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365 Days to Better Baseball - Running for Discipline

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365 Days to Better Baseball - Running for Discipline

February 24 - Friday Five Tool Tip

Conditioning and Disciplining Wayward Players

I am not a big believer in using running and such extra physical activity as punishment because that is how kids begin to interpret physical activity, as punishment. Additionally, it is time taken away from practicing baseball. As we know in today's society, physical activity is crucial, so we want kids to look at it as necessary, which it is, if not fun. Physical activity can easily be included in team practices in the form of stretching, base running, and team defensive drills that require running and can be made into fun activities by good coaches.

Having said that, I believe coaches need a way to make the point to kids that it is not acceptable togoof off, not pay attention, and ignore team rules. Extra running and other forms of physical activity are means of getting the point across; however, this is best done as a whole and never just with the offending individual. When one player needs discipline, the whole team runs. Maybe not fair, but coaches should explain this rule at the beginning of the season. In this manner, other players will inform wayward players that shaping up and getting with the program is necessary.

Two views of local Extension leaders drilling ... Two views of local Extension leaders drilling in physical exercise in middies and bloomers, ... (Photo credit: Cornell University Library)

Coaches should not abuse this extra activity idea to where players build up animosity towards the coach because, after all, it is youth sports. When this runningdoes not seem to work, coaches may have to have a sit down with the player first, possibly followed by a sit down with his or her parents.

About Jack Perconte

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.

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