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How To Be A Scorekeeper: Part 1

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PART 1:  BEGINNING SCOREKEEPING

Congratulations, you have volunteered to keep score for your team. Whether you realize it or not, you will play a critical role for the team and be the “go to person” for the game’s information.  Coaches, umpires, and parents will be asking you for the score, the inning, pitch count, who made the last out, the batting order, quantity of outs, etc.

Note from Coach Corral: I value my scorekeepers a great deal. In the heat of battle when the game is moving fast, it helps to be able to confirm the number of outs, ball and strike counts, what available substitutes they have left and hitter tendencies based on their last at-bats.

Qualifications

The only qualification for scorekeeping is an interest in baseball. If you are new to baseball, a basic knowledge of baseball (strikes, walks, hits, etc.) will help.
If you have a penchant for numbers and statistics, that’s a plus for understanding the statistical information scorekeeping provides. Statistics show a variety of player information such as batting and earned run averages. These are used by coaches, scouts, and baseball aficionados.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, April 07 2009 10:48 )
 

How To Handle Coaches Changing Mechanics

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From the time kids begin playing baseball (7-9 yrs old average) through our teen years (16-18 yrs old), players may see a new coach every season.  With each new coach brings a new viewpoint, new ideas and new philosophies to the table.  Although ALL coaches are terrific people for dedicating their time and energy to the development of young players, there are some coaches whose baseball and training philosophies may not mesh with a players or parents own philosophies.

It is becoming more common nowadays for some athletes to train with private instructors on a one-on-one basis.  More often than not, these private instructors are separate from their Team Managers.  While the private instructors are paid to improve a player's abilities, some coaches disallow players to see any private instructors or to listen to any other suggestions but their own.

Often I am asked, "How do you deal with a coach that is changing my son's/daughter's mechanics?"  Most recently, I offered advice to a parent who has been taking his son to a private pitching coach and has shown much progress in control, location and velocity...only to find that his son's new coach wants to completely change his son's mechanics without really seeing what those mechanics can do. 

Players and parents in this case are in such a precarious situation.  The fear is that if they don't do what the coach tells them to do, their playing time will be affected.  What do you do in this case?

Here is my advice to one such parent:

"Have you yourself personally spoken with this coach yet? I would advise you speak with the coach immediately. This is not your son's problem to deal with at this point.

The way to approach this situation is to ask the coach for his time and politely explain that you don't feel that it's in your son's best interest to question his coaches. However, you have been spending good money working with a private coach that has made vast improvements in your son's control, velocity and mechanics. Your son has become confused and although he's trying to work through the new mechanics, he is uncomfortable and is showing a drop in both velocity and control, not to mention tenderness in his elbow. You would love to hear his feedback and opinion of your son's mechanics and the REASON for why this coach feels he NEEDS to change (not WANTS). A good coach will explain these reasons to anybody...not just dictate and demand.

At the end of the conversation, ask the coach if he can continue with his original mechanics that he has worked hard to improve (not to mention your $$$), and if he shows poor outings or performances against hitters on a consistent basis, that he will be open to suggestion then, but only at that time.

Kids and parents need reasons too. It is important for coaches to try and explain the changes they would like to see happen and why those changes may be necessary. If a player hears those reasons and there is some merit behind it, then the player will be able to see the coaches side to it and either be able to agree/disagree with those reasons accordingly. If the player agrees, then he/she would be more open to suggestion and willing to improve. Reasons are everything.

I wouldn't let your son work this one out on his own. Its your money you've been spending...the coach needs to tell you WHY HE THINKS YOU"RE NOT SPENDING YOUR MONEY PROPERLY, WHAT THE PROBLEMS ARE, AND HOW THESE NEW MECHANICS WILL FIX THEM. This could all be done with a very diplomatic approach.  Who knows, if a coach gives you a good enough reason, you and your player may feel comfortable making the change."

Last Updated ( Thursday, July 30 2009 18:29 )
 

Dr. Casey Reviews Winning and Positive Parenting

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casey2Positive Coaching Alliance's Jim Thompson called in to Dr. Casey's show to discuss positive parenting and how being a positive parent runs tandem with winning and great attitudes.  This is a must for all parents to listen to.  Click the image to watch and listen to the show.

 

 

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Last Updated ( Friday, May 08 2009 09:25 )
 

Dr. Casey Reviews Genetic Sports Testing

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Coach Corral On The Dr. Casey Show

Coach Corral visited the Dr. Casey Show at AM 830 in Anaheim, California to discuss a current topic.  The January 3rd show was about Genetic Sports Testing for toddlers.  Watch the video while you listen to the radio broadcast!

 

Part 1:  Dr. Casey introduces the topic and gives some background.gen1 

Click the pic on right to view the interview!

 

 

Last Updated ( Tuesday, April 07 2009 10:50 )
 

Genetic Sports Testing?

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Genetic Sports Testing?

 

In this day and age of modern medical technology we use genetic testing to analyze DNA to "determine predispositions to disease".  But a New York Times articles recently brought into light a Boulder Colorado company called Atlas Sports Genetics who has been marketing a gene test to determine if kids 1-8yrs old to attempt to predict a child's natural strengths.

 

Many experts have formulated opinions over the last month and I myself will be going on the Dr. Casey Show in Los Angeles this weekend (AM 830 2:00pm) to speak my opinion about this matter.

 

I will leave you all to form your own opinions about Genetic Sports Testing.  Here are some article links about the topic and there will be a forum topic in the TBB Community Forum for those who'd like to share their own opinions.  I encourage friendly debate as this could be a very touchy subject among parents.  I'd love to hear what you all have to say!

 

Here are the links, I look forward to seeing you in the Forum!

 

New York Times, Nov 30, 2008: Born To Run?  Little Ones Get Test For Sports Gene.

 

ScienceBlogs.com:  The ACTN3 Sports Test.  What Can It Really Tell You?

 

ATLASGENE.com 

 


Last Updated ( Tuesday, April 07 2009 10:52 )
 
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