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Be Ready When Your Opportunity Comes

Baseball and softball are difficult games that can humble even the most skilled. And the path to success is different for everyone, with opportunity presenting itself at different times for each athlete. It's easy to assume that you won't get an opportunity...

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Getting the Most Out of Lessons

Most athletes who take baseball or softball lessons are chasing a goal - to get on base, make an All Star or travel team, start as a Varsity player, add velocity or have the opportunity to play at the collegiate level. Not only are 5 Tool instructors highly qualified...

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FREE Equipment Exchange

Is your garage overflowing with outgrown softball and baseball equipment? Do you need new equipment for your child to play this season? 5 Tool Academy offers a free teeball, baseball and softball equipment exchange. Athletes often outgrow equipment that still has lots...

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Preventing Youth Sports Injuries

We’ve all read the stories and statistics about the rise of youth sports injuries. Every parent should take common sense actions such as encouraging athletes not to “play through the pain” and closely monitoring baseball pitch counts. And all reputable coaches and...

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To Travel…Or Not?

As the season comes to a close, tryouts for next season's travel teams are upon us.  Should your child enter the world of travel ball? As often happens as a parent, you wonder about what is the right thing to do. And as often happens, the answer is, "It...

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5 Tool Academy Celebrates Its First Anniversary

Today marks 5 Tool Academy’s first anniversary. We are grateful for your enthusiasm, support and validation of a crazy idea we hoped would work. Over the past year, we’ve truly enjoyed getting to know you, seeing your game improve and hearing about your success at the...

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Raise Your Athletic Ceiling

Your core strength, vertical and lateral movements as well as your explosive speed impacts your overall athletic success. In all sports, your body’s ability to move and react creates a performance ceiling. For example, regardless of how well you understand the nuances...

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Enjoy the Game!

Your child is at bat. There is a close play at third. Or the umpire makes a terrible call. The excitement is contagious and you want to help your child. What is the best thing you can do? Aside from positive cheering – absolutely nothing! In fact the more “coaching...

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5 DIY Drills

Like any skill, baseball and softball requires repetitive practice. Here are 5 simple drills every parent and athlete can practice with minimal equipment and a little time.1. Short Hop DrillAthletes perform this drill on their knees while a parent throws or hits...

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