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first rule kid with hot single mom bats first and plays short


This is the best advice in this thread!






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Bho
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Tell the parents not to approach you after a game if they're pissed. Wait 24 hours to call you. It's my number one rule and have been coaching kids for 20 years. Leave nothing to chance with your team and parent rules. If you let them know up front what you expect you will avoid a ton of shite later on


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Sounds like great advice. Thank you.



It is, and to add to it, remember that it's not the kid's fault that their parents are a-holes.






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Forgiving Morgan
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remember that it's not the kid's fault that their parents are a-holes.


Truer words have never been spoken. But I have a feeling some of the kids are probably a-holes independent of who their parents are. Time will tell






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bpinson
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This...I did this in Mandeville back in the day and it worked to a certain extent. good luck and God help you.





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If there is any way possible you need to have four pitchers, this will get you out of many binds if you have someone who you can go to and save your best until you need them. It has worked for me.





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bpinson
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Yup, I always drafted this one kid who had a pool and a hot mom.





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Forgiving Morgan
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I filled my coaching staff with no dads, that way nobody could question who we played.


This is my theory. I'll be interested to see how it flys






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I've been involved with my 15 yo and 12 yo's on different teams and in different organizations from rec ball to school ball to travel ball. We've had daddy coaches and we had paid coaches. I never helped coach a team for the 15 yo other than shagging balls. I'm trying to help the 12 yo's teams with the lessons I've learned from the older one. "Most" parents aren't blind to their kid's abilities. Teach them the game, pound away at fundamentals, work their lil behinds off. But keep expectations realistic. No 11-12 yo has been drafted that year. Have fun and make the game fun. The parents and kids will thank you.





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Tiger1242
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I'm coaching a 10 yr old team with no son on the team. I was approached by the dads who used to coach them bc they wanted someone who knew more about baseball now that they're in kids pitch. I haven't had too many problems with parents yet





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Geaux-2-L-O-Miss
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re: Taking the Plunge- Coaching 11-12 year old baseball (Update page 4)


Skimmed the thread and missed if this is rec vs. travel. Since a draft was included I assume its rec. I agree with most posted that the parents know their kids abilites, yet they will be the problem. Only coached one year of rec softball K-2nd so not a lot of pressure and I loved it. Daughter is now on a 10-U travel team and I wouldn't coach to save my life. The parents on her team seem nice but I've seen some at tournaments that are down right mean even when they are beating the crap out of us.

Like others said I like the idea of a coach not having a child on the team. I had a football team and basketball team growing up that the coaches were there for the kids and not their child. They were great coaches.

Good luck.






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Bill Parker?
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Assign a coach as the heavy for dugout monitoring. Chances are you'll have a couple of kids who didn't get their meds on game day.





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TJG210
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I helped coach a 9-10 travel team(as well as some intramural teams) with a couple buddies from high school from the time I was 18-23 and can provide the following advice.

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The first issue is that I don't have a kid in the league.

Not an issue, and make sure your assistants don't either.....we didn't ever have parents on the coaching staff and it worked great.

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I asked the poor rec director about how the draft would work and he went through this spill about assigning points to the coaches sons and assistants sons and so on


We had a process where the regular league would play games, and from that the coaches would vote on who made the all-star team, but coaches couldn't vote for their own players. We had 2 wildcards we could pick ourselves. Most years this went well......we did have a couple issues with parents over this, but nothing major.

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That being said, does anyone have recent experience on what to expect from the kids and parents in this age group?

I also coached for intramural 11-12 league and this age is really good, they are at the point where they are finally starting to get it and are able to better soak up the teaching. They are also a little more competitive than 9-10yr olds.

Dealing with the parents is another thing all together...like a couple other posters said, the best thing you can do is have a meeting with them prior to the start of the season and lay out your expectations, give them a sheet detailing all of your practices/games/team events so they know what to expect going on. Also let them know politely that if they disagree with something you are doing to take it up with you personally and not tell their kids to do differently.
We were really lucky and mostly got parents that supported and trusted us. They would also throw some killer parties and made sure all the alcoholic beverages a 18-23yr old could handle were available.



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delta3504
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You will need protection from the parents when their kid doesn't start or play. Even though their kid doesn't even belong near a baseball field and has no athletic ability whatsoever. Good luck with that.





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jeffsdad
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I coached 20 years, every year this age group. Sons played for me 6 of those years. Its easier without a son on the team. The first thing to do is to write a note to the parents telling them your way of doing things. Basically what everyone has been saying on here - your kid might be the best SS in the league but he will play where I think is best for the team etc.
Rules I made up for my team: No playing with plastic balls or bats period, if i see you or hear of you doing this - one game suspension (this really hurts their timing). If your arm is hurting - you must tell me at the first "hurt". I then dont let them pick up a ball for three days - no exceptions. (in 20 years I only lost one player for one game because of arm problems). Need a extra volunteer to catch your pitchers and let everybody at least try in practice once. This volunteer will stay busy. Have everyone learn how to play fungo - and nearly always have someone doing it against a fence throughout practice. (you'd be surprised how many kids have never done this). keep practice busy. i got alot of other suggestions but out of time.

Important - get a strong willed team mother - not your wife. will keep you from a lot of problems.






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mudbug16
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Yes, I coached for the last 16 yrs. and parents are getting ALOT more sensative these days. 11/12 yr.old league you wont believe how lazy those little turds are. But ENJOY!!!!





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meauxjeaux2
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Rag been in here to comment yet? Yeah,i think I'll wait till.he chimes in before saying anything.





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choupiquesushi
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tell the parents..

1. your plan for developing their kids, and that you are worried about the team as a whole - not just little johnny.

2. tell the parents you have a 24 hour rule. Not to contact you until 24 hours have passed to discuss what they deem to be a problem - unless it relates to an injury. cornering you immediately after practice or a game or before practice or a game is not gonna happen.

3. tell the parents it is your job to discuss issues with umpires and other coaches - not theirs.

4. keep the parents away from the dugout during the game.. and tell them not to coach their kids during the game..






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choupiquesushi
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re: Taking the Plunge- Coaching 11-12 year old baseball (Update page 4)


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Assign a coach as the heavy for dugout monitoring. Chances are you'll have a couple of kids who didn't get their meds on game day.


running poles worked much better than meds... even on game day






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FloridaMike
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I agree with what everyone else said but I'll add this. Teach the kids good sound fundamentals from day 1, don't let them get bad habits. Encourage friendships among players so they hang out other than at baseball practice (better team unity, and they will practice together in their free time). Most importantly teach the kids not only about the game, but to love the game. If they are passionate for baseball, winning will come naturally.





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LSUDAN1
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Start with telling the Parents to shut the frick up and sit in the stands. If they can't do that, they can go sit in the car.


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