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    When will travel ball start back up? Poll

    No one can predict, but let’s face it, Social distancing is only going to buy us time. It will hopefully keep the spread of the virus at a level that will not overwhelm our healthcare system. Assuming the current polices work, any relaxing of restrictions on movement stand the chance of the...
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    Help- One field practice plan

    I am assuming the skill level is very low. And If your batting cage can be divided into two sides. Divide the players in 7 groups based on skill. 1. Dynamic warmups 5-10 min 2. Throwing/catching. 20 min. (Very important) 3. Station work. (Around 15 min per station) hitting stations will...
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    Help- One field practice plan

    Can the young ladies catch and throw? With that many, I absolutely would not be hitting on the field. That’s a time killer with too much idle time. Are all the girls practicing together? How is the pitching?
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    GOOD PLAYER ~~ bad person

    I only had one player that has caused any issues and she really never caused problems just had a bad attitude, very negative. You’re 100% correct parents are another story. Some parents flat out delusional and also have no concept of team. What about cliques? I try very hard to keep our...
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    GOOD PLAYER ~~ bad person

    My daughters have fortunately been on travel and Rec teams with good teammates and parents. Unfortunately I can’t say the same about school teams. It can be toxic.... always the coaches fault and always looking out for #1. Some folks have no concept or TEAM.
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    Coaches - Allow Players to pickup?

    4dds, I love your philosophy! We’ve only picked up a player once. On the flip side we are allowing girls to pickup when we aren’t playing and it’s wreaking havoc on team chemistry.
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    Coaches - Allow Players to pickup?

    Coaches, how do you feel about allowing your players to pickup when you are not playing?
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    Are there S.B. Coaching Credentials?

    Traps71 you are100% correct, you have to start somewhere. Quality coaching clinics would be great for local Rec departments and even for many middle/high school level coaches to attend. The problem is finding the QUALITY. And having folks buy in. Too many think being LOUD and making the kids...
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    Are there S.B. Coaching Credentials?

    Coaching credentials - #1 You have a daughter that plays..... #2 You are a former baseball player..... Just kidding. Many many dads/mothers are great coaches. If you are open minded, fair, engaged, passionate, and willing to learn, you can be good coach. There are a LOT of great coaches that...
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    Who has the best price on balls

    I like GForce by Glove Smith. Good seams and they hold up well.
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    JV or Varsity?

    Just be glad you have that option. My daughter plays for a small school so no JV with a roster of 20. All coaches are not the same. There’s way more players busting there buts that don’t get the playing time earned because of ...you name it. If I asked my daughter, it would be playing time...
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    Left Handed Pitcher Defending Bunt

    Left handed pitcher with our current team, very athletic and quick is having trouble with bunts on the 1st base line. This you-tube clip of a righty pitcher fielding a bunt and throwing to third is a good representation of how a a lefty should field a bunt on the first base side for a throw to...
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    New coach asks for practice help....

    I agree with heman1202. Have the conversion outside of practice. I could see where the head coach could have felt blind sided.
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    New coach asks for practice help....

    Prior to our current middle school season we worked fundamentals hard. Tons of infield with me at the pitching circle rolling ground balls working on technique. We did the same with outfield working drills. As we moved closer to the season we did more situational and less drills. We went from 2...
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    Coaching Dilemma

    ACs that don’t buy in can kill a team. You all should have a common goal and work to achieve that goal with an open mind. Communication with parents and players on your philosophy is key. You owe the HS coach nothing. Find you another practice facility if possible. You will never please...
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    Pick-off Options at 3B

    We played against a catcher last week that constantly let the ball get by her trying to bait our runner. She's one heck of an athlete and we played on field with little room behind the plate. We didn't fall for it. But it certainly could work.
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    Pick-off Options at 3B

    I do see the pump fake and stare down but it becomes pretty obvious they're never going to actually throw. It’s a risk, but I want to start taking that big lead away from the other team. I’ll start working on the snap throw to the 3rd baseman trailing the runner. I also want to work on 1st...
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    Pick-off Options at 3B

    12U and opposing team has runner at 3rd taking a very aggressive lead at 3rd base almost baiting the throw. They are doing this with every runner. Should the 3rd baseman trail the runner? The catcher could make a quick throw to the 3rd baseman for a possible easy tag. This would need to be...
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    Organizing Middle School Tryouts

    The student manager thing may work. Good idea.
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    Organizing Middle School Tryouts

    I will have 1 other person helping and a lot of days will have 2 others helping. We kept everyone last year...mistake and the better players suffered for it. We started with 18 and managed to hold on to them all until the last game of the year and we lost 2. There is such a divide between the...
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