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UGA Recruiting Daily 05-June-2016

UGA football recruiting prospect Colston Yankoff
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Greg is closing in on 15 years writing about and photographing UGA sports. While often wrong and/or out of focus, it has been a long, strange trip full of fun and new friends.

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  1. DawgLink

    That’s how the instructor teaches my daughter. Knob to the ball. He teaches the same swing to baseball players.

  2. DawgLink

    That’s the way it is though. It’s the umpire ‘s discretion of the strike zone

  3. 1mandawgpack

    dsw61 DawgLink  The fastpitch swing can never be the same as the baseball swing due to a number of different factors.  First, in baseball, the mound is raised and the throw is overhand so the trajectory of the ball is always downward.  For fastpitch, the mound is flat and the throw is underhand, so the trajectory of the ball will virtually always be upward.  So, I get irritated listening to people who have no clue what they’re talking about.

    That said, I think that there are a lot of people who got in on softball when it started in the South who don’t know what they’re talking about, but who have made a lot of money trying to convince people (mostly dads who played baseball part or all of their lives) that softball is totally different than baseball.  I taught my daughter how to play softball using all baseball fundamentals and, other than pitcher, she can play any position on the field and not be a liability.  I taught her how to catch (her primary position) and she never lets a ball by her as her fundaments in blocking are so sound. 

    I never played 1 day of soccer but taught my team in England how to guard, pass, move into space, etc. using basketball concepts and finished 2nd in the table the first year after forming the team from scratch.  2 of my girls are now on the U18 England national team and we all laugh how I get them started playing basketball on the soccer pitch. I taught them fundamentals and the mental aspect of the game and let their athletic abilities take over from there.  There are way too many coaches who don’t know how to teach the game, and therein lies the biggest problem with player development at most levels.

  4. 1mandawgpack

    DawgLink  When I was growing up, they taught a very “lineal” swing with arms extended to get the barrel to the ball.  They now call that “casting” as it’s more of an outside/in swing.  Now, they’re teaching more of a rotational swing with the knob leading and staying compact (i.e., more of an inside/out swing).  In my opinion, the latter is clearly preferred as, if performed correctly, there should rarely be a check swing strike since, as the hips are exploding through the box, the hitter can simply lay the bat down on the shoulder for a pitch out of the strike zone.  Ultimately, not unlike most things, there can be several ways to swing the bat and the great hitters all get to the same position at impact.  My daughter plays travel and is just mashing the ball right now as she’s just now gotten strong enough to start driving the ball out of the park.  She hit a HR about 2 weeks ago where the ball never got more than 10 feet off the ground and was just a line shot over the center field fence.

  5. Colonial Dawg

    dsw61 What drove me crazy is the umpires don’t give the strike at the bottom of the zone.  Yesterday against Auburn they wouldn’t give any of the pitchers that strike.  And if a ball was on the edge outside it was a ball, but a strike if it was 4-6 inches inside.   They were calling consistently for both teams though and I guess that’s all you can ask for.  Got to drive the pitcher crazy though.

  6. Colonial Dawg

    Wonder if the Tar Heels will wear powder blue and we wear red jerseys in the Dome.

  7. DawgLink

    My daughter plays for Piedmont college. She has been going to hitting lessons for years. Instructor teaches short swing to the ball and finish. It only took one season at college for her coach to mess it up. He wants the girls to have a long swing. The team hit poorly. My daughter is back home and in lessons again. She is killing it again

  8. Bulldawg36

    Glad u like it link. But I can’t get into it. Too boring. I was only watching because UGA was in it.

  9. dsw61

    DawgLink I was thinking more along the lines of hitting and pitching mechanics. Several years ago all the high profile fastpitch coaches in college and at the national level came out and said that the fastpitch swing should be the same as the baseball swing. The problem is that the coaches don’t know the key components of the baseball swing. Which is why you still don’t see a lot of swings like Katie Cochran in fastpitch. Bill Hillhouse has to turn the volume off when watching women’s fastpitch because the pitching analysis by the announcers is so bad. Every inside pitch is a screw ball…every outside pitch is a curveball…every high pitch is a riseball.

  10. Bulldawg36

    Well it was a goon run, hate it’s over. On the flip side I’m glad I don’t have to watch anymore softball. I don’t like it. I won’t be paying attention to who ever win the cws. Go dawgs!

  11. RobDawg

    We were at the US Open Championship for Sporting Clays. Shotguns and clay targets on a course sorta like golf with stations instead of holes where you shoot different presentations that vary from station to station. They say flooding is 127 year record on rivers near here. I’m sick of mud for awhile

  12. DawgLink

    Indeed. Even worse is when they slight a team and build up the other one. They ate some crow in the Florida series

  13. dsw61

    It’s been fun watching some of the fastpitch games. The announcers though drive me nuts with their analysis.

  14. DawgLink

    It was fun watching them this year. And as said before, they made it further than they should have.

  15. DawgLink

    I think that they have a few who red shirted but Idk who they will have coming in in August. A girl that we played against is supposedly coming. Lefty slapper. But a lot of the problem comes from the strange Glasco divorce. I mean all of them left

  16. Greg Poole

    DawgLink  Yep. I guess they have already sign the next class, right? Any help there?

  17. DawgLink

    It hasn’t been mentioned but personally I think that the change in team bats hurt this year. We went from Easton for the last 2 years to Miken. I can tell you from experience, the bat matters.

  18. DawgLink

    Hard to fathom all the girls who are done and leaving. Hugo, Iosefa, Chelsea, Sam, Pualoia, Browne. That’s eye popping.

  19. 1mandawgpack

    Greg Poole  She has been an all-American and led the nation in HR the past couple of years, but for some reason, has had a really tough Senior season.  They needed her to step up to really have a chance but it seems as if she has been a liability this year both in the field and at the plate.

  20. RumRunnerDoogie

    Greg Poole RumRunnerDoogie dont ban me bro### btw sending u a email on a issue i had last night on here

  21. RumRunnerDoogie

    Greg Poole oh i wasnt complaining lol. but every few years UGA has had very heavy classes and the next only about 3 spots.

  22. Greg Poole

    Softball gets 12 ‘ships and it is an equivalency sport – that means that most of them get partial ships.

  23. RumRunnerDoogie

    Greg Poole RumRunnerDoogie well we can all agree the dawgs have way over preformed this year in softball lol. anything after beating the number 1 team is icing on the cake

  24. RumRunnerDoogie

    Greg Poole yea idk what it is, 1st base has had a rough time in OKC and hugo messed up a bit yesterday. they could catch them in foul territory but not in the field. You can even look at the UF and FSU defense and just be like “uhhhhh….what was that”

  25. RumRunnerDoogie

    DawgLink after all last year was the better team but yet this year they make it to OKC

  26. RumRunnerDoogie

    DawgLink what year is that blonde that came in yesterday? not to sure since wilkinson was the starter day one she showed up and did pretty good

  27. RumRunnerDoogie

    Greg Poole think they had a big senior class a year ago, i know softball dont get many schollies at all

  28. Greg Poole

    I hope they have some pitching coming up for 16-17 – with Wilkinson leaving they lose a ton.

  29. RumRunnerDoogie

    Greg Poole think the dawgs have watched the braves too much, errors bite back already

  30. Bulldawg36

    Hope we can do it. But we need for somebody to knock auburn off. Don’t think we can beat them in least this in football it’s a different story- we have beaten them 8 of 10..I can tell ya now I love richt for that. Kirby is used to beating auburn as well. I hope we continue the dominance and I think we will.

  31. GoBigDog

    DawgDaddy I hope that Jake Ganus makes it too.  But the Vikes have a deep roster at LB and it won’t be easy to catch on there.  Good luck to Jake!

  32. 1mandawgpack

    Bulldawg36  After they have another sub-par season, it won’t matter as Gus and crew will no longer be around.  I looked at their schedule and who they signed this past year and I honestly see a realistic possibility of them losing approximately half their games.  After UGA fired CMR for averaging 10 wins a season and LSU was on the cusp of firing Miles for a winning % higher than that (plus a natty thrown in), I just don’t see Gus surviving another disappointing season.  When that happens, all those recruits who committed to the Barn will be looking for new homes, but there may not be slots available at UGA, except for the most elite of recruits, as I have a feeling our class will be pretty close to full by the end of the season.

  33. RumRunnerDoogie

    ZippyMorocco RobDawg being a georgian….see’s mud and has to drive into it of course

  34. Bulldawg36

    He was so impressed with Eason and has UGA on top but after his visit with the barn he is wavering a bit now. I hate auburn!!!!

  35. dawgathon

    The havent haven’t either really since Murray left. Hopefully that changes with Eason and departure of shotty

  36. Score Check

    That’s just crazy!
    What are they selling at the Barn that makes top WRs want to play in a QB run oriented offense?

  37. Bulldawg36

    I know. We had em 3-1 and couldn’t seal the deal. I think auburn will go on to win the cws…sadly so

  38. Bulldawg36

    Holloman has auburn near the top!!!! Don’t tell me they’re gonna steal another top WR from our state!!!! They don’t even throw the ball!!!!!!!!

  39. Greg Poole

    Score Check  There may not be an event called Dawg Night this year. I asked one of UGA’s SIDs that question Friday. He said he didn’t know the answer. This late, if they haven’t planned one there is a good chance of it not happening.

    The is a 3 day CKS Varsity Camp at about the same time (mid-July) that Dawg Night traditionally occurred.

  40. RobDawg

    Heading home later this evening from Texas where the rain and flooding have been an adventure. Looks like it will be following us east but hopefully not this bad. We got really stuck on the course

  41. Greg Poole

    DawgDaddy When you talk with him privately he is exactly like he seems on camera – a genuinely nice, thoughtful guy.

  42. Jesse1

    Greg Poole DawgDaddy And, the names of these guys better be held as close under wrap as bomb codes. It’s just a matter of time before the real ugly side of soccer finds it’s way to American sports.

  43. Jesse1

    Greg Poole DawgDaddy And that is before factoring in the extended length of games. With every game televised, 8:00 kickoffs could, and some will, end after midnight. And this bunch of crazy, rabid, drunk , hungover, Dawgs should never be allowed to play at night. We too wild. ###

  44. Greg Poole

    DawgDaddy I’m skeptical – it is not the review that bothers me but the ability they have to stop a game and call a penalty

  45. DawgDaddy

    Greg Poole Gotta love the whole story of MM26, he certainly made the most of his scholarship.

  46. DawgDaddy

    Greg Poole I hate that he dreams of getting away for college and all of the teams mentioned are rivals.  Hopefully during his years of college he has nightmares of what the red & black do to his team every meeting.

  47. DawgDaddy

    Greg Poole TG3 is a beast.  He represents UGA well, I wish him all of the best.

  48. DawgDaddy

    Greg Poole Hopefully those guys in Birmingham will get it right mych more often than now.  UGA has a sorry history in obvious calls being ruled wrong against us.