Sunday Setting Sights on Success Tip of the Day
The most successful coach of all time, John Wooden, felt like he had done a better coaching job with some of the teams that did not win championships, but reached a higher potential than what their talent level predicted. In fact, getting the reputation of being a winning coach has little to do with winning championships, at least at the youth levels of baseball.
I have played for numerous winning coaches in my time as a baseball player, from little league baseball all the way to the major leagues. They were all different in their own way, but so similar in many ways, too. Similar in that they always got the most out of their teams' talent level.
No one formula makes for winning coaches. Some winning coaches coach by the "My way or the highway approach," while others are more game managers and allow their coaches to do much of the coaching or give their players more freedom to play as they wish. Whatever the coaching style, winning coaches have the following things in common.
Finally, winning coaches coach to win, but do that in a way that makes it feel like winning is an afterthought, by making it about the players. Coach Wooden said many times that he didn't mention the word winning to his team, but "coached" it through his coaching actions and winning attitude.
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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