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  1. We have a game that has worked well for us with our younger kids. We line up each kid with a ball across the field. We setup 15 to 20 cones in an area 20 - 30 yards down the field. On the coaches command the kids dribble down the field and have to knock over all of the codes and then return to where they started. The kids enjoy it and each one works on their dribbling and shooting skills.
  2. Thanks to all for the information. I know the game well I have played it for many years, but it's very difficult to know the right approach and to do the right thing when it comes to coaching youth.
  3. Well the baseball season is fast approaching. I would like to have some thoughts and opinions on how to best manage the youth (12-14) pitcher. When they are struggling with their control do you try to let them work through it and for how long? Do you set-up certain rules so the pitcher knows ahead of time that for example after to consecutive walks you will pull him? I know that game time situations will sometimes dictate how you handle the situation, but I am just looking for general things that you all have done that you have found to be successful in managing your pitchers. Thanks!
  4. I would not recommend any weight training at this age as I believe your son is to young. You might think about getting a heavy ball and this would help him develop more strength in his wrists and triceps naturally.
  5. It still early, you need to relax and be patient. Some simple things you can do are to move up a little in the box towards the pitcher. Try adjusting your stance a little so that your weight is a little further back on your back leg. I wouldn't try to many changes, just give it a little time.
  6. It's always amazing to me that there are so many coaches who still think that it's all about winning and if by 9 or 10 the kid isn't the best player then let's forget about him. I will agree with bbkoach that the are always some kids that are fundamentally better than others, that does not mean that they should be the only ones who are provided a chance to play certain positions. Most of these kids - even the so called "all stars" are not going to make it past the recreation or so called select teams they play on. There's never going to be a million dollar contract in their future. So what is the point of only playing the best at certain positions. Is that for the kids or is that so the coach can look good and win? I have struggled with the playing time and opportunities since I have been in coaching. It's not an easy thing because I will tell you right up front I don't like to loose. I don't always give kids equal opportunity but it's usually based on more than just ability. I base this decision on if the kid is coming to practice regularly, if it is safe for the kid to player a certain position, and how much desire the kid shows in practice. My question to you Otter is did the coach have a team meeting to begin the year and explain his/her philosophy? If the coach had a meeting and he is sticking to his/her philosophy then you don't have anything to complain about - find a new team next year. If there was not a team meeting then I would certainly approach the coach. Find out what his/her philosophy is and decide if you can live with it or not.
  7. I have to agree that the NBA is usually a boring game to watch as the fundamentals are poor. Most of the players get away with poor fundamentals because they are so athletically gifted. It definately sends the wrong message to our youth, especially at the lower levels. I think once they get to the middle school and high school levels you don't see it as much as the coaches have more control over playing time. I happen to be a fan of Rasheed Wallace and so I keep hoping and praying that he will turn things around and get control of his emotions while on the court. Unfortunately, I have been let down time and time again. I think that the best team as far as fundamentals is the Utah Jazz. They are one of the few teams that are actually entertaining to watch as they are so fundamentally sound. You know what they are going to do and they still are successful.
  8. This will be my first year coaching youth baseball dealing with youth. The team consist of ages 12-14 years of age. I'm only 20 years old but has studied hard and searched for information of youth coaching. I don't know how parents will react to my age. I need some advice on handling parents and getting my point across as to let the kids have fun and winning is second. I also need some advice on handling a team itself. I don't know as of yet if I'm going to be the headcoach but as it looks so far it might happen. I would really apprieciate any expert coaching advice that is given to me.
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