Rob Tong from the Youth Baseball Edge blog interviews experts in youth baseball and related fields as they share their practical, actionable secrets for youth baseball success. Discover coaching tips, resources, drills, practice plans, strategies and much more so that you can help develop a more complete ballplayer and team. Understand how pitching, hitting, catching, fielding, baserunning, throwing, infield and outfield defense, bunting, pre-game routines, the mental game, practice organization, in-game strategies, sportsmanship and even post-game speeches are not just separate parts but interconnected parts that should be taught from a big picture perspective. Learn from the interview guests how to distinguish proper fundamentals from fraudulent ones. Plus, exclusive segments and occasional surprises. No fluff, no promotion of other people's stuff, no wasting your time. Whether you coach travel baseball, Little League/Ripken/Babe Ruth/Pony/USA baseball/etc, or just your local park league, be inspired and help develop a love and passion for the game in the kids you lead, the next generation of baseball players.
Training Youth Pitchers, The Driveline way with Deven Morgan
Training youth pitchers is not easy (safe to say that's an understatement). What does Driveline do and recommend? Deven Morgan, the Director of Youth Baseball at Driveline Baseball, shares some tips in part one of this two-part interview.
Plus Rob answers the Question of the Week about how to help a batter who mashes in training but is late to load in games.
Lessons Learned in 2020
2020 may have been a crazy year but there were still youth baseball lessons to be learned. Host Rob Tong looks back on 2020 and distills many things he learned into eight lessons that he shares in this episode.
Plus Rob answers the Question of the Week about whether 8U kids should give verbal pre-pitch defensive reminders.
3 Things Killing Youth Baseball (and How To Fix Them) with Steve Ferroli
Steve Ferroli says three crucial things are killing youth baseball. Is the sport of youth baseball—and the millions of kids participating in it—in serious danger? Does youth baseball need to be saved? Can it be? This is part two of a two-part interview.
Plus Rob (and Deven Morgan, the Director of Youth Baseball at Driveline Baseball) answer the Question of the Week about whether it matters if kids pitch from flat ground instead of raised mounds.
Improving on The Science Of Hitting with Steve Ferroli
What can the Science of Hitting teach you about hitting, and can you improve on the Science of Hitting? Steve Ferroli, the personally-chosen successor to Ted Williams' theory of hitting shares some of his thoughts in part one of a two-part interview.
Plus Rob answers the Question of the Week about what travel teams can do in-between games at tournaments.
Tom Griffin's Christian Testimony
Bonus segment #2: Tom Griffin shares his story of becoming a Christian.
Catcher's Mitts with Tom Griffin
Bonus segment: Tom Griffin talks catcher's mitts.