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Charleston Developmental League founded by former Boston Red Sox
Our mission is to bring a professional baseball player development system to teach young baseball players the solid fundamentals that will carry them to their maximum highest ability level.
We look at youth baseball as the minor league development system that will provide quality ballplayers to the local high school teams. This developmental league will prepare players to be ready to play high school baseball.
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The unique approach to player development at the Charleston Developmental League is quite different from traditional youth baseball.
The win-at-all-costs approach is not used here. We value the individual player’s development in the concept of the team. Practices are for developing the proper skills necessary to reach the higher levels of baseball.
Often the better players at the age of 12 are out of baseball by the time they reach the higher levels high school baseball. They may reach their ceiling athletically. Well, that is just a natural progression that we cannot control
But, they may be lacking from ‘well coached’ fundamentals of the game. This is something we can help with.
We emphasize the techniques needed for players to be successful in the middle school and high school levels.
Most importantly we want to help shape our players into kids with the ‘whole package’. We use baseball as the vehicle to help develop strong character values on and off the field.
We push our kids to reach their potential on the field and in their schools, families, churches and communities. Being a good teammate is huge. Being a good student and citizen is at the top of the priority ladder, too.
In order to be successful on the ball field a player has to be successful off the ball field. If we have any flaws off the field they are almost always going to show up as detrimental character flaws on the field.
That is why we encourage the “Whole Package” in our character development so players can have the opportunity to better themselves as a person.
For a baseball player, success is difficult to come by at times. Baseball is very hard to play well.
There are going to be plenty of mistakes, failures, frustrations and strikeouts.
Having a patient coaching style with a positive approach is essential. Yelling at kids with a harsh, sarcastic tone and embarrassing them in front of their peers is not going to happen.
Professional baseball player development has a long patient vision for a players’ progression.
Youth Baseball Today
Today in Youth baseball, the game has become a very win-oriented entity.
The baseball adults put the win-at-all-costs approach ahead of player development. The adults in the youth game have too much involvement in the ownership of the outcomes of the games (winning and losing).
The youth game has been taken over from the kids and is now completely engulfed by win-at-all-cost adults looking to win pennants, tournaments and All-Star national play-offs with little or no concept of player development.
Yes, trying to win is part of the game and part of the challenge when we play baseball.
But, so often teams play a couple games per week with little or no practice. At the games the 3 best players play pitcher, catcher and shortstop. The rest of the kids rarely touch the ball or swing the bat.
Ask yourself: Are we developing ball players? Or are we trying to win the pennant?
Scaring the Hitters
Then the kids come to bat and our dad-volunteer-coaches start scolding and over-coaching the hitters.
Ever listen to the post-swing Ooohs- &- Aahhs and immediate verbal scolding every time a hitter swings and misses or hits a foul ball? So often the youth league coaches do more harm than good. Verbally critiquing and hammering on kids after every swing causes kids to bat defensively which is the beginning of a quick ticket out of the game.
Many young players take a premature exit from youth baseball because of a lack of quality coaching.
Little League Parents syndrome is real. The ‘bleacher creatures’ over-zealous parents and spectators have a roll to play. Yelling directions and coaching from the bleachers is extremely detrimental to kids trying to play ball.
We make it very easy to be a parent and enjoy watching your kids play. My Letter to Parents.
Name a sport where the fans, coaches and adults coach the player immediately before the actual performance.
Can you imagine Phil Mickleson lining up his putt and everyone yelling at him to ‘keep your back elbow up’ and ‘get your feet set straight’ or ‘keep your eye on it and don’t help out the pitcher’.
No, you leave the player alone and let them play the game without constant mind-cluttering coaching points that adds stress, strain and pressure to the player.
What is the Charleston Developmental League?
We look at our mission as a player development system that provides quality baseball players prepared to feed into our local high school baseball teams. We abandon the traditional win-at-all-costs approach and go back to teach the fundamentals in order to help players be in position to reach their talent ceiling.
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