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One of my best coaching tips for baseball is this. Teach more than the game.
We baseball coaches are pretty good at coaching skills, coaching strategy and teaching baseball techniques. We are called to go beyond the X’s and O’s and baseball fundamentals.
We must take advantage to seek opportunities to teach more than the game. Baseball is our ‘vehicle’ that we use as an excuse to teach vital life skills and virtues.
If a group of baseball kids can leave us as better teammates, having learned to play by the rules and pulled together when times are tough, don’t you think you might have left a pretty big footprint on their lives?
|"A coach is someone who can give correction without causing resentment." John Wooden.|
My player expectation chart started with character. In my ‘character’ column I break it into (3) categories of RESPECT”. Incorporate teaching these points in with your coaching tips for baseball.
Evil is lurking at every corner to get our kid's attention on the bad stuff. Resist bad stuff. Keep an eagle eye out for destructive habits.
I spent almost great 20 years in professional baseball as a minor league player, field manager, and various time in scouting, and acquiring players. I was with an affiliated ballclub the Boston Red Sox and a few years in the Independent Professional Leagues.
I hardly ever experienced any players disrespecting another team’s players. I only remember one time where I thought a team was running up the score on my team when they were ahead by 8 runs and still stealing late in the game.
Yes, professionals are highly competitive and we did get into occasional bench clearing situations. But, these incidents were not out of disrespect but more out of indiviual frustrations and backing up your teammates.
Now, I have a very different story in my years in amateur baseball. At every level I have coached in I have seen several obvious instances of mean spirited and unsportsmanlike behaviors.
I have seen coaches tell players to bench jockey my teams, fail to control their players’ mouths and look the other way when the dugout gets raunchy and un-classy bench jockeying the other team. I saw an American Legion team all laugh out loud on the ball field every time my players struck out. Really?
I was playing on the road vs. one league opponent that allowed fraternity students loose with a bullhorn behind the fight field fence and they did their research, too.
In all most all these cases I either told the opposing coach we would not play them if they allowed their kids to act like that or we would not shake hands after the ball games. This usually works.
I think amateur coaches really do not see anything wrong with letting their kids run their mouths until I point it out.
My players often ask me if professional ballplayers razz the other team’s players. I tell them, “You know, pro ball players respect each other enough to not engage in stuff like that. Everyone is trying to survive just to keep a uniform on, therefore pros play hard, compete hard but rarely get into a mouth war with their opponents as peers.”
I want my team to be the classiest team we will see all season. My most important coaching tips for baseball is to play with class. Be humble in victory and sad but determined in defeat. No profanity or verbal abuse. No taunting opponents—only pull for out team. No arguing with umpires—and call the umps by their names.
I have a few more coaching tips for baseball practice. This pertains mostly for the high school baseball coaches but can be adapted to all age levels.
Baseball practice is huge for my teams. I love to conduct practice plans so I want practice to practical and purposeful. I want energy and enthusiasm. I use practice as a proving ground for playing time.
We do a little more than take a few batting practice swings, take infield-outfield practice and call if a day. I use baseball practice as a mini-game day where we get a lot of work in using competition.
Baseball coaches set the tone for your baseball parents. Baseball parent behavior is an extension of the baseball coach whether you like it or not. One of my biggest coaching tips for baseball is 'set the tone' for the behaviors you want from your spectators.
Parents: Enjoy the games and support the players by letting them know you enjoy watching them play and are appreciative of the effort they put out.
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