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Coaches Corner

Information for Coaches


One goal of the Grand Forks Youth Baseball Association is to be more consistent with our teaching methods and philosophy.   Our hope is that you will utilize this information so we can be assured that we are teaching the same principals from age 9-16.  


Coaching Leadership Articles

Dugout Captain

All members and coaches are invited to join Dugout Captain for free.   Link to Join:

  • Drills - Over 175 proprietary drill videos, each accompanied by diagram, description, equipment lists, and DC Keys to success. Uniquely addressed to the youth baseball parent and coach, these videos coach-the-coach to develop skills using efficient, fun, and competitive activities
  • Skill Training Lessons - Lesson plans available for training skills in Pitching, Hitting, Infield, and the Catcher position.
  • Practice Plans - 200+ ready-made and professionally programmed team practice plans, built with the drills from the DC Library. Each plan includes notes specific to that drills use at that practice for that age level. Plans available by age and by time length.
  • Coach's Tips - Tricks of the trade for running a better baseball workout. Examples include scared of being hit, and dealing with parents, umpires, or that lovable "distraction" at practice.

USA Baseball Mobile Coach

USA Baseball and Major League Baseball are pleased to offer the USA Baseball Mobile Coach Application. USA Baseball Mobile Coach, which is free to all users, features the ability for baseball coaches at all levels to plan practices using drills supplied in the application through the practice planning function. The app also includes information related to Pitch Smart, including guidelines, resources, and pitch counting features. Additional tools and resources are also included, and more features will be added over time. The USA Baseball Mobile Coach App features the following: Mobile interface downloadable from the Apple and Android application stores Drill library with baseball specific drill documents and videos Ability for coaches to create practice plans using the drill documents and videos Pitch Smart pitch counter allows coaches to enter players and their ages and keep track of pitch counts Additional tools and resources including a stopwatch

Guidelines Regarding Glove and Bat Sizes

Coaches are often asked to advise parents what size glove and bat to buy for their player.  Here are some guidelines:

Concerning gloves - Kids should use smaller gloves with closed webbing. Most kids want to play an infield position & a smaller glove allows them to be quicker with ball transition. Kids may need to pitch & mostly closed webbing is preferred at that position.

Stay with a youth size catcher's mitt.  A 32.5" youth catcher's mitt is a good starter. If a player gets a 1B mitt, make sure that he can catch with it.

Some kids will want larger gloves. If they predominantly play in OF, okay. Recommend a size around 11.5" for middle-infielders. There are players in high school & college using 11.5" gloves, so resist the urge for bigger gloves on SS/2B. 3B-type kids can use a slightly larger glove, but nothing above 12 inches.

Concerning bats - LL is constantly changing bat requirements. Thus, parents should know that any LL bat purchase is probably for this coming year only, maybe 2 years. Recommend 28-30" bats for 8-9U players with a drop 10-13 weight. A drop 10, means a 30 inch bat is 20 ounces. The focus should be on form. A bat that is too big and/or heavy WILL create bad habits. 

Many 10-11U players will use a 30-31" bat with a drop 10-12 weight. Many 12U players will use 31-32" bats with a drop 10-11 weight. Parents should resist the urge to buy a bat that the player can grow into.