How to help a 9-year-old having trouble with inside pitches? What do players in the Dominican Republic do to train for baseball? How to balance pitch recognition with being aggressive at the plate? Should errors be recorded at the 9-12U level? Rob Tong devotes this entire episode to answering these and other Question Of The Week submissions. Show notes
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How do you help develop competitive toughness in players who aren’t by nature that way? There’s no silver bullet but Milwaukee Brewers minor league pitching coordinator Jake McKinley shares some pro tips to help us help our players be more competitively tough.
Plus Austin Wasserman has the Wass Strength Tip of the Week on kettle bell front rack reverse lunges. And Rob answers the Question of the Week about whether it’s worth trying to hold runners on at third base. Show notes
Is competitive toughness a genetic trait or a developed trait? If it can be developed, how? Milwaukee Brewers minor league pitching coordinator Jake McKinley answers these questions and more regarding competitive toughness.
Plus Austin Wasserman has the Wass Strength Tip of the Week on single leg RDLs. And Rob answers the Question of the Week about how to help hitters who adjust to umpires making bad strike zone calls. Show notes
Do details matter? This is baseball, not science, right? Doesn’t focusing on details suck the fun out of the game or practice? Highly successful high school coach Trent Mongero of Glyn Academy (Ga) explains the detail he goes through. The talk focuses on infielders but details are everywhere in baseball.
Plus Austin Wasserman is back with the Wass Strength Tip of the Week on managing athletes with Osgood Schlatter’s Disease. And Rob answers the Question of the Week about how to help hitters use their legs more in the swing. Show notes
The siren call of sexy-looking drills is a temptation to many a coach. We wouldn’t want to be called “the boring coach”, would we? In this episode, Trent Mongero, the head coach at Glyn Academy (Ga), encourages us to focus on the fundamentals and shares his foundational drills with us—drills he uses even with college players.
Plus Rob answers the Question of the Week regarding what to do when a batter’s back foot comes off the ground slightly during the swing and the back foot is on the toes after the swing. Show notes
When we think of improving hitting, we don’t typically think “use ground forces” or “leg-to-leg transfer speed”. We usually think swing mechanics, which we usually do by analyzing swing video. Justin Stone of Elite Baseball Training explains key concepts to help you help your kids improve their hitting. This is Part 2 of a two-part series. Show notes
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 consultant and head of Elite Baseball Training, shares what he’s learned regarding ground forces and how to teach it. Show notes
In with the new, out with the old. But before we truly say goodbye to 2018, it’s important to take stock of any lessons learned over the past year as a youth baseball coach. I share some lessons learned by two respected coaches as well as some lessons I learned. Show notes
We’ve heard about the mental game but how do we actually apply it to our baseball coaching? How do we make the concept of mental game more practical? Brian Cain, #1 international best-selling author, speaker and coach, helps us with exactly that. Show notes
When one of your players doesn’t feel confident on a particular day—or even throughout a particular season—what do you do? When a kid isn’t having the results he wishes he had, what do you do? When you are looking for team leaders, what do you do? Brian Cain, a #1 international best-selling author, speaker and coach, helps answer some of these mental game questions and many others to help you give your team the edge. Show notes
Last time, I 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, I give several big tips that can yield big improvements. This round of tips is “big” in the sense that they will change the culture of your team or program and generally will require a long-term vision and implementation. Show notes
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 we’re looking for that magic bullet that will make our kids enormously better—yet sometimes we just need to make some small, fine-tuned adjustments. Rob Tong shares seven seemingly minor changes coaches and parents can make to help kids make big improvements. Show notes
Can pitch recognition skills separate the good batters from the great batters? Can pitch recognition training help overcome some common hitting flaws? Peter Fadde, author of “The Sixth Tool: Training Baseball Pitch Recognition”, explores this and other topics related to pitch recognition. Show notes
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 on these questions. Show notes
How do you become an ump in youth leagues like Little League? How do you become a high school ump? College? Pros? What makes a good ump? Brandon Jackson, a long-time and well-respected collegiate umpire, shares his thoughts on these and other umpire-related topics. Show notes
Ever wonder what an umpire’s thinking? Here’s your chance to find out. Brandon Jackson, a long-time collegiate umpire, explains umpiring philosophies and goes through some commonly misunderstood baseball rules that you might need to know someday.
Plus, Justin Stone answers the Question Of The Week about whether the tennis swing will ruin a baseball swing. Show notes
How is the health of your relationship with your baseball-playing child? How would you know? Is pushing your child always wrong? Rob Tong addresses these questions and introduces the Open Baseball Journal. Learn ten questions you should ask your player(s) after each season that will help keep your relationship with your player(s) on the right track—or to get on the right track if you’ve been derailed.
Plus, Justin Stone answers the Question Of The Week about helping players who always short-arm their throws. Show notes
If you had $5,000 to spend on youth baseball, what would you spend it on? Pitching coach? Hitting coach? Travel teams for exposure and experience? Strength training? High tech gear? Ben Brewster, founder of Tread Athletics, explains why strength training should be the majority of your budget. This is Part 2 of a two-part series.
Plus, Justin Stone answers the Question Of The Week about healing rifts between the better players on your team and the weaker players on your team. Show notes
YBE has devoted several sessions to strength training. But how important is strength training anyway? Ben Brewster, founder of Tread Athletics, explains why strength training can help you bust through your current limitations. This is Part 1 of a two-part series.
Plus, find out who won free YBE swag! Show notes
Does your hitting practice primarily consist of you pitching, one kid hitting and everyone else standing around in the field…while you tell the batter to swing level? Josh Rodrigues, assistant coach at Salve Regina University, talks about modern hitting terminology and some practical ways you can have your kids hit better. This is Part 2 of a two-part series.
Plus Justin Stone of elitebaseball.tv answers the Question Of The Week about how to help kids know how to end plays on defense. And Austin Wasserman of WassermanStrength.com introduces us to offset squats. Plus, this is your last week to enter a giveaway for free YBE swag (hint: listen to YBE Session #100)! Show notes
What are the hitting philosophies you teach your players? How did you come to embrace those philosophies? And what evidence do you have to support your philosophies? Josh Rodrigues, assistant coach at Salve Regina University, talks about modern hitting philosophies that’s backed by stats and research. This is Part 1 of a two-part series.
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.
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 president of Combat Brain Training, explains what brain training is and how it can benefit youth baseball players. This is Part 1 of a two-part series.
Plus Justin Stone of elitebaseball.tv answers the Question Of The Week about lunging during the swing and handling parents who offer unhelpful tips. And Austin Wasserman of wassermanstrength.com discusses first baseman training protocols in the Wass Strength Tip Of The Week.Show notes
In this latest in my series on Baseball Dads, Rob Friedman, the Pitching Ninja, shares how he helped influence his son Jack’s development, as well as the high school team that Rob helps coach, without needing to bark commands and make demands. This is Part 2 of a two-part series.
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 answers the Question Of The Week about machine pitch vs. coach pitch. And Austin Wasserman of wassermanstrength.com shares a forearm strengthening tool and exercise in the Wass Strength Tip Of The Week.Show notes
Getting started with strength training for youth players? Nick Esposito of espositostrengthclub.com gives some thoughts on functional movement screens, planning workouts and whether certain familiar warmup routines are helpful or hurtful. This is Part 2 of a two-part series.
Is strength training important for youth baseball? How do you get started? Nick Esposito of espositostrengthclub.com and the Strength & Conditioning Coach at Austin Wasserman and Bobby Tewksbary’s AB Athletics facility shares his thoughts. This is Part 1 of a two-part series.
Plus Justin Stone of EliteBaseball.tv answers the Question Of The Week about why in-step pressure is important in the swing. And Austin Wasserman of wassermanstrength.com shares fitness games for youth athletes in the Wass Strength Tip Of The Week.Show notes
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.Show notes
How do you best teach kids to pitch? By NOT focusing on pitching mechanics, of course! If that raised your eyebrow, Lantz Wheeler of BaseballThinkTank.com and creator of the Core Velocity Belt explains why. This is Part 1 of a two-part series.
What do you do as a coach when a parent is giving you grief? What do you do as a parent when a coach appears to be doing something you don’t like? Dayn Perry of CBS Sports goes through some scenarios to help give some guidance on how to help improve those parent-coach relationships. This is Part 2 of a two-part series.
The parent-coach relationship is usually good. But coaches will almost always encounter a bad baseball parent, whether it’s someone who undermines the coach to his kid, confronts the coach publicly, or backstabs him to league officials. Dayn Perry of CBS Sports discusses healthier, more responsible ways for baseball parents to interact with their kid’s coach. This is Part 1 of a two-part series.
Dan Keller of DugoutCaptain.com share more ideas for making practice fun. This is Part 2 of a two-part series.
Plus Justin Stone of EliteBaseball.tv answers the Question Of The Week about what it means to ‘stay connected.’ And Austin Wasserman of WassermanStrength.com explains the floor dumbbell press (in audio this time) in the Wass Strength Tip Of The Week. Show notes