How to Prepare Your Child for Baseball Tryouts

Tryouts can be an overwhelming time in your child’s life (and yours, too!), especially as kids grow older and the game gets more competitive. Landing a spot on the team of your choice means that you have to know what the team is looking for. The good news is that usually, most baseball teams are looking for positive, confident and athletic players … [Read more...]

Ideas for a Baseball Birthday Party

Is your child asking for a baseball themed birthday bash this year? Don’t fret - there are plenty of easy, affordable and unique ideas that will set your child’s birthday party apart from the rest. Let’s get started! Invitations There are dozens of sporty templates online that allow you to print off the invitations on a home printer or have them … [Read more...]

When Can My Child Start Playing Baseball?

Your child may barely be out of diapers when you toss them their first ball, but at what age can they start playing organized baseball? Most kids are ready to start playing tee ball at age 3 or 4. Park districts and local recreation centers are great places to start, as they offer programs that are specifically designed for the younger set. … [Read more...]

What are the Benefits to Private Instruction?

At CK’s Baseball, we offer private and semi private instruction for youth baseball players. Our private instruction is scheduled in advance based on the flexibility of the athlete and our trainers. It’s an excellent opportunity to work on your child’s individual strengths and weaknesses all while getting one-on-one attention from a professional … [Read more...]

What is Speed and Agility Training?

Speed and agility training is a series of drills or exercises that work the leg muscles, core muscles and tendons in the body. This type of training can be done at any age, as the level that the athlete trains at is equal to their performance level. The rep scheme and intensity is what changes the difficulty that the drills are done at. How Speed … [Read more...]

What’s the Difference between Baseball and Softball?

Your son wants to play baseball. Your daughter wants to play softball. Is there a difference? Some people assume that softball is the girls’ version of baseball, but this isn’t accurate. Both are their own unique sports, even though they share many similarities. Softball, or “indoor baseball,” was created in 1887 by George Hancock. It now stands … [Read more...]

How to Choose the Right Travel Baseball Team for Your Child

Travel baseball can be a rewarding experience for both you and your child, but it all lies in selecting the right team for your child’s needs. Travel baseball teams have seen explosive growth, so you may know of a few local travel teams from word of mouth. While it can be helpful to get a recommendation or two, in this particular case, it’s best to … [Read more...]

How Baseball Fans Can Survive the Off-Season

The winter is a hard time of the year for a baseball fan. Sure, we have one of the longest seasons in sports, so we don’t want to complain too much, but baseball becomes such a part of our life, winter feels a little empty. There’s no team to cheer for, no games to pass the time on a Saturday afternoon and no anticipation of which player is being … [Read more...]

Top 6 Ballparks in the US

Most fans have a preference when it comes to their home team’s playing field, but there are some ballparks that are cut above the rest. Amazingly, it’s not the amenities that make a ballpark what it is but the historic moments that have been made there. Let’s take a look at the six best ballparks in the US. Hopefully your favorite is on our … [Read more...]

Best Gifts for the Baseball Fan

Do you have a baseball lover on your holiday gift list? Don’t sweat it - these recipients aren’t that hard to shop for! Maybe they won’t appreciate a holiday sweater or necktie as much as the next person, but there are some items they will jump for joy over. We have great suggestions for baseball lovers below, but don’t be afraid to do some of … [Read more...]