26
Sep
2014

Creating a Baseball Practice Plan

Creating a Baseball Practice Plan
Creating a practice plan is the first step towards having a successful and worthwhile practice. There are many youth and even high school coaches who go into a practice with a plan in their own head but not on paper. That’s great for the Head Coach, but then the assistant coaches are left not knowing exactly what to accomplish. When that happens, drills break down and practice time is wasted.The first step of a practice plan is to know exactly how much time you have with the kids. For the example practice plan I will provide, the practice will be an hour and a half long. As a coach, we should also keep in mind what kind of setting the team will be practicing in, whether it is a baseball field, gym or batting cages. Next, we need to figure out what our main objectives of practice will be, and how much time you would like to spend on each of them. The timing of the drills is very important to a practice plan, set realistic goals for your team. For example, don’t give your players 10...
20
Aug
2014

Youth Pitching Rotation

Youth Pitching Rotation
I coached a high school feeder program team for 10 years between my two boys and during that time learned the importance of developing a pitching rotation for my team. There are numerous reasons this is important, but to me the most important one is to save youth pitching arms! My whole point in developing a rotation was to make sure I didn’t overuse any of the pitchers. I developed a rotation of who was going to pitch when and stuck to it no matter what, sacrificing many wins over the years. Also children develop at varying speeds, so that boy that wasn’t as good as a youth may end up being the star down the road. Giving them an opportunity to pitch when they are younger will be a big benefit for them down the road. ...
08
Aug
2014

Youth Sports: Rest for Long-Term Success

Youth Sports: Rest for Long-Term Success
Make your kid better at sports by playing less! Kind of seems like a contradiction doesn’t it? This is the advice of renowned sports surgeon Dr. James Andrews. Dr. Andrews has seen enough. Enough of parents who think their son or daughter is the next superstar athlete and need to be pushed all year round. When Dr. Andrews first started he saw mainly professional athletes. Now, to his alarm, he is seeing younger and younger patients. ...
17
Jun
2014

Programs on a Budget

Programs on a Budget
Costs to participate in youth programs, like all other costs, have been soaring over the past several years. Everyone is on a budget, including the youth sports program your child is involved in. Just like it is fiscally responsible for individuals to live within a budget, youth sports programs need to live within a budget. A vast majority of these programs are non-profits, so they are spending the parents’ of the children in the programs hard earned money. Each youth program should be have a board of directors that is responsible for managing the program’s funds. There are a few things youth programs can consider when purchasing to save money. ...
17
Jun
2014

Equipment Preparation

Equipment Preparation
Now is the time of year that a majority of college and high school baseball teams across the nation are coming to an end. That means the teams will be packing up their equipment until next season. Probably the last thing on most coaches’ minds is preparing for next season. Preparing for next season can come in a lot of forms. It can be going to clinics to learn the newest coaching theories. It can be going on the recruiting trail for those college coaches. It can also mean taking an inventory of equipment and making sure everything is in working order before the start of the next season. ...
17
Jun
2014

Importance of Youth Coaches

Importance of Youth Coaches
The job of a youth coach may be the most important coaching job that exists. The pay that is received doesn’t quite match up to the importance of it! A youth coach is more often than not the very first coach and teacher a child has. It is very important for a child to have a good first experience in order for them to continue playing their chosen sport. I am under the belief that knowledge of the sport is secondary to knowing how to have fun with the kids and keeping them interested in the sport that is being coached. Making practice fun while teaching the basics of the sport is very important. Kids will want to continue playing a sport if they find the sport fun. I remember my first youth baseball coach, he was limited in baseball knowledge, however made it fun and I developed a baseball for baseball that year that still exists today. ...
24
Apr
2013

Protecting young arms

Being a youth baseball coach comes with a lot of responsibilities, being a good role model, teaching fundamentals, and teaching respect.  There are a lot of youth coaches that excel in those areas and then fail to protect the players from future injury. Having been a youth pitcher and pitching all the way through college, I learned quite a bit about taking care of the pitching arm.  Unfortunately for me my high school coach didn’t understand this and caused a lot of arm problems for me, however I learned from it.  As a youth coach developing a deep pitching staff is very important.  This coupled with making sure your desire to win doesn’t outweigh the safety of your pitching staff are keys at protecting young arms.  I have developed a rotation of 7 pitchers to make sure I never overuse any single pitcher.  Anyone that says they are not talented enough to develop that deep of pitching is kidding himself or herself.  I also adhere to strict...