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
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
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?
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?