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

Started by Bill Stanton on Tuesday. 0 Replies

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

Tags: college, commitment, football, NFL, trubisky

H.S. Tryouts...

Started by Jose M Hernandez Feb 9, 2016. 0 Replies

H.S. tryouts are getting set to begin in our area... Any ideas on how to help a Freshman on getting ready? Thanks.Continue

Tags: school, high, team, baseball, Tyrouts

Registration/Fundraising Ideas?

Started by Jose M Hernandez. Last reply by Zach Jacobs Jan 18, 2016. 1 Reply

Any ideas on increasing registration numbers and/or fundraising on youth Baseball/Softball league? Any input greatly appreciated. ThanksContinue

Tags: membership, players, fundraisers, fundraising, Registration

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

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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




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


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.

Comment by Michael Paes on February 26, 2015 at 11:45am

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 February 26, 2015 at 11:34am


   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............ ??????????????


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