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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

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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

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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

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Comment by Lantz Wheeler on Thursday

Bill,

No doubt, parents and kids are addicted to instruction.

Comment by Bill Stanton on Thursday

Rod- "kids (and their parents) have to be see that the child can succeed at becoming a good player"

I can't argue with this. I'm all about building up kids confidence. It's a great thought, but today's parents will make a decision about a sport after one season. They don't wan to stick it out and let the kid improve over time. They will move on to the next activity. In my area that could be soccer, lacrosse, golf, chess, fencing...  parents want their kids to be good right away. I'm presenting to you what I am seeing in real life...  today.

The travel ball parents make an investment because their kids are good at a young age. Often times, I come across negatively in regards to travel ball, but the fact is I coach a travel ball team. A big part of me feels that 8U is too young for travel ball, but it's the only option for my players to play more, practice more and play more games. The rec league for us is just once a week. For me, travel ball is just a way to play more since the "pickup/sandlot game" no longer exists.

Comment by Michael Paes on Thursday

Rod, I respectfully disagree.  When leagues/coaches in essence ignore the rec leagues in favor of the travel teams, the non-travel parents, as well as players, can see that.  People know when that aren't wanted.

The decline in participation matches up pretty neatly with the growth in travel ball. When I played:

- there was no travel ball/excessive local tournament play, just the Little League tournament team,

- the seasons were longer (20 game seasons plus playoffs - two games a week plus one practice)

there was a LOT less drop off in participation.

Comment by Rod Haney on Thursday

  

   Bill,the answer is....... the kids(and their parents) have to be see that the child can succeed at becoming a good player, than they will pursue the game.I don't want this to be about me but,I was part of a group of parents who formed a team of our own children.We won states 5 times. 11 of the 13 players went on to college.

8 on a softball scholarship,and they weren't alI gifted athletes.I have taken kids who couldn't make a team and they became star players.Some went on to play professionally and some are division one coaches today. All of this happened because the kids realized if they worked at it they could hit,catch and throw.In my opinion the kids quit because they think they can't do it.And they think they can't do it because of how they're handled..If a child who has a dream of playing on their high school team sees how they can make that high school team,they'll pursue it.

If they don't understand what they have to do,how can we expect them to try to do it.

  It seems to me it should be easy to understand.The parents of the children who play travel/tournament ball must be willing to make the investment for a reason.To associate travel teams with the decline of interest in rec league players......WHAT............ ??????????????

Comment by Michael Paes on Thursday

Thanks, Bill.  Again, I think the focus on travel over the spring season (which seems to grow shorter every year) is a big issue.

My son was a late bloomer.  At 8 he couldn't catch the ball, but loved the game.  Using the mentality of most coaches, he would have been shunted into right field and forgotten.  Now he is 16, and a travel player for several years, including pitching (and he is not the only example in our town).

I see too many times when the town has basically picked the tourament team, if/not high school team, before the players even reach the 50/70 field.  Bad for the kids, bad for the team, bad for the parents - bad.

Comment by Bill Stanton on Thursday

Lantz-  Great video. I agree. So many kids are having the athleticism instructed right out of them. After a recent batting practice session I had a parent email in a friendly way about how his son had many bad swings but no one was correcting him. This is an 8U team.

I explained to him that I didn't see the need to coach every single swing he takes. The kid hits the ball well for an 8 year old. He's fine. I like to give the kids an opportunity think on their own and gain a feel of hitting the baseball..   without a coach in his ear every pitch.

I don't think the Dad understood what I was saying and felt I was lazy or not knowledgeable enough to make all the corrections he wants to see in this 8 year old. I asked him how productive he'd be if I stood at his desk while he worked and shouted instructions at him as he tried to do his job.

It's been great to see my own son make corrections on his own with his hitting and throwing and then express this to me in his own words.

Comment by Bill Stanton on Thursday

Michael makes a good point that we don't really acknowledge when discussion declining participation in baseball. The travel baseball focus leaves kids behind and the rec league is viewed as inferior by kids and parents. These middle of the road kids who possibly could blossom into good ballplayers as they gain strength at age 12-13-14 give up on the game. They find other activities.

For my 8U travel team I had to cut 6 or 7 kids. Most were just not ready for kid pitch and the speed of the game, but most have basic baseball skills and enthusiasm for the game. They can do play in our rec league, but I'm curious to watch how many stick with the game after being cut from a team at such a young age.

Comment by Michael Paes on Wednesday

Where I am, we lose people right at the age where travel goes crazy, as well as AAU.  A few years ago, the league tried bending to the AAU parents, and things have just gotten worse.

In my opinion, the top players are going to leave no matter what, because there are so many other options (AAU, Legion Ball, school teams, etc.).  What we are losing are the middle of the road players.  When I played Little League, the 13-15 had just as many players as 12-15.  I've coached for over a decade, spring, summer travel, and fall ball.

Comment by Mike Greene on Wednesday

Rod, I've coached for a few years (plus decades) and I don't remember ever hearing a player or parent say that they didn't think they could hit HS pitching. Ya'll must be raising some flame throwers over there. Send a couple our way if you can. We focus more on location than flames, so it would be something new for our guys to see. Our varsity team faced a guy last season in the playoffs that is reported at 96+ and put up a 7-2 win on him. 

What were the options on the question that was asked of the 1000 former players / parents?

Comment by Rod Haney on Wednesday

   Mike,

       That's exactly what I did.

        There were over 1000 kids playing Little League baseball and softball in

         our school district.

         Year after year,the high school had a problem getting enough players to             suit both a Varsity and Jr.Varsity teams.

          The majority of parents I talked with told me they discouraged their child           from playing baseball because they didn't think their child could hit the               pitching.

           They thought they had a better chance of lettering in track or soccer.

           Of course the team became a losing program.

            In contrast to the softball team that had to have try outs and cut,

            because they had a winning record.

       Rod

           

          

 

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