One thing I learned in my 25 years coaching youth baseball is that there is no perfect way to coach hitters. I never considered myself an expert at teaching young 7-12 year-old ball players the most refined hitting techniques. The most success I’ve had with improving hitters’ techniques is when I didn’t over coach them.…

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    If you ever attend a national baseball or softball convention, one interesting part of it is the display tables. Besides the large companies that manufacture pitching machines, batting cages, bats and more are the smaller tables with the individual entrepreneurs. Your heart has to go out to these people who are trying to…

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  When I began coaching my kids in youth baseball, I could not wait for the next season to start. It was only two years into my coaching career that I suggested starting a Fall league while I was on the board of directors. I learnt quickly that being part of any decision making group,…

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  Growing up in New York I began a love affair with baseball that has not stopped. There were a combination of influences. My grandfather was a huge baseball fan. He lived and died first with the Brooklyn Dodgers and then the New York Mets. I was at his apartment in Brooklyn every Sunday either…

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When legendary football coach Bill Parcells was once asked if he was ready when he was appointed head coach of the New York Giants, he responded, “No one is ever really ready for the task of coaching an NFL franchise.” This is a professional league that has only 32 jobs. I would never compare becoming…

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  Lacrosse coaches love both you and I! They love us because they know that our best players are one boring practice, one boring week or one boring season away from tossing their gloves for lacrosse sticks. Baseball has been at a crossroads for a few years now. In the past, a lot of talented…

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  Burnout in youth sports is a threat to the physical and mental stamina of young athletes.As competitive youth athletics engages younger participants each year, the threat of, both, physical and mental burnout in young players grows more imminent. Over involvement in competitive leagues has long-term consequences for kids, if after the first 12 years…

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 I plead guilty, but guilty with an explanation. I told my star pitcher before the game, who is also on a travel team, not to throw more than 6 curve balls in the game. My decision was based on the fact that the team we were playing had two really powerful hitters, two of the…

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  On May 6, 2001, the Capitol City League Rockies and the Satchel Paige League Memphis Red Sox from the Washington, D.C. area took the field to play each other in a tee ball game. What made this tee ball game different from any other game was the fact that it took place on the…

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