There is a common saying around baseball circles that states, "Hitting is contagious." It seems like when one player gets hot with the bat, many players follow and the team goes on a nice offensive stretch. The same happens with team chemistry, once it gets started, many follow, and all have fun, which should be a top goal of youth baseball.
Good baseball coaches should set the stage for team chemistry with the following coaching tips.
* Pair up different players for drills and skills competitionso all players have a chance at success
* Discourage cliques and promote inclusion of all players in team activities - good coaches encourage players to try to include all players in team functions
* Encourage players to pull for each other - especially for struggling players
* Show enthusiasm through good and bad times - helping players learn to win and lose with class is a key to good coaching
* Gain players' trust with fair treatment of all and with helpful game knowledge for all - good coaches do not coach selectively
* Lead by example, demonstrating the qualities of sportsmanship for players to see and follow - actions are as important as words
* Communicate honestly with players on and off the field - nothing gains respect more than honesty and it starts at the top
Finally, team chemistry is always a work in progress and begins with the coach. Those, who develop that team chemistry, create a season to remember.
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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