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  1. My son is an 8 year old in his 3rd year in Little League. He is in the middle of Little League All Stars right now and is shining on the field at 3rd base. For some reason though as opposed to in-house season where he killed the ball, he is not being agressive in the batter's box right now. He has become tentative, waiting to long and not attacking the ball. He rarely strikes out, but he walks to much. What i mean by that is, he is one of the better hitters on the team, and they do not need him to walk. He has been told that at each at bat, he can expect perhaps 1 or 2 hittable pitches, and still he waits. in addition, he has not been following through with his swing. he skyed a pop up yesterday because he didn't follow through. any advise is greatly appreciated about both topics.
  2. i totally agree with what Coach 5150 had to say. My son is on the 8 year old All Star Team he is a starter. He works hard during practice, before and after and really cares. WE explained to him before the season that this is a big committment and taken seriously, and he has stepped up. Unlike alot of the other players, although i place more of the blame on the parents. We had a game this past 4th of July weekend and parties all weekend. We explained to my son and his brother and sister that we would be leaving a party on Saturday night by 8pm as my son had a game Sunday morning at 9am. He was fine with that and played well. My wife said other parents who we saw at the same party mentioned they stayed til late in to evening before leaving and it was evident in their son's play. I don't find that fair to my son or the other boys who are very serious about the game and about the team and winning. My son is a "Baller" That is what the coaches call him as he is very agressive and takes it to heart. Alot of the others aren't and i see them bringing my boy down a bit. They are happy just to play and don't understand why they lose a game because they aren;t working as hard and caring as much. Sorry, of the subject. Anyway, i agree that those who work the hardest deserve to play which is to the benefit of the team!
  3. I am looking for places other than Ebay that anyone can recommend to purchase used mitts. My son is 8 years old and using a size 11 right hand and could use a 12 and i want to get him a mitt already worked in with a good pocket. Any recommendation is helpful.
  4. Not disagreeing to a point with what you had to say. But i will say there are exceptions. Perhaps Baseball is not the end all be all for this kid. I am not about supporting a quitter, but as i said, i let my son quit football as he was not happy at all. We have seen the coaches at other events including Basketball over the winter, and they fawned over my son how they were going to play him more... they didn't understand why he left. anyway, as my son then ripped them for 20 points during basketball, it became clear to me that perhaps at the time i wasn't happy he quit, that perhaps he wanted to focus more on basketball/baseball. at the end of basketball season, he was asked to join a 10 year old travel team. Again, he is 8. THis being his 3rd year of Baseball, he is incredibly committed to it and had his best game to date this past weekend, 2 scoreless innings pitched, a number of great defensive plays in the field and hit for 4 RBI's. We found out he has been selected for the all-star team. Anyway, they just had sign up for football for next season, and the same coaches saw us this weekend at Baseball and want him on the team. I left it up to my son, and he has decided Baseball/BAsketball is it for him. I know at some point that might change, later in life, but perhaps not. He has found his calling so to speak and has shown he can dedicate himself to a sport or 2 and the desire to stick with it and grow.
  5. i think that's a great idea. ultimately, he will feel like it is his decision and that he didn't let you down.
  6. That is tough to deal with. My son is somewhat the opposite. He is one of the best of the team, (not being a proud father), is the first at practice, the last to leave and gives me the dead eye if i don't play with him after work. But i do see some kids on the team, who's skills are not up to par and see them not showing from practice, lax during the games... they spend alot of time looking up at the sky, staring at the ground, barely swinging the bat when they are up. the interest is not there. i understand it is difficult if your son is playing right field as opposed to infield. but i think with time, he will show if he wants to be a baseball player or stick with soccer/basketball. my son has excelled in baseball and basketball to the point that he is playing with kids 2 years older next year on a basketball travel team and he is already been picked for the same with winter ball for baseball. he also played football for the first time last year, full pads against my better wishes, but his friends were all playing. anyway, he started getting into the "not wanting to go to practice" point... i let him make the decision and he quit. now i am not big on quitting, but my point is every kid doesn't play every sport. i grew up playing football from an early age and my father pushed me into basketball as well which i didn't like at all. i stuck with football and quit basketball. again, not condoning quitting, but the longer he goes, the the more disenchanted he might become. he might come around and want to play again in another year or so. anything is possible
  7. I just wanted to know how many feet it is from the bag to home plate for little league? My 8 year old plays and pitches and wants to practice outside of games and i am unsure how many feet it is.
  8. The other parents feel the same, but of course many would rather gripe in privacy than try and make a difference. A few had him last year and were upset about getting him again. One of the mothers told me her son, who is one of the good ones on the team actually cried when he found out he had him again as a coach. the season is almost up, and i am praying that the assistant coach is able to field a team next year. i told most of the other parents who all agree the assistant coach is great that we should make a serious push for him that he gets his own team next year. i wish i could coach, but the games are generally during the week as well as practices, and i just couldn't make it. i work in New York City, and we live in the suburbs and i wouldn't be able to give the kids the time they need. i spend as much time as possible with my son after hours and on the weekend and have been able to fix some of his pitching flaws. i have found that many kids spend to much time thinking on the mound and worrying about their windup . when my son just throws as if we were having a catch, he gets impressive velocity and has the control he sometimes lacks during the game.
  9. My son is 8 years old, playing his 3rd year of little league, his first year of kid's pitching. in any event, he is 1 of 4 kids on the team who gets the game, was ranked very high in the season before they drafted the kids and really loves playing. We are having serious problems with the head coach, or manager as he likes to be called. He just doesn't get it, and things blew up this weekend between himself and the assitant coach "who does get it" The head coach never shows for practice, never instructs the kids, leaves everything to the assistant coach who is very good. Except, during the games, the HD makes the line up, decides who sits... He plays the kids who can't even catch at the major positions, infield, 1st, 2nd. ss, etc. these kids can't even catch let alone make the plays that are necessary. Meanwhile, my son was out in left center, for the 2nd game in a row, the assistant coaches son was catching, it was ridiculous. i said something to him and he went off telling me that each kid gets a chance, and although i do not disagree, shouldn't the kids who actually show for practice and want to learn and get better get the positions where some skills is necessary? My wife complained to the head of the league who said he has only received 2 complaints in the past which i find hard to believe. I spoke with other coaches who just rolled there eyes at the mention of his name. he plays the games as if they are practices and had 1 child in tears on Saturday. The kid was pitching and doing a good job, throwing mostly strikes, but the opposition was getting the bat on the ball. the problem was again the kids playing 1st & 3rd etc., can't make the plays and the boy was just crushed. they finally took him out, put my son in and expected him to stop the bleeding with bases loaded. problem again is my son was ready to pitch an hour before the game started as we were at the park early. to expect an 8 year old to walk into a situation like that and just close them down is ridiculous. our next game is Wednesday, and i am not sure how to deal. The assistnat who is now a friend has quit and wants nothing more to do with it. he will be there, as his son is on the team, but will not participate. it was decided between himself and the HD. i am not sure if i can hold my tongue at this point as i feel as well as others that the HD's jealousy is shining through. His own son is just horrible and not interested in the least. He hasn't gotten a hit all year, can't catch, can barely throw. It sems evident that the HD is taking out his frustrations on the children who excel and are good players. What to do?
  10. i guess i phrased it incorrectly. i guess my son is less about throwing it in the opponents face, more of his own personal celebration. Somewhat similar to your son's deal, with the fist pump. I think i let my wife get to me to mcuh about the other parents, but i witnessed it moreso during the basketball season, where my son scored 20 a game, and after the first few, less people were cheering for him. i felt that was a bit odd considering they are children and the parents sometimes forget it is not about them, but about the children and they take it to seriously.
  11. My son is in his 3rd year of little league baseball, 1st year of kids pitch. He is, according to his coach the best on the team as an all around player. He is only 1 of 3 kids on the team that pitches and does so successfully. The problem is he has a habit of getting to excited and celebrates to much every time he throws a good pitch or strikes another child out. I try to explain to him that he needs to be a good winner as well as loser. The parents on other teams get a bit irate at this and my wife and i feel it in the stands. Any words of wisdom is helpful
  12. to be honest, i am looking at retirement from coaching now that my son will be moving up to a travel team. perhaps when my other son is a little older and if he wants to play, and i will jump in again, but i was enjoying it til the parents started opening their mouths. not worth the fight and trouble
  13. There wasn't any policy of no stealing. but what it does come down to is you have a mixture of kids who know the game and are agressive and ahead of others. An example is my son who excels to the point that the league wants to take him, a 2nd grader and put him on a 4th grade travel team. Based on that, it is easy to understand the lopsidedness during these intramural games. but it also became evident that the kids like him who knew what to do, were more apt to getting hurt or roughed up by children who didn't know the game or the rules. the only rule in regards to defense was no pressing. the kids could not defend until they crossed the half court line. but how do you stop a natural instinct of some kids who are playing the correct way? the other problem is that although it is instructional, once the games start, the parents and even most of the coaches don't seem to care and just want to see the kids score. there was a mother during the incident yelling because her son stopped dribbling and didn't know what to do, so she is yelling at him run to the hoop, run to the hoop and then yelling at me when i blow the whistle as he is doing this to teach him not to run but to pass it out when he is stuck.
  14. I just finished a season of coaching 1-2 graders in a CYO league. It was challenging to say the least. In any event, twice i was goated into confrontations and issues with parents, and unfortunately, the worst came at our last game that i had such high hopes for. We were playing a team we beat handily a few weeks prior, but i did recall that their team played very rough, mainly because they didn't play properly. They would dribble, run with the ball, push and shove and their coach did nothing. i would blow the whistle, but mostly let them play. in any event, it started with a few tie ups. at times, i would let it go a few seconds, no more than 5 and whomever had the ball, would let them play. if not, switch possession each time. their was a tie up near their basket, i let it go, one of their kids turned and shot the ball. a parent starts yelling from the other team about giving possession to my team all the time, and i try to explain to her that your team just scored, so why give them the ball back. another parent on the same team chimes in about fouls and this not being football. i started walking away, holding my tongue and she persisted. i reminded her about the waiver she signed that does not allow her to do what she was doing, but she persisted. in any event, i pride myself on the fact that my kids are not brutes and do not foul while on the flip side, it was like monday night wrestling. how do you deal with this type of abuse from parents who cheer for their kids when they are throwing elbows and pushing and shoving and see only what they want to see?
  15. i agree with what you said about having the talented child try and set up the others. he would like to be the point guard, so i think it makes sense to allow him to do so. i will make sure he knows that assists are just as important as scoring. I also feel the little star needs the court time and to be pushed since he's going to go places and needs to enhance his ability and continue to build and maintain his confidence.
  16. I am coaching a team of 1st & 2nd graders in a CYO league. Out of the 10, only 1 has played before and he is exceptional. He is actually in 2nd grade, but the league wants him on the 4th & 5th grade travel team next year. Anyway, during games, he is the only one who gets it, plays agressive, can dribble, drive for layups, take jump shots, plays great defense... Here is my dilemma. With 10 kids, if they all show as they did our last game, i rotate in every other quarter another line of kids. There are 8 four minute quarters. When my little star is not on the court, it is chaos. In addition, i hate to see this child, who wants nothing more than to play sitting on the sideline. We have a game tomorrow. Am i wrong for playing him most of the game and rotating the children in around him? These other children are not interested in playing, are only waiting for a break and a snack. My star scored 20 points out of our 22 points the first game and i told him to try and pass a bit. One of the league heads said to me, when you have a child like that, and others on the court who aren't into the game, you have to let him play his game. What to do?
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