Features of Miken Freak Youth Baseball Bats and Baseball Training Equipment Really Helps

Miken is a leader in the world of baseball equipment. They offer something for everyone, which includes their line of Miken freak youth baseball bats.

Any child on a baseball team would love to own one of these high performance, stylish bats. They are ideal for Little League, Babe Ruth or just about any other youth baseball league.

They also make adult bats of this type, which is something any young player will appreciate. Kids are often brand crazy so they will like the logo as well.

So, what makes Miken Freak youth bats so cool? They have so many great features for the hobbyist or serious baseball player.

They are made with a Mpa7 Resin System and Multi Layer Biaxial system which works to maximize the sweet spot on the bat, in other words the spot you want to connect with the ball.

Player Swing The Bat
The carbon fiber chosen for this bat is so durable and high quality it is also used by the aerospace industry.

Kids can enjoy this bat at any speed because the Dynamic Flex Ratio and increased recoil on the handle allows for longer hits at slower pitching speeds.

The long barrel gives heavy hitters the perfect tool for knocking one out of the park. And the handle is crafted with comfortable synthetic leather for a slip proof and discomfort free grip.

You can find Miken Freak youth baseball bats in some sporting goods stores and online. You might pay more for one of these than you would some generic baseball bat, but as the old saying goes you get what you pay for.

These bats are made for high performance and long term use, which is exactly what many young players with an avid interest in the sport are looking for.

Baseball Training Equipment Really Helps

Perhaps you find yourself coaching a little league game, or maybe it’s a local team for adults – whatever the reason, having good baseball training equipment can really help improve your overall game.

You may think it’s too expensive or out of reach (or maybe even not needed), but it’s more accessible than you might think. And if you don’t think it’s necessary, you may be right, but if you want to improve your game, it’s going to help.

With great discount equipment available online, it’s not as difficult as you think to get some great baseball equipment for training.

Now, when we talk about baseball training equipment, you should know that this includes quite a few different pieces of equipment.

From gloves and shoes to bats and balls to uniforms and protective baseball equipment, there are many things to take into consideration. You’ll want to budget your money so that you have enough to get everything you need.

What good are 10 of the best baseball bats on the planet if you have no balls to hit? This is mostly common sense. The Internet has made getting equipment for baseball training easy.

If you’re ready to find discounts on baseball training equipment, you won’t have for to go. There are many sites online that offer great equipment at prices you can afford. (These websites may be closer than you think! Smile.)

But seriously, if you want to improve your baseball team, getting great equipment is an important part of the process.

The Thomas Report

The Sheridan College Bruins are making their usual late charge up the OCAA West Division standings challenging conference arch-rival Humber and Fanshawe College down the home stretch in conference play.

Under veteran Coach Jim Flack, the Bruins are the highest scoring team in the OCAA with an average close to 90pts a game. The Bruins under Flack have always been a defense-first unit but have some outstanding shooters on this years squad that can score from anywhere. This team is still relatively young with many freshmen and sophomores dotting the roster.

They are improving defensively every game and could improve enough to get out of the always tough OCAA to the national tournament in March.

Former Father Henry Carr point guard Rodel Grenaway has resurfaced at NAIT in Edmonton, Alberta. Grenaway had led the team to a number one CCAA ranking in late November but they have since faded to the backend of the ranking in late January.

Grenaway has been out of school for two years since graduating in 2007. He was a top ranked point guard in his graduating year but he did not get the call from Division I schools he hoped for. At 6’1″ 185lbs, Rodel would be a great fit for many CIS schools if he still wants to go the university route in this country.

He and Adrian Tomlinson of St. Lawrence College in Kingston are the best point guard prospects in the entire CCAA who could graduate to the CIS level next year and be impact players.

Former Guelph Gryphon All Star RJ Bailey has resurfaced this year at Humber College at the age of 27. After getting an accounting degree at Guelph, Bailey has enrolled at Humber in a journalism course and is in his final year of eligibility.

He has brought maturity, experience and a strong inside presence to the perennial strong Hawks team which is always a title threat in the strong OCAA league.

The best player in the OCAA this year is Jovain Wilson, a 6’2″ shooting guard from Sir Sandford Fleming College in Peterborough. The talented Wilson, who can score from anywhere, is averaging 25ppg and looks like a first team CCAA All-Canadian in March.

The Fleming team has a great chance to win the OCAA East Division this year over conference rivals Algonquin and St. Lawrence.


As the OUA season heads to the wire in February, two of the OUA East preseason favourites are headed in opposite directions. The senior-laden Toronto Blues have struggled mightily in January falling out of the CIS Top Ten after residing there all season and are now fourth in the conference standings.

They have been beset by injuries to 6’7″ post Nick Snow and other players on their roster. With four starting seniors in their line up they need to get healthy fast. This could be Toronto’s last hurrah as one of the elite OUA East teams as heavy graduation losses will push them back to the middle of the pack next year.

The Ottawa Gee-Gee’s have crawled from being totally unranked in October to a nationally top five team in late January. Ottawa is getting it done with stellar defense and the outstanding play of Josh Gibson-Bascombe, a strong All-Canadian candidate and super sophomore Warren Ward, who should make the all league team this year.

Ottawa will lose some excellent senior talent in the spring but have the depth on their squad to remain at the top of the tough OUA standings.

The Queen’s Golden Gaels may have their first All-Canadian candidate in almost twenty years in fourth-year forward Mitch Leger 6’6″, who is at the top of the leaderboard in OUA scoring and rebounding. The Gaels who are currently third in the OUA East, would be much farther down the standings without Leger’s outstanding season. Coming off a serious knee injury last year, the talented small forward could be OUA East MVP as well as a CIS All-Canadian when March rolls around.

Scott Morrison, the Lakehead Thunderwolves young coach, should get some strong consideration for CIS Coach of the Year.

The Thunderwolves who have gone from last place a year ago to first in the tough OUA West in early February, are the most improved team in the country and have done it with a very young roster. I don’t know anyone in the country who is more deserving at this point in the season.


The dynamic backcourt at Oakville Loyola HS is drawing a lot of interest from OUA schools. Adam Pressuti, the 6’6″ off-guard is being heavily recruited by Toronto, McMaster and other OUA schools may come out this year.

Mike L’Africain 5’10”, Loyola’s talented point guard may return for a fifth year. If both young men opt to go to the same university, they have the ability to make that school a national contender.

The most improved player in Peel Region high school ball this year is Peter Boateng, a 6’4″ forward at d’Youville H.S. in Brampton. Boateng plays Robin to his more talented Batman teammate Manny Sahota. Together they should ensure d’Youville gets out of the demolition derby which characterizes the Peel Region playoffs and on to Quad “A” OFSAA.

Some recent CIS commitments are Chris McLaughlin of Oakville’s Abbey Park to University of Victoria, Jake Robinett, a 6’7″ forward from Sir John A MacDonald in Waterloo to the University of Waterloo and London Oakridge forward Peter Scholtes 6’5″ to the Western Mustangs.

REDA centre Lucas Nugteren is looking out of province at Trinity Western and St. Francis Xavier and NCAA school Radford.

REDA guard Jehannes Manigat has strong interest from about ten American schools including Maine, New Hamphsire, Elon, Niagara, East Carolina and in Canada, Carleton and St. FX.

REDA forward Troy Joseph has interest from Niagara and New Hampshire while teammate G Ryan Augustine has interest from Mercyhurst, Guelph and Bishop’s.

Stefan Nastic 6’11” from Thornhill HS north of Toronto, recently gave a commitment to Stanford University of the Pacific 10 conference. He and Toronto-area bigman Dwight Powell are the first Canadians to play at Stanford since Hamilton’s Peter Van Elswyk was there in the mid 1990’s. Nastic was considered to be the best centre prospect in Canada for the Class of 2010.

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Centennial Spar-Tens! Back at It

Coaches rank ’em in Ontario Top 10 – Ned Bekavac, Guelph Tribune (Jan 12, 2008)

Basketball coaches in Ontario are ranking the Centennial senior boys Spartans among the top 10 teams in the province.

The web site www.thehoop-la.com, which uses coaches from different parts of the province to volunteer time to follow and research notable leagues, tournaments and teams, has the Spartans ranked No. 10 in Ontario. Ranked No. 1 is Father Henry Carr of Toronto.

The site has coaches submit rankings and they mainly focus on game results from notable tournaments since most of the top teams meet there, said the site’s Kirk Alfaro. “Tournament organizers do a great job of keeping track of who the top teams are and it looks as though Guelph Centennial is one of those teams this year with Jonathon House leading the way,” he said.

The Spartans, who won five straight District 10 titles before losing in the finals last season, were 9-0 in District 10 play heading into action Thursday and had outscored opponents 717-367.


Father Henry Carr (Toronto)
Pickering (Ajax)
Eastern Commerce (Toronto)
Vaughn Road (Toronto)
Cathedral (Hamilton)
D’Youville (Brampton)
Nicholson (Belleville)
Emery (Toronto)
STM (Hamilton)
Centennial (Guelph)
Source: www.thehoop-la.com

Results from District 10 boys basketball Tuesday as action resumed after the holiday break. Senior scores: John F. Ross 69 (Jani Hlinka, 16) Bishop Macdonell 65 (Jason Schmidt, 18); Our Lady of Lourdes 53 (Tyler Courtney, 14) GCVI 33 (Rob Hicks, 8); Centennial 81 (n/a) St. James 37 (n/a); CWDHS 47 (David Albano, 12) ODSS (Cory Shody, 13).

Junior: Ross 73 (Rob Dewar, 17) Bishop Mac 31 (Justin Interisano, 9); GCVI 48 (James Ingram, 11) Lourdes 35 (Robert Gibson, 16); CCVI 58 (Brian Sinclair, 12) St. James 24 (Ryan Higgins, 7); CWDHS 54 (Marek Sharp, 28) ODSS 48 (Clay Couchman, 12).

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This weekend marks the second year that Canada Basketball will be holding the Be One All-Canadian Weekend.

St. Anne Saints to face top-ranked Pickering Trojans

The University of Windsor high school basketball invitational is a good news, bad news deal for the St. Anne Saints. The good news? They’re one of just two local teams (Catholic Central is the other) included in the 51st annual draw, which runs Friday and Saturday. The bad news? They open Friday against No.1-ranked Pickering Trojans, who feature Devoe Joseph, the top-rated high school prospect in Canada.

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Shopping for Baseball Batting Tees and Softball Batting Cage Nets

Shopping for Baseball Batting Tees and Softball Batting Cage Nets

One of the most helpful items for any amateur or pro baseball player is the tee. Baseball batting tees allow you to practice hitting without needing a pitcher.

Unlike what most people think of when they think of tee-ball, today’s baseball batting tees are quite sophisticated and some can be expensive.

It is a good idea to research the different tees available and find the one that best suits your needs and your budget.

Batting tees

An example of a higher priced tee is the Power Drive Tee Fold-N-Go. It costs a little more than $200 depending on where you shop. This is a tool for training baseball hitters that can help them get rid of problems that many experience.


These problems may include lowering the bat head, back shoulder, lunging too far and being in the wrong stride.The tee features front set up bars and an angle bar. This training tee also helps you retain memory for your muscles for a perfect swing every game.

If you are looking for something cheaper and more simple, check out the ATEC Pro Single Baseball Tee. It is actually the tee of choice officially for MLB. At little over $100, you get a tee made from durable polyurethane. The base is shaped like an octagon to impart maximum stability. And, the tee is adjustable to suit your height. Baseball batting tees like this one are easy to use but quite practical and a good teaching tool. This Tee if use together with the good BBCOR bats then will be perfect for your practice.

When in the market for baseball batting tees, you can shop at sporting goods stores or online. Although you don’t have to pay for shipping when buying in person, the Internet offers a wide variety of stores and lets you easily compare features and prices before you make a decision.

Information About Softball Batting Cage Nets

One purpose of softball batting cage nets is to keep the ball from going too far and to provide safety. You can buy them a variety of places or even have your own custom made net.

It all depends on your budget and what the batting cage will be used for. Some people use these at home outdoors, some put them in their place of business, especially if it is an arcade or related facility.

Softball Batting Cage Net
You may not be aware of this, but you can buy portable batting cages that come with softball batting cage nets. This is convenient if you like to practice at different places, maybe one day at home, maybe one day at the park. They also have cages and nets for backyard use that is perfect for young baseball players or adult ones for that matter.

Batting cages come in all different sizes to suit any need and any equipment even the bats with the power like new fastpitch bats. The nets are usually crafted from a durable material such as braided polyethylene.

This is made to stand the test of time and not fall apart even if you play a lot. However before jumping in to purchase softball batting cage nets you may want to research different choices first. Comparison shopping is wise no matter what you are purchasing.

Although you can often find softball batting cage nets for sale at sporting goods stores, you can also buy them online. Shopping on the Internet is convenient, you shop on your own time even if it is 3 a.m. And, you get a wider range of selection than most stores will have to offer.

Buying your softball net online is just something you may want to consider before spending any money, because sometimes you can find better prices online.