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Rundowns, A Defensive Gift If Coached Correctly!

By Marty Schupak | May 9, 2021

  There are a few reasons why rundowns are not successful in youth baseball. First off when presented with a rundown a lot of teams are seeing it for the first time because they do not practice it.  This is a game situation that has to be practiced with players rotating fielding positions, and as…

Why Can’t My Child Throw Correctly?

By Marty Schupak | May 6, 2021

                   Why Can’t My Child Throw Correctly?   In youth baseball and softball, too many times we see kids get to 9 or 10 years old and cannot for whatever reason throw correctly. As coaches and parents we are overly concerned that our kids are put in…

Five Myths In Youth Baseball

By Marty Schupak | May 4, 2021

 In my 21 years of coaching youth baseball, I’ve been called a good coach, a great coach, an overrated coach, and a horrible coach. I guess it depends on which game or games people have seen me coach to determine my superlative. I like to think that my best coaching moves come from my gut…


Making The Outfield Interesting For Youth Baseball Players!

By Marty Schupak | April 20, 2021

Right field, it’s easy, you know You can be awkward and you can be slow That’s why I’m here in right field Just watching the dandelions grow          Right Field By Peter, Paul & Mary                                   …

Motivating Kids To Get To Practice On Time

By Marty Schupak | April 14, 2021

  One of my pet peeves in life is being on time. My wife thinks I’m overly obsessed with it, and maybe I am. I just want to be on time whenever I have an appointment. This no doubt comes from my mother’s side of the family, who were never late for anything. I remember…

Baserunning, Baseball’s 10th Man

By Marty Schupak | April 4, 2021

 I have some great news for all youth baseball coaches who feel they have a weak team and still want to be competitive. Here it is. Baserunning. Hardly anyone practices this underrated skill. I started paying more attention to it after my first few years of coaching when a rival coach in the minors (9-10…

Baseball Practices Should Be Shorter

By Marty Schupak | March 28, 2021

 According to a study published by the Sports & Fitness Industry Association and the Aspen Institute (SFIA), athletic participation for kids ages 6 through 12 is down almost 8 percent over the last decade. According to SFIA and Aspen data, low-income households with kids are half as likely to play one day’s worth of team…

Second Baseman Must Back Up Wild Pitches/Passed Balls!

By Marty Schupak | March 24, 2021

 When I do my youth baseball coaching clinics around the country, I always end it with a question and answer session. I try to answer every question I can and if I can’t answer a technical question let’s say on a baseball skill, I will tell the audience that I’m not 100% qualified to answer…

Team Parents Meeting: A Must Have For The Youth Sports Coach

By Marty Schupak | March 20, 2021

 I am fortunate to go around the country each year running a youth baseball coach’s clinic. A small part of my 90-minute presentation covers the importance of running a parents meeting prior to each season. Whenever I follow-up with the organization on how they liked the clinic, I always get the same response. The coaches…

Teach Obstruction To Your Little League Team

By Marty Schupak | March 17, 2021

  I have followed sports my whole life. I have been fortunate to witness in person or on television some of the most historical games played in the last fifty years. I have always thought it almost amazing when a hit, basketball shot, or long pass in football occurs that the officials or umpires are…

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