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Motivational Methods for Every Day - 365 Days to Better Baseball

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Motivational Methods for Every Day - 365 Days to Better Baseball
Motivational Methods for Every Day - 365 Days to Better Baseball

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Simple Motivational Methods for Youth Baseball Coaches

I love when I get a double take from one of my players, when I smile after they perform something well. It is almost as if they are stunned that an adult smiles at them. Many kids are not used to getting such a positive response from an adult. I can tell they like the smile and that good feeling motivates them to work for more smiles. motivational methods

Sure, giving kids a motivational speech is a good way to try to inspire kids. Those are most effective in sports such as football, when games play on a weekly basis. Baseball is more of a daily game where motivational talks get old and work for a short period, at best. The best motivation is a constant coaching exercise, as the following.

10 Motivational Methods for Coaches

 

 

  1. High five or fist pump all kids like to get one of those
  2. Address players by name quickly take the time to learn each player's name the very first practice
  3. Tell players they remind you of a certain major league player when they do something well "Hey that looked just like Paul Konerko"
  4. Ask players if they have a nickname to use if not give them a cool one "Hammering Hank"
  5. Speak to players at their level coaches should kneel down and talk to young players as that is much less intimidating that way
  6. Reenact plays until players do it right proof they can do it, even though it may have taken awhile, is important.
  7. Always end on a good note for example, keep pitching to players, time permitting, until they end on a good hit
  8. Pick a different player each week, game, or practice to be captain for that day.
  9. The point acknowledging players with the point lets players know you recognized something they did
  10. Smile as mentioned above, nothing motivates as does a sincere, well-timed smile

Coaches, who employ these motivational methods, get the most out of their teams and are winning coaches in the end.

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.

All Jack Perconte articles are used with copyright permission.

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