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    Coaching youth baseball

    Any other coaches out there? This will be my first year coaching. I'll be coaching Pee Wee League baseball, for my little cousins team. They had a shortage of coaches and asked if I wanted to coach... I was like Heck Yeah! Thought they meant assistant, but I will be the head coach... so I'm a little nervous.

    Any advice? These kids will be pretty young, although I haven't heard what the actual age group is yet, but I think its 6-8.

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    Re: Coaching youth baseball

    I'd focus on their "break up the double play" slides...at that age anyway.

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    I had Jack Billingham as a dad/coach when I was 7. He taught us to drink our Icees slow to avoid headaches.
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    I just started coaching my five year old sons team. I haven't coached since 1997 so this is like something new. Tonight was our first practice and it was fun!!
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    How did it go? What drills did you do? Is it mostly just teaching them how to play the game or is it specific hitting/pitching/fielding drills?

    Also, do you think they are too little to do soft toss? I know soft toss and hitting off the tee were a big part of improving my hitting (along w/ live pitching).

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    Quote Originally Posted by TeamSelig View Post
    How did it go? What drills did you do? Is it mostly just teaching them how to play the game or is it specific hitting/pitching/fielding drills?

    Also, do you think they are too little to do soft toss? I know soft toss and hitting off the tee were a big part of improving my hitting (along w/ live pitching).
    The best thing i did was take tennis balls, stand about 5-10 feet away from the kids and have them catch the balls barehanded. This focuses on the kids using 2 hands and eye hand coordination. You then can progress to having the kids using mitts and moving back farther.

    We used the hitting tee first practice even though it is not a hitting tee league. I figured they havent swung a bat in month so a tee will help them with swinging fundamentals.

    Bottom line is keep them busy. I am lucky to have two other coaches so we split the kids into groups of 3 and do drills.
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    Re: Coaching youth baseball

    I'm no expert, but it always seems to me that everyone at that level uses a bat that's way too heavy for them. Maybe they don't make bats that light, but every time I see kids that age, the bat is swinging them...
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    Re: Coaching youth baseball

    Quote Originally Posted by chicoruiz View Post
    I'm no expert, but it always seems to me that everyone at that level uses a bat that's way too heavy for them. Maybe they don't make bats that light, but every time I see kids that age, the bat is swinging them...
    Just saw this message... yeah about 3-4 of my kids try this. Switch to the lighter/smaller bat and they go from never hitting the ball to crushing it.


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    I am actually planning a coup to take over my sons team next year -- the reason is that the current coach doesn't quite know how to relate to 11 year olds and also doesn't put them into a position to be successful; he however is very good at scaring the boys with threats of having to run laps at practice. And no, he's not George Steinbrenners' ghost.
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