Give your Child’s Youth Baseball Coach a break!

March 12, 2008

I’ve been guilty of this very thing myself. Second guessing my child’s coaches that is. I have been a youth baseball coach numerous times in my life. I know what a thankless job it can be, if you allow it to be.Few parents ever step up and coach any type of youth sports. It would be a very eye opening experience for them if they did.

They would get to see how difficult it is to balance winning with giving everyone the playing time their parent’s believe they deserve.You see that that I use the word winning. Yes, the word “winning”. Kids like to win,so do the parents. There may be a few that truly don’t care.

Winning at all costs is what will get coaches in hot water. When a coach totally disregards a leagues playing time rules(if there are any) they will create hard feelings. Often times parent’s unrealistic opinions of their child’s talent will also start a backlash against the coach.

Parents seldom know how much time is put into running a youth sports team for the coach. If it is a travel team, such as youth travel baseball, you can triple that amount of time. Parents who volunteer to coach should be given some slack. It is not an easy job. It may not be easy if you feel your child is being unfairly treated, but unless you have concrete proof, it is best to let it go.

I have found in the past, my view of the coaches was usually off base. I let my emotions, not the facts, cloud my thinking. When I discussed the issue with the coach later, I found the coach to be doing an acceptable job. The next season, I started my own team. I then found out first hand, how difficult it is to please everyone.

So before you fly off the handle,and possibly make it harder on your child, give the coach the benefit of the doubt. Unless you have the time and knowledge to coach the team yourself, just let it go. Then next year, play for another team.

Thanks Chip Lemin

Youthbaseballonline Wants You To Step Up!

February 9, 2008

Youth baseball is the best sport in America. There will be people who argue this I’m sure. I want to help you become a great youth baseball coach. I wanted to create a site that is noncompetitive, and informational. At this site anyone can address issues that arise from being part of a sometimes very competitive atmosphere of youth baseball. My main experience is with youth baseball. I do enjoy watching and coaching other youth sports.


Some interpersonal issues are part of any youth sport. It is the area of sportsmanship that needs help in youth baseball. Travel baseball in particular could use a good dose of sportsmanship training. Go sign up for my free 7 part youth baseball coaching e-course at the bottom of this page.

I don’t claim to be the guru of any sport, or expert in human relationships. I’ve had failures, and have done the wrong thing in relationships regarding youth sports, with my wife for sure, coaches for sure, other parents, and of course my child.


My desire is that I can share my experience with you so that you and your family and child to enjoy youth baseball. If I can help you avoid any of the pitfalls I have fallen into, I will have accomplished my goal.


On our site there will be no direct criticizing of others methods of coaching or training. There will be no claims of being number one. In my opinion, no one has all the answers to helping your family maximize their journey through youth sports.


I would like my site to be a place for someone to come with their issues, and feel that they will get some good solid the options to look into. I may not know the answer, but I will explore my entire network of people to give you and your family some avenue to investigate.


Sports are very emotional by nature. My hope is that we can show our young men and women how to savor and hold on to their experiences in sports, and use them outside sports. Sports are just the icing on the cake of life, and can be gone in an instant. So let’s give ourselves, and those around us, the best chance to have fond memories of our journey through youth baseball.

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Hello My name is Chip Lemin. I’m a long time youth baseball coach who loves to promote this great game of youth baseball. Promoting sportsmanship in this game of youth baseball is something that really needs I feel. I have a free e-course that will give you some solid coaching information along with great help on the inter-personal relationships we must have to be good youth baseball coaches. Things such as parents, travel baseball, getting parents to help out, how to communicate better to parents and players, just to touch on a few. This course will help to organize practices like an elite coach. How to motivate players and other coaches with your positive attitude. It really is not very hard to be a great coach when you know what to do.Best of all you will learn how to have fun with these great kids that you have the privilege of coaching. Do yourself a favor and check it out, it’s free,you will get 1 part every couple of days in your e-mail. Coaching can be fun and rewarding if you have a plan in place first, and you have an idea what you are doing.

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