The size of the field changes for youth ballplayers every couple of years, up until the high school sized field, so game strategy changes with those increases, too. Coaches must be aware of these strategy changes, so they teach the game correctly, as well as to help them win games. Additionally, coaches must stay up on rule changes from age to age also as each level has different rules. Often, there are even different rules from tournament to tournament even at the same age levels. Coaches must be sure to read all tourney and league rules, so their team is not at a disadvantage. Of course, most important is staying on top of the pitching rules for youth arm protection and for weekly pitching strategy.
It is a big jump when kids go from the little league sized field to the teenage level field and an even bigger one from the teenage field to the high school diamond, which is the same as the professional sized fields.
Many coaches (dads) move up with their teams at each age level, so they must stay up on these game-coaching transitions.
After playing major league baseball, Jack Perconte has taught baseball and softball since 1988 and offered valuable coaching training too. He has helped numerous youth players reach their potential, as well as having helped parents and coaches navigate their way through the challenging world of youth sports. Jack is one of the leading authorities in the areas of youth baseball training and coaching training advice.All Jack Perconte articles are used with copyright permission.
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