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.
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.
Advanced Basics for Catchers with Tom Griffin, Part 2
Learn from one of the best as Tom Griffin breaks down more advanced basics for catchers with the finer points of receiving, blocking and throwing, plus strategies, in part two of a two-part interview.
Plus Rob (and Nick Esposito) answer the Question of the Week about how to help nine-year-olds build strength for pitching.
Advanced Basics for Catchers with Tom Griffin
If receiving, blocking and throwing are the fundamental aspects of the catcher position, what are the key teaching points of those aspects? What information goes beyond the basics for your catchers to give them more of an edge? Tom Griffin shares some helpful tips in part one of a two-part interview.
Plus Rob answers the Question of the Week about how many practices per week a 7U rec team should have.
Smarter Practice Planning with Bo Ashabraner
Practice planning is one of the most frequently asked topics for youth coaches. With so many topics, how do you know what to work on, and when? Bo Ashabraner has some helpful advice so you can plan smarter, not harder, for your practices in part two of a two-part interview.
Plus Rob answers the Question of the Week about the benefits of batting lefty instead of righty.
Start With A Plan with Bo Ashabraner
Do you have a plan when you start your team? Or when you start a new season? Aside from what drills you want to run, what philosophies do you have for your team, what philosophies do you enforce or tolerate? Bo Ashabraner helps us break down some things you may want to consider for your team or season in part one of a two-part interview.
Plus Rob answers the Question of the Week about whether a 27-foot home indoor batting cage will be adequate to help a 9-10U hitter who's struggling.
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Found this podcast 2 seasons ago and have forwarded so many episodes to my players parents and their coaches. So much here it’s hard to pick one favorite-but can say I have listened to many of them multiple times-it has helped me be a better rec league coach and travel ball parent. Personally-My son has evolved from a coach pitch lower level batter to hitting .700 in travel ball and a starting pitcher (not selected by his dad but by his travel ball coaches)
Because of covid we found our fall Rec League in disarray-and they somehow placed a player with cognitive challenges on our team- he was a strikeout at every plate appearance and had to wear protective gear and have a player with him in the outfield just to stay safe. We also had a kid who had told by his past coach not to hit but only to bunt- Using development as our definition of success we were able to put a bright side on the situation for our challenged player and turned our professional banter in to a line drive hitter against teams who when they saw him in the line up positioned themselves for the bunt...we went on to win the majority of our games and make it to our recleague championship
Thank you Rob for what you are doing for the sport and for kids who just want to be a valued part of the team - even if that means just one plate appearance or a big out in the field - where they shine, help the team and provide a much needed respite for their proud parents in the stands.
Sincerely - Covid negative and positive coaching in the ATL
I am late to the game but have listened to several shows trying to catch up. This is a great show for any baseball fan but especially for those involved in youth sports.
What a fantastic tool for coaches and parents!
I’ve been a youth head coach for 5 years. As a parent who didn’t grow up as a baseball kid, I got into it when my son expressed interest. As a coach this has given me a new perspective and set of tools to work with the kids in a more structured focused way. There’s something substantive for everyone at every level here. Thanks Rob!