Youth Sports Blog Roundup for March 13th, 2013


Below you will find a few of our favorite blog posts that are related to youth sports, youth sports coaching and sports parenting from the past few weeks. Please feel free to visit each and we hope you find them as helpful as we do!

It’s Never Just One Thing

How many times have you seen a game come down to the last play only to watch the official blow the call? In softball it could be an obvious ball being called a strike, or not seeing a foot come off the bag early on a force play, or a runner being called out when the catcher obviously misses the tag.

Whatever the play, inevitably there is all sorts of consternation, wringing of hands and gnashing of teeth by the losing side. Coaches, parents and sometimes even players whine and scream that they were “jobbed” by the umpire, or that the umpire cost them the game.

Get Your Head in the Game: Refining Coaching

Coaching at every level requires preparation and continual improvement to excel. Coaching a team is an evolving process and there’s always room to grow. Sharing tried-and-true fundamentals combined with new strategies is an ideal way to learn and find approaches that work best. At American Public University, we recently conducted a roundtable discussion with coaches and instructors to get their take on how they refine their leadership approaches.

High School Swimmer Helps Saves Teammate’s Life During Practice

Supervision and teammate observation is everything! The swimmer who was rescued was an experienced swimmer. That is something to keep in mind during your next workout.

Running an Effective Tryout

A major winter storm barreling down on the Chicago is a sure sign that baseball is upon us.  For those of you not from the north, this is, in fact, a common occurrence three days before the first day of tryouts.  Many coaches in cold weather climates run into the same dilemma that I have; you need to assess your players and select your team without actually getting to play outside. I can count on one finger the number of times I have held a tryout outside in my ten years of coaching.

Multiple or Single Sports and Athletic Scholarships

Here’s an idea: instead of playing one sport all year ’round, take 4 months of travel ball expenses and teach the kid how to study the 3 R’s and develop emotional intelligence though experiencing multiple sports and multiple interests rather than learning the nuance of throwing a superior curve ball.  In almost all cases, the good grades will get Little Johnny/Jolene a better scholarship than sports ever will.  An example? At our university, a freshman student with a 3.5 GPA can get a $15,000 academic scholarship. That doesn’t count any needs-based grants like the Cal grant or the Pell grant.  And it will pay even bigger dividends once they are left to their own devices when they go away to college.

Key Youth Baseball Coaching Ideas to Earn Respect from All

I am pretty sure that the greatest coaches in the world would choose to have the respect of all over being liked by all. The following youth baseball coaching ideas help youth baseball coaches earn the respect of players, parents and the opposition. Feel free to pass these youth baseball coaching ideas along to coaches and leagues, so our kids get better adult guidance, and so negative youth baseball situations diminish.