Many parents have been sending in their questions, asking for some help to do the right thing, not just for their kids, but for all the kids on the team. Here is a popular question from parents: How do you talk to the coach about playing time?
Thanks for the questions that keep coming in, regarding topics from the book and youth sports in general. I will try to address them and give my opinions. Once again, these are just MY opinions. I don’t claim to be the expert on the topic of youth sports, but I do believe many people are looking for something different than they are currently experiencing, so for you...here you go.
Amazing how despite the single digit temps in St Louis, the crowds came in droves, to launch the 2018 season, at our annual winter warm up. The past month has been pretty brutal in the Midwest, and really, country wide. I’m guessing that’s why fans can’t help but start thinking about spring,...and baseball.
I recently had a conversation with two basketball officials, one who refs college games and the other junior high and high school games. I was amazed at how similar their experiences are to the baseball world. They find some coaches teach their student athletes the game, trying to impact their lives by doing the right thing. But they also have nightmare stories of coaches desperately missing the mark.
I called a friend and current major league umpire and crew chief, Ted Barrett, and asked him if he would send me his perspective from behind the plate on how we respond from the stands. Here is his look/perspective on our American pastime.