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My Favorite Quote

Posted on 16-11-2015

“Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those timid spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.” – Theodore Roosevelt I discovered this quote when I was 17 years […]

A True Baseball Tragedy

Posted on 17-06-2015

I took Maddux to coffee on Sunday morning and while I was standing in line, the mother of a former camper walked up to me and said, “Hey Dan, you were right about everything.” I hadn’t seen her in a couple years, but before she said another word, I knew exactly what she was talking […]

Late To The Party?

Posted on 04-05-2015

One of the most common things I hear from parents who are just starting lessons with me is, “Is it too late to start pitching?” or “I wish we had started hitting lessons sooner!” Of course it’s always better to get the best possible instruction at the youngest age that it makes sense, but it […]

Process vs Results

Posted on 23-04-2015

We’re now about half-way through the Little League season here in Palos Verdes and it’s tempting to start looking at the stat sheet to see what kind of season your son is having. While analyzing stats can absolutely be a valuable tool (and GameChanger makes this so easy to do now), when players are younger, […]

A Top 10 List For The Season

Posted on 04-03-2015

Games started this week and I think now is the perfect time for a quick reminder on a few important concepts that will help everyone enjoy the season as much as possible. Please share this with your son and if you’re a parent and/or coach, please feel free to share it with the other adults […]


Posted on 18-02-2015

Here’s an important question “What’s the strike zone in Little League?” What was your answer? Sorry, you’re wrong, try again. What was your next answer? Sorry, wrong again. At every Little League field in the world, here is the correct answer: “The strike zone is whatever the umpire says it is.” If the ball bounces […]

Go Ducks!

Posted on 15-01-2015

As I’m sure everyone who has ever sent their son or daughter to Spring Training knows, I believe in the importance of positive motivation as an essential ingredient to effective coaching every bit as much as I believe in the value of teaching correct mechanical fundamentals. You also probably know that I don’t follow football […]

Advice for Tryouts!

Posted on 05-01-2015

Little League tryouts are next week here in Southern California and I know it can be a nerve-racking experience for players and parents alike. Here’s some quick advice on how to handle the “pressure.” I put “pressure” in quotes because, really, there’s no such thing as “pressure” in Little League. ┬áPressure on a baseball field […]


Posted on 26-09-2014

I hope you had the pleasure of watching Derek Jeter’s final game in Yankee Stadium where, moments ago, he hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the 9th inning to win the game. It was the kind of absurd storybook ending that Hollywood’s best writers couldn’t have imagined and a perfect example of why […]

Fake Controversies

Posted on 03-08-2014

Perhaps you read about the fake controversy last week when Colby Rasmus laid down a bunt with 2 outs and was called “selfish” by the opposing team’s pitcher. In case you missed it, here’s a link to the article: http://espn.go.com/dallas/mlb/story/_/id/11237346/colby-lewis-texas-rangers-problem-colby-rasmus-bunt My take on the situation is that it is completely insane to call anyone selfish […]

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