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USA Baseball: Testing Day Powered by FungoMan

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

 

"Nothing like this has ever been attempted before."

Romy Cucjen and the FungoMan team have teamed up with USA Baseball for their National Team Championships (West) Testing Day Powered by FungoMan.

"We are extremely proud to partner with USA Baseball to create a great testing environment for young players to demonstrate their talent and ability in a fair, non-bias evaluation," said FungoMan President, Romy Cucjen.

Read on to see the work the FungoMan team has been up to for the last week with USA Baseball at Peoria Sports Complex in Arizona.

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Topics: FungoMan, USA Baseball, USA Baseball Testing Day

6 Tweets Reveal How Coaches Use FungoMan [Videos]

Posted by Camille D.C. Sutton on Jun 7, 2017 12:00:00 PM

 

How much baseball do you consume on a daily basis?

Kind of impossible to put a number on that, isn't it? Here's a tougher question: How much of that content do you trust and put to good useespecially for your ball club or program?

The following coaches tweeted how they're utilizing their automated baseball practice tool. See if any of these ideas might be worth snagging for your own use.

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Topics: Baseball Coaching, FungoMan, Coaches Using FungoMan

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

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

Baseball's Statistical Revolution: What It Is & Why You Should Care [Video]

Posted by Camille D.C. Sutton on Oct 27, 2016 3:01:38 PM

Every smart coach wants to develop skill in players that he hopes will put their team in a winning position on every play. 

In the age of Moneyball and MLB Statcast, the data captured for entertainment and competitive purposes alike, have opened up new ways of thinking about developing skill and maximizing talent.

According to the architects at MLB Statcast uses the same technology that tracks debris during the launch of space shuttles to change the way we watch baseball on TV.

Thanks to this technology, organizations are giving overlooked talent a second chance to compete in the Major Leagues, because the data shows the potential of players where we might not expect to find it.

The smart data revolution has fundamentally changed the way we watch a baseball game on television; could it change the way we think about other aspects of the game?

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Topics: Baseball Training, Baseball, FungoMan, MLB, Statcast

7 Practical Ways Coaches Are Using FungoMan [Videos]

Posted by Camille D.C. Sutton on Oct 18, 2016 11:11:36 AM

What makes a practice session successful? Is it in the drills, the pep talk, the effort, the mental game?

If you look at how coaches run their practices, you'll soon discover there are as many approaches as there are coaches. Some go for covering every aspect of the game every practice, others allot days for hitting and days for defense. Other coaches multitask groups and cover hitting and defense simultaneously. 

Of course, some coaches fare better than others at creating cohesive teams that win ball games. Today we want to show off some of the programs who use FungoMan as part of their winning strategy. 

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Topics: Baseball Practice, FungoMan, Baseball Coach

Evolution of the Fungo [Infographic]

Posted by Camille D.C. Sutton on Oct 11, 2016 8:00:00 AM

History, as a rule, unfolds slowly in the game of baseball. The traditions continue for decades. The art of hitting the fungo is preserved as the coach's skill, and the fungo has long served players in their journey to get better. The evolution of the fungo has a history all its own and we're just adding another chapter to the book. 

Check out the infographic below.

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Topics: fungo, FungoMan, Baseball History, Fungoes

3 Common Misconceptions about FungoMan at the College Level [Video]

Posted by Camille D.C. Sutton on Mar 9, 2016 2:53:24 PM

 

"It doesn't look the same as a ball coming off a bat."

"I'm an old-school coach; that machine doesn't follow the traditions of baseball."

"That thing is out to take my job."

These are things we hear from well-meaning, baseball-loving coaches quite frequently. Today, we'd like to address some of these statements and debunk a few of the misconceptions about FungoMan, what we are about, and why we believe FungoMan is a tool for the coach, not his replacement.
 
A carpenter doesn't use a circular saw for detail carpentry work when he needs a chisel. Similarly, FungoMan can not and should not replace the fungo. The fungo bat and Fungoman can coexist and compliment one another on the coach's tool belt for the work to be done to better the players.
 
We've asked one of our customers at Old Dominion University Baseball (D1), to share how and why they use their machines the way they do.

 

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Topics: Baseball, FungoMan, pitching machines, D1 College Baseball, FungoMan College Baseball, College baseball, D1 baseball, Old Dominion Baseball, baseball practice machines

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