Depending on what level of baseball you coach, where you’re coaching at, and what league you’re coaching in, many complexes are going to try to start hosting baseball games as soon as the weather allows. Many tournaments will start even earlier than this. I’ve personally experienced a rainy, 40 degree Midwestern morning on the diamond. … Continue reading When Should My Team Start Practicing?
When the new year started, my thoughts quickly turned to baseball. The weather hasn’t even been nice, I’m just the kind of person to think ahead. January makes me think of February, February makes me think of March, March makes me think of Spring, Spring makes me think of Baseball. It wasn’t that much of … Continue reading How Much Practice Is Too Much Practice
The Double Play Weave is a fun, active drill that will have your players working up a sweat and improving their hand and glove skills. It’s a nice drill for early warm-ups. Equipment Needed: One Base Bucket of Balls Empty Bucket Baseball Gloves This drill helps with: Double Play Ball Handling Teamwork Grounders Flips and … Continue reading Double Play Weave – Baseball Drills
Home Run Relays is a fun drill to end practice with. Equipment Needed: Four bases or cones or anything else to mark the field. This drill helps with: Conditioning Competition Base Running Speed Endurance Teamwork Enjoyment Setting up the drill: Divide your team into 2 teams of equal number. Make the two teams have similar … Continue reading Home Run Relays – Baseball Drills
Multi-sport athletes used to be all the rage. They wore Letterman’s Jackets all through the halls of high school with patches and pins from a wide range of sports. They ruled the school and the sports field. Professional drafts feature players who were drafted by a team knowing it was unlikely that player would ever … Continue reading Year-Round Baseball and Other Sports
One of the very first skills a baseball player needs to learn is fielding a ground ball. Hits and bad throws turn into grounders, and at the earliest levels, most hits are grounders and most throws are bad throws. A tee ball player that stops a ground ball is one that is excelling above the … Continue reading How To Properly Field a Ground Ball
The importance of pitching in baseball, and especially youth baseball, can’t be overstated. A pitcher can derail a week of practice in a walk-fest, sending the fielders into a bored semi-slumber. A dominant pitcher can make the worst coach look like a genius. At the very least, you have to have a pitcher make a … Continue reading How Many Pitchers Should I Have On My Baseball Team?
So no one else would sign up to coach, and now here you sit, trying to figure out how you’re going to do it. Thanks for volunteering your time, the youth sports world needs more people like you. Or maybe you had a team name picked out in the delivery room and were making practice … Continue reading I Signed up to Coach, Now What?
If you’re involved in youth sports in any way, surely you’ve seen the photos by now. The parents have plastered them all over Facebook, boasting with pride. Their kid’s team is posing with their medals or trophies holding up a finger signifying that they think they are #1. Good for them. Bad for youth sports. … Continue reading The Importance of Winning in Youth Baseball
Finding the right baseball team for a child is a process that can last an entire baseball career. In summary, a lot of kids will never find the right baseball team. The right baseball team can mean a different thing to everybody. Let’s start with you and your child’s goals. Are you looking to win? … Continue reading Finding the Right Baseball Team