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wilas101
05-18-2005, 07:26 AM
Question here for anyone with experience coaching youth baseball. I've got a team of 8-10 year olds and I would kill to find a way to motivate these kids to hustle a little bit.

Everything seems in slow motion with them most of the time but I can't sit one down to prove a point since we've only got 9 kids total.

Had out first game last night which they won (thanks to a 4th inning walk of the whole order) so I'm hoping I can use that to get them going a bit.

I just thought I'd ask here to see if you guys knew how to get a fire lit under these kids.



I know I can expect the usual "beat them", "hit them with a bat", ect, ect but I'm serious here in looking for some help. :)

Phobia
05-18-2005, 07:32 AM
Tell them if they don't hustle you'll find them a soccer league in which they can participate and stand around waiting for their teammates to get the ball, but as long as they're playing baseball they're gonna be hustling. Emphasize the team concept and try to make it positive.

Had a coach in my youth that always had a giant tub of $.03 gum. That stuff was nasty, but the kids loved it. I don't think he used the gum as a motivational tool, but you probably could devise something similar.

BigRedChief
05-18-2005, 07:36 AM
Question here for anyone with experience coaching youth baseball. I've got a team of 8-10 year olds and I would kill to find a way to motivate these kids to hustle a little bit.

Everything seems in slow motion with them most of the time but I can't sit one down to prove a point since we've only got 9 kids total.

Had out first game last night which they won (thanks to a 4th inning walk of the whole order) so I'm hoping I can use that to get them going a bit.

I just thought I'd ask here to see if you guys knew how to get a fire lit under these kids.



I know I can expect the usual "beat them", "hit them with a bat", ect, ect but I'm serious here in looking for some help. :)
I've been coaching for over 10 years in competitive and recreational youth basball. Just sent you a pm.

BigRedChief
05-18-2005, 07:40 AM
Tell them if they don't hustle you'll find them a soccer league in which they can participate and stand around waiting for their teammates to get the ball, but as long as they're playing baseball they're gonna be hustling. Emphasize the team concept and try to make it positive.

Had a coach in my youth that always had a giant tub of $.03 gum. That stuff was nasty, but the kids loved it. I don't think he used the gum as a motivational tool, but you probably could devise something similar.
I use positive reinforcement. If a kid hustles or encourages his teammates he gets a baseball card and his effort gets pointed out at team meetings. Soon you have players on their own deciding to hustle and encourage teammates to get the baseball cards and get praised in front of everyone.

wilas101
05-18-2005, 07:47 AM
Thats an interesting idea.

I was honestly happy with just getting them to take a knee and shut their mouths for 30 seconds so I could talk. That might be a good "next step" for them. :)

BigRedChief
05-18-2005, 07:50 AM
Thats an interesting idea.

I was honestly happy with just getting them to take a knee and shut their mouths for 30 seconds so I could talk. That might be a good "next step" for them. :)

You have maybe 2-3 mintues tops and they will quit listening. To see who gets the ball cards extends the timeframe to get some baseball mechanical reinforcement into their minds.

cookster50
05-18-2005, 08:06 AM
beat them

hit them with a bat

Lzen
05-18-2005, 08:18 AM
I use positive reinforcement. If a kid hustles or encourages his teammates he gets a baseball card and his effort gets pointed out at team meetings. Soon you have players on their own deciding to hustle and encourage teammates to get the baseball cards and get praised in front of everyone.

I coached my boys' soccer teams for a few years and had to learn a lot on my own. I was gonna suggest positive reinforcement, too. I agree completely with this. Great advice, IMO.

Ultra Peanut
05-18-2005, 08:19 AM
Kids are retarded.

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chiefs4me
05-18-2005, 10:28 AM
Kids are retarded.

http://cheston.com/pbf/PBF009ADMoonisFull.jpg



:rolleyes:

|Zach|
05-18-2005, 10:30 AM
:rolleyes:
This is pretty much all you post these days.

Iowanian
05-18-2005, 10:31 AM
There is more of that well thought out contribution by the threadwrecker. Crikey woman...if all you can do is the Rolleyes smiley.....don't hit the submit button. Work on your rubix cube trick or something.

I don't believe in a husband smacking a woman...but sometimes I can kind of understand how it happens.

chiefs4me
05-18-2005, 10:32 AM
Inspire them...if they win a game, then the coach buys ice cream or floaties. If they win 3 games in a row, well then pizza time. If they lose a game then give them a can of pop if you want and say let's try for the root beer floats next time. I guess I was kinda mean also, because if a child was not paying attention or totally goofing off during the game then the next practice he ran bases. They do not like to run bases while the rest of the team is practicing or watching them.

Iowanian
05-18-2005, 10:34 AM
I think you should try to make the drills fun. maybe have a "mr hustle award" for each practice/game.

chiefs4me
05-18-2005, 10:35 AM
This is pretty much all you post these days.





Hi zacharoo......are you finished with school? Is all your testing over? Will you be staying at school or going home for summer? Did you see the spurs win last night? How are you these days? My son bought his first car yesterday, what do you drive?

chiefs4me
05-18-2005, 10:39 AM
There is more of that well thought out contribution by the threadwrecker. Crikey woman...if all you can do is the Rolleyes smiley.....don't hit the submit button. Work on your rubix cube trick or something.

I don't believe in a husband smacking a woman...but sometimes I can kind of understand how it happens.




Hi killer........:p Quit being so damn mean all the time, it will cause you to have an early heart attack in life. Then what would I do?ROFL

So what do you have planned for Memorial Day weekend? Remember, I leave for 11-12 days on the 26th of May...going fishing and camping at Bennett Springs in Mo. You and the wife are still invited any day you can make it down there. But I am not baking no damn pie..........:)

Iowanian
05-18-2005, 10:45 AM
I think I'd rather stab myself in the baows with a rusty spoon.

At least the Rolleyes smiley gets a much deserved 2 week vacation, along with the rest of the planet.

RedNFeisty
05-18-2005, 10:52 AM
Chase them with a tazer gun....LOL...I have no clue, just thought I would put in a meaningless thought as I always do!!

BigRedChief
05-18-2005, 11:54 AM
I guess I was kinda mean also, because if a child was not paying attention or totally goofing off during the game then the next practice he ran bases. They do not like to run bases while the rest of the team is practicing or watching them.

Using exercise as punishment is not a good idea at this age. Bad Idea. :harumph:

wilas101
05-18-2005, 12:13 PM
I've had them run bases but I didn't present it to them as though they had done something wrong.

My goal was to wear them down a bit... less excess energy = easier to keep them calm and listening.

I had them take their positions and brought them up one at a time to be my runner while I hit infield practice. They ran full speed when I hit the ball and the rest got a chance to make plays as thought it was a game. Once the play was dead I made them run back and hit again as soon as they got to the plate.

After the first couple kids they were all asking to run next.

It seemed to work out fairly well and it made their parents happy at the same time. lol

Iowanian
05-18-2005, 12:56 PM
just say "I'll time ya"

Running bases wouldn't seem so bad if they thought they were competing.

I think for throwing Drills, you can make that interesting by putting a target for them to throw at.....maybe one of the Old Granny in the Garden bendovers at home plate.

wilas101
05-20-2005, 07:23 AM
Well, figured I'd update this.

We didn't have a practice after Tuesdays game and had our second game last night.

I think the first win helped a lot. The only thing I added to their heads last night was that anyone who struck out watching the third strike without even picking the bat up off their shoulder would have to pay for it tonight at practice.

It worked apparently. They had 10 hits in 4 innings and won 14-3.


Now if anyone can tell me whether drunk fathers who walk into the dugout and start telling you how to run them team should have the shit kicked out of them or the cops called on them........

maybe both. :hmmm:

BigRedChief
05-20-2005, 08:37 AM
Now if anyone can tell me whether drunk fathers who walk into the dugout and start telling you how to run them team should have the shit kicked out of them or the cops called on them........

maybe both. :hmmm:
You just have to ignore the parents who know better but don't get their ass out on the practice field to work with the kids because they are too busy.

It's a lack of respect and you need to nip it in the bud. Set expectations. When they are drunk you can do nothing but next time you see him ask that if he has any suggestions on how to improve the team you would be happy to hear them but you would like to ask that he approach you before or after a game or practice.

My parents don't say one negative thing outloud at a game. Nada.

Lzen
05-20-2005, 08:51 AM
I would say that a father being drunk at his kid's game says a lot about that father. And it's not good. I don't know if I would be as nice or "diplomatic" about it as BigRedChief. But that's just me. :fire:

BigRedChief
05-20-2005, 08:58 AM
I would say that a father being drunk at his kid's game says a lot about that father. And it's not good. I don't know if I would be as nice or "diplomatic" about it as BigRedChief. But that's just me. :fire:

The kids will respect you and follow you if you are level headed. You don't think that the son doesn't know his dad is a drunk? That he causes problems when he drinks? You have to turn the cheek and walk away if you want your players to learn more than how to hit a baseball.

wilas101
05-20-2005, 09:25 AM
I think thats good advice. I'm gonna see about calling a parents meeting after monday's practice and let them know what I expect of them.

Maybe if I play it cool and don't call out anyone specifically I can get some points across without bruising any egos and causing further problems.

They all know I'm a first year coach and hopefully seeing their son's have won their first two games will give me enough credibility to make my point when I ask them to stay clear of things.

If not I guess I'll have to take it a step farther but I don't like that idea because it's going to make the son suffer for the parent's indescretion.

Lzen
05-20-2005, 11:34 AM
The kids will respect you and follow you if you are level headed. You don't think that the son doesn't know his dad is a drunk? That he causes problems when he drinks? You have to turn the cheek and walk away if you want your players to learn more than how to hit a baseball.


Well I guess that's a good point. I never actually had to deal with something that bad. The most I had was a father who bitched about the practice days(one happened to be a Saturday or Sunday). But I didn't see that father volunteering to coach and these days worked out the best. But boy did he whine and make a huge deal out of it. :rolleyes: That's the only bad side to coaching sometimes. But the rewards more than make up for it.