Coach Your Kids… on the details

article by Darren Fenster
Minor League Manager, Boston Red Sox
Founder & CEO, Coaching Your Kids, LLC

Omaha, Nebraska.

Every June, this quaint Midwestern city becomes the pinnacle of the amateur baseball world when it hosts the College World Series.  Every February, it is the destination for all 298 NCAA Division One baseball teams.  It is the goal.  But out of those 298 clubs, only eight get to go.  Only eight get to play for the National Championship.  EIGHT.  It is a special place that only a few special teams get to experience.

This past June, in the bottom of the 10th inning of a tied, deciding game three of the Louisville Super Regional, Cal State Fullerton found itself one run away from its season ending when the leadoff hitter for the Cardinals reached base.

taylor bryant

Taylor Bryant

A sacrifice bunt was in order.  Everyone in the ballpark knew it.  Everybody watching on television knew it.  And Cal State Fullerton’s defense knew it, too… especially their second baseman, Taylor Bryant.

As Louisville’s hitter laid down a textbook sacrifice, Fullerton’s catcher fielded the ball cleanly and without a play at second, shuffled his feet towards first to take the “sure” out.  When the ball left the catcher’s hand, it was apparent that “sure” out would not be recorded; the throw was airmailed over the first baseman’s head, headed for the right field corner. Continue reading

Here’s to Yogi

yogiIt is a rarity in sports when a superstar athlete is beloved by nearly everyone. It’s downright impressive when it’s a New York Yankee.

A three-time AL MVP, 10-time World Series champion and 18-time All-Star, Yogi Berra was one of precious few that achieved legend status while he was still living.

Adored by Yankee fans young and old, Berra’s exceptional life experience earned him affection from countless others, even if they despised the Bronx Bombers. A St. Louis native of Italian descent, Berra was raised Roman Catholic, stood a diminutive 5’7” and served with the U.S. Navy in World War II. His blue-collar work ethic also garnered respect, as he played more than 100 games in 14 straight seasons.

A 1972 Hall of Fame inductee, Berra was also named to The Sporting News’ list of the 100 Greatest Baseball Players (1998) and the 1999 MLB All-Century Team.

“He knew baseball as well as anyone and he watched all of our games, but he didn’t like to overanalyze things,” wrote Derek Jeter in a Players Tribune article. “He loved simplicity. I think that’s why he often spoke in short sentences that were full of meaning. With Yogi, less was truly more.”

69 years to the day of his big league debut, Yogi passed away, but his words- affectionately known as ‘Yogisms’- are truly immortal. As with any of baseball’s best stories, the exact details are up for debate, but Berra was credited with a multitude of noteworthy quotes full of creativity, simplicity and charm- just like Yogi himself.

Here are just a few gems from the most quotable athlete in the history of sports: Continue reading

From the Bleachers, Summer 2015

IMG_0011[Willie Mays Aikens] has an amazing testimony! So glad I got the opportunity to meet him.”
-Austin Womack via @WomackStrength

“…we are proud to contribute to @InsidePitchMag in our mission to help coaches [and] players.”

“@InsidePitchMag @KeithMadison32 great interview with Brian Doyle. Player, coach, teacher, mentor. Man of God.”
-@NFC_Baseball Continue reading

The ABCA corner, Fall 2015

ABCAABCA to offer free Personal Liability Insurance for 2015-16

In addition to helping put on the most popular amateur baseball convention in the world, your ABCA fees going towards another intriguing benefit.

The American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) is providing $1 million in Personal Liability Insurance to all members in the United States beginning Sept. 1, a new membership benefit for 2015-16. Provided by K&K Insurance Group, this coverage typically comes into play when a lawsuit is filed against the coach for bodily injury or property damage. Continue reading

National Signing Day: a look into the commitment process

national signing day has turned into quite the event- Centennial (CA) High School

national signing day has turned into quite the event- Centennial (CA) High School

By Justin Brown

Fall is upon us, the sounds of summer have faded. For many players and coaches, the summer was full of days at ball fields across the country. For coaches the evaluation period is not over, but a transition is being made from evaluating prospective student athletes to solidifying commitments for their future rosters.

In the process of recruiting, the timeline has many different phases. One of the most important phases of the recruiting process is the “signing period.” In this phase of the process prospective student-athletes are able to sign their National Letter(s) of Intent. This is the end goal for the recruiting process as a student-athlete enters into an agreement with an academic institution. The National Letter of Intent website describes this agreement as follows: Continue reading

Sports’ advancement in technology marks a sign of the times

Advancements in technology have presented a unique opportunity for use in the world of sports, as high-definition cameras and computer systems have enabled several sports to implement forms of new technology in its officiating.

The game of baseball is not ignorant to this fact. Major League Baseball’s replay system has made a splash in this field, and most everyone who has ever had a Cracker Jack has an opinion on it. While some may not like it, it’s here to stay, and it may not be alone.

Here are some forms of available technology that just might be used in our game sooner rather than later: Continue reading