Automated Practice Machines

7 Communication Plays that Win or Lose Baseball Games

Here are 7 plays that involve communication between players. The key to recording outs in each situations hinges on players’ ability to know their responsibilities, communicate properly to their teammate(s), and execute the required techniques. Adding this routine to the FungoMan wireless remote gives coaches and players a drill that will replicate these plays simply and accurately. The drill is most effective when run with the entire team on the field. 1. Each play in the routine has player responsibilities and techniques that should be discussed prior to executing the play. 2. Plays should be “walked through” at a slow pace to discuss and demonstrate proper execution. 3. As proficiency is developed, the drill should be executed at game speed. 4. Finally, by simulating a game situation with number of outs and base runners, the drill becomes an intense mental conditioning practice, as well as a tool to develop proper techniques and communication. To add the drill to your FungoMan Wireless Remote: 1. Create a new user created routine by making a copy of ROUTINE ONE 2. Rename the copied drill to 7 Communication Plays that Win Games 3. Use the table on the attached pdf as a guide to creating the routine. 4. Add each ball to the routine (Options, Add Ball) 5. Describe each ball from the BALL PAGE 6. After all of the balls have been entered, test the drill on the field and make adjustments to each ball as needed from the BALL PAGE This routine doesn’t contain all of the plays that require communication on the field. Therefore, feel free to add balls to...

FungoMan’s New Android Wireless Controller: Easy to Operate

FungoMan is now easier to use than ever! Using the ease and functionality of the Android Operating System, we have been able to simplify the user program, add new features, and make operation of the FM machine simple, efficient, and fun! Call us at 318.775.0000 to place your order and receive a FREE Otterbox case! Features and Benefits Software • Easy Navigation Screen • Better Visibility (7” screen) • Over 40 editable Factory Installed Routines including infield, outfield, catcher, hitting, and conditioning drills • Spin control to offer top spin, back spin, and even knuckle balls • Shuffle the balls in the routine to keep players on their toes! Hardware • Conveniently sized (fits in your pocket!) • Larger viewing touch screen • Sharper resolution • Fast Processor • Longer Battery Life SCREENSHOTS Main Menu The FungoMan Wireless Controller App makes it super easy to run preprogrammed drills, or to build your own set of user created drills. Easily change base path from 60, 70, 75, 80, and 90 feet for youth and travel ball players to high school, college, and professional players. QuickPick Screen The QuickPick Page gives you the quickest way to throw a ball anywhere on the field. Just press a position, elevation, and speed button, and you are ready to press throw. Simple and quick. Ball Screen The Ball Screen makes it simple and easy to adjust the position, elevation, speed, and spin of any ball in your routine. You can throw the exact ball in the exact location with the exact speed and spin. Routine Screen The routine page gives you access to the...

Baseball Coaches Make Money by Helping Their School’s Softball Team

WHAT’S NEW WITH FUNGOMAN BASEBALL MACHINE OWNERS? – Softball Machine Sales Opportunity ATTENTION FUNGOMAN BASEBALL COACHES: “YOU” will not only receive a $250 referral fee, but your school’s softball team will receive a $1,000 discount on their machine because of you! Help your softball coach take advantage of this limited time offer by simply mentioning the discount to them…and earn yourself a little something extra. Current Softball Machine Price- $14,900 Discounted Price With Your Help- $13,900 Your Referral Fee- $250 Call 866-903-4868 and let us know your school name, along with your softball coach’s name and contact number. We’ll follow up and send you a referral check for $250 (once the machine is...

Lakeside High School Throws 198,384 Balls with FungoMan

Lakeside High School Throws 198,384 Balls with FungoMan Sibley, LA – October 7, 2011 – Head Coach Bob Gray has been coaching in Northwest Louisiana for over 26 years. He has seen a lot of baseball both as a coach and as a father. However, it wasn’t until March of 2008, that he convinced the parents and boosters of his small community in Sibley, LA that they needed the FungoMan Automated Baseball Practice Machine. He was able to see the number of repetitions increase overnight. “I had the drills,” Gray said. “…and I knew what I wanted to accomplish. Now I had a tool that would help me accomplish more during the same amount of time.” The Lakeside High School FungoMan Automated Baseball Practice Machine has thrown over 198,000 baseballs (198,384 to be precise, according to the counter on the FungoMan wireless device). Although there is some wear on the original set of tires, Gray is proud to say that he has never had to change them. When Coach Gray was asked why his machine had so many balls thrown, he simply replied, “We use it…Everyday!” When asked how he uses FungoMan, he quipped, “any way we can think of! Fly balls, ground balls, catcher popups, bunting practice, curve balls to hitters, timing drills for hitters…do you want me to keep going?” Known for getting the most out of his players, Gray has taken his teams to the playoffs in every season except two (24 of 26 years). He has had 11 State Semi-Finalists, 1 State Runner-Up, and 2 State Championships (1990 and 1991). The Lakeside Warriors completed the...

Student of the Game

Freshman Angelo LaBruna leads all ACC shortstops with a .988 fielding percentage. By JOHN ROTH GoDuke The Magazine, April 2011 As an alumnus with a rich background in the professional ranks, Duke baseball coach Sean McNally embraces player development as one of the essential avenues to building a better Blue Devil program. It is an especially significant tenet this year with a roster that includes 15 freshmen, four or five of whom start on a regular basis. McNally and his staff utilize numerous tools to help groom their players’ talents, and two new ones came on board this season — the artificial resurfacing of Jack Coombs Field to create an excellent on-campus training facility, and the addition of a FungoMan, an automated practice machine. The FungoMan can rifle a slew of realistic ground balls at rapid intervals to players who want extra work on their defense. Infielders in particular make use of the device to practice fielding grounders after team workouts or on their own time — and nobody has used the machine more than freshman shortstop Angelo LaBruna. With veteran shortstop Jake Lemmerman’s departure to the pros following the 2010 campaign, McNally entered this year with a vacancy in the heart of his infield. He considered moving ACC rookie of the year Marcus Stroman over from second base but thought it best not to increase the strain on Stroman’s arm since he is also a key pitcher for the Blue Devils. LaBruna made it a moot point when he arrived from his native California and earned the position during fall practice. He has started every game this spring...