Maybe the best career-coaching tip I pass on to youth coaches is that games are players' time to shine and practice the coach's time to shine.Many, if not most coaches, do the opposite with little or selective coaching during practices and then attempting to "steal the show," with their antics in front of the crowd during games.
I have spent my post major league playing days coaching baseball and softball to youth players. The second-most-important career coaching tip I have learned and also tell other coaches is never stop learning. Learning the fundamentals and strategies of the sport, along with how to work with athletes to bring out their best, is a never-ending process. Right when I feel like I know everything about hitting, fieldingor coaching, something comes along that wakes me up to the reality that there is so much more to learn. The same goes for working with kids, coaches, and parents. Right when I believe I have dealt with every type of person or situation, some new challenge presents itself.
Unfortunately, many youth coaches are unwilling to learn from others and choose the "My way or the highway" approach. For some reason, they believe they know it all and are not open to new ideas. Often, this type coach alienates youth athletes to the point where they no longer wish to keep playing.
A third career coaching tip I have learned is that it is the simple, practical things that make things fun for kids. The little things coaches do toshowyoung athletesthat they care is what is most important. It is the caring from adults, coaches and parents, whichmakes sports fun for youth. The good news is that usually, happy children lead to happy parents.
Along with knowing when to coach, a constant willingness to learn and to care to help kids, here are other career coaching tips for youth coaches. Many of these tips seem very practical but, once again, it is the little things make a difference and a great coach.
Whenever possible, coaches should:
Allow me to repeat, games are players' time to shine and practice the coach's time to shine.
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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