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I don't know if they can score touchdowns but members of the Centralia High School football team are certainly champions off the field. As players were unloading tires off of a truck they heard the screams of Ed Marsh who was pinned underneath a pickup truck and being attended emergency workers. So the players LIFTED the truck to free Marsh. ESPN has the [whole story|

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(Another great sports tip from guest blogger Jon Doyle of




Sadly, youth shoulder-related injuries (and surgeries) have increased three-fold over the last decade. This number is certainly alarming and a cause for concern.




However, it is quite easy to avoid such injuries IF you know what to look for and what preventative measures to take.




1. Abuse. Today, youth pitchers throw three to four times as many pitcher per season than they did a decade ago. When I played Little League we played 16 games and maybe a few for All-Stars. Now, a youth ballplayer can easily play over 100 games a year. Simple math tells you there is a greater chance for injury if you do not take the correct measures (which I will explain below).




2. Incorrect throwing mechanics. Simply put, if a pitcher is throwing in a manner that places a large amount of stress on their arm and doing it over and over, an arm injury is going to happen. Period. Remember, arm injuries rarely are acute. They are a product of abuse over time.




3. Preventative exercises. If a player is old enough to pitch, he or she is old enough to perform simple exercises that only take 5-7 minutes a few times a week. These exercises will not stunt their growth or cause any harm. They will balance out the body and help prevent injuries.




Please don't overlok this message. You may think it could never happen to your child, but as I see it arm injuries are here to stay. The sad thing is they are so easily preventable.




Jon Doyle is a former NCAA All-American baseball player who now works as a strength and conditioning specialist. For more tips check out [|http://www.baseballtraining



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What is 'Strength'?

Posted by Trish18 Apr 20, 2006



(Another great sports tip from guest blogger Jon Doyle of




When most people hear the word "strength" they think of a big, muscle-bound individual - such as a bodybuilder, strongman or any baseball player of the past decade :). But, nobody ever takes the time to explain what it means.




Actually, the word "strength" is a very broad term. There are many different types of strength. Maximal, speed, reactive, relative and starting strength are all different aspects of strength. I know, I know this is confusing, but trust me you need to know this!




Basically, many differnt types of strength are needed to excel in sport. The key is to develop an athlete who has a great balnce of the different aspects of strength.




Most athletes make the mistake of judging how "strong" they are only by the weight on the bar. This is a huge mistake. There is a reason why NCCA athletes who lift the most weight are often second and third- string players. Because the weight on the bar is only one aspect of strength.




Develop an all- around athlete and he/she will not only perform better, but will be more healthy and less injury-prone!




(Jon Doyle is a former NCAA All-American baseball player who now works as a strength and conditioning specialist. For more baseball tips check out [|http://www.baseballtraining



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J-Mac goes Hollywood!

Posted by Trish18 Apr 18, 2006



The amazing story of Jason McElwain, an autistic high school senior who scored a miraculous 20 points in a February basketball game, came full circle today with news that Columbia Pictures has won a bidding war for the film rights to the story.




Alvin Sargent, who wrote Spider Man 2 is slated to pen the script. Most interesting is the presence of Magic Johnson--whose involvment as producer likely sealed the has the [full story|



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Dynamic Warm-Up Is King!

Posted by Trish18 Apr 14, 2006



(Another great baseball tip from guest blogger Jon Doyle of




Baseball (and virtually every other sport for that matter) involves a high amount of explosive and dynamic movements throughout the course of practice and playing. Swinging, throwing, running and everything else in between are all done in a very fast and explosive manner.




So why would anyone warm-up with a lap around the field and some boring, ineffective stretching? I have no idea. But if you were never told you are excused. However, you must change your mindset from this point on.




Dynamic warm-ups teach flexibility, strength, coordination, balance and conditioning--all while decreasing injury and preparing the athlete to play.




Did I mention that it only takes between 7 -10 minutes? No more 30 minute warm-up and wasted practice time. Increase performance, decreased injury and more fun in 7 minutes! What more could you ask for?




(Jon Doyle is a former NCAA All-American baseball player who now works as a strength and conditioning specialist. For more baseball tips check out [|http://www.baseballtraining



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John Fortenberry of East Central Community College is like any other pitcher trying to get a college scholarship���except for one small fact���he only has one eye.




Fortenberry lost the eye in an intrasquad game when a ball was crushed directly into his face. After doctors told him he���d never play, and 29 screws were inserted into his face, Fortenberry returned with a 4.06ERA to round out a very decent freshman year. Click here for the rest of this amazing story on



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Posted by Trish18 Apr 12, 2006

Heat+, the new book from Mike Lupica (author of Travel Team).




The book is about a young boy who dreams of pitching in the Little League World Series and beyond in the[major leagues|]. The boy is a Cuban refugee who faces serious life struggles (death, deception, dating), including rumors that he is older than he claims. His league forces him to be benched until he can present a birth certificate (sounds familiar). Will he fulfill his dream?




Check out more information.






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Are shoe companies too powerful?

Posted by Trish18 Apr 11, 2006


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German shoe company Adidas made news today by signing an 11-year deal with the NBA to be the official uniform supplier for the league. Financial details weren���t disclosed���but we can assume it was quite a bit-- as Adidas is preparing to purchase Reebok for the low-low price of 3.7 billion dollars. Click here for the whole story.




What might be lost in this fact is that companies like Adidas and Nike are largely responsible for the influx of high school athletes declaring for the NBA draft. Many players, such as Sebastian Telfair, only decided to ���skip college��� after signing a deal with Adidas. And oftentimes the money athletes make from endorsements, especially in basketball, easily outpace the money they make from the actual team contract.




So the question remains���do you think shoe companies represent too large an influence in youth sports (especially basketball)? Or do you think it���s an unavoidable consequence of a league where eighteen year-olds are welcome to join the professional ranks?




Click here to tell us what you think. And don���t forget to check out the basketball message boards to see what other members of the eteamz community are



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(Another great baseball tip from guest blogger Jon Doyle of




With Major League Baseball in full swing I think it is important to learn the nuances of the game as you watch.




If you are a young player watch how the pros go about their business.




If you are a parent or coach this is your chance to get across points you have been trying to make. Now, you will have the support of the Major Leaguers your kids look up to!




For instance, if you are teaching how to get in front of a ground ball, simply have them watch Derek Jeter. He is textbook on almost every play.




It is also a great way to get across that even the pros aren't perfect. I think this is important to teach the kids how the pros simply shake it off and get back to playing the game they love.




The possibilities are endless. Watching the games together (or assigning &quot;homework&quot; - This will be the best homework they have ever done) will allow everyone to get more out of each game.



Jon Doyle is a former NCAA All-American baseball player who now works as a strength and conditioning specialist. For more baseball tips check out [|http://www.baseballtraining

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Train Movements, Not Muscles

Posted by Trish18 Apr 4, 2006



(A great conditioning tip from guest blogger Jon Doyle)




Many athletic-based strength and conditioning programs look very similar to a bodybuilding program. While this may be great for a bodybuilder who has all day to train and is only interested in looks and not performance, it is not only useless, but potentially dangerous for athletes.




In the weight room an athlete must train the body in movements, not just muscle groups. Don't worry that you'll be missing out on something, all of the muscles will be trained. If you want extreme athletic performance and effective injury prevention a balance of strength, speed, range of motion, endurance and skill-specific work must be done.




This type of training will enable the athlete to reach a point of athletic ability he/she has only dreamed of! In addition, you will have a *strong and lean, athletic body so you will not only play the part, but look the

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Texas Softball No.1

Posted by Trish18 Apr 4, 2006


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For the first time in their 10 year history the Texas Longhorn softball team is the #1 ranked team in the country. They leapfrogged to the top spot after Tennessee and UCLA both lost. (As if UCLA wasn���t already having a bad enough day.) Click here for the whole story on




Apparently Roger Clemens isn���t the only flamethrower in the Lone Star State. Texas pitcher Cat Osterman is 22-1 with a���are you ready for this....0.23 ERA.




And in other softball news my Cal Berkeley Bears are 29-3���and are stuck in fifth place! Does this prove that the Pac 10 is the most dominant conference in softball right now?




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Many have said this was the best NCAA tournament ever played with exciting games, shocking upsets, and one of the best Cinderella stories ever seen in the form of George Mason University. There are also predictions that tonight���s final with UCLA and Florida will be the lowest-rated championship game in nearly 10 years without favorites such as Duke or UConn in the mix.




Click here to tell us if you would you rather watch basketball powerhouses dueling it out or would you rather have two teams, warts and all, that were able to slug their way to the final. Also check out the basketball message boards to see what other eteamz people are saying.




Photo courtesy of Streeter Leck



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Acting Silly

Posted by Trish18 Apr 3, 2006

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The latest eteamz Snapshotz winner: The attached photo is of the 2005 Red Wings Farm team (7-8 year olds) from the Gresham Junior Baseball league.




This is from my favorite part of the season, the season ending party. The boys were at the park all day and then asked to take a team picture. As you can guess it was hard for them to sit still.



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