Down 1 in the last inning, two outs, bases loaded, 3-0 count. Many of you are screaming inside for your batter to take a pitch. Maybe some of you are actually screaming out loud. The best choice is for your player to have a green light. Even I might be secretly hoping the batter takes … Continue reading Take a Pitch? Not in Youth Baseball
As I’m strolling through the internet, discovering youth baseball tournaments, I’m finding so many tournaments with the phrase ‘Mother’s Day’ in the title. Most of the tournaments offer 3 games guaranteed! Discount on multiple tournaments! Free Wood Bat for every team! Blowout! Shootout! Slam! Mayhem! Mania! Madness! Which mom’s are supposed to allow their children … Continue reading Mother’s Day Baseball Tournaments – Great idea?
While a lot of us have snow on the ground, spring is still creeping up on us. Are you looking for some competitive baseball for this upcoming season? We’re compiling a list of tournaments, starting in Kansas City to help you find the competition your team needs. Our tournament guide will tell you how much … Continue reading 2016 Youth Baseball Tournament Schedule for Kansas City
A common issue among the youth baseball community is the coach’s son. Often he gets more playing time and preferable treatment. Is this right? Let’s explore. For a coach to be viewed as a good coach and increase their chance of retaining players, they must have certain qualities that parents deem valuable for their children. … Continue reading The Coach’s Son
A big argument among youth baseball is travel-ball vs rec-ball. Travel-ball is a broad term that was derived from teams formed to travel to just play in tournaments. For this instance though, and for the broad argument, it includes any teams formed with only top players to play competitively. Rec-ball is usually a term reserved … Continue reading How Competitive Teams Can Hurt the Sport
Every coach has probably uttered this phrase at some point. There’s never enough time at practice. As a coach, I fully believe this to be a true statement, without any qualifiers needed. Parents should realize that the time during practice is used to learn new skills and work on specific areas that the coach thinks … Continue reading There’s Not Enough Time During Practice
Practice is over. Kids are running to their parents, fooling around with friends, and anticipating the next activity. Baseball bags still sit on the side of the field as parents wander over to gather all of their children’s equipment. What these good-intentioned parents don’t realize is that they’re subjecting Billy to All Star Syndrome. Billy … Continue reading Children Should Be Responsible For Their Own Equipment
We’ve all heard them from the bleachers. Some scream it, some grumble it, some gossip it. There will always be parents obsessed with winning. Our society is obsessed with winning. If you’re trying to coach the right way though, you’re not always going to have your team in the best possible position to win. In … Continue reading How Do I Handle Win-At-All-Costs Parents?
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