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COACH FINDS A TASTY WAY TO MAKE SOFTBALL MORE FUN

Tom, I enjoy reading your articles and I thought I would respond to your request in your last article. I have coached my daughter in softball for 6 years now and have tried many different ideas and tactics to make it fun for the girls. The idea that seemed to be the most popular was where I told the girls ... Read More »

TEAM CHEMISTRY DOESN’T HAPPEN JUST BY ACCIDENT

The Sunnyslope High School boy’s basketball team in Phoenix, Arizona just won the state title. It was a long awaited dream come true for these guys, most of whom who have been friends for many years. Sure, they had a good amount of talent. Sure they had a superstar, but when you get to the final 2 or 3 games, ... Read More »

KEEP IT FUN AND CREATIVE

Tom I came across your column while searching for Little League related news and just wanted to take a moment to tell you how much I appreciate your “10 Rules”. They are perfect and should be read by every Little League coach. As the father of two former Little Leaguer’s, one now playing on a nationally ranked Division One baseball ... Read More »

10 STEPS FOR YOUTH-LEAGUE COACHES TO MAKE BASEBALL FUN

“Batter up!” That’s right, it is baseball season again! Parents are signing up their kids all over the place and league officials are in a panic trying to find more parents to be volunteer coaches. So, each year I consider it my responsibility to nationally put out my 10 rules for little league baseball coaches. Here we go: 1. Young ... Read More »

CONSIDER CONSEQUENCES BEFORE ADVANCING CHILD

Question: Our son has been asked to “play up” with up high school baseball team. We really don’t think that he is ready for that level of play yet. What should we do? Answer: Great question, tough dilemma. Here are your 2 possible choices with their possible consequences: 1. You tell the coach that you want him to stay down ... Read More »

KIDS NEED VARIED EXPERIENCES TO GROW IN LIFE, SPORTS

Dear Mr. Kuyper, Whatever happened to the young man who had a difficult decision to make? He had to choose between going to Europe to teach/play soccer or staying home to keep his schedule of training for the sports he plays at home. If you addressed this in a later column, I guess I missed it. I would love to ... Read More »

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