Just because one coaches kids, it doesn’t guarantee much anymore. Back in the day, coaches seem to have had trust in the beginning, until they did something to lose it. Now, coaches must earn the trust of players and parents because of the current youth sports culture. Too many negative coaching stories, detrimental playing experiences for kids and unruly parents have created a different environment than years ago. Additionally, the big money business that youth sports are now, have lead to people speaking their minds more, which have brought on many of the unfortunate altercations. With that in mind, coaches have to work on earning the trust of players and their parents. In this weekly coaching tips for print edition, here are ways that coaches can earn trust, respect and ultimately, admiration.
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 120 fun and innovative baseball instructional videos.