Now Serving Kansas City

Amyosport is dedicated to bringing you information to help your young athlete.  Our initial launch is focused on baseball, and we are excited to introduce the Baseball Field Finder. We are focusing first on our hometown of Kansas City.  After we find all of the major baseball complexes around town, we’ll start spreading out across the … Continue reading Now Serving Kansas City

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

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?

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 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

Double Play Weave – Baseball Drills

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 – 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