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It's all about the travel baseball coaches!
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DEVELOP FEARLESS PLAYERS – Make sure your players play relaxed this weekend and aren’t scared to make mistakes.  Players that give it their all & play with intensity will see more success than the players who try not to make mistakes.
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THANKS YOGI – Here’s to a great man and baseball player who touched many people on and off the baseball field.

Enjoy these Top 25 Yogi “Berra-isms”

1. When you come to a fork in the road, take it.
2. You can observe a lot by just watching.
3. It ain’t over till it’s over.
4. It’s like déjà vu all over again.
5. No one goes there nowadays, it’s too crowded.
6. Baseball is ninety percent mental and the other half is physical.
7. A nickel ain’t worth a dime anymore.
8. Always go to other people’s funerals, otherwise they won’t come to yours.
9. We made too many wrong mistakes.
10. Congratulations. I knew the record would stand until it was broken.
11. You better cut the pizza in four pieces because I’m not hungry enough to eat six.
12. You wouldn’t have won if we’d beaten you.
13. I usually take a two-hour nap from one to four.
14. Never answer an anonymous letter.
15. Slump? I ain’t in no slump… I just ain’t hitting.
16. How can you think and hit at the same time?
17. The future ain’t what it used to be.
18. I tell the kids, somebody’s gotta win, somebody’s gotta lose. Just don’t fight about it. Just try to get better.
19. It gets late early out here.
20. If the people don’t want to come out to the ballpark, nobody’s going to stop them.
21. We have deep depth.
22. Pair up in threes.
23. Why buy good luggage, you only use it when you travel.
24. You’ve got to be very careful if you don’t know where you are going, because you might not get there.
25. All pitchers are liars or crybabies.
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PRACTICE LIKE YOU’RE THE WORST – Players & teams that practice with focus and intensity will reap the rewards of their hard work when it comes to game time.

Hold your players to a higher standard at practices this week and you’ll see better results this weekend!

“Practice Like You Are The Worst, Perform As If You Are the Best”
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Coach up your teams, so they understand that there are multiple forms of winning. 
 
 Winning Means You Are Will To Go Longer, Work Harder & Give More Than Anyone Else.
- Vince Lombardi

http://www.tbboom.com/#!THE-MEANING-OF-WINNING/c1x7l/55f2cfb40cf24af6ea394f4e
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COACHING FROM THE STANDS – We’ve touched on this before, but it’s worth giving parents an annual reminder & give parents new to travel ball some guidance.

PARENTS – Many of you have coached your son at previous levels and/or work with your son our your own and feel that if you aren’t giving direction from the stands that your son might not be successful while he’s at the plate, on the mound or in the field.  What many parents don’t realize is that players learn more from making mistakes than from having constant over-coaching “during games”.  In addition, they make it difficult for a player to focus on their coach who may be trying to give them signs, position them in the field, etc.

It’s great to work with your kids independently and coach them up on your own, but when it comes to games, leave it to the coaches on the field and let the players play on their own.  You won’t always be around to direct them, so you need them to learn from their mistakes and develop the skills to correct themselves or it will be tough for them to be successful as they mature.

Lastly, if you feel you need to coach from the stands, because the coach isn’t doing it, note the following.  Most coaches see “almost” everything and if they don’t address it immediately, they will address issues in the dugout or at practice.  If the coach is missing “everything”, not taking advantage of “coachable situations” and not working through problem areas at practices, then it’s probably time to start looking for a new team.

ENCOURAGE & CHEER, LET THE PLAYERS PLAY, LET THE COACHES COACH
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Success doesn't come & find you, you have to go out & earn it!
 
Bring this boom this weekend!

http://www.tbboom.com/#!YOU-HAVE-TO-EARN-SUCCESS/c1x7l/55e05cb10cf24e84f75aed3b
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SACRIFICE – Players spend countless weekdays & weekends practicing & playing games to better their skills in hopes of one day playing at the high school, collegiate and professional levels.

Coaches invest a huge amount of time & energy trying to teach the players the skills to accomplish the player’s goals.

Parents are dedicated to doing whatever it takes to put their child in position to be successful.  Whether it’s a time or financial commitment, parents find at way to make it happen.

Whether you’re a player, coach or parent, there’s a significant amount of sacrifice that goes into developing top notch players and none of them should go unnoticed and all should be praised.

http://www.tbboom.com/#!SACRIFICE/c1x7l/55db470b0cf2083e080e431e
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UNDER-PROMISE & OVER-DELIVER – We polled several coaches asking what recommendations they would have to travel ball parents and we heard the same “Under-Promise & Over-Deliver” comment come up several times.

From a coach’s perspective, when parents “sell” their kids to coaches saying things like “my son is the best SS in the area”, “my son hit .735 with 20 doubles & 50 RBI’s”, “my son was the best player on his previous team”  it typically sets a player up failure.  The player doesn’t know it, but once parents give the hard sell on their son, they have set a very high expectation for the player and in many cases it does more harm than good. 

So parents let the players talent, attitude & effort do the talking and you’ll be pleasantly surprised how much less stressful it is on you, the player and the coach.  Good things happen when you “Under-Promise & Over-Deliver”. 

http://www.tbboom.com/#!UNDERPROMISE-OVERDELIVER/c1x7l/55d67a3b0cf21fd94cc122de
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STUDENT ATHLETES – It’s Back to School Season and no better time to have a talk with players about the importance of getting good grades and making school work a priority.

As players progress to high school and college athletics, they will see that they have to remain “academically eligible” in order to play.  Help them develop a structured approach to their studies at an early age, so they have a solid academic foundation and consistent after school or evening plan to stay on top of their homework and studies.

The longer you wait to make academics a priority the harder it’s going to be to correct things in the future.

http://www.tbboom.com/#!STUDENT-ATHLETES/c1x7l/55d229700cf2d847c54ef714
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TRAINING & PLAYING TOGETHER – This is a great video showing behind the scenes footage of the University of Georgia baseball team training hard together and having fun off the field together.  Teamwork on AND off the field is instrumental in developing a good team dynamic.

Show your players what off the field teamwork looks & sounds like with this inspiring video.   This is a preview of what they have to look forward to if they keep up the hard work and dedication to perfecting their craft! 

http://www.tbboom.com/#!university-of-georgia-baseball-teamwork/c1qpw
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