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The Biggest Mistake Coaches Make 'Swing It News! Vol.131Mar. 2015
March 19, 2015

The Biggest Mistake Coaches Make

It is a fact in youth baseball that only 1 in 5 coaches receives any formal baseball coaches training. I’m sure my readers are the exception or one of the 20% er’s.

The lack of quality coaches training is really a hindrance to baseball player development here in America. We continue to circulate generation after generation of youth coaches over and over with the same mantra: ‘winning-at-all-costs’.

Why? Because this system is the only one any of the adults in youth baseball knows anything about, so everyone basically copies each other. Blind leading the Blind. Few if any mentors have ever been given the opportunity to explain to coaches what a real player development system should look like.

We only know what we know. What do we get? Poorly planned, boring practices or no practice at all. Often, most coaches provide poor game management or likely just yelling at the players across the field.

Rarely do we develop hitters because we would rather our kids get a walk. We stifle most of the aggressiveness out of our kids and keep most of them in a state of constant fear of making mistakes or swinging at a bad pitch.

Yes Parents, You Are the Problem

And yes parents—you are the problem.

Just ask Mike Matheny in his just released Matheny Manifesto, “You say, 'the biggest problem in youth sports is the parents.” “Yes. When you ask kids who play sports at different levels, ‘what do you want your parents to do?’ the overwhelming majority say, ‘Nothing.’

So Mike, no yelling or cheering at practices or during games? “Even yelling positive things like, ‘You can do it!’ adds pressure. Especially with the youngest kids. They don’t need that. They know you’re there and that’s enough.”

SIDE NOTE Coaches: If you do not have the opportunity to attend a player development minded baseball clinic in your area please look at the options and info available here and pick up a copy of the Matheny Manifesto right away and share it around.

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Do you want to give your local players a chance to improve their skills over the summer in a professional baseball style environment?

Do you want a coach that uses positive coaching style approach and builds stronger, high character kids? Then you should talk to Coach Dave now and get the ball rolling for week of summer baseball camp. Contact Coach Dave Holt

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MLB & USA Baseball New Pitching Guidelines

MLB and USA Baseball just came out with new recommendations for pitchers. They also state some the reasons that pitching injuries are up.

This is a must read for all folks in youth baseball today.

I remember Dr. Andrews, who was one of pioneers in the ‘Tommy John’ surgery, saying what he does to the parents when they come into his office with a young son with a sore arm.

He gives them a marker and a big white board on the wall and tells them to write everything their kid has done in baseball and all their accomplishments up to now. He leaves them and returns to a board full of the problem.

He tells the parents, “This is why you are here. Your kid has pitched and played too much baseball without proper rest and pitch limits.” The new guidelines should go a long way to prevent many arm injuries down the road. MLB & USA Baseball Pitching Guidelines

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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?

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March 2015 Vol. 131 Additional Topics

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Comments? Ideas, Feedback?

I’d love to hear form you . Just reply to this zine and tell what you think! I’m here to help where I can!

When you have a minute and want to know more check out my INFORMATIVE fabulous baseball coaching books...

Super Simple Guide to Coaching Youth Baseball
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Until next time, Thanks for your service to Baseball!

Dave Holt
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