Multi-sport athletes used to be all the rage. They wore Letterman’s Jackets all through the halls of high school with patches and pins from a wide range of sports. They ruled the school and the sports field. Professional drafts feature players who were drafted by a team knowing it was unlikely that player would ever … Continue reading Year-Round Baseball and Other Sports
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?
If you’re involved in youth sports in any way, surely you’ve seen the photos by now. The parents have plastered them all over Facebook, boasting with pride. Their kid’s team is posing with their medals or trophies holding up a finger signifying that they think they are #1. Good for them. Bad for youth sports. … Continue reading The Importance of Winning in Youth Baseball
Finding the right baseball team for a child is a process that can last an entire baseball career. In summary, a lot of kids will never find the right baseball team. The right baseball team can mean a different thing to everybody. Let’s start with you and your child’s goals. Are you looking to win? … Continue reading Finding the Right Baseball Team
So you have a toddler that’s been throwing the ball around or swinging the wiffle bat in the yard. Maybe your boy is just learning how to walk and you want to teach him how to catch a baseball (Hint: start with a rolled up sock). You’re looking into baseball for the first time, and … Continue reading What Age Should My Child Start Playing Baseball?
It seems like most people should know the answer to this, but a walk around any baseball complex will leave you doubting that anyone does. It’s pretty simple, fun is the most important aspect in youth baseball. The child should be enjoying the game that he plays. Notice the words game and plays. Both things … Continue reading Youth Baseball’s Most Important Aspect
Youth baseball is as American as apple pie. Baseball complexes and fields cover our landscape from the massive, brightly lit complexes with manicured grass and fancy scoreboards to the hidden, weed-infested and forgotten diamonds of our parents’ past. Every generation and all aspects of society can talk baseball. Days chasing a tee-ball to the fence racing … Continue reading Reasons Baseball is Great: The Unwritten Rules