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Coaching Your Own Children - Positives? Negatives?

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

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Favorite Baseball Quotes...

Started by Ted Browne. Last reply by Bill Stanton Mar 22. 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

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Pitching Distances

Started by Bill Stanton. Last reply by DarekGoetzman Mar 6. 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

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My Name is Not "Blue"

Started by Dave Holt. Last reply by Larry Cicchiello Mar 15, 2013. 6 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

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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 

Comment by Dave Holt on January 23, 2012 at 9:07pm

One Hour Workout:

For live BP you can get a great workout in in 30 min. Use my 3-Team format. One group hits live with coach pitcher, one shags and one works out on the side on any number of possibilities (tee, toss, cage, pepper, basehit bunting, pickle, whiffle ball, tennis balls, pitchers on the side, last man standing drill, goalie drill). Rotate every 9 minutes with one minute to transition. 

Shaggers play point game: 100 for a fly, 50 for a one hopper, 25 for a grounder (they get their defense in here). You must have a bucket guy behind second base to put the batted balls in. Bp pitcher has to keep the flow. Players get in and out of the cage because the clock is ticking. 2bunts, hit and run, get em over, first round opposite field. Last round basehits and you stay up and Im the judge. 

Runners run the bases after hitting. Hit and run to 2B. stay on 2b working on reactions with ball in front and behind you. At 3B working on contact play with infield in and one out. Fungo hitter can hit grounders between pitches too if you have any. 

Finish the last half hour with a coach pitch 3-team game. One group bats for 9 minutes and rotate. The other two groups team up to play defense. Pretty darn good workout in one hour. Add 10-15 for warmups. Add my 15 minute rapid fire fungo drill and you have an hour and a half of big time practice that kids like.

And no coaches yelling and putting down the kids.

Comment by charlie e davis on January 23, 2012 at 11:15am

@ Don Ervin & Mike Green.. excellent comments and break downs. i love them and agree . i have played and coached baseball,fastpitch & slow pitch softball for 30 years and some /most dont coach to the age or level of the players they have and expect young kids to already know what to do,like i said i have been involved for 30 years and i still learn something new from them and pass on to them all the time.i have also notice coaches being more rude and unsportsmanlike actions towards other coaches and officials,which really upsets me because they kids also pick up and learn from the coaches actions as well as their comments. most coaches should go back and learn the elthics of coaching and also should be required to take refresher courses on coaching and sportsmanship every year and be required to have a certain score to be allowed to coach. also coaches need to remember until they(players) start getting paid it is just a game of fun,and even then its still just a game and as humans we all make mistakes and will always make mistakes,so move on and learn from it. Thanks for letting me join in on conversation 

Comment by Kip Gross on January 23, 2012 at 2:12am


it all depends on how much time you have I guess. We practice most of the time for about an hour when we do it this way because almost everything is being worked on at once, then a specialty drill and then we're out. If I need to work with players individually it comes before regular practice and sometimes after. 


that's great you lead your district in hitting most of the time, that really is an accomplishment. 150 swings a day is a ton to say the least, we usually take 2 bunts, a hit and run, get em over, get em in and then 8 swings and for every bunt and fundamental they do good they get and extra for the 2nd round where they get 8 more hacks. Then they get 8 more in the final normal round. Then for the final round they get to swing until they make an out and I'm the judge. Phantom fielders are All-Stars. BTW, the 1st round, I want them all hitting EVERYTHING to the opposite field. 

Comment by Mike Greene on January 22, 2012 at 11:03pm

Kip, I know coaches that swear by live hitting on the field. We have not done it more than twice a season. We hit tee work, soft toss, tire work and cage work 5 days a week. I starting focusing several years ago on wasted time during our practice and hitting live was the biggest waste we had. Our guys will get about 150 cuts per practice done and hitting live just hasn't worked for us. As long as it works for you that is great. For us, we have led our school district 6 of the past 7 years in hitting, so our plan is working for us. Good luck this season.



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