Coach's Box - September/October
Volume 5, No. 7 - October 2010
Little League World Series Coaches, Players Were Ready for Prime Time
In some circles, televising the Little League World Series raises protests over the “professionalization” of youth sports. But the final weekend of this year’s games bore little resemblance to pro sports.
Organization, Multitasking Can Make Practice Productive
As I write this article I am sitting here in a gymnasium watching my two boys play basketball. Now you might wonder what this has to do with baseball. Well, it has everything to do with coaching and how you can make practice the best it can possibly be.
End of Season … Or Is It Just the Beginning?
It is now fall and you just finished your spring season, so what do you do when the baseball season is over? And, if it isn’t over, it may be a good idea to take some type of break before jumping into a brand new fall ball or travel ball season. Here are a few points you may want to consider before moving forward to your next season or level of play.
Base Running, Sliding Are Key Elements in Scoring Runs
Over the years of my playing and coaching career, I have seen many a game won and lost with the skills of, (or lack there of) base running and sliding. An offensive team that is aggressive on the base paths can take advantage of a defense that is lackadaisical moving toward the ball or timid and unsure with their throws. On the flip side, overly aggressive teams can run themselves out of games trying to take a base that isn’t there.
Stump the Ump
These two rules are completely different and unique rules that are always getting entwined whether it is regular or tournament season. They also are both dramatically changed under the tournament rules so the umpire's should and must know what they are, the differences between them, and how to enforce them.