Re:  Baseball Training for Youth

As a parent of a teen boy who loves to play baseball (and has professional aspirations), I have spent years watching different coaches and players teach and learn baseball.  Little League coaches are saints, thankfully taking on the job of leading our kids’ teams.  There are some great coaches out there, but most are just dads whose sons want to play – and they are volunteers.  Team training can be hit and miss, especially when there is a shortage of experienced coaches.  When kids want to move into middle school or high school baseball, they may find that the years spent in Little League did not teach them what they need to know to truly compete.

This site is aimed at providing coaches, parents and players a resource for the many internet-based programs available to learn to play better baseball.  There are endless youth baseball training programs that focus on pitching, hitting, strength training, mental training and injury prevention.   Most of these programs are developed by professional baseball players and coachesClick here to see an example of just one program that focuses on speed and quickness for all sports!  See other types of programs under “Resources” to the right==>

In Little League, coaches and parents try to focus on having fun more than winning.  But everyone knows it is more fun to win, especially the team.  Coaches, players and parents alike can work together implementing the various strategies offered by many of these professionally-developed programs.    And when a boy learns these skills in Little League, he will be more likely to make school teams, if he wants to go beyond the Little League experience.

Of course, you don’t need them all; one effective batting training program can drastically improve the batting average of the team.  Not all players want to be pitchers; only those interested can participate in one of the many pitching programs that are available.  Strength training geared specifically for baseball should occur year round and be appropriate for the child’s age…the player and his parents should take responsibility for the player’s year round fitness.  And the mental part of the game can be learned and taught by all involved as the player gets older. 

Training youth to play baseball can be extremely rewarding….done properly, character, pride and confidence as well as skill will all increase.  Encouragement can go a long way, but specific training can really make a difference in how a child plays baseball – if he plays well, his confidence will soar!   

Here’s to playing awesome baseball!

Coach Jake

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