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Stafford Little League believes parents are an important part to the success of our organization. The league expects your player to have the best experience as much as you do.  We recognize most parents are involved as much as their kids so below are some recommended programs, guidelines, and information.

 

1. Conditioning Drills (provided by GunFIT)

For the 2016 season we brought in GunFIT (Gunnar Anderson) to host a clinic for our players.  The kids are really enjoying his program.  The detail on the drills Gunnar had our kids follow as part of the program is located below.  We're providing this as information you can use to have your child do the activities on their own.  If you had your child join the clinic and he or she wants to continue their training they can follow what is in the below link.

Message from Gunnar Anderson:

"I am a firm believer that proper strength and conditioning can work wonders to improve an athlete's overall athletic ability, as well as mental toughness, and consequently help them gain an edge over the competition.  
 
My primary focus for my program is to get your kid(s) excited about fitness.  No matter how hard I push them for the hour they are with me, one hour per week is not going to yield significant improvements.  It is essential that they are doing work on their own throughout the week if they wish to maximize their potential.  
 
Below is a link to a resistance band kit that I use for a lot of my own workouts as well as training session material."
 
 

2. Training Activities

 

2. Be a Positive Parent on the Sidelines This Season (provided by Little League International)

As a parent, you want the best possible experience for your Little Leaguer®. But sometimes emotions run high - for you, your child, coaches and umpires - which may mean a bad experience. Knowingly or not, you as the parent may be negatively influencing your child's experience. You as the parent have more control over the quality of your child's experience than you may realize. Little League International is pleased to offer to all Little League® parents a free online learning opportunity from Positive Coaching Alliance. Featuring video-based sports-parenting tips from Positive Coaching Alliance National Advisory Board Member and Hall of Fame Manager Tony La Russa.

 

Click here to read more and register

 

3. Deciding on proper equipment for your child

We get many questions regarding equipment before and during the season such as:

  • What bat size is best for my child? What is the best bat brand? What is the best bat weight?

  • What size glove is best for infield versus outfield?  Does age matter when sizing the glove?

We've gathered a resource that we believe breaks down the information as clearly as possible:

DISCLAIMER: Stafford Little League is not affiliated, or advertising for homerunmonkey.com.  The information provided by homerunmonkey.com should be used as a guide to determine the best possible sizing for your child.  Results will vary with equipment purchased from any vendor due to many factors that influence your child’s performance including by not limited to age, height, weight, and athleticism.  If you choose to purchase equipment from homerunmonkey.com and issues are encountered, Stafford Little League is not responsible for any and all issues.

 

4. Back Yard Hitting Drills for Coaches and Dads

 

Click here to see video

 

Here's a quick rundown of the drills...

 

1. Front Toss Drill - to improve rhythm, timing, balance, and swing sequence => Two sets of 10 reps

 

2. Three Ball Front Toss Drill - trains your players to hit inside, middle, and outside pitches at the correct plate depth => Two sets of 9 reps (3 in, 3 middle, 3 out)

 

3. Front Toss Curve Drill - teaches the proper timing and swing path for hitting a curveball => Two sets of 10 reps.

 

4. Front Toss Contact Drill - reinforces the correct contact position, with the bottom palm facing up and the top palm facing down => Two sets of 10 reps