Saturday Secrets to Great Baseball Coaching – Baseball Coaching Burnout Tips to Stay on the Field
We often hear about athletic burn out from players over playing, and everything that goes into baseball preparation. Often overlooked is coaching burnout. A common youth practice seen goes like this, the head coach spends the first ten minutes of practice talking to one of the parents. Good coaches want to coach and not have to deal with too much extra.
I have heard this sentiment and seen it often at the higher levels of baseball coaching, “The head coach is just an administrator.” Head coaches and managers have so many extra things to deal with besides the on the field stuff. There is the media, front office, league officials, and other off the field things that occupy much of their time.
Of course, youth baseball coaches are not immune to some of those either. Additionally, youth baseball coaches have parents to deal with, along with getting fields ready, game scheduling and travel arrangements.
The point is that so much extra time goes into coaching that head coaches must prepare, so they do not become overwhelmed with non-game things and so they can coach on the field as much as possible and avoid coaching burnout.
Baseball Coaching Burnout Tips to Maximize Time
- Do not try to do it all – have other parents and coaches help with the non-baseball stuff – one adult each for travel, scheduling, field maintenance, and media communication.
- Send out that days practice agenda ahead of time to coaches so everyone is prepared and on same page.
- Have a preset time and method when and how parents can talk to the coach.
- Have a coach cell phone rule where coaches can only talk on them during practice for essential calls only.
- Always remember, it’s about the kids