177 episodes

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.

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    • 4.9 • 357 Ratings

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.

    YBE164: Lessons Learned in 2022

    YBE164: Lessons Learned in 2022

    Host Rob Tong looks back on the spring and fall seasons for his three teams in 2022 and whittled down seven lessons that he thinks might be helpful to you for 2023 and beyond.
    Plus Rob answers the Question of the Week about about why not teach a level swing if it produces higher batting averages.
    Please let us (and others) know how you feel about the show by giving us an honest review & rating on iTunes!

    • 32 min
    How To Properly Coach Third Base with Toby Gardenhire

    How To Properly Coach Third Base with Toby Gardenhire

    While the majority of 1B coaches in youth baseball tend to be spectators rather than coaches, 3B coaches in youth baseball also tend to not fulfill their responsibilities well and/or not know all their responsibilities. Toby Gardenhire, manager of the St. Paul Saints, is back to break it all down for us again in Part 2 of a two-part interview.
    Plus Rob answers the Question of the Week about what age is appropriate for kids to focus on 1-3 positions.
    Please let us (and others) know how you feel about the show by giving us an honest review & rating on iTunes!

    • 32 min
    How To Properly Coach First Base with Toby Gardenhire

    How To Properly Coach First Base with Toby Gardenhire

    What exactly does a first base coach do in youth baseball? A LOT, actually. Toby Gardenhire, manager of the St. Paul Saints, breaks it all down for us in Part 1 of a two-part interview.

    Plus Rob answers the Question of the Week about whether players can be first base coaches.
    Please let us (and others) know how you feel about the show by giving us an honest review & rating on iTunes!

    • 33 min
    YBE 161: Rules Every Coach Should Know Before Arguing With Umpires, Part 4, with Brandon Jackson

    YBE 161: Rules Every Coach Should Know Before Arguing With Umpires, Part 4, with Brandon Jackson

    Test your knowledge of more commonly misunderstood baseball rules with Brandon Jackson, former umpire at the D1/DII/DIII level. Coaches should know these rules before going out to argue with the umpires. This is Part 4 of a four-part interview.

    Plus Rob answers the Question of the Week about what his hitting philosophy is and how to train it.
    Please let us (and others) know how you feel about the show by giving us an honest review & rating on iTunes!

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Rules Every Coach Should Know Before Arguing With The Umpire, Part 3, with Brandon Jackson

    Rules Every Coach Should Know Before Arguing With The Umpire, Part 3, with Brandon Jackson

    Test your knowledge of fair vs foul, batter's box rules, granting time, the infield fly rule, batted balls hitting objects, how to make appeals and the legality of stealing signs, as well as whether common arguments are myths or truths. Brandon Jackson, former umpire at the D1/D2/D3 level, is back to explain these commonly misunderstood rules coaches should know before going out to argue with the umpires. This is Part 3 of a four-part interview.
    Plus Rob answers the Question of the Week about whether to play up for challenge or stay at current level for confidence.
    Please let us (and others) know how you feel about the show by giving us an honest review & rating on iTunes!

    • 58 min
    Rules Every Coach Should Know Before Arguing With Umpires, Part 2, with Brandon Jackson

    Rules Every Coach Should Know Before Arguing With Umpires, Part 2, with Brandon Jackson

    Test your knowledge of the rules as Brandon Jackson, former umpire at the collegiate D1/D2/D3 levels, explains more rules every coach should know before arguing with the umpires in Part 2 of a four-part interview.

    Plus Rob answers the Question of the Week about how to handle players who don't hustle on the base paths.
    Please let us (and others) know how you feel about the show by giving us an honest review & rating on iTunes!

    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
357 Ratings

357 Ratings

Jeremiah Kiser ,

Excellent Content

This is by far the best youth baseball podcast I’ve listened too. Rob does a great job asking questions and the content is more often than not practical things you can put into practice.

Coach Bender ,

Wonderful, insightful, and eye opening!

As someone who has never played baseball my knowledge for the sport was minimum. My son started playing and turned out he was good at! Since I was helping coach his teams I started researching different material on coaching and a lot of it was confusing. I stumbled upon this podcast and it has been very helpful and my go to for coaching my son and other players. Can’t wait to hear more great content!

BraxynLockwood09 ,

Great for the whole family

My 9 year old listens to your podcast every night before bed and insisted we leave you a review. I love it as well, we just wish the episodes came out more often! ;) Best youth baseball podcast out there! Keep up the great work and thank you! - Jennifer & Braxyn

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