera

[VIDEOS] Practice We Love: HARDING UNIVERSITY

Posted by Camille D.C. Sutton on Feb 14, 2019 2:00:00 PM

Is there anything more exciting to a coach than a well-executed practice? Well, maybe a championship win, but you get it. We're obsessed with practice: how to practice better, how to develop skill, how to master plays.

Harding University has taken the cake when it comes to practicing effectively. We're giving you an inside peek of the kind of practice session we geek out over.

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Topics: Softball Training, Softball drills, College Softball, Harding Softball

5 of our Best Resources For Coaching A Winning Practice Session

Posted by Camille D.C. Sutton on Dec 14, 2018 7:00:00 AM

Here at FungoMan, the best moments emerge when players make incredible plays look routine—because they actually practiced the play in a routine.

So how do you coach game winning plays? You break down big plays into small ones. You create an atmosphere for growth. You set the expectation for greatness. We have some great resources to share with you today. Make sure to check them out below!

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Topics: Baseball Practice Drills, Baseball Program

[DEBATE] Live Arm VS. Pitching Machine for Batting Practice

Posted by Camille D.C. Sutton on Dec 6, 2018 2:00:00 PM

There's a long going conversation about the benefits of live arm vs. pitching machine batting practice.

In a nutshell, here's how the debate sounds:

  • The problem with pitching machine batting practice: the machine looks different than a pitcher, lacking the rhythm and timing you see with a live arm. The benefits of using a pitching machine are its consistency of pitches and unlimited energy.
  • The problem with live arm batting practice: inconsistency of pitches and limited energy of pitcher(s). The benefit of having a live arm batting practice is that the hitter can practice rhythm and timing, unlike a standard pitching machine.
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Topics: pitching machines, Batting drills, Batting

[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, MLB Youth Academy, MLB Urban Youth Academy Dallas

[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, High School Baseball Drills, 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: Training Drills, Defensive Drills, Individual Baseball Drills, High School Baseball Drills, College Baseball Practice Drills, Middle Infield 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: Baseball Coach, Coaching Baseball, Coach Talk, Coaches Using FungoMan

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

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