Each year I organize a parents meeting approximately two to four weeks before the start of the season. I prepare a handout of approximately three or four pages. Included is a list of the team with phone numbers and certain philosophies and organizational items. People might say, "Well this is only youth baseball, it's not high school." This is true, but I have learned over the years that a parents meeting will make for a better run season for ...

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The main responsibilities of a coach are to instruct the appropriate skills and strategies of a sport. The most important lesson I can offer as a coach is the particular value system that I represent, and that which I feel is important for my athletes to practice. Included in this package is a zero-tolerance for alcohol, tobacco and drug abuse, enforceable during the scholastic baseball season. Specific reasons for these standards are cited ...

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Teaching Your Boy the Game

Posted on July 16, 2013

For those who "coach your son" (or those players who are coached by Dear Old Dad), lend me your ears. Here are some quick and easy thoughts to answer the common problems that surround coaching your own kid. 1st & Foremost Help him become the best player that He wants to be. When it becomes more about You, the coach, the player's Dad . . . rethink immediately because you just became ONE OF THEM! You know, the guy whose son plays ...

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One of the greatest rewards in life may very well be that of parenthood. Having the chance to watch your children grow from "demanding" infants to "demanding" teenagers may be life's greatest compensation. Perhaps second to that honor may be the distinction of being athletic coach to your son or daughter. The problem comes when it is not just your child, but 10 or 12 other children as well. Suddenly, there is a responsibility to many while ...

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Coach Them With Confidence… Not Fear!

Posted on July 16, 2013

A coach told me after a game that "his team just didn't come ready to play". I'm thinking gee! did they forget their pants? Of course they had lost and the coach was already thinking of the pep talk he was going to give before the next game.You've all heard these talks. " Don't let these guys 3 and 13 record fool you…This guy has a really good curve (it doesn't matter if he can't throw it for strikes) …he can beat you…. yada ...

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Practice When No Field Is Available

Posted on July 16, 2013

How many times do we as coaches call for a practice and meet the team at the field, only to find one team practicing and two other teams waiting to practice? When I first started coaching, this dilemma always seemed to happen to me. I would feel sort of helpless, and once even took everyone to another field with my two coaches only to find the same situation there. I made up my mind to be prepared and plan two practices. One for a field ...

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Getting Kids to Practice on Time

Posted on July 16, 2013

As the season starts, we want to get off to a good start with our team and what is expected of them. Of course, youth baseball is unlike a school team sport and you cannot force a player to practice or even force them to be on time. However, there are certain things you can do as a coach to ensure your team develops good habits. My own personal pet peeve was having the players arrive late for practices. My practices usually run no longer than ...

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Back in the late 70's an old college professor of mine was fond of saying, "Don't confuse activity with accomplishment." Jump forward about eight years and imagine me observing a coach running practice for his Little League team. At the start of practice most of the 10, 11, and 12 year olds are very enthusiastic. As the practice progresses I notice only two forms of activity taking place. One has the head coach throwing batting practice, with ...

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Some coaches have a difficult time handling the youth sports atmosphere, and some may underestimate their importance to their players. The No. 1 reason why kids come back is positive coaching. Coaches must grasp the idea that their role is important. When I talked to coaches and we define a successful coach, it isn't determined by their win-loss record. The coach has to keep the kids involved. There are four needs a coach must establish ...

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What It Takes to Be a Good Coach

Posted on July 16, 2013

What it takes to be a good coach... 1. You Have to Like Young People This has to be number one: you have to like being with kids. Your primary reason for coaching should be to watch young people grow, mature and develop. Sure, everybody likes to win, but if winning is the only thing that counts, you'll never get that deep feeling of pride and satisfaction that comes from watching your kids succeed at life. And it doesn't matter what age or ...

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