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What is the Best Youth Baseball League?
If you had the opportunity to do a Do-over and start from scratch, what would the best youth baseball system look like?
Would you keep the same baseball system we have now?
Do we need to make any changes? Are we developing baseball players at a highly successful rate?
Are baseball players today more prepared and successful than a generation or two ago? Is our coaching certification and training any better than it was 20, 30, 40, 50 years ago?
Is it best to keep doing the same things over and over again? Or should we look at areas where we could make baseball better?
These are the type of questions I look at when I am putting together from the ground floor the best baseball player development system in the world.
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I do not say that I have all the answers to fixing youth baseball. I am not that smart. I do know that the adult baseball parents and volunteer baseball coaches for the most part have their priorities in the wrong order.
My baseball player development system comes from a completely different perspective than the majority of youth baseball adults. Rarely does the typical youth baseball parent or volunteer coach have any idea about the importance of having a player development system.
Most leagues and baseball organizations get bogged down in the traditional formats of league standings, winning tournaments, play offs and all-stars.
Doing the same thing again and again, over and over. If you dont know of a better way to do things it is typical and predictable to fall back on the only way you know and copy those that went before you.
If our current system is working so well, then why are we not putting out more quality baseball players into our high school teams and beyond?
Why do 75% of our ball players drop out by age 14?
You will never look at youth baseball the same again.
Kyle Nelson from Cornerstone Coaching Academy took a survey from many baseball people involved in youth baseball today.
Kyle was looking for ideas, conversation and ways to improve youth baseball leagues and travel ball teams. If we had a chance to start from scratch and set up the ideal youth baseball player development system what would it look like?
These are some of the most common responses for best practices and ideas that Kyle collected from his survey on youth baseball’s ideal player development components.
Many of these suggestions come right out of my baseball playbook and I write about and talk about in my books and videos.
Here are some questions to ask and think about when discussing some of the best practices in todays game of baseball:
We have thousands of dedicated adults helping out to provide our kids with the opportunity to play baseball in our country. Almost every one of them has the best intentions to help kids enjoy the game of baseball.
I think we need to ask ourselves and seriously look at our current baseball model and reflect on its current status. Are there any ways we can improve and make it better.
These are a few common threads that came out of Kyle’s survey of youth baseball people. I have added my own spin to the points.
To put together the best baseball league would have to bring a drastic change from the model we currently have in place. The adult parents would have to step back to the back seat and I don’t think baseball parents and daddy coaches are completely ready to do that.
Unfortunately, many of our priorities in youth baseball today are backwards. This is why I provide a best youth baseball player development system to use in your local leagues, travel ball teams and organizations.
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