Motivating Youth Athletes – You Need More than One Tool in Your Toolbox

I recently had an incident where I was a little too hard on one of my players. It turns out this is his first year playing baseball. He’s played other sports and is clearly athletic. He’s also very coachable. At practice, however, I got on him for not running out a ball he hit. Technically,Continue reading “Motivating Youth Athletes – You Need More than One Tool in Your Toolbox”

Making Youth Baseball Line-Ups Part II

Last fall, I posted about making youth baseball line-ups. This morning, as I was making the line-up for our first game of the season – OPENING DAY, BABY! – I thought of additional recommendations. Here’s how I started the line-up: I start with the template of all the positions down the left-hand column including that,Continue reading “Making Youth Baseball Line-Ups Part II”

Effectively Using Assistant Coaches in Youth Sports

As I mentioned in my previous post, in order to run effective practices – in fact, to help ensure a successful season overall – head coaches/managers need good assistant coaches.  I always ask parents to help out in my welcome letter .  In my experience, there are several who are very willing to help out. Continue reading “Effectively Using Assistant Coaches in Youth Sports”