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  1. If you don't have video of your games, you should start having that done. I wonder how your team is setup on the offensive end when the defense rebounds the ball. Also, if there are lot of turnovers by your guards, you'll give up a lot of those easy layups.
  2. Thanks for the responses. They ended up not using me. They require an IHSAA official (Indiana) to do the games. The atmosphere of the games is really on a "club" level though, nothing too serious, so I thought maybe they could get away with not having a real official. That's okay though because I think I'm going to get certified in that sport anyway. It was the first time I've really watched it other than some Olympic stuff. I enjoyed it and my son got pretty good at it. I'm sure he'll want to play again.
  3. The 2 5/8" bats are legal in LL juniors and up divisions. You can only use the 2 1/4" bats for LL majors and minors. For LL juniors, there is no restriction on the weight. For LL seniors and LL big league, you use the 2 5/8" bats but the bat must also be a -3. LL does not allow the use of a 2 3/4" bat. What I have found for the most part is that those 2 5/8" bats that weigh the same as the normal 2 1/4" bats are often shorter. If you coach LL, you'll just need to look at the book to see all of their specs.
  4. You could create something in Microsoft Paint. If you have the logo, import it into paint and add the colors that you want around it. Save it as a jpg and point to it under your desktop settings in the control panel.
  5. I'm guessing that she was just trying to be a "team" player by not speaking up. While that is to be commended, she just needs to learn that it's okay to go to the coach with a concern. If she goes in with a professional attitude, I'm sure the discussion will be positive. Even if she disagrees with the coach, she'll at least understand the coach's position.
  6. Anyone care to give me a crash course on how to referee volleyball? The games are 5-6 grades and 7-8 grades. My son joined his team and they're short on money. They have to pay the referees now but I've offered to do it for free. I just don't want to look like a complete fool doing it. My experience with volleyball is on the very basic level. Thanks.
  7. I don't think I'd wait 5 minutes before requiring laps. Late is late. On time is being there waiting for the coach to start practice. Also, I'm not sure I'd go with sitting the kid for the whole game. Missing a half will bother the parents more than it will the kids. If you sit a kid for the entire game, that would be bad for them. At that age, they probably have no clue they're even late. They just go where their parents take them. It's almost a certainty that the head coach didn't set the tone early. I'll also assume that the enforcement of his rules wasn't consistent. Be clear about your rules along with your other philosophies and you probably won't have as many problems.
  8. I think it would've been better if she were the one to go to the coach and discuss the issue, preferably after a practice.
  9. Thanks for the reply. I will give that a shot. Another way to describe what I see some HS level players do is they seem to slow themselves to go up for the shot by almost appearing to be stomping through mud through their 2 steps to be able to go up. It's difficult for me to describe I guess. For example, my player will sprint down the court for the layup. When he starts to go up, he seems to be moving too fast towards the rim rather than going up to it. What will happen is that he'll almost fly under the backboard. It could be because he's starting too late but usually it appears to be okay to me.
  10. Nice, posting a pic of the kid with the trophy, 2 out of 3 championships. lol. With that aside, I'm assuming that it's a free sub league, meaning you can sub in and out as you please. You'll never want to have a kid sitting in consecutive innings. For hitting, the batting order will probably be the roster so that is pretty easy. I would go with a good batting order but mix up who is the last batter from game to game. Kids know what being the last batter means. You also put some pressure on the weaker batters to perform when they're slotted at the top or middle of the lineup. Defensively, I'd break up your season into two halves. The first half, you totally mix up the defense, playing kids where they necessarily wouldn't play. In the 2nd half, you start to lock down the positions a little. If a kid is an infielder, he needs to be there. When your playoff comes, you set up the best defense, order, etc. Pitching, give all of your players the chance to learn how do it. In the first half, anyone can pitch. The 2nd half, narrow it down a little. And so on. If you're up or down big, put someone in there that could use some time without the pressure of holding the game. These things work very well because you keep a lot of people happy. You may find a diamond in the rough at a position you may not have thought he could play. The kids aren't burned out. If you need someone to play somewhere during your playoffs, you know what kind of versatility you have. I could go on and on. I've been there, done that. Another thing, if you don't TRULY know the fundamentals of pitching, don't try to teach it. It's isn't hard to get someone experienced to come out and show and/or the team some stuff.
  11. Since those wrist things are so different, you'll probably want to measure its display and use Excel as suggested. You'll want to print out several or get some laminated because they'll get nasty from all the sweat.
  12. Hey all, I'm trying to help my guys (10-11) make layups when running at full speed like on a break. They're going so fast that they seem to keep going rather than up. I see older players almost slowing down as they seemingly jump through their steps to the rim. Can anyone explain what's going on here and how to teach this the right way? Thanks.
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