Baseball Hitting Techniques-Good, Better, Best

Baseball Hitting Techniques-Good, Better, Best Whenever you have a conversation about hitting, it always revolves around technique. Baseball hitting techniques are varied. Players swing many different ways. What we believe as coaches will dictate what technique our players are going to use. We will have a discussion today about good technique, better technique and the best. Kids are willing to try things to make themselves better. As coaches, we want to help them reach their potential. These two facts make for a great combination. However, coaches need…

Baseball Catching Tips-No Stealing

Baseball Catching Tips-No Stealing One of the most exciting plays in baseball is the stolen base. As catchers, we take base stealing personally. Even though we know that bases are stolen on the pitcher, it is our job to defend our hurler against this theft. We are the guard dogs on the porch. Quiet, confident and ready to tear up anyone who tries to invade our world. The baseball catching tips provided by Coach G are the training we need to be ready when the…

Play Catch for Better Baseball

Play Catch for Better Baseball Play catch for better baseball seems like a no-brainer. Who doesn’t think that playing catch is an important part of baseball? I will answer that question, almost every youth baseball coach in the world. You are sitting there reading this saying, “Not me!” I am sitting here writing this thinking, “Yes you.” Coaches must prepare a team for everything Most coaches start practice either with a stretch and throw or vice-versa. The problem is not many youth coaches pay attention…

Baseball Catcher-Most needed player

Baseball Catching-Most needed player The catching position is the most important as well as the most under coached position on the baseball field. A great baseball catcher can make pitchers better, make a defense stronger, and keep a game plan on course.  So why don’t coaches spend more time educating themselves and players about correctly fielding the position? Introducing Greg Creager This article is going to be the first in a series by a fellow coach. Greg Creager has played catcher his whole life. He played D1…

Youth Baseball Coaching-Better than your coach

Youth Baseball Coaching-Better than your coach Every generation strives to be better than the one before. Kids want to be better than their parents. Parents want their children to be better than them. My father taught me this lesson when I was young. Youth baseball coaching is the same. You can be better than your coach.   There are three keys to becoming a better coach. Learn Communicate Develop Learning to coach Learning the game of baseball is a long process. There are four key…

Coaching All-stars-Get the most from the best

Coaching All-stars-Get the most from the best You have been a good coach for the whole season. Your team finished in first place, and now you have been selected to coach the All-star team. Congratulations you are coaching All-stars. Along with this honor comes the responsibility of organizing a new group of young players and their parents. Good Luck! You are probably in a groove working with your team. They know you and your expectations. At the same time, you are aware of their strengths…

Coaching Sportsmanship-Youth baseball’s biggest goal

Coaching Sportsmanship-Youth baseball’s biggest goal When coaching youth baseball you need to list out your priorities. Coaching sportsmanship should be pretty high on the list. I have been carrying on conversations lately with quite a few youth baseball coaches and they all say that sportsmanship is high on their list of coaching points. Poor Examples of Sportsmanship Then I get on the internet in chat groups and watch videos. I witness coaches teaching things that would not be considered good sportsmanship. I see comments in…

Baseball Video Analysis-Using it to coach

{{unknown}}Baseball Video Analysis-Using it to coach Coaching is about making players better at every level. Whether you are coaching youth baseball or coaching pro baseball, your mission is to improve your player’s ability. Baseball video analysis helps coaches get players to reach their potential. The use of video analysis will assist you as a coach improve a player’s skills. Mike Trout, arguably the best hitter in the sport today, uses video to make sure his swing is the best it can be. If we are teaching…

Hitting Approach-How to coach the approach

Hitting Approach-How to coach the approach Every hitting coach I ever talk to uses the term “approach” when talking to a player about hitting. Almost every player I talk to about hitting has no idea what that coach is talking about until you start asking them questions. This post is going to help coaches teach a hitting approach and get players to understand what they are learning. What is a Hitting Approach? The first thing we have to do is define a hitting approach. A…

Youth Baseball Batting Practice-Tips for progress

Youth Baseball Batting Practice-Tips for progress Most youth baseball coaches miss out on one of the best opportunities available to them. Youth baseball batting practice is the most underutilized tool in the coach’s toolbox. Have you ever asked yourself, how can I get more out of my team’s offense? Failing your players Most youth baseball batting practice goes like this. The coach stands on the mound with a bucket of balls. The players go out to their positions, and any extra players fill in space…