Making Practice Fun and Effective

Posted on July 16, 2013

Baseball practice can be, by definition, a chore. In order to perfect game-related skills, players must perform repetitive, sometimes mundane tasks in a quest to build muscle memory and skill. Even so, beware of making practice boring - players who dread practice won't get as much (or anything) out of it, will distract the rest of the team, and may even quit. Don't get me wrong - I firmly believe in organized, disciplined practices. ...

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Are We Playing Too Much?

Posted on July 16, 2013

Perhaps you have heard of a concept that leadership and management guru Stephen Covey calls "Sharpening the Saw." While he was aiming this idea to the business world, it has applicability to those who coach and play sports as well. Basically, the concept goes like this: Don't get so busy sawing that you forget to sharpen the saw. What happens to the saw while you are sawing? It gets dull. What happens when your saw becomes dull? ...

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Blocking Is The Easy Part

Posted on July 10, 2013

It is common knowledge among youth baseball and softball coaches that the one play most responsible for scoring runs is not the blast over the fence or the shot in the gap; it’s the passed ball. As coaches we often find ourselves asking why is it so difficult for our young catchers to keep the ball in front of them. Why do so many balls get by and allow runners to advance and ultimately score? To understand the problem lets divide passed ...

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