Youth baseball coaches – the answers are right in front of you

Often, youth baseball coaches believe they have all the answers or believe they are expected to have all the answers. This is not the case and the best coaches are always looking for ways to do things better. The good news is that the answers are often right in front of them

Jeff Branson coaching for the Indianapolis Ind...

Jeff Branson coaching for the Indianapolis Indians on August 25, 2010. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Some negative issues in youth sports will never go away, but that does not mean that they cannot be minimized. Things that parents and/or players get upset about as playing time, position played and spot in batting order are the most prevalent of those issues. Often, parent unhappiness ruins a positive experience for players and runs good youth baseball coaches out of coaching, which is a shame.

However, youth baseball coaches can do something about and it is directly in front of them – the opposing coaches.

Baseball coaches should:

1. Observe how the opposing coaches do things and make note of the things they liked and did not like (baseball wise and communication wise)

2. Talk to those opposing coaches about common issues and coaching philosophy, especially to coaches who seem to have a good rapport with their players and parents.

3. Read “youth baseball coaching articles” online. There is ton of good free information at hand by simply touching the screen.

4. Have a preseason letter to parents that address these issues first hand.

5. Live up to the things (their coaching philosophy) they say in the letter. When mid-season change is necessary, send out another letter expressly explaining why the change is necessary.

6. Keep notes on things that work during the season and those that do not. Most youth coaches are in it for a few years so there is no reason they should not be better coaches each year by remembering the things that work.



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