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.
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.
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.
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Essential Coaching Podcast
If you want to help your child and team be competitive and go about it, the right way, this the podcast for you. You need to listen to this podcast. Rob Tong has the most knowledgable guests and offers insight better than any other podcast.
Update: February 2021. All is starting to be right in the world again. Rob Tong is back!!
Baseball 101 coaching youth 202
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.