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Complement Sandwich: Baseball Coaching Tips

After spending some years around youth baseball and observing baseball coaches I am wondering how you feel about coaches coaching their own child.

I have seen many combinations and some situations seem to work out well and other times there is nothing but problems and heartache.

Do you have any tips for baseball coaches on how to handle coaching your own kid? Do think it is okay to coach little league or youth baseball league when you have a child on the team?

If so, how do go about sports coaching with your own child playing baseball on your team? Looking for baseball tips, baseball info, and baseball basics on coaching advice for the parent coaching their kids.

Ask The Pro: Response from Dave

The large majority of youth sports coaches are coaching baseball because they have a child or two as a player on the team. So, if youth baseball leagues are going to rely on volunteer coaches then they will have to include parent coaches to be involved.

Having said that, it has been stated that the Mom or Dad parent coaches are either to soft and coddle their child; or take the opposite baseball coaching approach and ride the kid to the hilt making sure no performance is good enough in their eyes.

Neither of these two coaching strategies is healthy or appropriate to the child or the rest of the players on the team. Somewhere in the middle is an appropriate baseball coaching quality.

You are looking for someone who is firm but fair and consistent with every player. You a need a coach that uses the complement sandwich approach.


*See the baseball article: How to Build Confidence and the Top 3 Ingredients for the Complement Sandwich: http://www.coachandplaybaseball.com/coaching-Youth-Baseball.html


You would like
a youth baseball coach that teaches baseball fundamentals and techniques, teaches character building, encourages team building strategies, fosters teamwork, gets along with fellow coaches, umpires, and other baseball parents.

All this and is respectful and appreciative of the efforts their own child and all the kids put out on the ball field. And above all looks past the winning-at-all-costs approach to little league and all youth baseball to Teach More Than the Game.

See this article on baseball coaching character at http://www.coachandplaybaseball.com/baseball-character.html

Your youth baseball league should hold baseball coaches clinics and coaching training for all your coaches during the preseason. A coaches code of ethics is often effective in educating coaches, too.

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Dave; Came across your books 2 years ago. I implemented your techniques the next season and can't thank you enough. The kids love practice, we accomplish a lot, and most importantly they all develop throughout the season. I don't worry too much about wins and losses, just as long as we try and they get better.

My pitchers only throw fastballs and a change-up and we do just fine. If the other team hits the ball, great it gives the defense an opportunity to make a play.

I never coach from the box, I just encourage them to hit. And they all know the have the green light on 3-0. The best thing I can do for them is make them better hitters and the only way is to hit! My kids are Junior Little league ages 13-14. Zach from California.

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