What I’ve Learned From Baseball… in 40 years of trying!

Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez throws to Chicago White Sox's Adam Eaton in the first inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, April 29, 2015, in Baltimore. The game was played in an empty Oriole Park at Camden Yards amid unrest in Baltimore over the death of Freddie Gray at the hands of police. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

 

Here are some of my favorite Baseball Tips for Youth Baseball Coaches. Check back often for more tips to improve your game as a coach or a player.

I have found that few 10 year-olds grasp the concept of competing and winning. Keep them having fun while learning the game! I have found that around half of 11 year-olds grasp the concept of competing and winning. I have found that most all 12 year-olds grasp the concept of competing and winning. They feel the stings of losing. Lessons of winning and losing are a new experience and changes the game for many players.

Make the last 10 minutes of every practice fun! Fun practices keep players from leaving the game prematurely. Get creative and find fun drills that pump up their heart rates and get them sucking oxygen. Puppies love to run!

The First Rule on Pitchers says that a pitcher should be pulled one batter too soon rather than one batter too late! I’ve broken this rule twice, and got my team beat…twice! A slow learner, I guess!

Draft Athletes. Your team becomes much more versatile and able to overcome a key injury and other unforeseen problems.  Remember, it’s a long season!

Learn as much as you can about pitching! Aside from the fact that so much of your team’s success rides on your pitchers, it is the biggest area of the game where you can affect your players present and future health. Take it seriously!

There is only one reason to be coaching baseball: for every single player you coach. Make them all “your kids,” no matter what the age group!


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