Baseball dad and baseball mom: The baseball parent I have found is the biggest problem in youth baseball and youth sports.
I think we should get everything straight and out in the open before we go any further.
From here on out the youth baseball experience is going to be all about the kids. Nothing here is going to be about you (baseball parents).
Discussion Points: I will bring up all my points of emphasis to discuss. For my complete Message to Baseball Parents visit my resources pages for deeper insight.
My goals for the team are to teach the kids how to play the game of baseball the right way. I will be positive with them and hope to have an encouraging, uplifting impact on the kids.
How will we do our business in all situations?
I think the biggest role for the baseball dad (and mom) is to be a quiet, steady source of encouragement.
You know, if you ask youth baseball kids what the kids would want their parents to do during the ballgames, you know what most would say?
These are the type of discussion points I will go over in my message to baseball parents.
We know this going in that the umpires will not be very good. They will call pitches too high and low strikes but we will not bellyache.
The calls usually have a way of evening out with both teams anyway.
Our baseball team and parents will not be allowed to show emotion toward umpires. We will not allow complaining about the umpires, dropping our heads and moping about the umpire calls.
We will address the umpires by 'Mister Umpire' (or the umpires real name). We never call the umpire ‘Blue’. I will take care of saying things to the umpires when appropriate.
I am really trying to help make the job of baseball dad and baseball mom easy. I am taking all the stress and worry out of the equation.
I just want you to know how to let the kids go for a couple hours and trust me to do all the coaching and managing.
To see my responses to the discussion points in my message to baseball mom and dad look over these resources.
What is the common denominator that we see in major league baseball players and their offspring?
Ever notice how many sons of major league players go on to become major league baseball players? Why is this happening so often? Obviously they get some athletic genes passed on to them.
The biggest factor I see is the amount of time the kids are around the game just playing catch and taking swings and watching good players play baseball.
I would like to help you and your children get the most out of playing youth baseball and make it enjoyable for you all. Look for the options here available to you.
The best scenario for all of us is to have you plan on dropping your player off with me and the other coaches for a couple hours for the ball game or the baseball practice plan.
Playing time and playing positions are often sore subjects by baseball dad and mom. Your child will get plenty of opportunity to play and I will work them into the positions they like as the season progresses.
I use several variations of batting orders so do not even try to figure out my line-up card system.
To see my responses to these discussion topics to see how your players might be able to increase their playing time look over the complete message to parents.
Let me say this. I know how important hitting is to all my players. If you are going to play for me then you will be swing the bat
Now, this may cost us some games, well so be it. I will make sure the hitters swing the bat. Hitters will go as far as their bat takes them so we will be encouraging a very aggressive hitting approach. We will not be looking for walks.
We might even swing at a few bad pitches.
Kids who do not learn to hit will quickly drop out of the game or sit the bench too much. I would rather us go down swinging the bat than looking for walks.
Plus, there are not many things better in sports than hitting a baseball squarely.
For my complete outlook on how to develop youth baseball hitters look deeper into the available resources.
The ballplayers should show up ready to go with shirts tucked in, pants pulled up and hats on straight. We will hustle on and off the field.
Players will take up a fast jog when taking and leaving the field or returning to the dugout after an out.
We will run out all the plays. Players who do not run hard or hustle will take a time on the bench.
We will find a place to go to backup a teammate on every play. Never will we throw bats or helmets.
Players on the bench will have duties so there will be no time for messing around in the dugout. Players will constantly be looking for opportunities to help and support their teammates.
This system works because I was apart of this growing up. This is how my baseball dad acted in the stands watching our ball games.
I played baseball for my dad later on in junior college and saw the success he had using this system for years and years. Seven players went on to play professional baseball off my junior college team with two playing several years in the major leagues Bobby Ojeda & Brad Mills. Several others went on to play college baseball.
I have carried this system on myself with my own coaching approach and used it successfully at the professional level, collegiate level, high school baseball, and my summer camps and youth baseball levels.
Certainly every player will not play college baseball or professionally. They will get a positive baseball experience as they grow and mature.
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