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5 Great Tips to Prepare for Your Upcoming Baseball Season

March 31, 2010

It’s that time of year again, the snow has melted, the sun is out, and baseball is once again in the air. It’s time to burst into the closet, grab all your equipment and race down to the field. Here are five crucial tips for your upcoming baseball season, no matter what level you are!

  1. Stay rested – It’s not opinion, it’s a fact: baseball is a mental sport. The best way to stay fresh mentally and physically is to get your eight hours of sleep. Studies have shown that in certain cases, subjects that didn’t get their recommended eight hours had a reaction time that was slowed down approximately 1.2 seconds.  That’s a pretty powerful stat, considering you have less than a second to make a decision in the batter’s box on whether to swing or not.
  2. Stay focused – Whether it’s day one of the season, or your final game, keep focused on every at-bat, every pitch, and every play. In the field, always think, “What do I do if the ball is hit to me?” When you’re at bat, stay focused on the pitcher, pick up his tendencies. If you’re on the mound, stay consistent with your delivery, and remember; the most effective pitch is STRIKE ONE.
  3. Practice, Practice, Practice – The greatest hitters in the game, Pujols, A-Rod, Derek Jeter, all continue to work on their swing. There’s no such thing as your “final” swing, when you never have to practice ever again, and you can deem yourself “perfect.” Practicing to hone your skills in the field, at the plate, or on the mound, is absolutely essential to succeed. “Preparation Breeds Confidence.”
  4. Stretch – I know what you’re thinking, how did stretching make it into the top five?! I could easily bump this up to number one, because stretching is the best way to prevent injury. When it comes to baseball seasons, they can be very, very long. The only way to ensure an entire season of play is to stay healthy. The best way to stay healthy is to always warm up, and stretch out all your muscles. So before you grab that ball and rev it up to 90 m.p.h., stretch a little bit!
  5. Believe in yourself – While baseball is a team sport, when you step up to the plate or onto the mound, the only person who can help you is YOU. Trust your stuff. Believe you can get a hit, throw the right pitch, and succeed! “If you think you can, or think you can’t, you’re right.”

Most importantly, have fun! Good luck to all our athletes playing this spring!


Baseball is Back in Port Chester, NY

November 9, 2009

Announcing the Opening of ProSwing of Port Chester 

ProSwing Baseball and Softball Training Center has opened its second location, a 25,000 square foot baseball, softball and athletic training facility. Owner, Dan Gray, played professional baseball with the Los Angeles Dodgers organization and opened ProSwing in Mt. Kisco, NY in 2002. Partner, Barry Perlow, has been an owner of Soundview Sports in Purchase, NY since 1995. General Manager, Ian Church, played 5 years of professional baseball, most recently in the St. Louis Cardinals organization. 

Instruction at ProSwing is offered for boys and girls ages 3 and up. There are also programs for college players and adults. According to Dan Gray, “Our goal is to give the highest level of instruction with a simple approach by which all players, of every skill level, can learn and understand the degree of discipline and dedication necessary to excel on the field.” 

ProSwing programs include after school clinics, mini-slugger sessions, team camps, small group and private lessons, coaches clinics, birthday parties, and holiday and vacation week programs. Emphasis is on pitching, hitting, fielding and strength and conditioning training. There are similar programs dedicated to Soccer.

 The facility includes an infield, batting tunnels and pitching mounds for softball, little league, modified and high school and college players. There is a multi-purpose field and a section for strength, speed and agility training for an emphasis on sport specific endurance building and injury prevention techniques, boot camps and personal training sessions.

 ProSwing of Port Chester, Athletic Training Facility is located at 36 Midland Avenue, Port Chester, NY 10573. See the virtual tour on (search ProSwing Port Chester).

  For further information call 914-937-6700 or check the website at