180 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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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.

    Top Tips for 2024

    Top Tips for 2024

    Rob Tong shares his top seven tips for 2024 that he learned from 2023.

    Plus Rob answers the Question of the Week about how to teach kids situational awareness.
    Please let us (and others) know how you feel about the show by giving us an honest review & rating on iTunes!

    • 26 min
    Youth Nutrition, Plus Strength Training Q&A with Joey Greany

    Youth Nutrition, Plus Strength Training Q&A with Joey Greany

    Joey Greany, assistant strength and conditioning coach for the Tampa Bay Rays, finishes up his tour de force on youth baseball strength training with a conversation about nutrition and answering listener questions in part 2 of this two-part interview.
    Plus Rob answers the Question of the Week (24:29) about whether rec kids should be allowed to use both USSSA bats and USA Baseball bats.
    Please let us (and others) know how you feel about the show by giving us an honest review & rating on iTunes!

    • 31 min
    The Need For Speed (and Strength and Agility and Sleep) with Joey Greany

    The Need For Speed (and Strength and Agility and Sleep) with Joey Greany

    Speed (and strength and agility) is not just an asset in football and soccer. Youth baseball athletes can greatly benefit from this type of training and Joey Greany, the assistant strength and conditioning coach for the Tampa Bay Rays, explains why and how in part 1 of this two-part interview.
    Plus Rob answers the Question of the Week about about how to handle a team with no catchers.
    Please let us (and others) know how you feel about the show by giving us an honest review & rating on iTunes!

    • 44 min
    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

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
384 Ratings

384 Ratings

Concepts for life coach ,

The thrill of discovery!

I just discovered this podcast and after listening to the latest episode I went back to the beginning. There is so much value in each episode and I’m not making it through very fast because each episode needs to be listened to multiple times to glean as much as possible. I really appreciate how Mr. Tong brings in guests with different perspectives and personal experience. If I were listening to the Travis Kerber part 2 episode back in the day of records, I would have already worn out the vinyl! I also appreciated the concept behind, and even some of the insights in the episode with John T. Reed. However, I don’t think he has the right approach, not necessarily in terms of baseball, but in his delivery. It was pretty off-putting to hear him call any coach who hasn’t read his book and isn’t doing things his way ‘morons’, and other terms like that. That said, Mr. Tong is doing a wonderful job and as someone who recently made the transition from youth (tee-ball through 6th grade) coach to middle school a-team coach (7-8th graders), I find this podcast and the guests invaluable. Thank you for your dedication!

JoeStacks ,

The best coaching podcast I’ve found so far

Even though Rob’s not updating as much as he used to there are several podcasts that I have listened to multiple times. Hopefully Rob can keep giving us more if not I need someone to take this style and keep running with it.

Coach Mac21 ,

Great episode!

Rob - Thanks for the new episode! Really good stuff. Looking forward to re-listening to the past episodes as I get ready for spring and this year’s baseball season.

Thanks for all the time and effort that you have put into this podcast. You’re the man!

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