Every ball player has a different personality. Some are "adult friendly," so to speak, where they come the first day of practice eager to listen and try everything the coach teaches. Other players are "adult leery," much more reserved with how much they are willing to devote to a coach's instruction. This latter type player is not a bad kid, but for whatever reason they have developed a resistance to adult-given advice.
It is important for coaches to win this resistant type player over because their resistance can inhibit the player's development, disrupt team chemistry, and drag down a coach's enthusiasm for coaching. When this situation persists, coaches often stop coaching this type player creating a lose/lose situation for all.
What coaches should do to help resistant players
Persistent coaching of these players usually works to win over their trust. Turning seemingly "un-coachable" players into coach-able ones makes for a winning coach, whether the team wins games or not. Additionally, being the first adult that ball player ever trusted may just change their entire life. Of course, adults may not know the affect they have on these type players, but some day they may find out they were a winning coach for reaching the resistant player.
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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