Coaching and COVID-19

All aspects of our lives have been impacted by the Coronavirus, including youth sports. Many states canceled youth sports for the spring and then eventually the summer. Here in Goodyear, Arizona youth baseball was suspended in March at the height of the national response to the virus. The league my niece plays in restarted twoContinue reading “Coaching and COVID-19”

Junior Baseball Magazine; a Nice Resource with a Bad Cover Story

While looking for another book last weekend, I came across Junior Baseball magazine.  I didn’t realize there was such a thing, so of course I bought it.  My impression is that it is a nice resource for youth baseball players and parents.  However, the cover story for the current issue gives me pause.First, the niceContinue reading “Junior Baseball Magazine; a Nice Resource with a Bad Cover Story”

Little League World Series – Still Some Good, But Also Plenty of the Bad and the Ugly

I try not to watch. As I said with in a previous post – I think the Little League World Series is the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.  But my son likes to watch, so it was on – the coverage is pervasive across the ESPN networks this time of year. So far, aContinue reading “Little League World Series – Still Some Good, But Also Plenty of the Bad and the Ugly”

Why Coach Youth Sports?

In the post on the Positive Coaching Alliance blog, former MLB pitcher and current pitching coach for the Colorado Rockies, Steve Foster, provides a solid answer. http://positivecoach.org/the-pca-blog/the-heart-of-the-child-is-the-point/ I appreciate his point that youth coaches can be a stepping stone or a stumbling block towards a child developing a love for the sport. More to comeContinue reading “Why Coach Youth Sports?”

Read The Matheny Manifesto

Mike Matheny’s book is the best book I’ve ever read on youth sports. Matheny is the current manager of the St. Louis Cardinals and a retired catcher who played 13 seasons for four teams, winning four Gold Glove awards for his defensive prowess behind the plate.  He replaced legendary manager Tony LaRussa in 2012 andContinue reading “Read The Matheny Manifesto”

Should Your Child Specialize in One Sport?

Sports specialization in youth sports is a hot topic.  I came across an article in USA Today’s High School Sports section highlighting that 30 of the 32 first round picks in the last week’s NFL draft played multiple sports in high school.  While reading the article, there were links to two others on the subject. Continue reading “Should Your Child Specialize in One Sport?”

When the Right Strategy is Wrong for Kids

Our friends at GameChanger included an article about a new Little League Baseball rule change in their Season newsletter.  The rule change is related to how intentional walks are handled in Little League.  Specifically, under the new rule, managers will declare they want to intentionally walk the batter and the pitcher will automatically have fourContinue reading “When the Right Strategy is Wrong for Kids”

High schools against pitch counts?

It is hard for me to believe that, in this day and age – with all we know about arm injuries (and admittedly there is still a lot we don’t know), there are youth sports organizations balking at the idea of pitch count restrictions. Particularly given the lack of hard core research, why wouldn’t weContinue reading “High schools against pitch counts?”

Do Away With the Mercy Rule?!?!

I read Jake Karton’s post on the National Association of Youth Sports website where he advocates for doing away with the mercy rule in youth sports.  I was caught off guard that anyone would advocate for doing away with the mercy rule.  A Google search of ‘mercy rule’ actually comes up with a mix of positionsContinue reading “Do Away With the Mercy Rule?!?!”

Baseball – A Game for All Players

  I had the great opportunity last week to visit the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.  I recommend it for any baseball fan.  The game of baseball has such a rich history – and the Hall of Fame captures the heritage in a genuine way. While there, we came across this display: IContinue reading “Baseball – A Game for All Players”