Over 4 million kids under 12 play youth baseball in the US each year. Most of these kids just want to play, but many parents are dreaming big. Every parent thinks their kid is the one that will go pro. Of 483,000 high school baseball players, 3,200 will play in college and only 275 will be drafted by a Major League team…most never making it to the big show. But the real stars of this big show are the parents and coaches.
Our national pastime has been taken hostage by a cesspool of boorish behavior…everything from bribery to seduction is fair play in the constant quest to win at all costs. Youth baseball and our national pastime is no longer about the kids as parents and coaches stop at nothing as they vie for a shot at personal glory. It is the fabric of our generation that brings family together while tearing relations apart
Titles are stripped, rules are bent, coaches are banned and kids are traumatized as they watch the chaos from the dugout. Who are the real children in youth baseball? Winning isn't everything, it is the only thing for these insufferable grownups and coaches. Its the kids that pay the price for their bad behavior.
Little League Baseball. It is the largest organized youth sports organization in the world. With youth sports comes passionate parents and determined to win Dads.
Dugout Dads is a reality show that will follow the complicated and heated lives of Dads as they mold their sons into being the baseball stars that they always dreamed of. Some of the Dads will be a positive influence on their child while others will be a complete and utter embarrassment. Dugout Dads will focus on the Dads from one 12U club league and the many teams that they will challenge for their league’s regional title. This powerful array of characters (Dads, Coaches, Coaches that are Dads, Moms, Umpires, Board Members, Commissioners, fans and the players themselves) will inspire relatable water cooler talk across the country.
Dugout Dads will follow a team from initial training to the playoffs and focus on all of the drama in between.
Each season of Dugout Dads can be regionalized by city ala Bravo’s Housewives series bringing their own unique baggage to the table. There will also be possible product placement and branding opportunities via local stadium and arena billboards.
Club teams under consideration include NJ Axemen (NJ), Richmond County Americans (Staten Island, NYC), MLB Sandcrabs (TX); Motor City Hit Dogs (MI)
Each show will be broken down into several consistent segments:
Monday Coaches’ Meeting Coaches discuss the week ahead with the team and parents while doing a review of the past week’s game including individual player evaluations
Tuesday-Friday Practice and behind the scenes/at home features with the parents, coaches and players The show will focus on 4-6 families and their home life which always revolve around baseball
Game Day Coaches review the line-up and strategy with team and parents The game plays out on the field, dugout and in the stands with the parents views from the sidelines Win or lose, the coaches and parents will make final comments on the game and the week ahead