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How to Handle Parents

No one ever says "Gee, Margo, little Bubba is old enough, let's get him on a baseball team, make complete jerks of ourselves and drive some coach crazy!".but it happens. The wise coach understands that he is not just teaching boys to play baseball, but is shepherding a group of families through the baseball experience. He must explain to the parents their role in ...

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Approaching Your Child’s Coach

Coaching Youth Sports has received numerous e-mail notes from parents asking how to approach their child's coach or otherwise deal with a problem involving the coach. Sometimes the problem is just with the one child and the coach, other times it involves several athletes. The major concern seems to be how to discuss this problem with the coach without creating ...

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Plan To Succeed

If it's so easy to coach youth baseball and do it well, why do you see so many poor coaches? In my years as a player and as a coach, I can tell you that my opinion of poor coaching can be simply boiled down to: A LACK OF KNOWLEDGE AND A LACK OF PREPARATION! Simply stated... NO Game Plan! The great news is...both can be taught and both can be learned! And please ...

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Coaching Gaffes

I have considered writing a book "Every Word Out of a Youth League Coach's Mouth at Games Is Wrong." Catchy title, huh? It's a little overstated but I think you will recognize some of these. Here are some of the worst examples, in no particular order.   Pre-Game Pep Talks It is completely counterproductive to give a rousing pep talk before the game. ...

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Which Type of Coach Are You?

There are as many different coaching styles as there are coaches. I’d like to spend a few lines writing about a couple of coaching styles that I see a lot, and give you my opinion of which one I think is ultimately more effective for kids. The two styles are "leader" and "dictator." Which one are you? The leader is the type of ...

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So You’re The New Coach

So you're the new coach. Ok, now what? Coaching a team sure seemed like a good idea, maybe even easy.until you started thinking and getting into it deeper. All those players, parents, the draft, practices.and those game decisions.ugh. Maybe coaching 3rd base might not be so easy... What were you thinking? SOLUTIONS: Rule #1 - Relax, It will work out! ...

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Coaches Needed – YES, You’re Qualified!

I received an urgent phone call last February asking me to coach some 15 & 16-year olds. The league was to return their sign-up money because they had no coach. After I told them NO for the 4th time (hey, I'm really busy running a young but substantial company), I got to thinking about those 13 kids, most of whom had just been cut from their respective High ...

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Organization Leads to a Successful Season

As travel baseball becomes more and more the norm at younger ages, many coaches are starting to see the difficulties in running a team. Since many of the players are traveling some distance to practice and play on your team, organization will insure that the player and their parents enjoy their time with your club.1st -  Having open lines ...

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Making Practice Fun and Effective

Baseball practice can be, by definition, a chore. In order to perfect game-related skills, players must perform repetitive, sometimes mundane tasks in a quest to build muscle memory and skill. Even so, beware of making practice boring - players who dread practice won't get as much (or anything) out of it, will distract the rest of the team, and may even quit. ...

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Are We Playing Too Much?

Perhaps you have heard of a concept that leadership and management guru Stephen Covey calls "Sharpening the Saw." While he was aiming this idea to the business world, it has applicability to those who coach and play sports as well. Basically, the concept goes like this: Don't get so busy sawing that you forget to sharpen the saw. What happens to the saw while ...

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