Category Archives: Coaching

The Coach’s Son

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

How Competitive Teams Can Hurt the Sport

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

How Do I Handle Win-At-All-Costs Parents?

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?

When Should My Team Start Practicing?

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?

How Many Pitchers Should I Have On My Baseball Team?

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?