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Rob Tong from the Youth Baseball Edge blog interviews experts in youth baseball and related fields as they share their practical, actionable secrets for youth baseball success. Discover coaching tips, resources, drills, practice plans, strategies and much more so that you can help develop a more complete ballplayer and team. Understand how pitching, hitting, catching, fielding, baserunning, throwing, infield and outfield defense, bunting, pre-game routines, the mental game, practice organization, in-game strategies, sportsmanship and even post-game speeches are not just separate parts but interconnected parts that should be taught from a big picture perspective. Learn from the interview guests how to distinguish proper fundamentals from fraudulent ones. Plus, exclusive segments and occasional surprises. No fluff, no promotion of other people's stuff, no wasting your time. Whether you coach travel baseball, Little League/Ripken/Babe Ruth/Pony/USA baseball/etc, or just your local park league, be inspired and help develop a love and passion for the game in the kids you lead, the next generation of baseball players.

Rob Tong from the Youth Baseball Edge blog interviews experts in youth baseball and related fields as they share their practical, actionable secrets for youth baseball success. Discover coaching tips, resources, drills, practice plans, strategies and much more so that you can help develop a more complete ballplayer and team. Understand how pitching, hitting, catching, fielding, baserunning, throwing, infield and outfield defense, bunting, pre-game routines, the mental game, practice organization, in-game strategies, sportsmanship and even post-game speeches are not just separate parts but interconnected parts that should be taught from a big picture perspective. Learn from the interview guests how to distinguish proper fundamentals from fraudulent ones. Plus, exclusive segments and occasional surprises. No fluff, no promotion of other people's stuff, no wasting your time. Whether you coach travel baseball, Little League/Ripken/Babe Ruth/Pony/USA baseball/etc, or just your local park league, be inspired and help develop a love and passion for the game in the kids you lead, the next generation of baseball players.
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Rob Tong from the Youth Baseball Edge blog interviews experts in youth baseball and related fields as they share their practical, actionable secrets for youth baseball success. Discover coaching tips, resources, drills, practice plans, strategies and much more so that you can help develop a more complete ballplayer and team. Understand how pitching, hitting, catching, fielding, baserunning, throwing, infield and outfield defense, bunting, pre-game routines, the mental game, practice organization, in-game strategies, sportsmanship and even post-game speeches are not just separate parts but interconnected parts that should be taught from a big picture perspective. Learn from the interview guests how to distinguish proper fundamentals from fraudulent ones. Plus, exclusive segments and occasional surprises. No fluff, no promotion of other people's stuff, no wasting your time. Whether you coach travel baseball, Little League/Ripken/Babe Ruth/Pony/USA baseball/etc, or just your local park league, be inspired and help develop a love and passion for the game in the kids you lead, the next generation of baseball players.

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English


Episodes

YBE111: Big Tips, Big Gains

12/7/2018
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Last time, Rob Tong gave several small tips that can yield big improvements. They were small in the sense that they are minor changes to what you already do for your team. In today's show, Rob gives several big tips that can yield big improvements. This round of tips is "big" in the sense that they will change the culture of your team or program and generally will require a long-term vision and implementation. Please let us (and others) know how you feel about the show by giving us an...

Duration:00:22:43

YBE 110: Small Tips, Big Gains

11/20/2018
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Did you know that if you are traveling from San Francisco to Washington, D.C. and are off-course by just one degree, you'd end up in Baltimore? Small changes can sometimes have big consequences. And sometimes that applies to coaching youth baseball as well. Many times we're looking for that magic bullet that will make our kids enormously better—yet sometimes we just need to make some small, fine-tuned adjustments. Rob Tong shares seven seemingly minor changes coaches and parents can make to...

Duration:00:33:28

YBE 109: From Good To Great: Improving Pitch Recognition with Peter Fadde

10/19/2018
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Can pitch recognition skills separate the good batters from the great batters? Can pitch recognition training help overcome some common hitting flaws? Peter Fadde, author of "The Sixth Tool: Training Baseball Pitch Recognition", explores this and other topics related to pitch recognition. Plus Justin Stone of elitebaseball.tv answers the Question Of The Week about what is the best hitting aid for youth baseball. Please let us (and others) know how you feel about the show by giving us an...

Duration:00:43:58

YBE 108: Intro To Pitch Recognition with Peter Fadde

10/5/2018
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What is "pitch recognition"? How is it different from "vision training"? How do you recognize pitches anyway? Peter Fadde, author of "The Sixth Tool: Training Baseball Pitch Recognition", shares his thoughts. Please let us (and others) know how you feel about the show by giving us an honest review & rating on iTunes!

Duration:00:36:33

YBE 107: How To Be A (Reasonably Good) Baseball Umpire with Brandon Jackson

9/18/2018
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How do you become an ump in youth leagues like Little League? How do you become a high school ump? College? Pros? What makes a good ump? Brandon Jackson, a long-time and well-respected collegiate umpire, shares his thoughts on these and other umpire-related topics. Please let us (and others) know how you feel about the show by giving us an honest review & rating on iTunes!

Duration:00:35:02

YBE 106: Commonly Misunderstood Baseball Rules with Brandon Jackson

9/1/2018
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Ever wonder what an umpire's thinking? What IS an umpire's strike zone supposed to be? Here's your chance to find out. Brandon Jackson, a long-time and well-respected collegiate umpire, explains umpiring philosophies and goes through some commonly misunderstood baseball rules that you might need to know someday. Plus Justin Stone of elitebaseball.tv answers the Question Of The Week about whether the tennis swing will ruin the baseball swing. Please let us (and others) know how you feel...

Duration:00:55:24

YBE 105: The Open Baseball Journal: 10 Questions Baseball Parents Should Ask Their Child Every Season

8/10/2018
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How is the health of your relationship with your baseball-playing child? How would you know? Is pushing your child always wrong? Rob Tong addresses these questions and introduces the Open Baseball Journal. Learn ten questions you should ask your player(s) after each season that will help keep your relationship with your player(s) on the right track—or to get on the right track if you've been derailed. Plus Justin Stone of elitebaseball.tv answers the Question Of The Week about how to help...

Duration:00:31:22

YBE 104: From Scrawny To 95mph: The Importance Of Strength Training with Ben Brewster

7/20/2018
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If you had $5,000 to spend on youth baseball, what would you spend it on? Pitching coach? Hitting coach? Travel teams for exposure and experience? Strength training? High tech gear? Ben Brewster, founder of Tread Athletics, explains why strength training should be the majority of your budget. This is Part 2 of a two-part series. Plus Justin Stone of elitebaseball.tv answers the Question Of The Week about how to help kids know how to end plays on defense. Please let us (and others) know how...

Duration:00:40:17

YBE 103: Busting Ceilings Via Strength Training with Ben Brewster

6/29/2018
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YBE has devoted several sessions to strength training. But how important is strength training anyway? Ben Brewster, founder of Tread Athletics, explains why strength training can help you bust through your current limitations. This is Part 1 of a two-part series. Please let us (and others) know how you feel about the show by giving us an honest review & rating on iTunes!

Duration:00:39:33

YBE 102: Modernizing Hitting Practice with Josh Rodrigues

6/8/2018
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Does your batting practice consist of you pitching, one kid hitting and everyone else standing around in the field...while telling the batter to swing level? Josh Rodrigues, assistant coach at Salve Regina University, discusses some modern hitting concepts and practical ways to help your hitters. This is Part 2 of a two-part series. Plus Justin Stone of elitebaseball.tv answers the Question Of The Week about how to help kids know how to end plays on defense. And Austin Wasserman of...

Duration:00:41:54

YBE 101: Modern Hitting Philosophies with Josh Rodrigues

5/22/2018
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What are the hitting philosophies you teach your players? How did you come to embrace those philosophies? And what evidence do you have to support your philosophies? Josh Rodrigues, assistant coach at Salve Regina University, talks about modern hitting philosophies that's backed by stats and research. This is Part 1 of a two-part series. Plus Justin Stone of elitebaseball.tv answers the Question Of The Week about how to help hitters adapt to pitchers with wildly varying velocities. And find...

Duration:00:38:42

YBE 100: Baseball Brain Training 101 with John Kennedy

5/10/2018
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How does brain training for athletes differ from, say, doing a bunch of Sudoku puzzles? John Kennedy, founder and primary neuroplastician of Combat Brain Training, explains more about brain training and how it can benefit athletes. This is Part 2 of a two-part series. Plus Justin Stone of elitebaseball.tv answers the Question Of The Week about how to help hitters adapt to pitchers with wildly varying velocities. And find out how to win YBE swag! Please let us (and others) know how you feel...

Duration:00:32:39

YBE 099: Intro to Brain Training with John Kennedy

5/3/2018
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You've likely heard of the mental game of baseball—especially on this podcast. But you may not have heard of brain training, which is different from the mental game. John Kennedy, founder and primary neuroplastician of Combat Brain Training, explains what brain training is and how it can benefit youth baseball players. This is Part 1 of a two-part series. Plus Justin Stone of elitebaseball.tv answers the Question Of The Week about lunging during the swing and handling parents who give...

Duration:00:38:58

YBE 098: Influencing Your Kid's Development with Rob Friedman

4/26/2018
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As your kid gets older, telling your kid what to do may not get the same mileage as when your kid was younger. In this latest in my series on Baseball Dads, Rob Friedman, the Pitching Ninja, shares how he helped influence his son Jack's development, as well as the high school team that Rob helps coach, without needing to bark commands and make demands. This is Part 2 of a two-part series. Plus Austin Wasserman of wassermanstrength.com shares frontal plane movements in the Wass Strength Tip...

Duration:00:43:21

YBE 097: Building A Better Pitcher with Rob Friedman

4/10/2018
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The latest in my series on Baseball Dads, Rob Friedman, the Pitching Ninja, shares how he helped his son Jack to get a baseball scholarship to Georgia Tech, a Division I college baseball team. This is Part 1 of a two-part series. Plus Justin Stone of elitebaseball.tv answers the Question Of The Week about machine pitch vs. coach pitch. And Austin Wasserman of wassermanstrength.com shares a forearm strengthening tool and exercise in the Wass Strength Tip Of The Week. Please let us (and...

Duration:00:51:41

YBE096: Getting Started With Strength Training with Nick Esposito

3/15/2018
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Getting started with strength training for youth players? Nick Esposito of espositostrengthclub.com gives some thoughts on functional movement screens, planning workouts and whether certain familiar warmup routines are helpful or hurtful. This is Part 2 of a two-part series. Plus Austin Wasserman of wassermanstrength.com shares the dangers of plank marathons and sit ups in the Wass Strength Tip Of The Week. Please let us (and others) know how you feel about the show by giving us an honest...

Duration:00:38:11

YBE 095: How To Start Strength Training with Nick Esposito

3/6/2018
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Is strength training important for youth baseball? How do you get started? Nick Esposito of espositostrengthclub.com and the Strength & Conditioning Coach at Austin Wasserman and Bobby Tewksbary's AB Athletics facility shares his thoughts. This is Part 1 of a two-part series. Plus Justin Stone of EliteBaseball.tv answers the Question Of The Week about why in-step pressure is important in the swing. And Austin Wasserman of wassermanstrength.com shares fitness games for youth athletes in the...

Duration:00:38:43

YBE 094: Pitching Tips with Lantz Wheeler

2/28/2018
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I talk pitching with Lantz Wheeler of BaseballThinkTank.com and creator of the Core Velocity Belt. A variety of pitching thoughts are discussed and perhaps you can take away a few things and implement them with your team. This is Part 2 of a two-part series. Please let us (and others) know how you feel about the show by giving us an honest review & rating on iTunes!

Duration:00:28:13

YBE 093: Stop Focusing On Pitching Mechanics with Lantz Wheeler

2/20/2018
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How do you best teach kids to pitch? By NOT focusing on pitching mechanics, of course! If that raised your eyebrow, Lantz Wheeler of BaseballThinkTank.com and creator of the Core Velocity Belt explains why. This is Part 1 of a two-part series. Plus Justin Stone of EliteBaseball.tv answers the Question Of The Week about what to say to kids before a big game. Please let us (and others) know how you feel about the show by giving us an honest review & rating on iTunes!

Duration:00:39:51

YBE 092: Better Parent-Coach Relationships with Dayn Perry

2/14/2018
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What do you do as a coach when a parent is giving you grief? What do you do as a parent when a coach appears to be doing something you don't like? Dayn Perry of CBS Sports goes through some scenarios to help give some guidance on how to help improve those parent-coach relationships. This is Part 2 of a two-part series. Plus Justin Stone of EliteBaseball.tv answers the Question Of The Week about whether game experience is better than training, or vice-versa. Please let us (and others) know...

Duration:00:35:41