Coaching Youth Baseball --- What should coaches do during the game?

Playing youth baseball and softball is tough!   Think about it…  All the pressures associated with playing well for your teammates.  Trying to compete with the pitcher while the coach is telling you what to do from the dugout.  Worrying about letting your parents down while they’re cheering and yelling in the stands… It’s difficult to balance all of this, especially a game where you’re going to fail 70% of the time, IF you’re of the best players on the team. 

During my past few seasons coaching, I’ve asked a lot more questions to my players than ever before.  When I first started coaching, I was always so concerned with coaching and teaching all the time, I forgot what it was like to be coached.  I wasn’t doing it intentionally, I just wanted to pass along as much knowledge as I could.  I was trying to help, but at times I was probably causing more harm than good by flooding them with...

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Using Paddle for Youth Baseball Training Drills with Coach Steve Nikorak

 

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It's Steve here from Dominate the Diamond.  Our community had a couple of questions regarding the paddle and the training pads. So, I'm just going to walk you through a couple of easy drills that you can do with your players. Remember the whole reason for the paddle, or this training pad here, is to make sure that we work on quick transfers. As infielders we never want to just catch the ball with one hand. Okay, if it's in between our feet or in between our shoulders, we want to use two hands and use our glove or use a paddle to stop the ball or deflect the ball. Alright, so the first easy one you can do. Line your partner, line your players up about ten, fifteen feet from each other and just toss the ball back and forth focusing on getting that ball that easy. Alright, so hands up, thumbs up to the sky, just working on deflecting it, not catching it. Again, anything outside our shoulders we're going to use one hand, but for this one right here...

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