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August 30, 2018
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Why a Sports Facility is the Best Place for a Birthday Party Planning your child’s next birthday party? Look no further for your little athlete. A sports facility near you is the place for an unforgettable and action-packed birthday. Continue reading for more information about sports facility parties and why it is the best place to host a birthday celebration. Activities For All Rambunctious and full of energy, kids love to play. For many children, sports serve as a multi-purpose form of exercise, team building, and all around fun. Integrating sports into a birthday celebration ensures your child and their friends have an exciting environment to do all three! Sports facilities, like PS2 Athletic Facility in Wayne, NJ, believe in creating a fun-filled experience that helps strengthen your child’s relationship with friends while teaching valuable teamwork skills. Whether your child is really into sports or just has a blast running around, your local sports complex has it all. To ensure the most fun possible, PS2 Athletic Facility’s birthday packages offer the guest of honor the choice of two games of soccer, flag football, dodgeball, kickball or wiffleball led by an energetic and friendly staff. Rain Or Shine Depending on the time of year and location, outdoors sports parties are limited due to dynamic weather changes. Having the potential to be rained or snowed out, outdoor parties that take place between October and April leave parents with limited options for birthday activities. When choosing to have your child’s party at an indoor sports facility, you can rest easy knowing the fun won’t be stopped by inclement weather. Between our facility’s main field and the addition to our batting cages and party room, there is plenty of space for party goers to enjoy year round. Safe Environment Planning a party at sports facility eliminates the need to worry about busy parks, bugs, or making sure everyone is wearing sunscreen. On-site staff is trained to take the necessary precautions when dealing with these activities and will supervise the entire experience, leaving you to kick back, relax, and take as many pictures as you’d like. To ensure your child’s party goes as smoothly as possible, always remember to alert staff prior to the day of the event about food allergies or any other accommodations they should be aware of. The main concern is safety and fun all together! Do Less, Play More Party planning alone is enough to cause aggravation and stress, not to mention actually hosting the event. A sports facility makes it easy and takes the grunt work off of your shoulders. When you plan a birthday at a sports complex, the only thing you need to worry about is who is going to be on the guest list. On the day of your event, the staff will escort your child and guests to the activity field where they will supervise the games and the journey back to the party room. Party packages typically include invitations, a drawstring bag for the birthday […]
August 16, 2018
Baseball glove and baseball on table.

4 Common Mistakes Baseball Players Make When Throwing

4 Common Mistakes Baseball Players Make When Throwing Baseball has been called America’s pastime for as long as we can remember, and as long as we can remember, players have been making errors throwing. Especially common in young children who don’t know better, if these mistakes aren’t corrected by their coaches, they can form unbreakable bad habits that can keep them from reaching their full potential or even lead to injury. At PS2 Athletics, we’re dedicated to get all of our players to achieve perfect form and perform at their best. Here are some of the most common baseball throwing mistakes for both coaches and players to look out for. Incorrect Grip in Baseball When younger kids first get into baseball, it’s common for them to not have the correct grip. Some of this is due to the sheer size of their hands, but there are ways to teach a proper grip even at a young age. Teaching kids to grip the ball with three fingers can fix early grip issues until their hands are big enough to properly hold a baseball. Once their hands reach the correct size, you can teach them to grip the ball with two fingers with the thumb in the middle of the ball. This transition can sometimes be difficult, but a two finger grip across the laces (looks like a C) will feel more natural as their hands grow. Incorrect Footwork in Baseball Getting your back foot to a 90 degree angle when throwing the ball is crucial for a proper throwing motion and getting full power and accuracy behind your throw. Without proper footwork, you won’t have control of the ball and your throw will often miss high. Coaches can and should help the player work through this. One way to do this is placing paper, tape, or cardboard at 90 degrees behind the player so they have a reference when throwing. As long as their foot is lined up with the paper, they’ll have proper footwork and develop the muscle memory to maintain that during real games. Weak Front Elbow in Baseball When throwing a baseball, you should aim to have your front, non-throwing elbow at shoulder height before the throw. This allows the natural body motion to open up, using the momentum of the front arm to create more power. Using your front elbow as a starting point also helps with the accuracy of your throw. When you drop your front elbow or just let your arm hang, the motion feels unnatural and forced, which makes you lose accuracy and power in your throw. To fix this, you should keep your elbow bent at shoulder height, stop, then proceed with the rest of your throwing motion. Do this repeatedly as a drill and eventually muscle memory will take place, making your throw that much better. Poor Follow Through in Baseball Even though it technically takes place after the throw itself, proper follow through is crucial to baseball. Many players form the […]
February 22, 2018

Introducing “Win the Grind” Podcast

Listen to the “Win the Grind” Podcast series hosted by PS2 Academy Mental Skills Coach John Hodson.  John’s weekly mantras, perspectives and unique take on mental conditioning are essential parts of an athlete’s developmental journey. To access the podcast, click HERE.