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Saturday, December 17, 2011

Baseball coaches clinics - Mark your calendars!

For those in the Philadelphia area, you might want to check out these coaches clinic that will be coming up after the holidays!  I will be speaking at both of them!  Click on the titles for more information.

January 21:  Winning Team Baseball Coaches Clinic - West Chester, PA
The clinic will feature local baseball experts sharing their strategies and drills for high school, middle school and other youth amateur coaches. Topics will include hitting, baserunning, stealing, pitching, catching, practice organization, and more. The clinic will occur at Science and Discovery High School in Chester, PA.  I will be giving a seminar on hitting drills.

February 3-4:  Greater Philadelphia Area Baseball Coaches Clinic - Malvern, PA
Several Philadelphia area college coaches will be speaking at the event along with Steve Springer, a very popular national speaker and scout/coach in the Toronto Blue Jays organization.  I will be speaking at a seminar as well and will be co-hosting a high school coaches round table/Q&A session on the Friday evening of the event. Hope to see you there!

Thanks to all of you who have taken the survey!  If you have not, a link is below.  I would appreciate any feedback you could provide!


Monday, December 12, 2011

Happy Birthday! ... and a survey!

Today is Baseball By The Yard's first birthday!  On December 12, 2010, I launched the site with two posts: First Impressions and By The Yard.

Everyday since then (with the exception of a family vacation during the summer) I have tried to post something valuable for players, coaches, parents, and/or fans.  I hope you found them useful!

My goal from the start was to pass on some of the finer points of the game that I have picked up over the years.  I added interviews, a guest post from a good friend of mine, started to add video posts towards the end of the year, and even created a new logo. Your comments and emails along the way were very encouraging and challenged me to give you more.  Hopefully, I have provided content that is easily understood and relevant to all of you in some way.

I have a lot of plans for the future of Baseball By The Yard.  In order to produce the content I want to share, I will need to revamp the site since the current host (Blogger) does not support some of the things I want to do.  Changing things up will require some work and certainly time on my part.  I am hoping it will be finished by the start of the new year.

I will need to take a break from posting until the new site is finished so I can apply the necessary time to get that up and running.  I am hoping the readers will use the remainder of December as a "catch-up" period to go back and read through some of the 340+ posts on the site.

Along with catching up, could you also do me a favor?  

Below is a link that will take you to a survey designed to help me plan out some of the content in the future.  Ultimately, I want to produce information that you need and want.  I don't want to assume I know what that is.  I would greatly appreciate if you could give a minute or two of your time to complete the survey.  Your feedback would be very helpful.

I hope all of you have a happy and relaxing holiday season.  As always, thank you for being a reader and shoot me an email if you need anything!

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Coach McCreary

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