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Youth Baseball Coaches

Are you a Youth Baseball Coach? From Tee Ball to High School, this is the group to share ideas and support each other. Let's help develop the next great generation of ballplayers.

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Discussion Forum

My Name is Not "Blue"

Started by Dave Holt. Last reply by Thomas Cahill Jun 14, 2014. 7 Replies

You know we are never going to agree with umpires all the time. We know going in that the umpiring is never going to measure up to what our standards perceive.But how about making sure we call the…Continue

Coaching Your Own Children - Positives? Negatives?

Started by Kyle Grucci. Last reply by Kagan Hudayar Apr 15, 2014. 45 Replies

In a comment to recent…Continue

Tags: dad, youth, baseball, coach, negatives

Favorite Baseball Quotes...

Started by Ted Browne. Last reply by Bill Stanton Mar 22, 2014. 20 Replies

Thought this would be an interesting thread...ANY baseball quote from the movies or the game.What are your favorites?Ted BrowneChief StorytellerBeyond Athletic Life Lessons, Inc. ("BALL")…Continue

Tags: beyond, athletic, life, lesson, show

Pitching Distances

Started by Bill Stanton. Last reply by DarekGoetzman Mar 6, 2014. 20 Replies

There has been some debate in our baseball organization about pitching distances.Here is what we currently have:Grade 4/5 (age 9-10)   - 46 feet Grade 6/7 (age 11-12) - 50 feet Grade 7/8 (age 13-14)…Continue

Tags: kids, coach, pitch, coaching, baseball

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Comment by Ted Browne on August 15, 2014 at 1:23pm

@Michael Paes - I agree completely.  I am convinced that baseball reflects society.  We're a pretty myopic, inward looking bunch of humans right now...

Comment by Kyle Nelson on August 15, 2014 at 12:34pm

Bill- I always wondered how they try that trick the first time, knowing they were probably going to fail.  Love that quote!

Comment by Bill Stanton on August 15, 2014 at 12:29pm

A couple of weeks ago I was listening to John McEnroe (tennis legend) being interviewed on sports radio. The topic turned to youth sports.  McEnroe talked about how he played all sorts of sports as a kid.  He then said this (paraphrasing), "you know who I don't worry about?  Those skateboard kids. To see them doing all those tricks means that they mush have fallen, crashed and failed many, many times to master those tricks.  Those kids will be all right."

Comment by Michael Paes on June 9, 2014 at 2:24pm

Youth baseball is dying, and we are killing it.

When I was in Little League (I am 49), from age 11 and up, there was at least a 20 game season, plus practices, practice games and playoffs.  After that, there was an all-star team that played in the tournament.  There was no summer travel baseball to speak of.

My son is 15, and I have coached or assisted since he started.  The seasons keep getting shorter.  The past few years, we were lucky to have more than on practice before the first game, no practice games, and seasons of 10-15 games.  Some years playoffs, some none.  

Each year, I hear the same two things at league meetings:

1. Why are we losing so many kids every year?

2. Can we start travel sooner?

"In house" seems to be a pejorative, and seen as spring training for travel ball.

I hate to break it to the parents, but for 99% of the players, there will be no organized baseball after high school. It doesn't matter that theis son has been on the district team since age 8 - at college, EVERY player was the star on their district team.  Count how many players in your town have gotten a full ride scholarship and/or had a cup of coffee in professional baseball.   I won't even get into the number of players who have hurt their arms because of too many games pitching.

Youth baseball is supposed to be about having fun, learning how to be a good teammate, and enjoying the game.  For 99%+, your kid is not a prospect - he is not even a suspect.

I coach every player the same.  My goal is for them to improve their physical skills, to learn the game, and to have fun.  And I have news for you.  Almost every player, be it the best or worst, has far more fun playing their friends than neighboring towns where they don't know their opponents.

The kids whose parents want "better baseball" are going to leave for AAU no matter how much you cater to them.  All that happens is that you lose from the middle and bottom ranks when you ignore them.

I pay for my son to play travel ball because he loves the game.  I wish I didn't have to.  And I wish I didn't have to apologize to the parents who pull their kids out when they are not getting their money's worth.

Comment by Scott "Coach Scott" Glines on April 15, 2014 at 12:07am
With all the over zealous gotta win for "my pride" coaches out there it's understandable that a lot of parents yearn to coach there own. Often out of protectionism or out of pure selfishness. Usually those types actually backfire and end up developing a kid with emotional or mental challenges (pertaining to sport that is ) . A great way to NOT do this is to coach your child through coaching the others. Your child will not seek your approval nor be falsely inflated from "my daddies the coach" syndrome . A great side effect is how the things you say to teammates eventually soak in without some of those rebellious moments that delay learning. This practice also helps establish a great family within your team circle. That family brews confidence, comfort and willingness to perform for all not just yourself. Great teams have this dynamic. Dynasties have this dynamic it works from T ball through high school.
Comment by Ted Browne on February 4, 2014 at 12:37pm

@ Bill:  OH OH!!!! Where can I sign up!!!

Comment by Bill Stanton on February 4, 2014 at 12:23pm

I just came across this..  and I am astonished. Complete insanity. starts with Part I of this series to identify the elite "Players to Watch" from 9U-13U across the country in 2014. This series will be updated as more elite players are identified. Every day for the rest of the month, we will post 25 Players from each age group, from Monday-Saturday.

The Players to Watch lists are in addition to the All-American lists. It identifies those players that possess talents that make them someone to "watch" while throughout the 2014 campaign (i.e. Power hitter, crafty LHP, lightning fast on bases, etc.).

Comment by Kyle Nelson on November 5, 2013 at 11:31am

Thought I would bring this discussion over the to the youth baseball group.  I sat down to write a blog post for last week where I designed a youth baseball league from scratch.  What would be the best practices?  I then realized that my readers often come up with some fantastic ideas that I would never think of in a million years.  So I threw out the question "How would you design a youth baseball program from scratch?" I have had some amazing feedback.  I am going to be putting all of the feedback together this weekend and creating a Utopian youth baseball league.  If you have any suggestions, please either leave them here or on my blog at 

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Comment by Mike Greene on January 23, 2012 at 9:16pm

Kip, thanks I am very proud of our guys. It is actually now become a challege for our guys to try and better the previous teams' hitting performances. They grade each other on bunts, sacrafices, average and OB%. It is a hoot to listen to these guys ragging on each other (in fun) as they are working. During games they are all serious, but our practices are a trip.

One of the nice things about coaching is that no two coaches do the same things the same way. Each of us does what we have realized success with until we see and try something better. I have learned a ton over the past 23 years of coaching. Thank goodness I am a quick learner! LOL 


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