Travel Baseball – A Flawed System?

The following is an excerpt from an article by Larry Owens, Head Baseball Coach at Bellarmine University (link to full article): It starts early. Travel Baseball picked up steam about 20 years ago. As I look back today, it is much easier to see its transformation over the years. As a young college baseball coach in the mid 90’s, you could see the summer baseball weekend tournament format begin to trickle down to the younger age groups. In my opinion, “travel baseball” has spiraled out of control in several areas….

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The Struggle with our Current Culture

The following article is from the Baseball Dudes website (www.baseballdudes.com): In a game that started as a kids game. A game that is so fun to play and teach. A game which can lead to great things and a game which can teach us so much about ourselves and life, why is it so hard to find positive stories? Uplifting and motivating stories. They are out there but they seem to be buried by stories of neglect, abuse, greed and negativity. So frustrating! Unfortunately, I feel we are in a…

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Buying a New Bat: What You Need to Know

  While there’s a vast number of baseball equipment and supplies to consider buying, there’s nothing that puts a smile on the face of your young baseball player quite like a brand new bat. Below is some bat buying advice and resources, but the first step is to determine whether or not your Little Leaguer actually needs a new bat. Now is the time to inspect his/her bat that was used during the season. Look for dings, dents, and cracks, as well as damaged end caps, and loose knobs. Also,…

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The Matheny Manifesto

St. Louis Cardinals Manager, Mike Matheny, was asked to coach his son’s baseball team. Believing the biggest problem in youth sports is overbearing parents, he decided to write a letter to them, addressing his concerns and expressing conditions he required from his team’s moms and dads. The long, detailed letter was initially meant for only those with children on his team, but it eventually became the Matheny Manifesto, an impactful, direct, and honest message parents everywhere can learn from. The Matheny Manifesto

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Travel Teams Eroding Community Baseball

There have been concerns about the competitiveness fostered by youth baseball since Little League was in its infancy. As far back as 1957, Sports Illustrated wrote: The two basic arguments which strike at the roots of Little League pop up year after year: it puts too much competitive pressure on the children; it brings out the monster in too many parents and adult leaders. Read the full Washington Post article below: Travel Teams Eroding Community Baseball

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