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Can you build confidence in your baseball team?
Do you know what it feels like to be embarrassed on the baseball field?
My first incredible coaching lesson of brilliant advice to build confidence came as soon as I got my first professional managing job.
After five mediocre seasons as a catcher in the minors at age 26 I began managing. My first season of experience was with the Winter Haven Red Sox in the Class A Florida State League.
I will never forget, Bill Slack, a long time minor league coach with the Red Sox pulled me aside at spring training with some dynamic advice.
Slackie said, Holty…If you are going to coach and manage you better have a lot of patience. And, as soon as you can you better learn to say something good about a player after you have had to get on to them.
There have been many folks that have offered me helpful hints and masterful tips. But, Slackie's way to build confidence really became indispensable.
Having played baseball for a few years I already knew how incredibly hard of game baseball is to play well. And, fortunately I was naturally pretty patient. So, I never was a real overpowering Yell and Holler guy.
To build confidence, one of the best baseball coaching tips for me has been to use a patient coaching approach. In my books on coaching baseball I continue to write about ways to use patience in your positive baseball coaching style.
Former major league catcher and now famous legendary broadcaster Bob Uecker comments on the awesome difficulty of playing baseball in a recent interview.
He says, I don’t ever make fun of players. I don’t care how bad a team is going, I don’t do that. I don’t make fun of other players because I know how hard it is to play…Baseball is really a tough game.
It sure is hard. Therefore, players are going to make mistakes, even on routine plays.
Stuff is going to happen. You are going to wonder what in the world the player was thinking or doing. How could he throw the ball to that base? What was he doing not tagging up?
Believe me… I have not seen it all but I have seen plenty. The game looks very easy to play from the dugout, the bleachers, and on TV.
If you want free baseball coaching tips then assume anything and everything is going to happen and be ready for teachable moments--you will have plenty of them.
It is stunningly sad to say, but I cannot tell you how many youth league coaches slam their hats down to the ground in total tantalizing anger after a bad play.
Let's go over a few scenarios and check out where you are your thinking.
For more detail on the qualities needed for coaching you are invited to look at my player development systems in more depth. I discuss and answer questions like these and much more.
(Side Note: Remember, amazingly, major leaguers admit baseball is incredibly difficult to play).
Coaches will have plenty to get on players about. There are going to be a lot of boo-boos in baseball. The best baseball coaching comes from coaches who understand and have a compassion for players, always respecting the kids for the difficulty the game presents.
Building confidence in your baseball coaching approach and style is vital for maximizing player development.
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