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The Question: How to coach youth baseball? Absolutely covers a lot of ground.
Using the ultimate goal of what is best for the players makes the answer much more easy to find.
What approach do coaches and parents take in order to make youth baseball the best for the players?
Players from professional baseball all the way down to tee-ball want to have an enjoyable experience playing baseball.
When preparing to coach and asking the question How to coach youth baseball keep in mind the players perspective on playing youth baseball.
Why do kids play baseball? What are they really looking for? What do the kids want out of the baseball playing experience?
The Importance of Winning Ballgames
A study was done recently where youth baseball players were asked in a survey to rank the reasons that they feel leads them to play baseball.
Out of 20 items on the list do you know where winning finished?
Have you ever observed a baseball team that won every game, beat up everyone they played but the kids and parents were miserable? From the outside the amount of wins appears to show someone who knows how to coach youth baseball.
Yes, we have coaches in youth baseball that have trophy shelves full of 1st place finishes. They won the t-ball league, moved up and won the 9-10 year old pennant. And on and on. But, they may have failed to follow what is best for the players.
Just because a youth baseball team wins a bunch of games that is no guarantee that player development was taking place. In fact, players could be pretty miserable with the wrong kind of coaching approach.
Often a team that goes 9-7, 8-8 or 7-9 might have had a better overall experience than the team that went 16-0. If the baseball coaches and instructors do a really good job, that 8-8 team might have just about every player wanting to sign up again next year.
While the 16-0 team, although winning lots of games, might have been miserable and lacking the growth, player development and satisfaction that players and parents really want out of youth baseball.
Who really wants to win the pennant? The coaches and parents or the baseball players?
To find answers to this discussion I welcome you to go deeper into the topics here.
My player development model has a place for winning. My model has plenty of room for additional components too.
No matter how many wins your ball team ends up with at the end of the season there is one thing you would like to hear.
How many of the players on the team will say, “Wow, that was an awesome season. I cannot wait till we start again and sign up for next year.” The true measurement of success!
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