YBE 136: Advanced Basics for Catchers with Tom Griffin

YBE 136: Advanced Basics for Catchers with Tom Griffin

If receiving, blocking and throwing are the fundamental aspects of the catcher position, what are the key teaching points of those aspects? What information goes beyond the basics for your catchers to give them more of an edge? Tom Griffin shares some helpful tips in...
YBE 135: Smarter Practice Planning with Bo Ashabraner

YBE 135: Smarter Practice Planning with Bo Ashabraner

Practice planning is one of the most frequently asked topics for youth coaches. With so many topics (hitting, pitching, fielding, throwing, baserunning, the mental game, the catcher position, team defense, situational defense, situational offense, bunting,...
YBE 134: Start With A Plan with Bo Ashabraner

YBE 134: Start With A Plan with Bo Ashabraner

Do you have a plan when you start your team? Or when you start a new season? Aside from what drills you want to run, what philosophies do you have for your team—or as Bo Ashabraner puts it, what philosophies do you enforce or tolerate? Bo is here to help us break down...
YBE 132: Hitting Mechanics That Crush with Doug Latta

YBE 132: Hitting Mechanics That Crush with Doug Latta

When it comes to hitting, we can talk about timing, pitch recognition, game-like reps, strike zone recognition, vision training and more. But at some point, we're going to have to teach hitting mechanics to our kids if the kids are going to advance to the next level...
YBE 131: Talking Hitting and Going Deep with Doug Latta

YBE 131: Talking Hitting and Going Deep with Doug Latta

There is no shortage of hitting advice, particularly on the internet. Some good. Some not so good. And some just plain awful. Confused by what is information and what is misinformation? Doug Latta, aka "The Swing Whisperer", helps us sort out some of the information...
YBE 130: Helping Your Team Bond with David Klein

YBE 130: Helping Your Team Bond with David Klein

Mental health is declining for more young people than ever before, thanks to digital technology (and possibly also relating to the chaos surrounding COVID-19). Is there anything youth baseball coaches can do to help young athletes? Or is this only a problem for...
YBE 129: The Importance of Unplugging with David Klein

YBE 129: The Importance of Unplugging with David Klein

Video screens (video games, mobile phones) are probably one of the last things we consider when it comes to baseball. Yet screen time leaves a bigger footprint in our kids' lives than we think—yes, even on the baseball field. Former guest David Klein returns to...
YBE 128: Lessons Learned in 2019

YBE 128: Lessons Learned in 2019

As we start the new year and the new season, you can make significant strides by remembering to avoid mistakes (and repeating successes) you made in the past. Rob Tong shares lessons learned from several members of Edge Nation, as well as two lessons learned from the...
YBE 122: Question Of The Week Mega Show #2

YBE 122: Question Of The Week Mega Show #2

Rob Tong answers eight more Question Of The Week submissions, originally submitted to Justin Stone, and hopefully you can gain something practical & actionable from the answers. In this 52-minute episode, you'll learn: how long after the spring season ends to...
YBE 121: Question Of The Week Mega Show #1

YBE 121: Question Of The Week Mega Show #1

With more questions being submitted than weeks to answer them, a fairly healthy backlog of Question Of The Week submissions were going unanswered. In an effort to clear out the queue, Rob Tong devotes this entire episode to answering several Question Of The Week...
YBE 118: Elite Is In The Details with Trent Mongero

YBE 118: Elite Is In The Details with Trent Mongero

You may know I'm not a fan of many of the fancy, cool-looking drills. One reason for this dislike is that many such drills do not focus on details, or on doing the details right. Do the details matter? This is baseball, not science, right? Doesn't focusing on details...
YBE 116: Ground Forces Deep Dive with Justin Stone

YBE 116: Ground Forces Deep Dive with Justin Stone

What are some key factors in the hitting swing? Tapping into ground forces is a big well-kept secret, which we talked about in the last episode. In this episode, Justin Stone of Elite Baseball Training expands a bit more on how to use ground forces with your kids and...
YBE 115: Hitting Using Ground Forces with Justin Stone

YBE 115: Hitting Using Ground Forces with Justin Stone

When we think of improving power in the batting swing, how often does "ground forces" come to mind? Probably never, for most people. So does that mean it's not important? If it is important, how do we tap into it? Justin Stone, the Cubs' biomechanical hitting...
YBE 114: Coaching Lessons Learned in 2018

YBE 114: Coaching Lessons Learned in 2018

Sometimes when things don't go the way we expect, We like to preach to our kids that there's a lesson to be learned there. The same, I believe, holds true as youth baseball coaches. Now that 2018 is in the books, what are some lessons learned? Rob Tong shares some of...
YBE111: Big Tips, Big Gains

YBE111: Big Tips, Big Gains

Last time, Rob Tong gave several small tips that can yield big improvements. They were small in the sense that they are minor changes to what you already do for your team. In today's show, Rob gives several big tips that can yield big improvements. This round of tips...
YBE 110: Small Tips, Big Gains

YBE 110: Small Tips, Big Gains

Did you know that if you are traveling from San Francisco to Washington, D.C. and are off-course by just one degree, you'd end up in Baltimore? Small changes can sometimes have big consequences. And sometimes that applies to coaching youth baseball as well. Many times...
YBE 108: Intro To Pitch Recognition with Peter Fadde

YBE 108: Intro To Pitch Recognition with Peter Fadde

What is "pitch recognition"? How is it different from "vision training"? How do you recognize pitches anyway? Peter Fadde, author of "The Sixth Tool: Training Baseball Pitch Recognition", shares his thoughts. In this 36-minute episode, you'll learn: how Peter got...
YBE 100: Baseball Brain Training 101 with John Kennedy

YBE 100: Baseball Brain Training 101 with John Kennedy

How does brain training for athletes differ from, say, doing a bunch of Sudoku puzzles? John Kennedy, founder and primary neuroplastician of Combat Brain Training, explains more about brain training and how it can benefit athletes. This is Part 2 of a two-part series....
YBE 099: Intro to Brain Training with John Kennedy

YBE 099: Intro to Brain Training with John Kennedy

You've likely heard of the mental game of baseball—especially on this podcast. But you may not have heard of brain training, which is different from the mental game. John Kennedy, founder and primary neuroplastician of Combat Brain Training, explains what brain...
YBE 097: Building A Better Pitcher with Rob Friedman

YBE 097: Building A Better Pitcher with Rob Friedman

The latest in my series on Baseball Dads, Rob Friedman, the Pitching Ninja, shares how he helped his son Jack to get a baseball scholarship to Georgia Tech, a Division I college baseball team. This is Part 1 of a two-part series. Plus Justin Stone of elitebaseball.tv...
YBE 094: Pitching Tips with Lantz Wheeler

YBE 094: Pitching Tips with Lantz Wheeler

I talk pitching with Lantz Wheeler of BaseballThinkTank.com and creator of the Core Velocity Belt. A variety of pitching thoughts are discussed and perhaps you can take away a few things and implement them with your team. This is Part 2 of a two-part series. Missed...
YBE 091: The Role Of Baseball Parents with Dayn Perry

YBE 091: The Role Of Baseball Parents with Dayn Perry

If you as a coach have never had an issue with any of your team's parents, you most likely haven't coached very long. And if you are a baseball parent only (i.e., not a coach), do you know how to handle disagreements with your coach? (e.g., do you complain straight to...
YBE 090: Fun-damentals with Dan Keller

YBE 090: Fun-damentals with Dan Keller

Dan Keller of DugoutCaptain.com shares more ideas for making practices fun. This is Part 2 of a two-part series. Plus Justin Stone of Elite Baseball Training answers the Question Of The Week about what it means to 'stay connected.' And Austin Wasserman of...
YBE 089: Making Practice Fun Again with Dan Keller

YBE 089: Making Practice Fun Again with Dan Keller

Dan Keller of DugoutCaptain.com shares his ideas for making practice fun again. What exactly does that mean? And how do you do it? Tune in and find out. This is Part 1 of a two-part series. Plus Justin Stone of Elite Baseball Training answers the Question Of The Week...