I am in my 25th year of giving baseball lessons and the cool thing is that I am still learning as I go. I am not only learning new tricks of the coaching baseball trade but also learning how to more effectively work with players. There is an art to working with each player according to their personality. With some players, coaches can work them harder physically, get more technical with them, and challenge them physically and mentally, than they can with other players. Coaching youth is not one teaching method that works for all and doing the wrong thing with a player can turn them off to baseball, or at least, to baseball lessons. As implied, all kids are different, and providing the right touch with each individual is crucial to them earning the coach's trust.
It doesn't matter if it's a trip to the batting cages, baseball drills, ground ball drills or any type of fun baseball drills, tt is important that baseball coaches observe how much players want to be there, as often, parents are the only reason the child takes lessons. This determination tells the coach how hard they can work the player. Overdoing the workload and insisting players work harder, usually backfires with kids, who are unsure they want to be there. On the other side is the player, who wants to work hard and gets bored when coaches talk too much, without the physical work.
Coaches, who are good readers of players' personalities, have the best chance of succeeding with teaching baseball lessons. Of course, providing high-quality information is a given, no matter the individual. What individuals do with that quality coaching is up to them.
Baseball lessons should be a joint learning session between players, coaches, and interested parents. Sure, the session should be enjoyable, but the fun part follows, when coaches give kids the impression that they truly care that players improve and when results come. Caring that players improve is the best thing baseball coaches can do for players, even beyond making it fun for them and beyond player improvement, as there is no guarantee of that.
After playing major league baseball, Jack Perconte has taught baseball and softball since 1988 and offered valuable coaching training too. He has helped numerous youth players reach their potential, as well as having helped parents and coaches navigate their way through the challenging world of youth sports. Jack is one of the leading authorities in the areas of youth baseball training and coaching training advice.All Jack Perconte articles are used with copyright permission.
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