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Put That Dirt Down! A Blogger's Guide to Coaching Youth Baseball and Softball

Advice/opinions on coaching baseball/softball for the inexperienced coach, the vet coach, and most important the coach still sitting in the stands who doesn't yet realize they're about to become one.

The great Hall-of-Famer Bob Lemon once said, “Baseball is a game for kids, and grown-ups only screw it up”. In a lot of ways, this is true. But nonetheless, we “grown-ups” were once one of those kids and are now needed to plant, grow and nurture their passion for the game until they are old enough to go off on their own, take what they’ve learned to the next level, turn into grown-ups themselves, and start the entire process all over again with kids of their own.

It’s only until that very moment, when we look out upon those green outfields and fine-groomed infields, watching the kids who we’ve watched from Beginner’s League to college, now out there coaching a new generation of baseball and softball players, when we can truly sit back, put our feet up, smile and say … we’ve done a good job as coaches, chauffeurs, bankers, fans, and parents. Success isn’t measured by how much you got, but by how much you give back.

This blog is geared towards that coach who has been bitten by “the coaching bug” and who have seen that look in a kid’s eyes when they actually understand what it means to “get that glove down”. This blog is geared to that coach who just spent 2-hours at practice going over a drill, feeling like it was a complete disaster, only to see the team pull it off flawlessly in a game. Most importantly, this blog is geared towards that baseball/softball coach who is still sitting in the stands and doesn’t even know they’re about to become a coach. The “bug” has them in its sights, they’re nervous, and they feel like they don’t know anything about the sport. This blog is geared towards, and that coach is … YOU!

Please bookmark this blog and remember to tune back in to just read or offer your opinion. We’ll cover any topic about coaching youth baseball and/or softball, and will offer some advice for the brand new coach to the vet. We want to hear YOUR opinions, advice and/or experiences, both good and bad, with coaching.

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