Youth baseballcoaches have a lot to do of course and one of those is to foster the importance of team. Good coaches preach, "We win as a team and lose as a team," which is always a good approach. More than that though, good youth baseball coaches look for ways to create a cohesive team, one that pulls for each other and enjoys being around each other. Teams that enjoy playing together have a better chance of winning and with dealing with adverse times. Creating a team atmosphere may seem an easy thing, but there is often more to it than appears.
Good Coaches emphasize team by:
1. Watching for and not allowing exclusionary cliques to form on the team
2. Having team members pair off with different players when doing drill work
3. Encouraging players to cheer on others, especially struggling players; an uplifting word from a teammate goes further than uplifting words from adults.
4. Giving a little special attention to shy players and those who are a little on the outside of the group.
5. Allowing kids to have fun on the bench is usually for keeping players loose.
6. Having small group competitions that have players pull for each other is a good coaching tactic.
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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