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Hi "The Mean Machine Strikes" 'Swing It! Vol.122
May 01, 2014
The Mean Machine Strikes Again
Hall of Famer Bob Feller Said it Best
Just today I heard another true story of someone witnessing the devastating, in your face chewing out coming from a youth baseball coach toward a 9 year old player.
The coach was kneeled down right in front of the child and said sternly; “Now you know you cost us three runs for your errors in the field that last inning and probably cost us the game!”
The Mean Machine strikes again. Everyday at every youth baseball ballpark across the country the same scene is performed. Adults chewing out kids---and parents either oblivious or just going along thinking that coaches have a free license to be mean to their kids.
Negative treatment that you would not even use on your dog is used toward players. Often demeaning, embarrassing and downright meanness is expressed from youth coaches toward youth players.
Usually when I witness it happening it is often hidden from the parents and done behind a dugout or when the player and coach have their backs to the crowd out on the coaching boxes or on the field.
Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Feller said it best; “The jury is still out on Little League (youth baseball) on whether it builds up ballplayers. The biggest problem I have with it is the pressure to win. That pressure is not placed on the kids by themselves, but rather by the coaches, parents, and organizers.
I say let the kids play, enjoy the game, make friends, and learn the ideas of teamwork, humility, good sportsmanship, and perseverance. After all, if children associate baseball with parental or coach disappointment or ridicule, then their interest in the sport will be severely diminished. No child wants to be yelled at while playing a game!’
From Bob Feller’s Little Blue Book of baseball Wisdom, by Bob Feller. 2009
What is wrong with mentoring and teaching players in a positive way? Why can't youth baseball coaches give up on the winning-at-all-costs approach? When will parents say enough is enough and demand coaches are trained in positive coaching methods and player development models?
Super Simple Guide Hard Copy is Here
Player Development is the Winning Model
Dynamic 101 Page Binder with 3 Audio CdsBefore you learn the baseball stuff you should really know how to build a coaching approach and style.
Here is the workbook and audio CDs that will help build your foundation to manage your ballclub.
I often use the measuring stick by seeing how many of your ballplayers return to play the next year. Are you helping kids to get better, enjoy the game, and build on the experiences of being a good teammate?
Are you attracting players to baseball or driving them out? Are you a magnet to players or a repellent?
Use this guidebook and audio CDs to study the best practices for successful youth coaches and parents.
Throwing Impossible: Catch & Throw Make-OverWhy do baseball coaches shy away from coaching players when it comes to throwing?
I am taking a deep look into throwing. I have a new video in production to attack this problem.
I have a system to develop throwing and fostering a 'team culture' on your team that builds throwing into your team skills.
I always said, "players will go as far as their bat takes them." Well, it sure helps to be able to throw the ball accurately, hard, and get rid of it quickly, too. My throwing system will empower coaches and players to take throwing seriously.
Coaching Certification: Are We Ready to Certify Everyone?If you have not had a chance:
Please take the survey from the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) to give us your input on your thoughts about coaching certification.
National Day of Prayer May 1st
Dave Holt ABCA certification committee
Are You Ready for another season? New rookie coach? Veteran but need some new tricks? Baseball parent? Brush up with all four of my guidebooks for baseball coaches, players and parents.
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