YBE 086: Volunteer Coaching 201 with Pete Caliendo

YBE 086: Volunteer Coaching 201 with Pete Caliendo

You have a full-time job that doesn't involve coaching baseball. You volunteer to coach your kid's team and want to be as efficient as Tim Corbin. Is it a pipe dream or is it possible? Pete Caliendo, host of the Baseball Outside The Box podcast, offers multiple tips...
YBE 083: An Inside Look At A Successful Travel Team

YBE 083: An Inside Look At A Successful Travel Team

What does a successful travel team do? Heck, what does a successful baseball team do? Rudy Garcia, who won the Elite World Series four years in a row as head coach (8U-11U), discusses the positive side of travel ball and gives an inside glimpse of his elite travel...
YBE 082: Guarding Against Arm Pain with Randy Sullivan

YBE 082: Guarding Against Arm Pain with Randy Sullivan

Based on our current understanding, we won't be able to guard 100% against arm pain. But with the knowledge we do have, what are some things we can do to help reduce the risk of arm pain? Randy Sullivan of the Florida Baseball Ranch offers some suggestions to help...
YBE 081: Understanding Arm Pain with Randy Sullivan

YBE 081: Understanding Arm Pain with Randy Sullivan

If you've read Jeff Passan's book The Arm, you know Japanese baseball players throw a lot. Yet even with kids playing multiple sports in the U.S. and Canada, baseball arm injuries are still on the rise. Randy Sullivan of the Florida Baseball Ranch discusses factors...
YBE 080: Should Pocket Radar Be In Your Toolbox?

YBE 080: Should Pocket Radar Be In Your Toolbox?

Even in an era of baseball data, a radar gun at the youth level seems like a luxury. But is it a luxury—or a must-have? Pocket Radar co-founder and CEO Steve Goody discusses how the Pocket Radar Ball Coach model can help coaches help their pitchers and hitters. Plus...
YBE 079: Can Motus Baseball Help Improve Performance?

YBE 079: Can Motus Baseball Help Improve Performance?

If you've read my product reviews, you know there's more to a product than whether it does what it says it does. Is it intuitive and user-friendly? Are the perceived benefits truly due to the product alone? And is the product actually helpful? These are just some of...
YBE 078: Tee Ball Practices with Marty Schupak

YBE 078: Tee Ball Practices with Marty Schupak

No 1st and 3rd situations to worry about. No balks and pickoffs to teach. No teaching of curveballs. Nope, if you're teaching tee ball kids, there's no nuance; it's all the absolute, bare bones basics...it's a good day if the kids can just throw the ball somewhere...
YBE 077: Help For The Tee Ball Coach

YBE 077: Help For The Tee Ball Coach

With all due respect to other baseball coaches, tee ball coaches have it toughest. Yet there isn't much info out there for this oft-neglected group of coaches. If you are—or will be—coaching tee ball kids, Marty Schupak delivers some great advice for coaches teaching...
YBE 075: Heads Up Confidence with Dr. Tom Hanson

YBE 075: Heads Up Confidence with Dr. Tom Hanson

Naturally, confidence is a key component of a player's mental game. But can we really impact confidence? Dr. Tom Hanson, co-author of "Heads Up Baseball 2.0", discusses this and provides some amazing tips to help our kids' confidence. This is Part 2 of a two-part...
YBE 074: Heads Up Mental Game with Dr. Tom Hanson

YBE 074: Heads Up Mental Game with Dr. Tom Hanson

We talk quite a bit about the mental game here on Youth Baseball Edge. But is it a separate area of focus from the physical? Dr. Tom Hanson, co-author of "Heads Up Baseball 2.0", discusses this and provides some practical tips to help our kids up their mental game....
YBE 073: #FridayFielders Foundations with Kai Correa

YBE 073: #FridayFielders Foundations with Kai Correa

Kai Correa, assistant coach at the University of Northern Colorado and creator of the fantastic #FridayFielders series on Twitter, lays down the foundations we should be teaching to young players and presents a ton of ideas for how to teach them. This is Part 2 of a...
YBE072: #FridayFielders Fundamentals with Kai Correa

YBE072: #FridayFielders Fundamentals with Kai Correa

As discussed in Session #70 with Billy Boyer, elite infielding is not just about "get in front of the ball" and "get your glove dirty". Kai Correa, assistant coach at the University of Northern Colorado and creator of the fantastic #FridayFielders series on Twitter,...
YBE 069: Double Play Feeds with Billy Boyer

YBE 069: Double Play Feeds with Billy Boyer

Billy Boyer, assistant coach at the University of Washington, gives a detailed tutorial on how to teach the many intricate aspects of high-level double play feeds. This is Part 2 of a two-part interview. If you missed Part 1, you can catch it here. Plus Justin Stone...
YBE 068: Play Like A Middle Infielder with Billy Boyer

YBE 068: Play Like A Middle Infielder with Billy Boyer

The middle infield positions benefit from players with a lot of athleticism. But what if you have players who aren't exactly the most athletic? Is there no hope for them? Billy Boyer, assistant coach at the University of Washington, helps break down some of the...
YBE 067: Helpful Baseball Tech with Kyle Boddy

YBE 067: Helpful Baseball Tech with Kyle Boddy

As tech continues to advance, more baseball-related technology products are starting to hit the market. What products are worth your consideration? What needs to iron out some kinks? And what gets Kyle really excited about upcoming baseball technology? Kyle Boddy,...
YBE 065: Higher-Level Catching with Tanner Swanson

YBE 065: Higher-Level Catching with Tanner Swanson

Ready for a 201-level course on teaching the catcher position? Tanner Swanson, assistant coach at the University of Washington and popular speaker on the topic of catching, gives some key insights on how to help your intermediate-level and advanced catchers. This can...
YBE 064: The Value Of Youth Catchers with Tanner Swanson

YBE 064: The Value Of Youth Catchers with Tanner Swanson

Tanner Swanson, assistant coach at the University of Washington and popular speaker on the topic of catching, sets the vision for us on what it takes to develop good catchers and then begins to share how to make that happen at the younger levels. This is Part 1 of a...
YBE 063: Pitcher Whispering with Brent Kemnitz

YBE 063: Pitcher Whispering with Brent Kemnitz

Brent Kemnitz, distinguished former pitching coach for Wichita State, shares some insight on how he coached the mental side of pitching with his pitching staff. We don't want to talk our pitchers into a slump, as he warned in Part 1 of my interview, but we do want to...
YBE 062: The Mental Side Of Pitching with Brent Kemnitz

YBE 062: The Mental Side Of Pitching with Brent Kemnitz

Brent Kemnitz, renowned former pitching coach for Wichita State, shares about how to coach the little-discussed aspect of the mental side of pitching. The mental game of baseball doesn't just apply to hitters! Coaches and pitchers may inherently know that the mental...
YBE 061: Vision Training 101 with John Fitzgerald

YBE 061: Vision Training 101 with John Fitzgerald

John Fitzgerald of Sports Vision Training explains the core concepts of vision training for baseball and how coaches and parents can help. This is Part 2 of a two-part interview. Plus Justin Stone of elitebaseball.tv answers the Question Of The Week about how to teach...
YBE 060: Intro to Vision Training with John Fitzgerald

YBE 060: Intro to Vision Training with John Fitzgerald

John Fitzgerald of Sports Vision Training explains the concept of vision training for baseball and how it can help young baseball athletes improve their game. This is Part 1 of a two-part interview. Plus Justin Stone of elitebaseball.tv answers the Question Of The...
YBE 059: Organizing Practice with Tug Gillingham

YBE 059: Organizing Practice with Tug Gillingham

Tug Gillingham of Lincoln Park Baseball Academy discusses ideas on how to organize and structure practices. We also segue into fungo golf and more interestingly, defending 1st & 3rd situations. This is Part 2 of a two-part interview. Plus Justin Stone of...
YBE 057: Efficient Practice Planning

YBE 057: Efficient Practice Planning

Do you have a system when planning your youth baseball practices? How about when planning them out for the entire year? Rob discusses some common practice planning pitfalls as well as some tips when planning your own practices. Plus Austin Wasserman of...
YBE 056: Favorite Drill Roundup

YBE 056: Favorite Drill Roundup

Rob polled Edge Nation as well as past guests about what their favorite drill is. This is a roundup of the submissions, conveniently packaged in one episode. In this 63 minute episode, you'll learn: some fantastic drill games a pitcher-focused defensive drill a...
YBE 055: Building A Complete Player with Nate Trosky

YBE 055: Building A Complete Player with Nate Trosky

Nate Trosky, founder of Trosky Baseball, explains what complete player development is—and how to achieve it. Plus Justin Stone of elitebaseball.tv gives some tips to incorporate game pressure into practices in the Question Of The Week, and Austin Wasserman of...
YBE 048: Keys To The Elite Swing with Bobby Tewksbary

YBE 048: Keys To The Elite Swing with Bobby Tewksbary

Bobby Tewksbary, founder of TewksHitting.com, shares some important information on how to strive towards the elite swing. This is Part 1 of a two-part interview. Plus, Justin Stone of elitebaseball.tv answers the Question Of The Week, this time about how to create...
YBE 045: More Batting Blindspots with Paul Niggebrugge

YBE 045: More Batting Blindspots with Paul Niggebrugge

Paul Niggebrugge, founder of Be Your Best Academy, warns us about several more hitting blindspots from a coaching perspective. Many of the blindspots discussed in this episode relate to younger players. This is Part 2 of the interview; if you missed Part 1, you can...
YBE 042: Avoiding The Pitching Trap with Paul Reddick

YBE 042: Avoiding The Pitching Trap with Paul Reddick

Paul Reddick, founder of The 90 MPH Club (the internet's best-selling pitching program), discusses the pitching trap awaiting parents, coaches and kids, and how to avoid getting caught. This is part 2 of a two-part interview with Paul. You can catch Part 1 here if you...
YBE 041: The Simpler Side of Pitching with Paul Reddick

YBE 041: The Simpler Side of Pitching with Paul Reddick

Paul Reddick, an independent pitching coach quoted multiple times by ESPN and founder of the internet's best-selling pitching program The 90 MPH Club, discusses how to make it simpler when it comes to teaching pitching. Granted, Paul never uses the well-known acronym...
YBE 039: An Inside Look at Perfect Game with Jerry Ford

YBE 039: An Inside Look at Perfect Game with Jerry Ford

Jerry Ford, President and founder of Perfect Game, takes us on a tour of Perfect Game and how it works. This is part 1 of a two-part interview with Jerry. In this 32-minute episode, you'll learn: why Perfect Game was started how Perfect Game attracted top athletes...
YBE 038: Lessons Learned in 2016

YBE 038: Lessons Learned in 2016

Every youth baseball season is different. And in this week's episode, I share some of the lessons learned while being the head coach of two (yes, two) youth baseball teams this past season. As one of my good coaching buddies joked with me, "You're a glutton for...