The first meeting with team parents and the first meeting with the players is crucial for a smooth season. Coaches must prepare for both because the first impression buys the coaching staff time to gain respect from all. At the preseason parents meeting coaches should state their coaching credentials, coaching philosophy, team and parent rules and expectations along with team goals. Once stated, coaches should open those, and any other parent concerns, up for discussion. The first team get together should reinforce player expectations, and the importance of players being coach-able, open to trying new techniques that the coaches present.
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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