It blows my mind to see people blow their shot to make a difference when they coachsports. With the state of the games today and all the problems coaches encounter, you may wonder why anyone would ever want to coach in the first place. That's a great point as it seems like there are more unfortunate situations at youth sporting events these days than uneventful games. People leave the fields talking about the adults involved more than the kids and the game itself. Well, in my book I give a couple of great reasons why people should coach youth. The reasons came in the form of some letters I received from boyhood teammates.
The first letter:
Your dad was a great leader, coach, and gentleman. I can remember him from Joliet Little League, along with your fastball. Please write about him.
and The second letter:
I read what you post
on here, and I can tell that your passion for sports and drive to help kids has a lot of your dad's influence in it. What a great man. I remember him with a lot of love and respect.
Those notes still shake me up today, especially because my dad coached the two letter writers over 45 years ago. 45 Years, heck I am glad when my players remember me a couple of weeks from now, let alone 45 years later. The point is, when you coach sports the right way, you can change lives and be remembered for the role model you are capable of being. It's a great opportunity do not throw away your shot to make a difference. Rise up, coaches! As always I appreciate it when you share my writing, videos, and books with friends and youth coaches.
Jack Perconte has dedicated his post-major league baseball career to helping youth. He has taught baseball and softball for the past 27 years. His playing, coaching and parenting stories create better experiences for athletes and parents. Jack has written over a thousand articles on coaching baseball and youth sports. Jack is the author of "The Making of a Hitter" now $5 and "Raising an Athlete." His third book "Creating a Season to Remember" is now available. Jack is a featured writer for Baseball the Magazine. You can also find Jack Perconte on YouTube with over 80 fun and innovative baseball instructional videos.
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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