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Excerpt from the book: Gods, Gloves, Pop-ups, and Ponies: a look at the character found playing youth baseball. “Mr. Faulk was what you would call a yelling coach. Rarely did you receive baseball…Continue
Great fielders are great artists. What does it takes to create great artwork?
The other day I was working with some of my better fielders in an informal practice before the start of the summer season. We were working on fielding and I spoke to them about the “art” of fielding. To me being a great fielder is an art form, and in order to be an artist of the diamond you have to accept this premise. Elevate your game and reach to achieve artistry on the field. The great defensive…Continue
With the spring season coming to a close be sure to honestly evaluate your players…and to let them know.
The spring season is wrapping up and at this point you should know your players pretty well. You and your players have gone through a season experience together, you have grown together, and soon they will either move on or all will be reset for a new season of summer ball. Now is the time to sit down with each player and have a conversation about how the season has gone and to…Continue
The richest players are the ones who have learned from their mistakes on the field…help them be golden.
At this stage of the season it usually becomes apparent that the deeper aspects of the game of baseball are sometimes lost on today’s players. Every year kid’s show up to teams fairly proficient in the mechanical skills associated with the game. Many players today have access to private coaching, indoor facilities, and training aids that propel them forward in their ability to…Continue
Baseball joy…hard to come by, hard to live without… once you get a taste. Excerpt from the book, Gods, Gloves, Pop-ups, and Ponies by Chris Smith
Through sport we can free ourselves of the feeling of being trapped inside looking out. Baseball, the game, being a part of a team, all these things help us get away from the oppressive work of thinking about ourselves ad nauseaum. I think of all the times I have greeted a player as he came running off the field after…Continue