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  1. Cole Wagner, Little League World Series phenom, and his dad Brett, uncle Kyle & cousin Luke from GoWags, Mark & Zach Knull are “Standing in the Strike Zone,” plus Justin Stone of - Youth Baseball Talk | Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Play | Stitcher | RSS

    Episode 24 – USA Champion Little League World Series phenom Cole Wagner with his dad/coach Brett, uncle Kyle, and cousin Luke from GoWags and Green Light Hitting. Cole (as a player) and Brett (as a coach) represented the USA in the Little League World Series championship game as a part of the Mid Atlantic Red Lakes region (Pennsylvania). Find the Wagner family at or or on Facebook at This week’s ‘Standing in the Strike Zone’ guests are Mark and Zach Knull, also from the GoWags and Green Light Hitting programs in Pennsylvania. As always, Justin Stone is with us for his “Elite Baseball TV Training Tip of the Week” – be sure to check out his accompanying video at You can find Justin Stone at or and on Facebook at or on Twitter at @elite_baseball and tons of great videos on YouTube at Plus, find Youth Baseball Talk at or or @podcastbaseball on Twitter.

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  2. YBE 073: #FridayFielders Foundations with Kai Correa - Youth Baseball Edge

    Kai Correa, assistant coach at the University of Northern Colorado and creator of the fantastic #FridayFielders series on Twitter, lays down the foundations we should be teaching to young players and presents a ton of ideas for how to teach them. This is Part 2 of a two-part interview. Missed Part 1? Catch it here.

    In this 32-minute episode, you’ll learn:

    how to decide which player should play which infield position

    whether young players should learn to play shortstop even if they don’t currently look ready for it

    a better way to play catch

    how to improve hands for fielding, handling hops and transfers

    why you shouldn’t start your fielding work with live ground balls

    9 variations for dry fundamentals to keep them interesting for young players

    3 variations for playing catch

    a three-stage progression for dry work, the three types of grounders to work them on, and the goal of this dry work

    the key principle to teach kids how to throw from different arm slots

    an easy drill to help kids learn how to throw from different arm slots

    what’s wrong with the fielding cue “get your butt down” and what’s a better cue

    what’s wrong with the fielding cue “gator jaw” and what to teach instead

    when and how to work on specialty plays like double plays

    how to convert catch play and dry work into competitive games

    an example of how to get a lot done in a small indoor space

    Resources mentioned in this episode:

    Small space drills

    funnels and press-throughs

    #FridayFielders on Twitter… get great stuff like chin down at catch

    A picture of Adrian Beltre throwing off-balance. As Kai mentioned, if you print out the picture and rotate it so he’s upright instead of off-balance, you can show your players how Beltre is actually still in the fundamentally correct throwing position, even though he is off-balance

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  3. Pillar #5: Sail the Right Ships

    12 Ways to have winning relationships

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  4. Pillar #4: Know Your Numbers

    8 benefits of being data informed

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  5. Stealing Runs with Matt Talarico - American Baseball Coaches Association

    Creating havoc on the bases and scoring more runs is the name of the game for Matt Talarico, assistant coach at Wright State University and the creator of In every stop he has made throughout his career, Talarico has elevated offenses to new levels by bringing an aggressive approach to running the bases. In this podcast, we outline Talarico’s overall vision and plan while also giving our listeners insight into how teaching the game on this level has raised the IQ of his players on the field. Talarico also provides great base-running drills to take into a practice setting and takes us in the dugout for insightful feedback on the implementation of his plan to attacking the base paths.

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  6. Pillar #3: Time is Ticking

    Brian Cain

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  7. 057: Efficient Practice Planning

    Rob discusses the theory behind efficient youth baseball practice planning so you know what to avoid and gives some tips to help you plan for next season. Please let us (and others) know how you feel about the show by giving us an honest review &…

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  8. 055: Building A Complete Player with Nate Trosky

    Nate Trosky of Trosky Baseball explains what complete player development is—and how to achieve it. Plus Justin Stone of gives some tips to incorporate game pressure into practices in the Question Of The Week, and Austin Wasserman of…

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  9. ABCA 11: Elite Infielding with Nate Trosky

    Guest: Nate Trosky, Trosky Baseball

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  10. ABCA 16: For Love of the Game with Jerry Weinstein

    Guest: Jerry Weinstein, ABCA Hall of Fame

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