i had a very strong response to last week’s show and blog posting regarding HS kids taking a knee to protest racial oppression in this country. I was impressed with the smart comments on both sides of the issue, all dealing with the balancing of patriotic respect for our country v. one’s g.... More »
Women as Youth League Coaches
By Doug Abrams
With planning for spring youth league seasons underway in many communities, Renee Moilanen contributed a thoughtful article late last month in The Daily Breeze (Torrance, Calif.). The theme was that sports programs serve players best by assuring qu.... More »
This is the time of the year in which a number of college baseball coaches put on 2-3 day camps, where prospective college baseball players pay a good-sized fee in which to go the college campus, and basically have a chance – along with dozens of other hopeful HS players – go through their paces.... More »
In spite of all our assumptions about what it takes to become a capable athlete – strength, agility, speed, balance, technical skills, cooperative behavior – one of the MOST IMPORTANT skills you can master is that of staying calm and composed under pressure. Staying loose pre-performance is.... More »
There was a time in which baseball scouts and associate scouts (aka “bird dogs”) were found everywhere at amateur games. High school games, college, summer leagues, Babe Ruth games, you name it.
If a young man had a big game at the plate or on the mound, chances were good that somebody r.... More »
Parents are always on the lookout for ways they can help their kids improve at the sports that they love. Most parents know that a great time for significant skill improvements comes during the off-season. A track that many folks seem to take is to try to increase the amount of instruction and competition via camps, clinics, private instruction and additional league play…
Sometimes, a teacher means well, but the words they choose unfortunately just don’t come out the right way.
And because of that, I’m going to give Matt Amaral, a teacher at Mount Eden HS in Hayward, CA, a break on this. Let me explain why.
Back in May, Amaral wrote a letter to NBA MVP Steph Curry asking him to stay away from Mt…