I find myself with the girls by myself and I feel over whelmed sometimes. I try to keep them all busy but I feel that they need individual attention in certain areas. I have tried to recruit friends, family and fellow coaches to help out with the all star team. I’ve had no help in the past and have done pretty well but there is always room for improvement. How do I make better use of mine and the girls time?

It’s great you’re coaching and while you’re feeling pretty overwhelmed right now, know that you’re really helping the girls! They need a coach like you who cares enough to give this much time and effort. Plus, most coaches start out just like you. Kinda like being a parent – no real training and you’re usually understaffed and overwhelmed… OK, since you’re the lone ranger at practice one simple way to make the groups smaller is to not have them all come at once. I’m just making up times but you could try something like this. If you practice from 6-8: 6:00 – 6:45 have your infielders come (you’ll be able to work with them for 30 minutes – just you and your infielders) 6:30 to 6:45 your outfielders can show up 6:30 – 7:15 have your outfielders show up (the 15 minutes that both groups are there – 6:30 to 6:45 – you can work on your team defense with your entire defense there) 7:15 – 8:00 have your pitchers and catchers show up (the first 15 minutes the pitchers can warm up to themselves while you work with the catchers on hitting) Then for the last 30 minutes the catchers can catch the pitchers And at 8:00 everyone goes home. This type of workout is a great way to make the groups smaller and allow you more time with each player. It will work great if you practice more than once per week so you could have one of these type of practices for defense and the other set up this same way and work on offense.