2013 Lorain Youth Baseball: Site News

Coaching our youth is a delicate practice that needs to be taken with the kids self confidence at the heart of the teaching. These days, parents and coaches alike want to win so bad, they put undue stress on the kids that can have a negative effect.
We over criticize when we are talking to them instead of building up their self confidence. I once heard a parent yelling at his kid from the stands, "If you don't get a hit, you will not be eating dinner tonight!" Needless to say, I went up and spoke with the parent about this approach. Some people may think this is harmless, and it may have been said in a joking fashion. But think of the kid on the field who is playing in front of all the parents and friends who hears this as he is strolling up to the plate. Talk about stress and the feeling of rejection and humiliation if this kid doesn't come through.
Remember, we are building more than just ballplayers here. We are building people who are going to go out in the world someday. We are building character, pride, self confidence. We do this through encouragement and a nourishing attitude. Not through pointing out failures and humiliation. To learn more about this, visit http://www.pro-baseball-drills-and-equipment.com.
But how do we get them to play better if they can't stand a little criticism? By encouraging them. When your kid takes a swing and misses, the first words out of your mouth should be, "Nice swing! You just missed it, keep trying and you'll get a hit!" That encourages your kid to keep trying. Not only that, your kid will be excited about trying more. This promotes self confidence.
If your kid strikes out 4 times in the game. Put an arm around him after the game and tell him he really swung the bat well and that he will get them next time. And tell him how proud you are of him for trying.
Remember these simple tips:
1- Encourage them through positive reinforcement.
2- Nurture them when times are tough.
3- Be there for them when they need your help.
4- And love them unconditionally.
Remember,help your kids out by encouragement. I can't say this enough. They will believe what they hear and if you are encouraging them all the time, they will feel good about themselves. Not only in baseball but in other things.
And also remember, be patient. They are still learning,so you need to give them time to succeed. Just keep loving them and nurturing them and the rest will fall in place.


                                                  Playing time is not given, its earned. 
                                                              "EARN IT" 
Effort - showing effort 100% of the time at every practice and every game means you want to play.
A Attendance - the desire to improve ones self in any sport requires a  committment to both practices and games.
R Results - all players have to perform a role on the field in order to help  the team achieve its goals. Those players who get the results will benefit the most.
N Never Quit - Baseball is a game of failure. The best players fail 7 out of 10 times at the plate. Learning from failure, rather than dwelling on it, makes you a better player.
I Improvement - Not all players are blessed with the same talents, but all have the ability to improve. Improvement means you are developing character and committment.
T Talent - All else equal, the best players will play. They usually become the best because they have committed to the five areas above.

(Executive Board) 
(Dave Szabo II) 
(Equipment Department) 
(Minor, Major, F Player Personnel) 
(T-Ball, Rookie 6/7, Rookie 8 player peronnel)