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Choosing The Right Practice Batting Cage

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English: The batting cages for the Colorado Rockies at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Many parents, coaches, amateur adult players and pros wonder what the best dimensions are when they are looking to buy a practice batting cage. Most good batting cages are a minimum of 70 feet in length, 12 feet in height and 14 feet in width. This allows both left-handed and right-handed batters to use the cage in comfort without having to move the plate around. Players also don’t have to worry about injury on the back-swing or about damaging the net during practice.

When you want to choose the right size for mostly personal and family use, measure the distance between the plate and the mound for the different people who will be using it. You don’t have to make this a complicated process either. If you start to feel overwhelmed, just ask your customer care agent for recommendations. Pro mound to plate distances are often as small as six inches. For amateurs, you might want a bit more distance, like anywhere from 38 inches to 60 inches.

For baseball and softball batting cages, 70 feet is a good length. This will give you room at the pitcher’s end, where you can store equipment like ball carts, machines and portable mounds; and give you a lot of room to comply with the distance regulations for space between the batter and the pitcher. Standard width range is good at 12 to 14 feet.

For kids and players shorter than 6 feet tall, you can go with a smaller width of 12 feet. However, just keep in mind that with teens and junior high school aged players, arm lengths can vary significantly, and bat lengths can as well.

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  • Published: Apr 15th, 2013
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Tonight A LIVE Browns Draft on NNR

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Tonight I will release my Browns drafts including what I think they should do and what I project what they will do.

Join my host Dactar and me at 6PM EDT at .

You can be part of the show by calling the NNR Hotline at 216-539-0607 with your questions.

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He edits http://fryingpansports.com.  He has also published several novels on and a non-fiction work at http://www.merriam-press.com/.

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NNR NFL Draft Special with Pro Scout Kelron Sykes

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Draft Kelron and I discussed the methodology of scouting, what the war rooms are doing 3 weeks before the draft and his thoughts about the Browns and this year’s draft

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Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He edits http://fryingpansports.com.  He has also published several novels on and a non-fiction work at http://www.merriam-press.com/.

He edits .  Listen to the show Mondays 6-7:30 PM EST on or http://mooheadradio.com/2.5/?page_id=21. 

Click on the UNITED STATES room then right click on the blue member of the room (that will be you) and click on “watch as video 1” to hear the show.

You can catch any interviews you missed on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/ the day after the show.

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  • Published: Mar 28th, 2013
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Special NFL Draft podcasts of News, Notes and Rumors

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Check out the first two NFL and Browns draft podcasts already up on the radio page.  To find the podcast you want enter the title listed below in the search box.

News, Notes & Rumors 02-25-2013 Samantha Bunten – Samamtha and I talked Browns organization, the draft and a little Indians as well.

News, Notes & Rumors 03-11-2013 Jon Dove – Jon and I talked NFL draft, strongest areas of this pool of players and some free agency.

News, Notes & Rumors 03-17-2013 David Kay – Dave, the basketball Guru for Walterfootball.com,  and I previewed the NCAA Brackets and Ohio States’ chances of winning it all.

News, Notes & Rumors 03-25-2013 John Turvey – John, the draft analyst for theHuddle.com, and I talked about all aspects of the NFL Draft.

News, Notes & Rumors 03-27-2013 Ken Becks – Ken, the owner of 1stdownscouting.com/1st down, and I talked about the Browns needs, the top prospects and the top 10 picks we expect to be made in the draft.

Thanks to all our guests and good listening.

The podcasts and be heard at http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/.

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro football teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He edits http://fryingpansports.com.  He has also published several novels on and a non-fiction work at http://www.merriam-press.com/.

He also edits .

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Special edition of News, Notes and Rumors Monday 6PM EDT

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Jon Dove, our Sunday NFL Analyst joins us to talk about free agency.  Next Monday, Dave Kay will join me to preview the NCAA tournament.

You can listen to the show live at and listen to the archive of the show the next day at http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/.

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro football teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He edits http://fryingpansports.com.  He has also published several novels on and a non-fiction work at http://www.merriam-press.com/.

He also edits .

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About The Murder-Suicide Of Jovan Belcher

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English: Jovan Belcher, a player on the Kansas City Chiefs American football team. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Jovan Belcher was a football linebacker and a part of the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League (NFL). Born and brought up in West Babylon in New York, Jovan Belcher was quite a popular and talented player. On 1st December 2012, he committed murder-suicide. After he killed his girlfriend, a twenty-two year old Kasandra Perkins, Belcher is reported to have driven to the training facility of the Chiefs where he killed himself by shooting himself in the head. There are many theories surrounding this murder-suicide, but the exact reason for his death remains unknown.

According to many reliable sources, Jovan Belcher was a very violent and emotional person. Back in the year 2006, Jovan is reported to have punched out a window in his university just because his girlfriend had made him upset. As a result of this, he sustained wrist lacerations and almost severed his thumb. Another theory for this unfortunate incident is that as a player of Chiefs, Jovan suffered from repeated head trauma, thus causing serious brain damage which made him commit murder-suicide as he might have been suffering from mental illnesses like bipolar disorder, psychosis or depression.

Reports that Jovan Belcher spent the night with another woman, called Brittni Glass, is also doing the rounds. According to his neighbors, they spotted Belcher drunk and asleep in a car outside the apartment of Glass. This gives rise to another theory that Belcher might have used some kind of performance enhancing drugs like anabolic steroids which are known to bring about severe changes in behavior and emotions, like causing impulsivity, psychosis and irritability.

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