"Start 'Em Right Keep 'Em Playing breaks down the basic fundamental skills of softball by incorporating interactive and goal oriented drills and challenges for young children. Not only does this book teach players and parents basic softball skills but the intangible life lessons of respect, accountability, and resiliency."-Kim Maher, head coach, Purdue Softball, 1996 Olympic Gold Medalist
All too often, children lose interest in playing baseball and softball because of poor coaching practices or too much emphasis on winning instead of having fun. Parent and fifteen-year Little League coach Mike Schmidt will show you how to bring back the joy of the game for kids, parents, and coaches alike.
Schmidt focuses on the all-important basic elements of catching, fielding, throwing, hitting, and base running. He also includes tips and insights into the emotional and psychological aspects of building good players and making a winning team.
Most importantly, you'll learn how to start children on the right path, help them conquer their fears, and make practices at home or on the ball field exciting and fun. Master the art of youth coaching and bring families and communities together for a wonderful athletic experience, year after year.