This is my first post on this site. This site is new. I am a baseball guy. Just a guy like most of you who was taught by a caring group of concerned adults.Take a look at the about me page for a more in depth look at who you are choosing to get tips from. I chose to take the lessons passed on to me a continue to pass them on to future generations. The main reason that I chose to start this site is that through the years I have coached with and against a lot of coaches who had good intentions and no clue how to get there message across. There was also that group of well intentioned coaches who just didn’t know what they were talking about. Either because they weren’t coached properly themselves or because they misremembered what they were taught. I am putting this site together with the help of coaches from t-ball all the way up to the Major Leagues. Some of these coaches i speak to directly. Others I have contact with through coaches I know. The message here will be consistent though. The kids come first and the game of baseball must be respected.
If you came here to learn how to WIN baseball games you are at the wrong site. I will never write an article about how to “Win a Baseball Game.” I will give you the tools to teach your young athletes how to compete. Winning and losing depend on so many variables that anyone that tells you they now how to teach you to win is lying. I need to point no further than the New England Patriots 17 – 1 season. The best team in the NFL lost in the biggest game of the year to a team they had already beaten that season. Winning is just a matter of too may things outside the parameter of your control. One of the greatest coaching points I ever heard was that you can only control the things you can control. Meaning you can’t control what the other team is going to do. You can’t control the umpires decisions. You can’t control the weather. You can control your attitude and your effort. So if you focus on attitude and effort most of the other stuff will take care of itself.
My lesson today is that you as a coach need to learn to coach. Knowing how to play baseball is not enough. There are hundreds of thousands of people who know how to play baseball. With that in mind think about how many coaches are considered good. Knowing baseball is important don’t get me wrong. The most important part of being a good coach is learning how to teach.
In order to teach you have to learn what your students can do. Then you need to tailor your teaching to their skills. Develop practice plans that push better athletes while not leaving the weaker athletes behind. If you have a couple of players that are ahead of the others don’t always put them together or they are going to get bored when the other players can’t catch up. At the same time you can’t always put them with the weaker players because they won’t get any better themselves. It is a delicate balance but with some effort you can get a team that can work together to achieve a common goal.
I could ramble on all day about baseball so I am going to close with this. The most important part of any TEAM is the leadership. As a coach of a youth baseball team you are the leader. Set a good example. Be early. Leave late. Most important have a plan. Tomorrow I will go over creating a practice plan for a couple of different levels depending on where you are.
Thanks for your interest,