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Too many overuse injuries among youth baseball pitchers

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There is a long-overdue article about youth baseball pitchers’ arm and shoulder injuries in today’s Wall Street Journal: “The Rise of Overuse Injuries in Youth Baseball.”.Youth sports have what I call stage fathers—the male counterpart to the stage mom. That is a parent who is overly determined to see the child become a star, sort of the performing arts equivalent of the more academically-oriented Tiger Mom..I coached about 20 youth baseball teams and was player-manager of a couple of semi-pro teams. I also wrote two books about youth baseball coaching. http://www.johntreed.com/…/john-t-reed-s-baseball-coaching-….I also have a broad web article on the outrageous...

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The pitcher-cover-first play

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One of the recurring themes in my how-to books is there are a lot of things in life that can be accomplished by everyone—no talent required—but most people can’t do them because they take the attitude that since everyone can do it, no one need practice it. That’s wrong. And in many cases, the number of practice repetitions needed is minimal. For example, in football, if you give your kick returners practice giving the fair-catch signal, they will learn it in only about two or three repetitions. But if you give them NO practice reps, they will probably screw it up...

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Most baseball coaches are incompetent, especially at practice content

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Baseball season is about to start. The vast, vast majority of youth coaches use the same horrible practice format: 45 minutes of “hitting infield and outfield” (get one, get two) and 45 minutes of batting practice in which some coach throws relatively low fast balls the catcher while each player takes a turn batting. The remaining players stand around in the outfield typically chatting in small groups, occasionally dispatching one guy to field a nearby ball and throw it back to the pitcher’s mound..You gotta be kidding me!.You know how much total practice time there is in a Little League...

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Cheating on youth sports draft night

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One of the things that make my how-to books different from those written by others is that my books are real world. This time of year is a case in point. This month or next month are the months when spring youth sports hold their drafts.What do my baseball and flag football books say that’s real world about the youth sports drafts? The long-term insider coaches cheat in the draft.It is so bad that many youth sports observers comment—accurately—that the competition for league championship is over on draft night.The coaches who have been in the league in question for a...

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Why all baseball players should bat left-handed

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All baseball players should bat left handed. The reasons cannot be argued with. Here they are. I explain them in more detail in my books about baseball coaching.  1. The left-handed batter’s box is closer to 1st base, 2nd, 3rd, and home plate. Howard Southworth, author of High-Percentage Baserunning says the average high school player arrives at first base .2 of a second faster from the left-handed batter’s box than from the right. Hall of Famer Mickey Mantle was a switch hitter. He arrived .1 of a second faster from the left-handed batter’s box. 2. After swinging, only left-handed batters...

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