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Hook-Em When their Young

 
I love working with young athletes because of the opportunity to apply the hook. It only takes that one play. When the coaching response is right, it may hook the player on the game for…
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Added by Jack Perconte on July 18, 2019 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Help Parents Help Themselves

 
Top Parenting Gripes and What to Do about Them
Coaches should help parents develop a plan to help their kids improve. Parent should know ways of dealing with…
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Added by Jack Perconte on July 17, 2019 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Regrets Often Make a Great Coach

Baseball Coaching tips of the day

When I think back on my playing days, my mind automatically goes to the famous song, My Way by Frank Sinatra. I just put a little twist to the line, “Regrets I’ve had a few.” My version goes like this, “Regrets, I’ve so many, but then again, too many to mention.” Well, maybe they are not necessarily regrets but like…

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Added by Jack Perconte on July 16, 2019 at 3:00pm — No Comments

My Coaching Philosophy

Baseball Coaching Tip of the Day

My coaching (and parenting) philosophy comes from this rhyme from an unknown author.

“No written word or spoken plea

can teach our youth what they should be

nor all the books on all the shelves

for it what the teachers are themselves.”

When my kids were kids, I cut the grass, I shoveled the snow, I took…

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Added by Jack Perconte on July 15, 2019 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Congratulations, You are a Winning Coach

Baseball coaching tips of the day

 
I love to hear when coaches tell me the team only one 7 games the previous year and this season, they won 15 with the same group of kids. The 15 is impressive, but what stands out the most is “The same group of kids.” That tells…
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Added by Jack Perconte on July 12, 2019 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Championships are Not Everything

Baseball coaching tips of the day

 
What can be better as a coach than winning the championship?"
Well, this.
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Added by Jack Perconte on July 11, 2019 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Coach These - You will always Win

 
Of course, I want kids to have fun, but I feel like I’ve done my job when kids learn the value in hard work and learning how to work with others. Those things will help their…
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Added by Jack Perconte on July 10, 2019 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Stealing First Base?

Atlantic League to experiment with batters “stealing first base”

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Added by Bill Stanton on July 10, 2019 at 2:25pm — No Comments

Develop Special Players

Baseball coaching tips of the day

 
Great player’s careers come to an end at some point. Special players go on long after and last beyond the playing fields!
 
Your job, if you choose to accept it, is to develop "special."…
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Added by Jack Perconte on July 9, 2019 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Know the Power of Fear

 
The dichotomy of dealing with the fear of failure - nothing motivates more, and nothing destroys more athletes than fear.…
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Added by Jack Perconte on July 8, 2019 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Practicing When No Field Is Available

How many times do we as coaches call for a practice, meet the team at the field, only to find one team practicing and one or more other teams waiting to practice? When I first started coaching, this always seemed to happen to me. Part of the reason was because our league at the time was in a little bit of administrative disarray and there would be a lot of misinformation about which fields we were allowed to use for practice. Part of it would be my…

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Added by Marty Schupak on July 6, 2019 at 4:13pm — No Comments

Respect for the Game Begins with You

 
The best youth baseball games are when people leave the game and had no idea what the coaches or officials looked like.…
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Added by Jack Perconte on July 5, 2019 at 3:00pm — No Comments

T-Ball Tip :Baseball Creativity In Your Own Backyard

The sporting goods industry is a multi-billion dollar business, and the cost of equipment can be ridiculously expensive. Every family cannot afford the latest and greatest products (and gimmicks). But the old saying that 'the best things in life are free' can also hold true in sports. Before you go out and spend hundreds of dollars on a deluxe glove or equipment to help your kids…

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Added by Marty Schupak on July 4, 2019 at 9:55am — No Comments

Communication Is King

Baseball Coaching Tips of the day

I love listening to the Cubs manager Joe Maddon. He gives his thought process in detail as to the moves he makes. Of course, not everyone agrees with what he says, but that is beside the point. He explains!

I hear something to the effect of this daily, “The coach is terrible.” For proof, I asked a high school player how their team did in the state playoffs. “Not well,”…

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Added by Jack Perconte on July 3, 2019 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Focus Comes From These

 
Best ways to Build Focus
 
Like all things with…
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Added by Jack Perconte on July 2, 2019 at 3:00pm — No Comments

One of Your Biggest Challenges

Baseball Coaching tips of the day

 
No pressure but realize this, you may first adult that an athlete may potentially trust and that may include their parents. Persistent, caring coaching of these players usually works to win over their…
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Added by Jack Perconte on July 1, 2019 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Baserunning, Baseball’s 10th Man:Get 1-2 Extra Runs Each Game!

        I have some great news for all youth baseball coaches who feel they have a weak team and still want to be competitive. Here it is. Baserunning. Hardly anyone practices this underrated skill. I started paying more attention to it within my first few years of coaching. When a rival coach in the minors (9-10 years old) was using some strategies that really threw me and our team off. I went to this coach’s next few games just to watch the way he coached his…

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Added by Marty Schupak on June 30, 2019 at 8:30am — No Comments

Coaching Baseball Routinely

Baseball coaching tips of the day

Maintaining the same routine is an often-overlooked source of motivation. Baseball coaches should consider the power of routine as a motivational force,
People are creatures of habit and kids are the same way; they become dependent on doing…
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Added by Jack Perconte on June 28, 2019 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Dusty Taught Me to "Think 4"

Baseball coaching tips of the day

 
Build Optimistic Players
 
Dusty Baker was one of my favorite teammates. Being a rookie, I didn’t know…
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Added by Jack Perconte on June 27, 2019 at 3:00pm — No Comments

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