I am pretty sure that the greatest coaches in the world would choose to have the respect of all over being liked by all. The following youth baseball coaching ideas help youth baseball coaches earn the respect of players, parents and the opposition. Feel free to pass these youth baseball coaching ideas along to coaches and leagues, so our kids get better adult guidance, and so negative youth baseball situations diminish.
1. Commit to each player on the team this is not easy as coaching youth, who appear uninterested or resentful of adults, takes a great amount of patience. However, it is a great feeling when coaches win over seemingly uninterested players because they continued to give those players the same time and attention given to all players. The good news is that all players are "winnable," eventually, as long as coaches believe that and stay focused with committing to help all players. Other players and parents notice when coaches continue to coach players, who seem to not care, and that is when respect comes to that coach.
3. Never forget that player health and player development are the most important things in youth baseball putting kids into situations they are not physically or mentally prepared for is a great way to lose respect. Winning is never as important as developing players baseball skills and knowledge, or as important as keeping the fun in the game.
4. Keep lines of communication open great youth baseball coaching ideas begin with a willingness to listen to others, along with a willingness to delegate responsibilities to others. The "my way or the highway" approach has no place in youth baseball. Of course, coaches have earned the right to make the final call, when disputes arise, but respect comes when they have listened to other's points of view.
These youth baseball coaching ideas should be written down and referred to over the course of the season, as it is easy to forget them, when the tension of the season comes.
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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