A selection of coaching tips provided by The Coach:|
OUT OF CONTROL PARENTS?
Are parent's really out of control in youth league baseball? If I heard that question once, I must have heard it 2 dozen times while being interviewed on radio and TV when promoting my book A PARENT'S GUIDE TO BASEBALL-Surviving And Thriving Youth League To College! - READ MORE
LIGHTEN UP !
This is the tournament time of year . All Stars, World Series, Win it all! Your team's mental condition is going to determine whether they reach their potential. You will have no problem getting them up for the game. In fact the biggest mistake you can make is to try to pump them up. They must treat each game as a "day at the office". They must believe that they are good enough to succeed. To try to play beyond their abilities will end in disaster. To try to pump them up is telling them that their normal effort is not good enough and that they must go to heroic levels to win. - READ MORE
HOW TO ORGANIZE A QUALITY PRACTICE
Strategy doesn't win games. Preparation wins games. The single most important
task a coach has is to prepare his players so that they can expect to have
success/fun in the games.
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THE KEY TO BEING A SUCCESSFUL COACH
Is winning how to judge whether you have done a good
job coaching? A wise old coach once told me "The first rule of how to be a good
coach is get good players" I will amend his statement by adding "particularily a
couple of stud, hard throwing pitchers". But what if for whatever reason, you find yourself with a team with no pitchers and very little talent. YOU ARE GOING TO LOSE...A LOT! - READ MORE
WIN AT ALL COST COACH?
" He's a win at all cost coach". Some coach has
just been hit with the most damning curse.
It has been my experience, this curse is uttered by losers that are not
willing to pay the price to win. What is the cost of being a successful
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Nothing Intrinsictly Fun About Baseball
The beauty of baseball is that there is nothing
intrinsically FUN about playing baseball. If you were to stand in your
office and swing a bat after about 30 seconds you'd think, 'this isn't any fun.'
It is fun to hit the ball. It is not fun to swing and miss all the time. It is
not fun to miss the ball on defense and have it bite you in the nose. It is fun
to make defensive plays. - READ MORE
HIT BY THE PITCH AND BAILING
Every year at this time I am asked the same question. My son is in his first year of kid pitch. He was hit by the pitch and now he is afraid of the ball and bailing out. What can I do?
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PROPER BUNTING SKILLS ARE IMPORTANT
"Bunt two and hit away" Coaches' instruction heard around the world before batting practice. What follows are a couple of stabs at the ball and then a spirited round of Home Run Derby. - READ MORE
How To Be A Good Assistant
Having a good assistant coach is a real asset. What is the role of an assistant coach? - READ MORE
Here is why the 'hit and run' is counter productive and the 'fake steal' is very effective. - READ MORE