174 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.

The Youth Baseball Edge Podcast with Rob Tong: Coaching | Drills | Strategy Rob Tong: Youth Baseball Coach, Consultant and Training & Development Leade

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    • 4.9 • 348 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.

    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
    YBE 158: Rules Every Coach Should Know Before Arguing With Umpires, Part 1, with Brandon Jackson

    YBE 158: Rules Every Coach Should Know Before Arguing With Umpires, Part 1, with Brandon Jackson

    Admit it. You think you know the rules as much as the umpires do. I'll bet you don't. Brandon Jackson, former umpire at the D1/DII/DIII level, explains some rules coaches ought to know before going out to argue with the umpires. This is Part 1 of a two-part interview.

    Plus Rob answers the Question of the Week about how to control young teams in the dugout.
    Please let us (and others) know how you feel about the show by giving us an honest review & rating on iTunes!

    • 1 hr 12 min
    YBE 157: How To Play Speedball with David Klein

    YBE 157: How To Play Speedball with David Klein

    David Klein explains the details of how the game of Speedball works and what its unique rules are in Part 2 of a two-part interview.
    Plus Rob (and Austin Wasserman) answer the Question of the Week about whether jump ropes are beneficial to 8U players.
    Please let us (and others) know how you feel about the show by giving us an honest review & rating on iTunes!

    • 36 min
    What is Speedball? with David Klein

    What is Speedball? with David Klein

    We as coaches work hard to revolutionize youth baseball practices so that it's no longer long, slow and boring. But is there a way to make games less slow and boring? David Klein is back (again) to share his idea for fast-paced youth baseball games where everyone gets lots of reps and no one sits the bench in Part 1 of a two-part interview.
    Plus Rob answers the Question of the Week about how to manage rotation of a lot of kids in and out of games.
    Please let us (and others) know how you feel about the show by giving us an honest review & rating on iTunes!

    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
348 Ratings

348 Ratings

ToddFandrei ,

Informative Easy Listen

Love listening. Rob is very organized and has great content. A must listen for anyone involved with youth baseball.

TrustNasty ,

Absolutely Remarkable

Great stuff man. Very helpful, I’m a assistant coach for a 10u team and found this podcast. I just can’t stop listening to it. Very helpful thank you

jkniner ,

Thanks Rob

Hey Rob,
Just want to say thank you for what you are doing. This podcast should be mandatory for all youth coaches. It is amazing the ideas it generates. And the forward thinking approach to coaching it fosters is exactly what we need up here in the Quiet Corner of Connecticut, where the little league numbers have been shrinking for years. Keep it up, we appreciate you.

Josh

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