Chapter 5: Second Base; 6 Elements to Master for Success at 2B

The second baseman on any team, whether in Major League Baseball or in Little League, needs to be a dependable and reliable member of the infield. It is important to remember when coaching this position to stress fundamentals and smart positional play. Here are 6 elements of the position for your youngsters to master for long term success … [Read more...]

Chapter 4: Shortstop; 5 Focus Areas when Coaching Little League Shortstops

The shortstop is usually considered a team leader and the captain of the infield. The duties and responsibilities often go beyond simply fielding ground balls and throwing out runners. They must be aware of game situations, be responsible for communication between players and take charge when it is unclear who should be fielding an in-between pop … [Read more...]

Chapter 3: Third Base; 3 Tips for Playing the Hot Corner in Little League

Teaching young kids to play third base takes special care and instruction because it requires a different skill set than that required of the other infield positions. Even at the Little League level, the third base position requires quick reflexes and a strong throwing arm. There are three aspects of strategy and training that are important to … [Read more...]

Chapter 2: The Outfield; Training Outfielders: 5 Key Skills

The outfield can be a difficult position to coach, especially at the Little League level. Many times, Little League Coaches simply throw players out into the grassy areas of the diamond and spend a significant amount of time launching fly balls in their direction. Once players get older and skill sets become more refined, the outfield can be a … [Read more...]

Chapter 1: Batting; Teaching Little Leaguers to Swing for Success in 4 Steps

Getting hits and scoring runs are exciting events that Little Leaguers look forward to during the baseball season. The key to helping young baseball players have success and fun on the diamond is to ensure that they are using an appropriate stance and have mastered the mechanics of their swing. 1) Create a Consistent Stance One of the most … [Read more...]

Baseball – The American Sport with International Reach

Chances are that when all things "American" is the topic of conversation or discussion, heading the list would be the All-American sport of baseball. With a history originating before the American Civil War, the game has become interwoven into the nation's collective mindset, earning the unofficial title of "the national pastime." Even before … [Read more...]

10 Tips and Techniques Parents of Little League Catchers Should Know

When coaching and mentoring young little league baseball players, there are a lot of unique fundamentals that must be taught to each position. One of the most under-coached positions, especially by coaches with limited experience, is the little league catcher position. The catcher plays a vital role in every game, and his skill set is much … [Read more...]

Small Ball in Little League?

For many baseball enthusiasts there is nothing more beautiful than a well-executed sacrifice bunt or a batter deftly hitting behind a runner with nobody out to move his teammate to third. Manufactured runs that result from small ball tactics such as these can be a pleasure to behold because they involve skill, teamwork, and the willingness of a … [Read more...]

Baseball and the Luck Factor

Sports are all about winning and losing. Ask most people who the best team in baseball was in any given year and they will tell you who won the World Series. We associate winners as being the best because we interpret baseball as being a game of pure skill, but what if luck played a much larger role in the final result of a game than most people … [Read more...]

The Filthiest Pitches in Baseball

There are many different factors that go into creating the perfect pitcher. In fact, creating the perfect pitcher is probably not possible. Having said that, it is possible for a guy to hone his skills and create a perfect pitch. There have been many pitchers who have gone entire decades dominating the entire league, and they usually have one or … [Read more...]