Sunday Setting Sights on Success
A high school coaching friend of mine recently said that the biggest problem he has at the high school level is kids not knowing the game and especially with what to do with the ball on defense. My question to him was, "How can that be, with kids playing more games than ever in this age of travel baseball?
Unfortunately, coaches are not required to have training to coach youth baseball. Most leagues require background checks, but those have nothing to do with knowing the game or having skills to work with youth. Some baseball leagues offer pre-season coaching clinics, but often they are not mandatory and there is no follow up to these clinics. Additionally, coaching training has gone backwards in recent years with the popularity of travel baseball, as anyone can start a team, with little or no coaching training necessary.
Coaching training should be required at all levels of baseball. Leagues and organizations need to step up and offer and demand coaching training for youth baseball. The proper coaching training goes a long way towards helping kids get to the high school level with adequate knowledge of how to play the game and trained coaches helps kids be all they can be. The following coaching tips, so coaches can "Be all they can be" should be required reading for all youth baseball coaches.
Finally, good coaches go into practices and games assuming the best for that day. Negative thinking coaches do not last long in youth baseball or ruin the fun of the game for youth ball players. Following these coaching training tips can help coaches and players "Be all they can be."
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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