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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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At What Age Should Kids Start Icing Their Arms?

Started by Sam Welsh. Last reply by ame392002@yahoo.com {for Don Sep 16. 5 Replies

When I grew up playing ball, I don't recall EVER icing my arm until I was in High School and only after games that I pitched. Does anyone know at what age kids should start icing these days? Also,…Continue

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Too much instruction, too many coaches

Started by Kevin Cherkas. Last reply by Kevin Cherkas Jul 7. 4 Replies

Last night at our junior legion practice I spoke to our kids about I, ME and WE. The team has been successful and is in the position to finish the season on top. The speaking was geared towards doing…Continue

The Catching Camp Still Accepting Registrations For Summer Camp 2017!

Started by Jay Weaver Jul 4. 0 Replies

Hey everybody!Happy 4th of July! Hope everyone is enjoying the extended weekend and tournaments!Just wanted to let everyone know that we are running a special deal on our 17th Annual Summer Catching…Continue

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"What can I do to get better this week?"

Started by Bill Stanton. Last reply by Richard Lovell May 11. 1 Reply

This is a football article but the story applies to baseball players as well.  Mitchell Trubisky might be the #1 pick in the NFL draft on April 26th but sat the bench for 3 years at UNC.  Instead of…Continue

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Comment by Bill Stanton on May 23, 2017 at 4:42pm

From Ken Rosenthal, Fox Sports:

The time Big Papi one-upped Cowboy Joe

Umpire Joe West tells a great story about the first time he met David Ortiz. The year was 1997. Ortiz was in his first major-league spring training with the Twins.

As Ortiz came out to play first base, West greeted him by saying something he often says to young players.

“I hope you play in this game a long time,” West said.

West paused, allowing Ortiz to show his gratitude.

The umpire then continued, “As long as you’re here, I won’t be the ugliest guy in the league.”

West says that Ortiz stared at him, as if to say, “You jerk.” Years passed. Ortiz never brought up the exchange. But West says that the former Red Sox slugger used to talk about him with his former umpiring partner, Rob Drake.

“When you guys go out with West, does he scare the women?” Ortiz would ask Drake.

Drake would reply with a reference to West’s singing career, saying, “No, he serenades them and they all come on over.’”

Anyway, the story resumes last July in Boston, with Ortiz stepping into box for the last time with West working the plate.

As West tells it, Ortiz stepped back, patted his hands and said, “Joe, you know I’m retiring.”

West, trying to keep the game moving, told Ortiz to get in the box.

The two then repeated the exchange, with West again telling Ortiz to get in the box.

Finaly, Ortiz said, “I want to tell you something.”

West replied, “Tell me and get in the box.”

“Next year,” Ortiz said, “you’ll be the ugliest guy in the league.”

That’s right – Ortiz, after waiting 19 years, delivered the last word.

Undaunted, West still picks on rookies, saying on Sunday, “I got the kid from Cleveland today.”

The kid was Bradley Zimmer. And he can take comfort knowing that he received the same message that West once gave Ortiz.

“I hope you play a long time,” West said. “As long as you’re here, I won’t be the ugliest guy in the league.”

Comment by Bill Stanton on May 11, 2017 at 8:10pm

Comment by Bill Stanton on August 18, 2016 at 11:20am

My son just turned 10 and has been going to a basketball camp this week. It's a great camp, quality coaching and he's having fun overall. 

Last night he said to me that next summer he would like to go to a camp where he can just play without the instruction. 

It made me think about coaching youth sports and how most kids just want to "play."

I'm going to keep this in mind as we approach the Fall baseball season. 

Comment by Zach Jacobs on January 21, 2016 at 12:51am
Comment by Kyle Nelson on May 5, 2015 at 10:47am

Bill - Would be really interesting to find out what percentage of his roster played another sport in high school, especially with the recruiting timelines for the top programs being moved up so far. 

Comment by Bill Stanton on May 5, 2015 at 9:35am

"It's one of the first questions I ask (recruits): What other sports do you play?" Corbin said. "Not that it's a bummer when someone says, 'I just play baseball.' But, well, it's kind of a bummer. I want to hear that they enjoy another sport, and if it's a crash-and-bang sport, it's even more appealing."

- Tim Corbin. Head Coach, Vanderbilt University

Comment by Richard Lovell on March 4, 2015 at 3:32am
@Rod Haney: short answer: the swing starts from the ground up. As the hips begin to open up, the shoulders stay back creating separation, thus creating torque. As the hips continue turning towards the ball, the torso begins follow, then the shoulders, arms, hands and finally the bat is whipped through the zone. If you don't believe the hips add power and bat speed, try hitting a ball by swinging the bat with only your arms-sit in a chair. Good luck and hope that answered your question.
Comment by Rod Haney on March 4, 2015 at 12:49am

     I KNOW SCHOOL TRY OUTS ARE IN PROCESS,BUT I'M HOPING

     SOME OF YOU CAN FIND TIME TO ANSWER THE FOLLOWING.

     HOW DO THE HIPS PRODUCE BAT SWING POWER DURING THE                    EXECUTION OF A BAT SWING ?.......ROD

Comment by Lantz Wheeler on February 26, 2015 at 11:57am

Bill,

No doubt, parents and kids are addicted to instruction.

Comment by Bill Stanton on February 26, 2015 at 11:49am

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.

 

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