Good Teams, Good Coaches

Know this here and now . . . any one can be a good, competent and, consequently, a winning youth baseball coach. But this is the last comment about winning that you will read in this article . . . simply because winning is a result of being a good, competent coach.

If you will believe this you will be miles ahead of many of your peers, and the opposite is just as true.

Ok, so what does it take? Like anything else, you simply must know the rules, have a plan and execute it. The plan must be solid and simple enough for you to stick with throughout an entire season. Here are some guidelines:

  1. Know why you are coaching – if it is not for ALL of your players . . . Get Out Now!
  2. Decide on a plan and a direction – one that fits the level of play, whether it is competitive or recreational. Know that there are good plans, better plans, and no plans. Know also that the only bad plan is to have no plan at all.
  3. Develop your plan well before the first practice. Plan the first practice now. Plan next week during this week. Always plan for tomorrow, today!
  4. COMMIT TO THIS PLAN IN WRITING . . . or there is no plan at all.

Know that if you are now remotely convinced that the list above makes sense, you will have a much happier team and you will have more fun as a coach than if you have no plan at all.

In other words.If you continue to do the same things the same should continue to expect the same results that you have been getting! 

Trust yourself to learn. If you are a dad or are coaching a team, you are your kid’s best chance of learning about the game.Camps, clinics and lessons can be great, but you are there to teach and reinforce through quality repetitions. Every day…every week…all season long!
You can help! It is your responsibility to get better and learn more!
You want it for your kids so you should ask it of yourself!

Coach John Peter, presently aged 50 something, is the publisher of Baseball and a lifelong student of the greatest game on earth. After being asked to find a more suitable occupation at age 26, many seasons after donning his first uni at age 7, he has transcended his skills into the much more important role of coach and especially as an instructor. He prides himself as never having charged any player or coach for a single lesson! “This game has been wonderful to my family and has afforded me a lifestyle to instruct any local player or coach who seeks my knowledge without charge!”

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