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Tee Ball: Miss The Tee Drill

By T-Ball America

A challenging exercise for young kids is for the coach or parent to tie a rope at the end of a bat or pole. The rope is then hung over the batting tee with room for a bat to pass between the tee and the end of the rope. The player must swing the bat…

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Added by Marty Schupak on December 8, 2018 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Baseball Practice Tips

Youth baseball coaching tips of the day

Here are suggestions to make practices vital and competitive. Fun will result from doing these for the serious players. Remember, making things fun does not mean letting kids do whatever or praising them constantly.

Coaches…

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Added by Jack Perconte on December 7, 2018 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Tee Ball Drill-Color Code Hitting

 By T-Ball America  

Giving young t‒ballers a target to focus on is a good idea. Just as it was important to keep their eyes on the ball when fielding, it is equally important to do so when hitting. Getting young players to keep their head and eyes on the ball is a…

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Added by Marty Schupak on December 6, 2018 at 9:31pm — No Comments

Baseball Coaching Tips of the Day

Things to try when kids do these:

  1. Show disgust after a play by looking upset, throwing things, etc. Coaching tip – remind players that it is never good to show the other team they are getting the best of you and what “poise” means. A top coaching phrase should be “Forget about it,” to help them remove the previous play from their mind before the next one.
  2. Have a wandering mind. Coaching…
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Added by Jack Perconte on December 6, 2018 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Keys to Success

Coaching tips of the day

Understand that athletes’ keys to success, which you have control over, begin with these. Teach the importance of:

  1. Fundamentals – a lack of these leads to certain failure.
  2. Practice – repetition of the fundamentals is crucial so one can repeat in game.
  3. Coachability – one cannot do it alone and players must learn to listen, try, and implement the…
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Added by Jack Perconte on December 5, 2018 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Command Rules

The way your body works.

  • Your body functions under the same set of rules as everyone else.
  • Everyone’s body is hardwired with the same action/reaction patterns.

Impersonating a Pitcher.

When a Pitcher or Coach doesn’t know the rules, they use their experience, beliefs and acquired knowledge to…

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Added by L.A. "Skip" Fast on December 5, 2018 at 1:39pm — No Comments

Tee Ball High/Low Throw!

By T-Ball America

Young players will progress with their baseball skills differently. This is a drill that some players may get and others may not. Run either a rope or a strip of blue painters tape across a fence.…

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Added by Marty Schupak on December 5, 2018 at 1:49am — No Comments

Helping Kids Focus in Games

Coaching suggestions.

The task of keeping players' “heads in the game” is a challenge for many reasons including nervousness, over thinking, and fear. You must be a patient and dedicated coach to develop youth players in all phases of the game, skill development, focus, and strategy.

Focus tips should include:

  1. Limiting the in-game instructions - let kids make their…
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Added by Jack Perconte on December 4, 2018 at 3:00pm — No Comments

T-Ball Color Code Fielding

From T-Ball America

Color code some of your team’s supply of baseballs with blue and yellow masking tape. One‒third of the baseballs will be coded blue, a third coded yellow, and a third natural white. We want to…
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Added by Marty Schupak on December 3, 2018 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Practice Plans

Youth Baseball Coaching tips of the day

Practice Plans

Many coaches know the game but waste a great amount of time during practice so that a lot of their knowledge never gets out. Try to do the following as often as possible.

Be organized with a detailed, written practice plan. Two-hour practices are a good length of time for kids ten and above, with a half hour less for younger players.…

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Added by Jack Perconte on December 3, 2018 at 3:00am — No Comments

Tee Ball Paddle Catch

From: www.TBallAmerica.com

Just as catching ground balls barehanded will force players to use both hands, the Paddle Catch drill will also do the same thing. Take a round piece of plywood or a Ping‒Pong racquet without the handle. Attach a…

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Added by Marty Schupak on December 2, 2018 at 3:26am — No Comments

*Swing Mechanics Vs. Spatial Awareness - What's More Important?

Have you ever sat down and asked yourself before you took batting practice, what's my plan for today..what do I want to develop?  The typical answers are swing mechanics, launch angles and bat speed.  But - have you ever said to yourself, 
"while I'm hitting today, I'm going to think about my pitch recognition skills and spatial awareness abilities, I'm going to work on identifying, ball flight path patterns and TIMING.. " 
Probably…
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Added by Dave Kirilloff on December 1, 2018 at 10:58am — No Comments

Sports Parents - What to do after games?

 

Sport’s Parent and Baseball Coaching tip of the day

Grilling kids in the car after games about their play is not a good thing. However, after a “cooling off” period, things you can bring up can include:

  1. Team play. Questions like, “How did the team feel after the game?” or “What does the team need to do to improve?” are OK. They help kids realize sports are more than personal accomplishment…
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Added by Jack Perconte on November 30, 2018 at 3:30pm — 4 Comments

Coaching Sportsmanship

Coaching Tips of the day

You are responsible for displaying and teaching what sportsmanship is all about. That begins with not assuming athletes and parents know what is right and wrong. Explain from the start of the season what conduct is wrong.

Also, point out displays of a lack of sportsmanship that occur at your games or even in the news.  If you do something you are not proud of, apologize and…

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Added by Jack Perconte on November 29, 2018 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Team Building and Individual Accomplishment

Youth sports coaching tips

 
One of your greatest challenges is to integrate the individual goals into the team concept.
One of the first things a player learns when he gets to the big leagues is…
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Added by Jack Perconte on November 28, 2018 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Simplifying Command.

The way your body works.

  • Your brain listens to your movements.
  • While you move, to make sure your body stays upright and balanced, your brain constantly sends instructions back to your body.
  • At the same time, your brain orchestrates micro-adjustments that’ll smoothly transition you from one movement to the…
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Added by L.A. "Skip" Fast on November 28, 2018 at 2:13pm — 2 Comments

Positive Coaching and False Praise

Sports coaching (and parenting) tips of the day

“There is a fine line between being positive and giving false praise.”

 

Another misconception with coaching youth is that you must make sure kids always feel good about themselves and their play. False praise is harmful to players because it gives them an imperfect reality to sports play and life.

 

Honesty is best but say things with…

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Added by Jack Perconte on November 27, 2018 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Drafting High School Pitchers Is a Major Problem for MLB, Health of Young Prospects

Drafting High School Pitchers Is a Major Problem for MLB, Health of Young Prospects

By Tom Verducci

November 19, 2018

https://www.si.com/mlb/2018/11/19/mlb-draft-high-school-pitchers-velocity-tommy-john-surgery-problem?

White Sox pitcher Michael Kopech threw 90 mph at age 14, 94 mph…

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Added by Bill Stanton on November 27, 2018 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

Eye Contact?

 
“Look at me when I say something”
 
This is one of the biggest misconceptions and…
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Added by Jack Perconte on November 26, 2018 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Dealing with Disappointments

Baseball Coaching tips of the day:

Coaches must be psychologists too, continually helping kids get over disappointments. These words of encouragement are necessary more than ever in today’s youth sports world because kids are under more stress as athletes than ever before with the demands to win and be stars.

Here are some of my most used statements.

✧ Don’t worry about the results, just…

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Added by Jack Perconte on November 23, 2018 at 2:00am — No Comments

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