Category Archives: Parenting

Mother’s Day Baseball Tournaments – Great idea?

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?

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

There’s Not Enough Time During Practice

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

Children Should Be Responsible For Their Own Equipment

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

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?

How Much Practice Is Too Much Practice

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