Good Teams, Good Coaches

Posted on July 16, 2013

Know this here and now . . . any one can be a good, competent and, consequently, a winning youth baseball coach. But this is the last comment about winning that you will read in this article . . . simply because winning is a result of being a good, competent coach. If you will believe this you will be miles ahead of many of your peers, and the opposite is just as true. Ok, so what does it take? Like anything else, you simply must know the ...

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Great Habits for the New Season

Posted on July 16, 2013

These habits can start with us here at Baseball Articles. We can help you by supplying some direction so that you might enjoy the game more this season. 1ST AND FOREMOST, decide if and what you want to do better this year. To become a better coach, a better hitter, baseball parent or whatever, but decide a major point of improvement here and now. Be specific. Break a major bad habit and focus on that change. Make it THAT ONE MAJOR THING ...

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How to Handle Parents

Posted on July 16, 2013

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 this adventure. So here's my list of do's and don'ts that a coach should ...

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Approaching Your Child’s Coach

Posted on July 16, 2013

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 problems for the child, such as retribution from the coach. Hopefully your child's ...

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Plan To Succeed

Posted on July 16, 2013

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 don't say that you don't have the time. You do! Here's the math over a ...

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Coaching Gaffes

Posted on July 16, 2013

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. There are no big games, as you are not playing the other team but the ball and the ...

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Which Type of Coach Are You?

Posted on July 16, 2013

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 coach that the kids respond to because of trust and respect. This type of coach ...

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So You’re The New Coach

Posted on July 16, 2013

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! You'll probably even turn out to be good at it. How do I know? Why would I think ...

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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 School teams. 9th grade boys, recently humiliated and told they weren't good ...

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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 of communication with your players and parents is critical to a successful ...

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