Earning Coaching Credibility
Without coaching credibility, youth coaches have little chance of winning over players and their parents. I am around youth coaches all the time and I often just shake my head after hearing some of the things they say. It’s not that they do not mean well, it’s just they do not know what they are talking about. It is obvious they do not, by the language they use and what they fail to see. When coaches do not even teach the basics and allow ballplayers to get away with the key fundamentals, players have little chance of improving. What makes matters worse is that the habits they develop when young are extremely difficult to change later on. Even one year of a lack of improvement usually comes back to haunt them and may be the beginning of the end of their careers in that sport.
Gaining the necessary coaching credibility begins with having a playing background in the sport, of course, but it also involves a little homework. That learning process is quite easy these days as youth coaches can find about everything online these days and for free.
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Following are some coaching tips so that coaches can have the coaching credibility they desire and most of all, so kids get the learning opportunities they deserve.
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.