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The puzzles were a challenge that helped participants rev their brains a bit after the breaks and at the start of each session. I plan to use them again to help teachers examine how creatively they look at the world in another workshop next week. Thanks for putting them on the web! It's good stuff from a trainer's perspective. Can be used in so many creative ways - be it to drive home a point; to reemphasize something; a good refreshing link between ideas in chunks of power point slides; as well as brain teasers in between segments of a presentation to break the monotony and to recharge the audience!
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The wide range of puzzles ensures that by the time the session is over, the team are more focused for the remainder of the meeting. The attendees were definitely more relaxed and ready for training after some good laughs and mental exercises.
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I do the 'icebreakers' at our Bible Study group every week. Since using your icebreakers, the group has spoken so much about them, that I have been asked to submit them to the church to be distributed and used amongst all the groups.
Some of our 'uncreative' members have really blossomed and cannot wait for the following week's icebreaker. It was really a pleasure. Really Awesome, this was one of the first exercises that boggled the minds of my colleuges, kept them geussing. It is exciting, stimulating and loads of fun absolutely wonderful stuff!!
Being Pakistan's most expensive management trainer, people expect value for money from me. So even 5 minutes spent on a physical energiser which although may refresh people but has no relevance to the topic under discussion won't go well with my audience. I was in search of something more suitable. It's only last week that the course on creativity I went to attend, the trainer used your teasers. It seemed instantly that I got my answer! I thank this site a lot! By having your puzzles, its never been a problem to me to get the attention of my class especially my teenager students.
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I conduct "live-ins" for our students of the Senior Classes. They come in and stay the week-end. What we do, is try and build in them "life-skills" - which are essential today.
We have no provision in the weekly class schedule for long stretches of time for interacting with our students - hence the live-ins. In order to make these sessions more interesting we need ice-breakers, puzzles and games of all kinds.
I find you have excellent material which will help us in our work with the youth.
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Your ice breakers are excellent because they allow the young people to relax, to learn together and from one another. I like the variety on offer. They were totaly brainbusters!
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The teasers are good for team building games as well. It's a wonderful stimulant to the participants and me! The icebreaker collection is amazing. I recently used these in a group and found it to be quite motivating. It made me think: I am student of Airlangga University, Indonesia. Thank you for giving me an idea to make my presentation satisfied. Before I got "enlightment" from Juxtapoz, I was almost desperate preparing my presentation for History of English Language.
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These icebreakers really do crack the thick air in the room and make everyone feel more comfortable with each other. I had an off-site Managers meeting with 9 managers.
I downloaded and used the icebreakers during our breaks for amuzement. We had a lot of fun with them! I heard about your brain teasers in a training class. As a trainer myself, I had to find out where they came from because I loved them. We recently tested them out on a group of seasoned trainers - folks who have "seen it all" - and they loved them too. I plan to continue to use your brain teasers in all the training I develop.
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I was first introduced to Word Juxtapoz puzzles by a teacher in school and have been addicted ever since! The puzzles are a great way to engage the mind in creative, non-linear thinking and one gets such a sense of satisfaction at solving puzzles of higher levels of difficulty!
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Your activities are thought provoking and help sharpen students' faculties. Thanks a lot for sending interesting riddles, brain teasers and icebreakers. Great way to get a group to focus! An amazing website to gather crowd pleasers that will also exercise the mind. I love your website and it makes it easier for me to come up with things for my staff to do to break up the monotony of everyday tasks. I am a manager at the University of Louisville Hospital and this is a great way for me to keep my staff enthused about coming to work and having fun while you do it.
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My students absolutely love it! It beats the old-fashioned way to help students improve their vocabulary. My students just can't get enough of it! We have a monthly Management Committee meeting. Part of the agenda is an energizer as a break from the usual business reports. We rotate meeting facilitators and it was my turn to facilitate the meeting. I thought of using something new and your Word Juxtapoz material was perfect.
It re-energized the team and they enjoyed trying to explain the graphics. I thought that the icebreakers were excellent. I had a new group of employees, a much larger group than I usually have, and the normal icebreaker were taking too long. I needed inspiration and your site was able to provide it.
I We had great fun using them over the last few days. Thanks for the inspiration! I just love your site - thrilled with the download. I teach day seminars, so finding interesting games and activities to keep adults alert, entertained and open to learning is always a challenge. I took a quick peek back at the website when you lured me with the promise of another free download. As a trainer, icebreakers are really important to get people to relax and be comfortable wih each other before they can focus on what you are saying.
Word Juxtapoz has given me so many fantastic ideas that I can rely on to get the session off to a good start. I work with people in recovery of mental illness as an adult educator and have found that your icebreakers are a great way of getting my students to think outside the square; they love them and think they are great as do I. I was pleasantly surprised by the variety of subjects covered by your brain teasers.
This wide option enabled me to break the ice with 16 teenagers during a recent youth camp. In addition, your tool helped reinforce essential messages in a creative and fun way. Thanks for being a great help. I recently had to speak at a youth service in my church and was looking for some way to keep the young people engaged.
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I used it last week as a "commercial break" during my double period lesson Im actually very impressed. I'm a IT Engineer by profession but I run a youth cell group im my area and having some good ice breakers is quite essential, especially when you want to reach our generation. The out-of-the ordinary is what what today's youth is all about and Word Juxtapoz is spot on Free articles relating to creativity Send riddles to your friends and tell them how you feel Word Juxtapoz teasers were excellent.
It helped me to lighten up the training atmosphere and was just the right tool for the staff to think differently. Word Juxtapoz is not only an ice-breaker but I use it as a stimulation and challenge whenever I get bored to give my mind a booster and to "rest" my tired brain, what with the colors, picture, hints I recently had the opportunity to use the Juxtaerobix in one of my training sessions and not only did the people enjoy working on them but it made them perk up and use their brains.
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I will definitely use some of the brainteasers at my next workshop and in future lessons at school. Discovering your site was really a blessing! It was an overwhelming success! This is indeed a wonderful tool for learning! I am currently facilitating my first group and needed some new ideas. I would recommend this sight to anyone, regardless of what kind of group you are facilitating. Word Juxtapoz is an excellent encouragement and example for people to develop their creative thinking skills.
Your site seems an excellent idea - as you say, the combination of pictures and words makes great whole brain stimulation. I thoroughly enjoyed your site! I teach art history at a local college where we have been discussing some of the earliest forms of communication Your modern rebuses provide a fun context for the students not many of whom are proficient in the language of the ancient Sumerians. Word Juxtapoz is the perfect link to making a normal classroom lesson a delight to be in.
I tried it with my class and now I have happy children when they leave school for home at the end of day. An increased number of throws caught, and a reduction in the number of balls that get past the receiving player, makes baseball and softball more fun to play and more enjoyable to watch. You are coaching a youth baseball or softball team and wrap up another game with more mistakes than expected.
What could be missing in your preparation? One aspect of practice that many coaches leave out is practicing playing the game. That can be true if the scrimmage does not have a clear objective and is not structured properly.
On the other hand, if a scrimmage is structured and managed as a teaching tool , it can be the activity that ties everything together. There is much talk of the need to make drills fun and competitive to keep kids engaged. However, in many cases, trying to instill these elements into drills detracts from their true objective, which is to get the kids the reps they need to develop their skills. Ending each practice with a scrimmage provides fun and competition. Knowing that practice will conclude with a scrimmage helps with discipline in drills and other practice activities.
Players are more motivated to follow directions and move quickly between drills when they know doing otherwise scrimmage time. Players learn to translate skills to the variations speed of a game during scrimmage. Actual game situations can vary quite a bit from a structured drill environment. The combination of the placement of the ball off the bat and the speed and location of the runners is unique for most every play. Kids can master drills and skills in practice, but if they are not experienced in applying those to the unique situations and pace of a game they are not as prepared as they could be.
Learning to coordinate as a unit on defense. Drills, as they should, break the game down into smaller segments. Scrimmage creates an environment where all nine players must participate to ensure the defense functions properly regardless of what comes up over the course of a play. At the youth level broken plays occur often.
When these circumstances come up in a scrimmage players learn to regroup on the fly and bring the play under control. Early in the season players will be slow to cover a base, be in position to back up throws and get into position to execute a relay. Through scrimmage they quickly recognize how each player contributes to defensive play.
In the scrimmage format outlined below, we maintain a fast pace that engages all nine defensive players throughout the activity. On each play there will be mistakes; corrections are made and learning within the context of the game takes place. Our feedback during scrimmage is not limited to correcting and teaching. On each play we also have the opportunity to acknowledge the kids doing things well. When we point out what our kids are doing right, no matter how basic, we build their confidence.
Specifics regarding feedback during a scrimmage are covered in detail following the next section. Nine on defense, one batter, two base runners. Players do not sit out waiting their turn to bat.
Extra offensive players are on the bases getting base running experience. Including base runners on each play also requires increased decision making on the part of the defense; a big factor in learning the game. Later, after the players get used to the flow of scrimmage and making a quick transition from the conclusion of one play to the next batter, we can utilize the option of having only one base runner and an on-deck batter, who steps in to bat as soon as the previous play is over.
Scrimmage is not the place for developing pitching skills. The closer the coach-pitcher, the higher the percentage of hittable pitches. I urge coaches to pitch from a knee instructional video: Keys to maximizing scrimmage time is a providing a high percentage of strikes and limiting the amount of time between the end of one play and pitching to the next batter.
At the conclusion of a play our players quickly get back to their positions, receive brief feedback and then the coach pitches to the next batter.
Early in the season we give players reps at a lot of different positions during scrimmage. My philosophy is for kids to get experience at as many positions at possible. Assistant coaches spread out on the field to provide feedback following each play. Position one coach between the third baseman and left fielder and they communicate with those two positions as well as the shortstop.
A second coach stands between the first baseman and right fielder focusing on the three players closest to them. If an additional coach is available, put them in the area behind second base where they can give feedback to players in that area. The coach doing the pitching usually the head coach focus their feedback on the pitcher, catcher and batter. Scrimmage is not the place for detailed batting instruction. In our first few scrimmages we let many mistakes go because not much content has been taught.
As the season progresses, and the kids are exposed to more information, our feedback during scrimmage covers more aspects of the game. Because the objective of scrimmage is to get the players massive game repetitions in a short period of time, using a tee can help achieve this goal. Also, when we are short coaches, using a tee with a coach at home plate instead of pitching, with their back to the defense, they can keep their eyes on all the action.
Team development needs and which point of the season you are in dictates how much time is invested in scrimmage. Early in the year scrimmage may be only minutes, giving each player one time to bat. As the season progresses, scrimmage time can bump up to 30 minutes with each player batting multiple times. Below are guidelines for setting up and running a productive instructional scrimmage. This is not a complete list, but the fundamental aspects of play that a youth team wants to be executing by the latter parts of their season.
Often in youth baseball games, when the ball is put in play, many of the players do not move. The fact is that each player on defense has a role on every play and needs to be moving. Scrimmage exposes kids to this fact multiple times in a short period of time. At our level of play, managing the ball as it moves around the field is a challenge. Base runners add to the complexity of the defensive responsibilities. In a game and scrimmage there are no do-overs, so the players are pressed to make decisions quickly while executing the physical requirements as well.
The points below are few and brief, but constitute the core aspects of team play that we are working to improve in our scrimmage. The primary objective of the instructional scrimmage is to keep things moving. Given this goal, a scrimmage is not the place for detailed teaching of individual skills. Our comments are limited to quick reminders of aspects of the skills that have already been taught and trained in drills.
It is likely we will identify aspects of skill technique that need further work. In these cases we make a mental note and address those needs in an upcoming practice s.
Great coaches give keep their players moving constantly and maximize the number of repetitions in skill development activities in each practice. A key to skill development is repeating the same good actions over and over and over. For this to happen we need to consistently deliver the ball to the same spot.
When using a bat, we shank the ball, pop it up, line it past the player or hit it too wide. Dodgers Outfielders - training drop step and going back in the background - Watch 0: A theory that I have is many of us show up early to the park to watch a college or pro game and see the coach standing at home plate hitting balls around the field to their players in pre-game warm up.
We then make the mistake of copying this warm-up activity when running drills in our practices. An effective drill session has groups of players on different parts of the field, with coaches running drills by rolling or tossing balls to their players. These drills are run in compact spaces, they are fast moving and, most importantly, the plyers are getting mass repetitions and repeating fundamentally sound actions.
Cardinals OF - low liners - Watch 0: When I was coaching in college, driving to high school games to scout players, I went past hundreds of youth practices. In almost every instance the same thing was going on: I would see this having just finished a college practice where our coaches had been rolling and tossing balls to our players in many of our drills. Just the other day I drove past my local high school where the girls softball team was practicing.
And there it was again! Fifteen or 16 girls standing around, waiting, while the coach stood at home plate hitting a single ball around the field. While doing this, there was a bucket full of balls sitting right next to the coach….. A misconception about ground ball drills is the ball needs to be delivered fast. Developing fielding skills is more about footwork, timing, and angles then the act of catching the ball. Through repetition, the players will develop the hand-eye coordination for catching ground balls.
I constantly see youth coaches in practices hitting rocket ground balls to their kids. These kids are still trying to learn basic fundamentals…. Compact Space, Accuracy and Reps. We want to deliver balls in such a way, so the players have time to work on their approach to the ball, get their feet and bodies in a good fielding position and have a good chance of cleanly fielding the ball, so to then work on transitioning to make a throw.
When the primary thing on their mind is the possibility that their teeth might get knocked out, executing good fielding fundamentals is not going to make it up the priority list. This was during spring training and he was still recovering from an arm injury.
Having been a shortstop, and having instructed fielding for years, I wanted to jump through the TV screen and hug Brendan when I heard his response. All fielding and throwing skills are based on footwork. Tell the players in advance what actions they are working on and where the ball will be delivered.
Then repeat the drill, with the ball going to that same spot times for each player. Once that set of reps is completed, move on to another drill or change the current drill by alerting the players that you will next be delivering the ball to a new spot. This is practice and we are helping kids develop skills. Skills are learned best when the same action is repeated over and over.
We want make the most of our limited practice time to develop skills, so that when game time comes our players are equipped with the skills they need to perform as well as they can.
Yankees, DP Turn - using a machine same concept: Accurate delivery, Quick pace, Massive Reps - Watch 0: We will get a lot more accomplished, the kids will keep moving, having more fun and will get better at the game! Sports, especially baseball, are very different when played by year olds. The soccer folks have figured this out; baseball has been slow to figure this out.
When was the last time we saw a youth soccer game comprised of year olds that had two sides of eleven playing against each other? No, they are playing 4 against four on an itty-bitty field.
Many youth baseball organizations continue to have teams of kids, with all of them playing in the field together. How much action are those six outfielders having? What is the experience like for this young of a human when asked to sit still for minutes waiting for a dozen teammates take their turn to bat?
We are fighting human nature to ask a year old to sit and watch other kids play, but not be allowed to join in. What is the logic in mimicking the game played by mature teens and adults and having teams of a dozen or more players and stashing half the team in the outfield where few balls are hit at least early in the season? These over-sized rosters create additional problems on the offensive side of the game. When we watch the game played at higher levels the players sit patiently on the bench waiting for their turn to bat.
We take the game to the Tee-Ball level with delusional thoughts that our little tykes can do the same. Rosters of ten, twelve or more makes the players endure what is an agonizingly long wait, for a very young child, to get a chance to bat.
Could it be that the current structure has resulted in a significant number of players leaving the game , out of boredom, long before they had an opportunity to learn what baseball is all about?
Have we been losing the opportunity to fill more rosters at the higher levels within our leagues as a result of how the Tee-Ball level is currently operated? Tee-Ball with six kids on a side makes a lot of sense. Teams can be organized with seven on a roster, figuring that on many days we will lose one player to the sniffles, etc. On days where all seven show up, the extra player can be placed in center field which is about 10 feet behind second base.
The extra player, in this scenario, would only get stuck in the outfield one time per game, assuming we rotate defensive positions each inning. Almost all the game action is in the infield. When a ball does make it to the outfield, our little infielders are more than eager to run after it. These little bundles of energy are dying to run around. Chasing the ball into the outfield is a major bonus for them. It also makes it easier for each to learn and gain a basic understanding of the game when each is playing an actual position, rather than standing among a mass of bodies.
Having a bunch of kids spread out in ultra-shallow outfield depth waiting to accost the infielders each time the ball is put into play is not an environment for learning. When we make the change to six against six Tee-Ball, the kids learn more, have more fun and a higher percentage will return to play again next year. In addition to limiting the number of kids in the dugout, by starting each inning with two players on base we are getting more kids involved in the game.
Those on the bases are gaining valuable game experience. By cutting in half the number of kids on a team, we double the number of times each player gets to bat each game. More chances to bat means more fun, excitement and anticipation on the part of the players. Double batting opportunities increase skill development.
Greater skill development improves the experience and increases the desire to return and play baseball the following year. Confusion is decreased by eliminated unneeded bodies running around creating chaos. In this new environment the opportunity for the kids to gain a better understanding of the game increases exponentially. A common scenario at the Tee-Ball level is the game being played by three kids: The batter, the pitcher and the first baseman.
Below are a few simple strategies to improve batting. When our batters put the ball in play on the first swing or two and most of the balls are hit beyond the pitcher, the game moves faster, more players are involved in each play and everyone has fun and learns the game. Most children only use their arms to swing the bat. The article is for kids a few years older than Tee-Ballers. Utilize the technical and teaching points; leave out references to a 'batting workout', 'checkpoints' etc.
That stuff is over the heads, attention span and interest of Tee-Ball age players. Use grass paint, line chalk, or anything you can come up with to make this line.
Set the batting tee so the stem is lined up directly over the top of the line. This creates the ideal relationship between their body and the ball at contact.
Note the relationship between the ball and the front foot in the pictures. Cntact is generally made when the ball is even with the front foot, give or take a few inches. Also not that each is turning their legs to swing the bat.
Help the batter position their feet properly. Point out to them that we want to be able to draw a straight line from the toes of their back foot to the toes of their front foot and have that line go straight out to the pitcher. It is important to stick to this constant instruction. When the feet are wider apart, a batter is more balanced and is better able to utilize their leg strength, which is a critical factor in an effective swing. These final points, along with standing the appropriate distance from the tee stem 1 and correct positioning of the front foot 2 , will give our little sluggers the best possible chance for success.
Increased success on the part of the batter equates to more activity and participation for the kids on defense. Both elbows need to be bent to some degree. The bend in the elbows and wrist set the batter up to maximize their strength and whipping action when swinging. Right handed batters have their right hand on top when holding the bat; left handed batters have left hand on top. The hands need to be together; no gap between the hands. As long as kids are relatively close to the prescribed grip and hand position, just let them work with hand position they come up with.
I will address batting and the swing in a lot of detail as we move through the fall and winter. It is understood that not every parent can run a team because of conflicts with work and other prior commitments.
It is understood that there are some parents who have little interest in being involved beyond dropping their kids off and picking them up. It is understood that some parents have multiple siblings and are juggling schedules. However, there are parents who do have the time available to run a team. And it should be clearly communicated to the other six sets of parents that they are invited, wanted and needed to participate in as many practices and games as possible.
It is important to work towards the creation of a mindset and culture at the Tee-Ball level that we are all coaches. Ideally, each player has a parent participating in each practice resulting in a 1: Tee-Ball players are the future of every league. Putting in the time and energy to create a Tee-Ball program where every player has a great experience is an investment that will strengthen every league, and the game as a whole, in years to come.
The path to the greatest success for Tee-Ball is playing the game with six players to a side. Tee-Ball has the largest number of participants in most leagues. These players are the future of the organization and their parents will be the coaches at the league's higher levels in the coming years.
Great numbers of youth softball and baseball players leave the sport each year because they say the game is not fun. A large part of participation is practice. The primary reason practice is not always fun for kids is that much of their time is spent standing around…not playing.
Structuring practices that minimize standing around and maximize playing is paramount to the future health of the game. Getting more adults involved in practices is a simple solution to the epidemic of boring practices. The parents of our players are an untapped resource that can help make practices lively, active and fun again, and turn the tide of declining player participation. The idea of coaches having parents help with practice can conjure up resistance from both sides of the equation.
Intricate and detailed teaching is not required for our kids to develop skills and learn the concepts needed for them to succeed. Parent Assistants do not need great softball or baseball knowledge to be helpful on the practice field.
The only requirement is a willingness to jump in and participate. For those of us with limited experience, our credibility is not in danger if we tell the other parents up front that we are not grizzled coaching vets. We are simply volunteers who made a large time commitment to run the team. Credibility can be a greater concern for those of us who do have a fair level of baseball or softball knowledge. We tend to put too much pressure on ourselves to prove we are good coaches.
Keep in mind that most parents are just regular folks with limited experience in the game. Having parents on the field helping with drills does not degrade our authority or our position as leader. The more complex teaching areas such as rundowns, relays, batting, pitching etc. The key is to utilize parents to help run activities where mass repetition is the primary need.
Also, there are many non-teaching activities to which they can be assigned that will help a practice run more efficiently. Arguably the biggest time waster in practice is kids chasing after poor or misplayed throws.
Kids age twelve and under, and especially those age 10 and under, miss dozens of throws every practice. Incorporate a couple of parent helpers whose primary or only job is to position themselves behind any area of a drill where a ball getting past a player will take away from the flow of the activity. Those helpers carry balls with them at all times. As time permits those parents retrieve balls to maintain their supply.
This can be at a base or assisting next to a coach who is running a drill. Having an assistant, relieving a coach from the need to manage balls coming back in at the end of each drill repetition, frees up the coach to focus on teaching and keeping the drill moving. The idea that position players shag balls during batting practice is a misnomer.
Shagging steals hours of potential skill building opportunities from our kids over the course of a season At the college and pro levels the position players do not shag, they spend their time playing balls off the bat. When throwing a ground ball or fly ball, accuracy is significantly higher than when using a bat.
There are no fouls, shanks and swings and misses when tossing the ball. Between batters and during any lulls in live balls being hit by the batter, a parent helper throws ground balls to infielders. Another helper can stand behind second base and toss fly balls to an outfielder during stoppages in balls being hit by the batter.
Balls can be delivered underhand or overhand; underhand is often more accurate and easier on those old muscles and joints. Video of a highly efficient workout. We must do everything we can to structure batting practice, so that all twelve kids are constantly participating in skill building activities.
Players not hitting live at home plate are involved in the following activities: These activities do not take place simply by telling the kids to do them; it requires supervision and constant re-direction to keep them focused on their assigned activity. A few strategically positioned parents with simple, but specific instructions can greatly increase skill building productivity during batting practice. There are many basic skill activities where the primary objective is repetition moreso than in-depth instruction.
One of the most basic formats of an effective practice is having small groups rotating through a series of drill stations. The coaching guide section of the website will grow throughout March. You will find suggestions of where parent helpers can assist in a variety of activities. When working in these basic skill activities it is important to emphasize to parents that they only want to perform the very basic task you assign them; they will be surprised to learn that most practice activities are not complicated.
Occasionally a parent gets over-eager in their desire to help. Remind them that the messaging originates from you and the parent helper is simply reiterating the message. Forewarn the parent helpers that the kids will make mistakes and not be perfect in their actions. It is important the parent helper only communicate the key points prescribed by the coach for the given activity and not start free lancing.
Keep giving them pointers throughout the year based on your observations. They will learn, improve and become more valuable over time. Keep in mind that the kids will not be scarred for life if a helper does not run an activity perfectly.
Getting parents involved and prepped will take some time during the first few weeks of practices. Investing the time and effort early on will pay dividends in skill development and the level of fun experienced by the kids over the course of the season.
How is your spring going for you and the team you are coaching? If the flow of practices and the pace of the kids picking up what you are teaching is a bit less than you had anticipated or hoped, I want to share one thought with you that may be helpful in your mindset in coaching the kids….
Not having a high level of experience or knowledge is not necessarily a negative, while having a tremendous amount of knowledge or experience is not necessarily a benefit. Those with little background can find it easier to follow the lead of knowledge source — such as www. Throughout the pages of the BP website we utilize the same Teaching Phrases and Words that have a specific meaning, making it easier for kids to Understand what they are being taught.
Examples of Teaching Phrases: All the best for a great spring helping the kids learn and grow their love of the game! We start practice in 10 minutes. And when we practice, you guys will screw up throwing and catching, the drills will be a mess, I will get frustrated and yell at you and our practice will fall apart. Because it is not valued at the level that it should be and teams miss this daily opportunity to improve their ability to play the game well.
Playing Catch is the essence of the game, it is the foundation of everything we do on defense, but do we put a proper value on that time?
Do we work at it? Do we have a plan for what we want to accomplish? I am stating, emphatically, that the activity of playing catch is the most important ten minutes we spend at the park.
We want this be the most focused, most disciplined and hardest working part of a practice; not just for the kids, but for us as coaches. It is the one time during practice that our full attention is on the task at hand. At least in its use in relation to playing catch. Unfortunately it is one of the least visited pages technology is great, these websites give the administrators so much information of what is going on. The fact that this page is one of the least visited is my fault.
I did not put enough emphasis on the need for every coach to not only view that page, but to study it and apply the principles and activities. If our kids do a great job of playing catch at the start of each day, we will find that the rest of the day operates much better than we might have imagined.
Each participant must have a clear understanding of what they are trying to accomplish in each action and in each segment. Each participant must be disciplined with the coach maintaining that discipline throughout in every action. And refer back to it often throughout the season and beyond.
As a parent, what is your greatest fear for your child when they are playing baseball or softball? Getting hit by a thrown ball? A line drive hitting them while pitching? Taking a ball in the teeth from a bad hop? Getting hit by a bat swung by another player can be avoided by training our kids to always carry the bat by the barrel. This video is of an incident that happened during a major league game a couple years ago.
Ryan Braun is swinging his bat, not in the on-deck circle, but near his teammates in the dugout. This is a grown man who has spent his life at ballfields interacting with teammates.
Even with this experience it is possible to get into your own world as a payer and forget for a moment what is going on around you. Any of us who have spend much time around a youth baseball players have seen a player swinging the bat randomly somewhere on the field and its clear they are not considering the possibility of another player, or sibling, friend coach possibly walking by and being in range of being hit on the follow through of a swing.
Below are simple rules that Baseball Positive maintains during its camps, batting classes and team workouts and, knock on wood, bat injuries have been avoided. Hold the bat by the barrel when moving from place to place. When a bat is pulled from a bat rack, equipment bat, etc.
When a bat is picked up off the ground, it is picked up by the barrel. All players move in and out of the batting station together. If balls need to be picked up; all batters stop their swings and pick up balls together. No player is allowed to toss a ball up in order to swing at it i. The coaches and adults involved with a baseball or softball activity must take a hawkish approach to enforcing these rules all day, every day, all season. Any other time we see our kids around the ball field they either do not have a bat in their hands or a carrying it by the barrel.
The incident shown in the video involving of Ryan Braun and Jean Segura never should have happened. There is an on-deck circle for a reason; it is a designated safe place to take warm up swings. All players and coaches know to be careful when walking near the on-deck circle and to walk wide of the in-deck circle when passing. In this instance Braun was the third batter scheduled to hit and Segura was batting second.
Braun wanted to start getting loose early and chose the top stop of the dugout stairs as a spot to take a few swings. You would expect that he would be conscious of the fact that the second batter in the line-up would be coming to the stairs soon, not to mention the fact that any player or coach from the teams could walk by.
But players do get in their own world at times think about the job they have to do. The top step of the dugout with a bat in your hands is not a good time to go zone out. He swung the bat straight back behind him, in line with the stairs, with one arm. This sent the barrel of the bat nearly six feet behind him into the dugout where he knew there his teammates and coaches were located and might possibly be close by.
If Braun was that anxious to loosen up he could have walked down past the end of the dugout and stood where he could see the rest of his teammates and they could see him. Unfortunately, in this case, a grown man failed to use common sense resulting in an incident that jeopardized the career of his teammate. Turning back to our kids; in order for these rules to be followed and for them to stick we must put ourselves in the minds and shoes of the kids.
First, young children still see the world almost exclusively through their own eyes. They are the center of the universe and their immediate wants and desires can override common sense and rules. Second, kids see the handle as being the only option for holding a bat and holding can quickly turn into swinging. We must be diligent in helping them establish the habit of holding the bat by the barrel whenever they are away from a designated swinging area and carrying their bat.
We adults must also establish this same habit when we have a bat in our hands; kids take their cues from us. How do we motivate our kids to establish the safe habit of always holding the bat by the barrel when carrying it from place to place?
Let them know that is how the pros do it and point this out to them ; the pros are cool: Many kids want to emulate the pros and most want to look cool. See the video from: Watch how the batters hold the bat immediately following striking out.
This is an example of how the pros carry their bat when they are not batting. The proper way to hold a bat, when not batting, is by the barrel. A common mistake made by youth teams is mishandling the ball while getting it back to the middle of the infield after a play has ended.
The definition for 'end of the play' is when the base runner s have stopped running hard and attempting to advance to another base. After the play has ended there is no reason to risk making an overhand throw. We train our players to 'run the ball in'. When moving the ball to a teammate, the options are to hand the ball off or make a short underhand toss. Mishandling the ball while getting it back to the middle of the infield and in the the pitchers hands not only costs the defense by allowing runners to advance further than they had planned to; it also delays the game and extends the length of the game.
A big part of making youth baseball more fun for everyone involved is to keep the game moving along at a quick pace. Let's eliminate baiting from the youth game. We've seen it happen over and over. A play ends, the ball is back in the pitcher's hands, but a base runner is dancing around 10 feet of a base, daring the pitcher to try to get them out by making a throw.
The temptation for the young pitcher is often too great to resist. They make the throw, the ball gets past the base and the runner takes off. All the while, the other two dozen kids are standing around waiting, doing nothing. The parents, coaches and umpires are waiting. This game of 'I dare you' slows the game for everyone and is not baseball. As leaders in youth baseball, we are constantly working to make the game a better experience for everyone. A big issue with the game is the pace being too slow.
Eliminating baiting speeds up the pace of the game. The board agrees to empower the umpires to use their judgement in determining when the defense has successfully gotten the ball in to the pitcher, effectively ending the play. At that point the umpire hollers, "TIME! Poor weather is a huge problem for many youth baseball and softball coaches prior to the start of the season. In many urban areas, limited space makes it hard to get field time to hold a practice.
These issues are real. The start date for the season is real as well. This article helps coaches step outside the box and establish a new mindset towards practices. You will find links to drills and videos that will help you to run great practices regardless of any challenging circumstances you are facing.
Any flat space works ie a patch of grass using throw down bases or any marker to represent a base and using cones to mark out drills. For years I've heard folks remark about the difficulty in holding practices. When I ask the reason, I'm usually given one of two reasons:. They had no baseball field.
The team practiced in a grass field. Five years later they were in the National Championship game. After a decade of existence they won the National Championship.
Many neighborhoods urban and suburban have an elementary school with a covered basketball court less so in the sunbelt states. When I coached my son's eight-year-old team, I told the parents we would never cancel a practice. We'd either be at the park when it wasn't too wet or at the elementary school.
The Baseball Positive website has a lot more drills, if you want more. Pitching Wiffle Balls video:. Many coaches feel that their kids need to feel a real ball coming off their bat. More important is the kids get as many swings as possible. When using wiffle balls, multiple kids can be hitting the ball at the same time. We get a lot more swings in a shorter period of time. Receiving a Throw at a Base. On the surface this may not seem like a high priority. How often, when a ball is put in play, do we have players just standing around?
This drill trains player that no matter where the ball is hit they have a responsibility. Additional drills are on the website to train outfielders and to address more detailed situations. The there are 9 players on the field, and only one ball. Mini Diamond — super tool.
This is a Major League Skill. Big League players throw the ball underhand many times each game…. The game played on the small diamond has many more instances requiring short distance throws. Accomplished fielders get massive reps. This fast paced drill gets kids many reps in a short period of time. Infielders Throwing Across Rotation. Throw down a couple of markers to represent first base.
Now we can have three groups of kids working at the same time, significantly increasing our reps…. Toss Drills fly balls. There it is again. More important than learning to judge fly balls is the need to catch a lot of fly balls. The sample diagrams get your brain moving. In this activity we give all our kids pitching reps, then a dynamic throwing session as a position player, then wrap up with a skill activity. This minute session, once a team has gone through it times, gets a ton done in a short time.
The structure of a complete practice as well as a couple dozen practice plans is found HERE. The above plan is a modified version of full practice. It is very important to recognize that kids are not going to Get It right away. Each drill or activity usually takes three sessions before it starts to run smoothly. They now know what to expect, but they still need time to grasp the flow of the activity. Now the kids are familiar with the activity and have had some repetitions.
The third time we run an activity is when it starts looking something like we expected. The activity flows efficiently; the kids know the routine. True, IF we are determined to run zillions of different drills and activities. But the kids get board doing the same stuff over and over. The thing that struck me most about that experience was how plain vanilla the practices were. All the players knew the structure of the activities and knew what was expected.
The amount of quality work that was accomplished each day was beyond anything I had experienced in all my years as a player. Working with kids is challenging enough. When we limit and simplify our practice activities, we can be better coaches, our kids are better able to develop their skills, and everyone enjoys their time on the field much, much more.
Is your ballplayer going to maximize their potential as a batter this season? What can you do to help? What does it take to get ready?
Take them to the batting cages and crank up the pitching machine or get out to the park and throw as many pitches as your arm can handle. This is the way to get a player ready to be a hitter, as most people believe…pitch, pitch, pitch, swing, swing, swing. The fact is however, swinging at live pitches is the last step in getting a player ready for the season. The information in this article, the first in a three-part series, guides a beginner or novice player in their learning and preparation, while it serves a fundamentals checklist for a more experienced batter.
Kids, of course, want to immediately start whacking away at live pitches. The primary function of live swings is for a batter to get their timing down. Prior to getting into live swings, a batter wants to establish consistency in the fundamental aspects of their swing using a tee, soft toss and short front toss drills.
Again, live batting is for timing, not for teaching. Feedback given to a batter during a live session is limited to reminders of points they have learned in the controlled environment of muscle memory drills, tee work, soft toss and front toss. Instruction points for live swings will be noted in the final two parts of this series.
The tee is a life-long training tool for baseball and softball players. Show your young batter seconds of this video featuring former MVP Josh Hamilton working with a tee. Make one aspect of the swing the focus for a series of swings. Take a brief rest break spend seconds picking up balls , then switch to a different focus point. The five points below establish the three foundations needed to move to more advanced drill work: Using the Legs , Head Control and Balance.
These are covered in detail in the following sections of the article. The first two points are physical actions the batter addressing in their swing. They are pretty much the same. These three points are characteristic of any fundamentally sound swing. Many swings made by young players are missing one or more of these three elements. At the completion of each swing, the batter checks to see if they executed the focus point. If not, they make a more determined effort in their next swing.
To accomplish any of these points, the batter is forced to execute a better swing. The adjustments are not made because of a deep understanding of the swing or a conscious technical change. By consciously working to achieve one of this points at the conclusion of the swing, the body will naturally produce a better swing.
In some cases the swing will improve after just a few repetitions. In other cases, improvement will be seen after workouts. The adjustments are not based on instruction or thinking. The batter simply attempts to fulfill the single objective. This swing workout is plenty for one day.
The most important thing in the grip is to have the hands together. Right hand batters have their right hand on top; left handers, left hand on top.
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