Developing staff chemistry is a must
People, even young kids, often sense there is discord among the coaching staff. Once that occurs, team factions may form and a very long, unhappy season may result. It’s hard to have team harmony without first having positive vibes among your coaching staff. Developing staff chemistry among begins with choosing the right individuals to assist. The head coach should look for aides with similar philosophies. Next, he or she should make sure each coach knows their role and feels comfortable with it. Then, coaches should work to develop an excellent working relationship with the staff. Following are some tips to make sure that happens and the season is an enjoyable one for all.
- Have a coaches’ meeting before the season. You should discuss the team and coaching objectives, along with the coaching roles. Finding out about other’s lives is always an excellent first step with new acquaintances.
- Talk about coaches having a “kid-first” mindset and what that means.
- As often as possible, ask staff for input on the next practice agenda, send all coaches each session’s agenda beforehand and their role in it.
- Make a point of letting assistants show their knowledge by requesting their input in front of the team at least once a practice and after games.
- Always have the stance that everyone works with you, not for you.
- Allow your coaches to teach without looking over their shoulders. It is OK to give them suggestions and discuss any coaching discrepancies in a private manner.
- Have a short analysis of each day’s procedures with coaches after practices and games in order to improve upon organization and productivity in the future.
- Help the coaches maintain a positive outlook in the heat of the season and ask them to do the same with you. Once cynicism begins with one coach it may spread to all. Be careful not to let that occur.Head coaches may have to remind the other coaches that they have the final call on things. It’s best when that call comes after consultation with the others, though.
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- Jack Perconte has dedicated his post-major league baseball career to helping youth. He has taught baseball and softball for the past 28 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 Print“The Making of a Hitter” 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 120 fun and innovative baseball instructional videos. #youthsports #coachingkids