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Quick Reads - Brief Softball Articles

How Would You Have Reacted?

The video is a perfect example of the ultimate team player. First watch the video, then answer the questions below.

I was completely focused on my daughter and not the team.  Yes, Mr. Perfect Coach was in the wrong.

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Champions of the World!

Champions of the World!The leaves have turned and are littering the landscape with winter just around the corner. You watched your daughter plays softball in the spring and summer, but that seems so long ago. Maybe she practiced during the fall or participated in another sport or activity, while you’ve been going through your daily routine. And then you hear, “Hey Mom. Hey Dad. We have our first game next weekend.”

You get to relax, because it’s not the Championship of the World.

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What Was Leyland Thinking?

I am a life long Detroit Tigers fan.  There are many times throughout the course of a 162 game season that I question manager Jim Leyland's decisions.  Last night's ALCS game #2 was one of those times.  The Tigers were up 5-1 at Boston at the end of 7 innings played with the probable Cy Young award winner Max Scherzer pitching brilliantly.  He showed no signs of being tired or losing his stuff, but had 106 pitches.  Leyland went to his bullpen in the beginning of the 8th inning, playing the numbers games with right-handers and left-handers.

As many Tigers fans did, I went to bed angry, disgusted and dumbfounded.

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Baseball, Softball or Any Youth Sport - It's All About the Kids

Mike Matheny played college baseball at the University of Michigan and is now the Manager for the St. Louis Cardinals.  Frustrated by the evolving culture of youth sports he proclaimed, "The biggest problem with youth sports is the parents."  He and ESPN created a 4 minute video that I've linked to in this article summing up his philosophy for youth sports, which was aired during the 2013 little league world series.

Mike Matheny Manifesto

Read more: The Matheny Manifesto - A Must Read for Parents

But, My Other Coach Says....

Help Me - I'm ConfusedA coach that you take your daughter to for hitting or pitching lessons is instructing your daughter to do something one way, while your other coach is giving completely different instructions.  So what do you do? 

I have been through this situation personally many times.  This may be one of the most difficult and frustrating things you will encounter over the years, especially if all the coaches really seem to know what they are talking about.  It is far easier to deal with if you believe one of the coaches to be less knowledegable than the other.  However, it can still cause issues between you and your daughter's coaches, especially when you both have strong opinions on the matter.

In either scenario the biggest challenge is deciding how you and your daughter should handle it.


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