The Coaching Know-how to survive and get players to buy in
Without the coaching know-how to handle so many issues that pop up in today’s youth sports environment, youth coaches have no chance of surviving, or at the least, having any fun themselves.
So often I hear this statement from coaches – “Ah they don’t want to play.”
Of course, I don’t want to show the coach up so I remain silent. But my first thoughts are, “Hey it’s not the player’s fault.” What about you the coach – that’s why you’re the coach – to create the enthusiasm and the fun so kids do want to be there.
In my book, I give coaches numerous ways to enthuse kids and make the games fun and maybe, just maybe, the kids will fall in love with the game. I give proven solutions for dealing with so many things – things that no one prepared them for when they started coaching.
Just some of the coaching know-how to prepare for and things I help with in my new book.
- Safety – Keeping everyone injury free has to be at the top of every coach’s to-do list, but it is not always that simple.
- Skill Development and game strategy are more than just telling kids how to do things. Words alone are never enough.
- Developing Focus is more than yelling concentrate all the time.
- Avoiding Boredom – what do you do when kids ask “do we have to do this” or they do not want to practice
- Discipline and accountability are important things coaches must be ready for but most are not and often they do or say regrettable things from their unpreparedness.
- Obnoxious parents and Unsportsmanlike behavior – handling these are the toughest things coaches have to take care of. if it takes one coach at a time – so be it because one coach has the ability to influence many.
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.