The first few weeks of the season are crucial for coaching youth baseball and the time that coaches should take advantage of, as coaching youth baseball gets more difficult as the season wears on.
Having just finished a holiday youth baseball camp, I was reminded of a couple of things that I notice every year about coaching youth baseball at the beginning of the season, as opposed to coaching later on in the year.
This time of year (the beginning of baseball practice), kids:
Of course, each of those observations lead to the other, in a great cycle that promotes learning, as enthusiasm leads to reception, followed by the willingness and ability to change. That is a coach's dream of course, the perfect coaching environment. As mentioned, coaches must take advantage of it early, as this perfect coaching environment changes relatively soon.
Those observations had me thinking of the "why," for that perfect coaching environment.
With all that in mind, it is paramount that coaches are ready, and at their best, for the first few weeks of practice to take advantage of this unique coaching environment. Once expectations, habits, and instruction-inundation come into play, coaching youth baseball gets more difficult.
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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