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Coach Kevin

 

 

Hi, I’m Coach Kevin. I’ve loved baseball my whole life, and as an adult, I love coaching kids. I help kids discover talents they didn’t know they had, and develop the ones they already have. What excites me most is seeing young players blossom as they gain skills and self-confidence.

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When losing is good

Can losing be a good thing for you? Well, I think so.  If you can learn something from your loss and make the necessary corrections, then sometimes losing can be just what your team needs. Going into our league championship this year, my 11/12 yr old team had come off the season with a 9-3 record, and we were feeling pretty good about ourselves. As the top seeded team, we faced the team that had only 4 wins and 8 losses.  While I was not feeling like anything was a sure thing, the players didn’t seem to feel the urgency. They were remembering early wins against that team, but had forgotten how much that team had improved over the course of the season.  They also conveniently seemed to forget that the last time we faced this team, we lost. So, we lost the first playoff game, dropping us into the loser’s bracket.  The other team dominated the game.  We had only one hit for the entire game.  One lousy hit! We did get on base with some walks, but we also had too many strike-outs, not to mention a slew of defensive errors. In our team talk after the game, we talked about how we didn’t have our heads in the game, how we took winning for granted, and how much effort it would now take to end up in the top slot. For our next game, I re-instituted my tried and true pre-game batting warm up regimen, which I go into here. For a variety of reasons, I hadn’t been using these consistently this season, even though I...

Remember What Coaching Kids Is All About

It’s really important for us coaches in all leagues, whether rec or competitive, to remember that coaching kids is about more than getting wins. First and foremost, it’s about developing character, learning life skills, and acquiring a love of the game of baseball. Now, I’m a competitive person at heart, and I have a very high ethic for helping my players be the best players they possibly can be. I coach every practice and every game with a win in mind, and I’m often successful. However, there are other considerations that come into play, that are even more important. The last time I completed my position charts, I took a look and saw that so-and-so was in the outfield the whole game. This is a kid who is very inexperienced, and has poor throwing and catching skills. However, he has his heart in the game, and he does his very best every time. So, I took a deep breath and put him in at second base one inning. It was hard for me to put him in at second. This wasn’t the best position for getting the win. But it was fair to my eager young player. (His reflexes are good enough that I’m not worried about him getting beaned.) And you know what? He rose to the occasion and stopped a ball from getting through into the outfield. Then he found the ball on the ground behind him, and made a decent enough throw to get the out at first. What a great experience for him! We know there’s a lot to teaching baseball to kids. It’s not...

Catchers: The Unsung Heroes of Baseball

A good catcher is a major key to winning ballgames, yet often, all the glory goes to the pitcher. The catcher is usually overlooked, underrated, and not given his due for the contribution he gives to the team. I can relate to this myself. When I have a pitcher who throws strikes, doesn’t give up many walks, and is difficult for the other team to hit, I walk away from this game thinking, “What a great game so-and-so pitched.” But someone had to catch every one of those pitches. He had to block balls, making sure nothing got past him. He had to make plays, with a fast and accurate throw to second, without being able to take his time on the throw. He was constantly involved in just about every play. He had to keep track of when the dropped strike three rule was in effect, and remember to make tags on dropped strike threes. He had to be ready to throw off his gear to go after a little pop fly. The catcher really does more for the team than he usually gets credit for. So just remember, when the pitcher pitches a great game, to also thank the catcher for doing his job, making it all...

Why Baseball Is Losing Children

I recently came across an article about a trend in some parts of the country for youth baseball to be shrinking, both in Little League and other leagues. No, no, tell me it isn’t true! Apparently, it is true. This is happening for a lot of reasons. In some areas, select teams are pulling away from rec side of things, and becoming competitive or travel teams. Now, some competitive teams provide a good opportunity for kids. However, often times, the competitive side is way overdone for the age of the kids. It’s too much pressure, and too tough a schedule for many of them. It just isn’t fun any more. So in some areas, there’s a small but steady stream of players moving from rec to competitive to quitting baseball. So this trend results in fewer coaches and players available for rec, and once a league starts this shrinking pattern, it keeps on going. Once they get down to 2-3 teams, no one wants to just keep playing the same teams over and over, so they lose interest. In some leagues, there is a lot of “daddy-ball”, where coaching isn’t as good as it should be. The head coach’s kid gets to play any position and never gets benched, regardless of talent, and his friends get to play in the field while others get overlooked. (I’m glad to say, I personally haven’t been seeing this in our local rec league.) Baseball also gets competition from faster-paced sports like flag football, soccer, and some others. Plus, with the advent of video games, some kids don’t do sports at all. They’re...
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