Coaches Resources

UpdatedFriday April 17, 2020 byJeff Cassens.

Do you coach your son or daughter, or does your player aspire to play college ball?

Here's a video for you.

Dan Blewett (former pro pitcher) led a discussion with Ty and Ed Blankmeyer.  Coach Blankmeyer is the former (quick successful) collegiate manager at St John's.  For 2020, Coach B moved to the pro circuit, being named to the coaching staff of the Brooklyn Cyclones (NY Mets short season A affiliate).    Ty is his son, who played for dad through his collegiate career.  During the webcast there was a very interesting discussion around the challenges of coaching your son or daughter, as well as Ty's perspective of being coached by your parent.  It is worth taking the time to watch the replay. 

If you don't coach your son or daughter, you may want to view for Coach Blankmeyer's perspective on what he looks at relative to the family of a player he is interested in recruiting.

The Morning Brushback Episode 13 :

As background on Dan Blewett, after finishing a minor league career; he owned a youth baseball training facility which he recently sold.  If you coach pitchers with aspirations of playing at a high level, check out some of Dan's other materials.  He goes into depth on not only the technical aspects of pitching, but also offers insights on the preparation, approach, and how to deal with your emotions as a pitcher.


Red Hook / Rhinebeck LL Coaches 10 Guidelines

  1. Please remember our program is about teaching kids more than baseball or softball –it's prepping them for leading and teaching them how to be a team member (and supporting team mates).
  2. Coaches to stress "competing" – not winning or losing – our goal is to teach them proper baseball and softball fundamentals. Find and name the positives after games/practices.
  3. Player attitudes ... often come directly from their coaches. Don't be negative.
  4. Don't tolerate bad behavior (throwing helmets/bat/glove), take players aside and communicate the consequences for this behavior – and follow up on these.
  5. Insist on hustle on and off.
  6. Be consistent and fair. Keep the line-up and positions changing, especially at the younger levels – kids should have a chance to play all positions and bat early in the line-up.
  7. Don't be critical of umpiress – especially in public and in front of your team – this gives kids an excuse to fail. Always talk to umps privately if there’s a grievance.
  8. You are their coach – not their friend – keep that distance in place.
  9. Practices: Try and keep them moving – and mix them up – a lot of standing around is trouble.
  10. Pitching: Make sure to follow the pitch count rules; this is mandatory.