📒 Guide: Getting Started with Elbow Up

The ultimate community and guide for youth baseball parents and coaches.

Welcome to Elbow Up! ⚾

This guide is your road map to your youth baseball experience via Elbow Up. Don’t worry about figuring this out all at once. Just commit to learning a little each week.

I’ve seen (and done) the good, bad, and the ugly, and I’m just here to help!

- Kevin

First, let’s take care of some housekeeping. If you haven’t done so already…

✉️ Sign up for weekly emails and podcasts.

✔️ Join our Facebook group!

✔️ Like/Follow Elbow Up on Facebook.

✔️ Follow Elbow Up on Twitter.

👕 Get an Elbow Up T-Shirt or Hat!

Who is Kevin Burke?

I’m Kevin Burke, and I’ve made all the mistakes!

On one hand, I’m just another youth baseball coach and parent like you. On the other, I’ve got a little experience in both.

I’ve coached youth baseball for 18 years (5 year olds through high school varsity).

I have an 18 year old that I coached and now coach my 9 year old.

My brother was a first round draft pick of the San Diego Padres in 2006 after signing with then number one ranked Vanderbilt University, and I had a front row seat to that entire process (and I taught him everything he knows 😜).

I’ve attended and coached thousands of baseball games.

I’ve seen (and still see) the good, the bad, and the ugly.

Publishing Schedule


MONDAY 📝/🎧 - ⚠️ Premium - I’ll write or record about something I saw or heard over the prior weekend. These will be topics aimed at educating and informing you with a 5-10 minute tip, guide, or story.

WEDNESDAY - 🎧 - Weekly podcast and email covering a topic in depth or interviewing an expert guest. Typical length ranges from 20-35 minutes.

FRIDAY 📝/🎧 - ⚠️ Premium - I’ll cover something useful that you can take with you and your team or player into the upcoming weekend. These will typically be more on-field related topics and should be between 5-10 minutes in length.

Where to Start

If you’re new to Elbow Up or youth baseball parenting and coaching, here’s what I’d read or listen to, and in this order:

📝 Gut Check: What’s Your Baseball Goal?

🎧 My Oldest Son Turns 18 Today: What I Would Have Done Differently

📝 Your Actions Show What’s Really Important

📝 Why the name, Elbow Up?

🎧 Mike Steele Coaches Cleveland Indians and Son's Youth Team, Talks State of Youth Baseball - Part 1

Get More Content

The Wednesday podcast and article will always be free, but premium subscribers get the full experience - extra podcasts and articles as well as access to my private parent-coach Facebook group, and access to my documents, how-to guides, and coaching templates as they are created!

🚨 LIMITED TIME: The next 25 subscribers get 33% off FOREVER! 🚨

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⚠️ A paid subscription is only $12 a month and financially allows me to continue supporting youth baseball parents and coaches each week (plus you get EXTRA content and benefits)!

⚠️ $12 a month equals roughly $4 per week. My Wednesday episode alone is worth that, but with my Monday and Friday content, you’ll be getting at least 12 pieces of content a month at just $1 each. The long term development of your son or team is worth much more than that!

⚠️ That being said, I want every parent and coach to be as informed as possible to help their kids and players, and I don’t want $12 to be a barrier. If $12 a month is an issue for your family, please email me at kevinburke2 (@) gmail (dot) com and we’ll work something out.

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What’s Next?

I’m going to continue to build out this guide, but here’s a few things to consider in the meantime…

The Future of Elbow Up

This entire project started as a hobby. I’ve always enjoyed writing and baseball, and after a few viral articles, I ventured into the podcast arena and have seen really good traction.

I never thought we’d be getting 30,000+ downloads per episode, but here we are!

I’ve struggled a little with finding the right publishing cadence - one that is appealing to YOU and that is manageable for me.

The Monday, Wednesday, Friday schedule works well for all (I think), but I’d still love your input.

I’m continuously looking to make things better and provide more value to as many parents and coaches as possible. If you have suggestions, be sure to let me know how I can help!

Visit the Full Archives

Now, while I continue to build out this Getting Started guide, check out the full archive and catch up on all the past articles and episodes.

Spread the Word

And most importantly right now, spread the word! Tell everyone you know about Elbow Up so we can continue to make a difference for our kids in the world of youth baseball!

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