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Is youth baseball coaching qualities the same as pro ball? Well, yes and mostly no. Yes, many coaching qualities involve handling a group, positive modeling, and developing skills and character surely carry over.
In reality, there are a few distinct differences coaching in the amateur baseball levels compared to coaches in the major leagues.
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First, the major league players get paid. They get paid to produce. They have to help their team win or they will get replaced and/or eventually lose their jobs.
Major League coaches and managers also get paid. Compensation is contingent on how much their teams win and stay competitive.
They play with a win-at-all-cost mentality. Yes, they are great in teaching baseball instruction, skilled at developing players, and knowhow to play baseball, but they have to do what it takes to win.
Secondly, they will make Big League Moves matching up lefty and righty pitchers to face batters and vice versa. Calling for strategies to bunt or to hit and run.
Often you will see coaches arguing with umpires on close plays when they feel their players have been wronged. At times they will even lose their cool with the umps mostly because the need to win is so important to their profession. Partly, because it is part of the show.
Many of our coaches today are really confused on their coaching roles. They feel like they have to bring all this intensity to the dugout or they are not looked at as coaching efficiently.
They feel they have to constantly question the umpires or they are not properly coaching. They act like they have to constantly hammer and nag on their players for every little boo-boo or they feel like they are not coaching very well.
Youth Baseball coaches feel like they are being judged completely on the outcome of the games just like the pros. If the team wins, I am a good coach. If we lost, I should have got on my players more for all the mistakes they made and I should have really got mad at that ump for missing the call.
The best Baseball coaching qualities include working respectfully with umpires which carries over to your youth baseball players. Get your beef in politely and get on with the ballgame.
In reality, Youth baseball is a universe away from major league ball. No one is going to lose their job for not winning the pennant.
There is no entertainment involved really until we get to varsity high school, and college. Otherwise just parents, grandparents, other kin folk and a couple of pet dogs are watching.
Quality coaches understand that they are youth coaches. They get it. They know that few players will even reach the high school level, much less college or pro level.
They always are looking for opportunities to teach more than the game.
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