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Your youth baseball league is a product of the adults that are supervising and operating the league.
The mindset, approach and philosophy is put in place by the adult youth baseball league administrators, coaches, parents and leadership.
The #1 goal for your coaches is to practice as much or more than playing ball games. Neglecting fun baseball practice is cheating your players.
Few if any adults are properly trained in running a youth basball league. It is an emormous task.
To stand your ground can be daunting and difficult. It can be very difficult to break from traditional beliefs and ways of doing business.
The traditional major league baseball philosphy that overshadows youth baseball is a tough nut to crack. Here are some ideas for league administrators.
We all like to win. Winning is great feeling. Winning alone will not get the job done. Severe damage and career ending problems occur when skill development is put on the back burner.
Get your mind around your priorities.
Kids just want to play. You know, the way kids play. But no, we have to get them uniforms, make an all-star team and win championships--right adults?
Touch the baseball: The kids need to catch it, throw it and swing at it. If you can maximize the baseball touches you are on your way.
Develop pitching, swinging the bat (no bunting?), pre-game practice (yes it is a one hour practice), and keep winning in perspective. Your approach to 9 & 10 year old baseball.
Often in a youth baseball league the 11 & especially 12 years old will apprear to on a fast track to the major leagues or college division 1 scholarship.
Slow the truck down!
You have not even left town yet with the monster beast lurking in the very large baseball fields waiting to devour the best of the best as soon as we turn 13.
You better have a solid package of good techniques, athleticism and patience to make it through the guantlet.
This is where a youth league baseball player will usually sink or swim. Most of them sink as 75% of ball players are out of the game by age 14.
This age requires an unique set of player development parameters. A difficult if not impossible age to grind through in baseball.
How to last through the early teenage baseball years.
If baseball kids do not learn proper technique it will be difficult if not impossible to ever play in high school baseball. In fact, once the kids leave age 12U the game will be really difficult even for the best athletes.
Come and see how I look at coaching baseball at the youth levels.
All-Stars in a youth baseball league is real problem. Rarely does much good ever come out of league all-stars. I have some simple ways to improve baseball league all stars rosters.
This is quite an accomplishment to play high school baseball. This is still a level for player development.
You are now the AAA team for the high school varsity. How to run your Frosh and JV baseball teams.
My coaches letter to my player's parents. Educating the parents sets the stage for how you are going to approach coaching baseball. The parents have to at least know where you are coming from. My letter to baseball parents.
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Who in their right mind would come back year after year and have boring baseball practice and never improve their baseball skills? and get yelled at by adults?
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Youth baseball careers are short-lived so lets make it count for our players. What do players really want out of playing baseball?
Local Minor League System Role of League Administrators, Board of directors, baseball parents and coaches.
By 12 years old you better start polishing your skills or you will be in for a SHOCK real soon!
By 14 years old 75% of players are long gone.
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