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Science Of Stealing Home
Mike Gillespie proved it can be a high percentage move in baseball as his teams swiped home 50 of 52 times.

Taking A Deep Dive Into Excellence
Dr. Barry Davis of Rider explains unseen skills of great coaches with emotional intelligence being a hidden driver.

NCAA Div. I Recruiting Rundown
Arkansas lands the top class in United States with an impressive haul of 24 athletes led by 7 top 100 prospects.

Bat Testing Prior To Every Game
NCAA Div. I Statistics Trends Report shows more HRs hit per game per team in the last 54 years last season as Baseball Rules Committee recommends more testing.

What Allows Coaches To Be Elite?
Pat Williams explains techniques that allows certain coaches to be the greatest in sports. The clear winner is the coach who teaches with a caring mind set. The epitome of that type of coach was the late UCLA basketball coach John Wooden.

There is much more in this issue. To see what is covered, CLICK HERE.

CB’s 2023 NCAA Div. I All-Americans

The Collegiate Baseball NCAA Division I All-American baseball teams and National Player of The Year, powered by Diamond, were announced today.

The 17-man first team, chosen by performances through the regular season and picked by the staff of Collegiate Baseball, features 12 conference players or pitchers of the year, including:

  • RHP Paul Skenes, Louisiana St. (Pitcher of Year Southeastern Conference).
  • RHP Rhett Lowder, Wake Forest (Pitcher of Year Atlantic Coast Conference).
  • RHP Tanner Hall, Southern Mississippi (Pitcher of Year Sun Belt Conference).
  • LHP Joe Whitman, Kent St. (Pitcher of Year Mid-American Conference).
  • LHP Lucas Gordon, Texas (Pitcher of Year Big 12 Conference).
  • C Kyle Teel, Virginia (Player of Year Atlantic Coast Conference).
  • 1B Nolan Schanuel, Florida Atlantic (Player of Year Conference USA).
  • 2B JJ Wetherholt, West Virginia (Player of Year Big 12).
  • SS Matt Shaw, Maryland (Player of Year Big Ten).
  • OF Dylan Crews, Louisiana St. (Player of Year Southeastern Conference).
  • OF Alberto Rios, Stanford (Player of Year Pac-12 Conference).
  • OF Jonah Cox, Oral Roberts (Player of Year, Newcomer of Year Summit League).

Collegiate Baseball’s National Player of The Year is RHP Paul Skenes of LSU. 

He put up astounding numbers as he led the nation with 16.64 strikeouts per nine innings over 90 1/3 innings which is the second highest total in NCAA Div. I baseball history.

Skenes struck out 167 batters with only 17 walks in 15 appearances as he registered a 1.89 ERA and 10-2 record. He had 11 outings where he walked one or no batters.

To read the full 2023 All-American team and National Player of The Year release, CLICK HERE.

LSU No. 1 In CB’s Final NCAA Div. I Poll

Louisiana St. is ranked No. 1 in the final 2023 Collegiate Baseball NCAA Division I baseball poll presented by Big League Chew bubble gum.

The Tigers captured their seventh national title in baseball with a resounding 18-4 win over Florida at the College World Series.

LSU was ranked No. 1 by Collegiate Baseball in its pre-season poll compiled last December while Florida was ranked second. LSU was ranked No. 1 by Collegiate Baseball 13 times in 2023.

LSU (54-17) won 11 of 13 games during the 2023 NCAA Tournament, sweeping Regional and Super Regional opponents before winning the national championship in Omaha.

To read the entire release, including the top 30, CLICK HERE.

Barbe No. 1 In National H.S. Poll

Barbe (Lake Charles, LA) is No. 1 in Collegiate Baseball’s final 2023 National High School Poll, powered by Diamond Pro, after posting a 39-1 record.

The Buccaneers, No. 1 for the seven straight polls to finish the season, won the Louisiana Non-Select Division 1 state championship and had their best record in school history. They won 20 straight games to close the season.

Barbe capped a remarkable season by defeating West Monroe (LA), 10-4 to win its third state title in four years and 12th state championship overall.

Barbe posted a team batting average of .368 and a team ERA of 0.89 with a record 20 shutouts. The team stole 188 bases, recorded 92 doubles, 21 triples (a school record) and 28 home runs. They averaged 8.9 runs per game.

To read the entire top 30 and extensive notes, CLICK HERE.

Understanding GPS Can Help You Hit A Curve

Our brains track moving objects by applying one of the algorithms your phone’s GPS uses, according to researchers at the University of Rochester. This same algorithm also explains why we are fooled by several motion-related optical illusions, including the sudden “break” of baseball’s well known “curveball illusion.” To read more, CLICK HERE.

Special Q&A With Virginia’s Brian O’Connor

Brian O'Connor Mug NZ3T5660 NewVirginia Head Coach Brian O’Connor and his coaching staff orchestrated one of the most amazing comebacks in college baseball history in 2015.

O’Connor led the Cavaliers to their first national baseball championship at the College World Series.

Due to injuries, Virginia lost 8 of 11 games at one point. They suffered through 4 losses in a row twice and 3 in a row 3 times.

Because of the injury epidemic, Virginia trotted out 31 different starting lineups over a 61-game span, and Cavalier position players combined to miss 146 games last season.

To read more, CLICK HERE.

Stotz Explains His Recruiting Techniques

Dean Stotz Stanford PortraitPossibly the greatest recruiter in college baseball history was Dean Stotz of Stanford.

He retired after the 2013 season and was Mark Marquess’ top lieutenant for 37 seasons with the Cardinal. His ability to evaluate and recruit players was second to none.

In this article, Stotz explains for the first time what his secrets were to churning out numerous top 10 recruiting classes over the years that allowed Stanford to win two national titles

To read more, CLICK HERE.

Resilience A Must In Baseball, Military

Ken Ravizza ActionWhen it comes to winning any type of championship, survival is the operative word. How teams handle trying times during the season determine their fate.

One of the top sports psychologists in the world is Ken Ravizza, and he explains how crucial it is to be resilient not only in baseball but the military and how this leads to better performances.

Both have much more in common than you realize.

To read more, CLICK HERE.

20 Great Ways To Use Cell Phones In Coaching

1034567Since the mid-1980s, cell phones have been widely available to the public.

As they have become more sophisticated over the years, they have turned into miniature computers called smartphones that have numerous software functions, e-mail capability and internet browser functions that have become an indispensible tool for coaches.

For the first time, Collegiate Baseball is exploring many of the technological advantages coaches can gain with smartphones.

To read more, CLICK HERE.

Schreiber Discovers Breakthrough Technique

Cell Phone Video (Use)One of the most creative uses of cell phones is being utilized at Alvin Community College. Jason Schreiber, assistant baseball coach at Alvin Community College (Alvin, Tex.), listened intently to a lecturer speak at a convention.

“That person said that we retain 10 percent of what we hear, 50 percent of what we do and 90 percent of what we teach someone else,” said Schreiber.

“A light went on in my head when I heard that. I was fascinated with the 90 percent figure. I wondered if my players might be able to teach me about certain baseball concepts they were having trouble with on the field which would allow them to learn concepts more efficiently. The big problem was that there was not enough time in practice to have my guys teach.

“Then it hit me that my guys could teach me concepts they were having trouble with via the video capability on their cell phones. Every kid has a cell phone with video capability.

“What I discovered was remarkable. Not only did I know for certain my players understood what we were teaching through these videos they made. I learned kids today take great pride in the videos they produce — so much so a player’s sense of urgency goes up dramatically when you have them teach a skill they do not perform well. Often the result is that player finally understands the concept and performs better on the field.”

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Iowa Western’s Incredible Coaching Wizard 

Marc Rardin Iowa WesternOne of the most incredible stories in college baseball history is unfolding at Iowa Western Community College.

Located in Council Bluffs, Iowa near Omaha, this school has accomplished what many thought was impossible — three NJCAA Division I national championships over the last five seasons all under an amazing coach named Marc Rardin.

In the 57-year-history of the NJCAA World Series, Iowa Western is the only Iowa junior college ever to win this prestigious event and the first Northern District representative to win it all.

In 12 seasons at Iowa Western, Rardin has led the Reivers to eight NJCAA World Series, won 10 consecutive regional titles and eight Northern District titles. Consider the tremendous challenges his teams face every season.

Many high profile NJCAA Division I baseball programs offer 24 full ride scholarships for baseball. His program has the equivalent of 10 full rides.

No player in the last 12 years has been given a full ride, and typically he gives out 1/2 scholarships to his athletes. All outdoor activity stops for 3-plus months from mid-November through February as practices take place indoors because of bone chilling weather.

To read more about Marc Rardin’s amazing system, CLICK HERE.

SPECIAL REPORT: Cardinals’ Potent Running Game

Louisville Baseball HeadshotsThe University of Louisville has put up staggering stolen base numbers over the past eight years under Head Coach Dan McDonnell.

During the past two seasons, the Cardinals have stolen 150 bases (second nationally) in 2013 and 133 in 2014 (second nationally). In his first year with Louisville in 2007, his ball club swiped 153 bases (second nationally).

In six of the eight years, his teams have pilfered at least 89 bases. His tough-minded teams also refuse to allow pitchers to throw inside as his batters have been hit 100 or more times in five of the eight years and ranked first nationally in 2013 with 129 hit by pitches, second in 2012 with 115 HBP and sixth last season with 109 HBP.

Having more men on base and stealing efficiently allows his teams to have more runners in scoring position which has allowed Louisville to score over 400 runs seven of the eight years he has been with the Cardinals.

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U.C. Irvine’s Gillespie Explains How To Stop Stealers

Mike Gillespie Mug UC IrvineWith the home run becoming increasingly rare in college baseball, the running game on offense is more important than ever.

In 2010, the year prior to BBCOR bats being mandated for use by college programs, NCAA Division I programs averaged 0.94 home runs per game, according to the annual statistics’ trends compiled by the Association.

In 2011, that average dropped nearly in half to 0.52 with the new bats in use. The last two years, Division I teams have averaged 0.42 home runs per game in 2013 and 0.39 in 2014 — the lowest home run numbers in over 40 years.

Programs which are adept at stopping the running game of opponents have a big advantage when it comes to winning in today’s game.

Few coaches in college baseball have the track record that U.C. Irvine Head Coach Mike Gillespie has when it comes to shutting down base stealers.

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