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How to Coach: You Talk & Us Talk

Coaches, who learn how to coach individuals into a team, are the most valuable coaches.

Coaches, who can develop team chemistry, while allowing individuality requires a coaching touch that is not as easy as it seems. One of the first things I teach baseball teams is the definition of team.

Together Everyone Achieves More

Maybe there is no I in the word team, as is often stated, but in my expanded definition, there is the word one.

However, baseball is a funny game in the sense that it is a team game, but such an individual game at the same time. Baseball comes down to the player versus the ball in little confrontations, which constantly move among various team players. Ball versus batter, runner versus the thrown ball, batted ball versus the fielder and on and on are baseball. The culmination of those individual battles against the ball determines who wins the game.

Baseball coaches have many responsibilities, as they must build individuals’ confidences, while creating a team feeling at the same time. Balancing those two is what makes a great coach.

The secret to doing both is the ability for coaches to teach team to the whole, and talk one on one to players, so they feel their individuality and at the same time. Good coaches no how to go from “you” talk to “us,” talk.

How to Coach Individually

Coaches should:

  1. Walk around before games and talk to players one on one, as when they are at their positions and offer confidence-affirming words.
  2. Call players aside, when having to reprimand their play, instead of doing it in front of others and reprimand in as positive a tone as possible.
  3. Get to know players beyond the ball field at least some basics as other family members, school they attend and high school they will attend in the future.
  4. Joke individually with players occasionally, helping them realize they do not have to take things too serious.
  5. Have a roving “Captain of the day,” so individuals feel extra special that day, having them make a few decisions on practice or game plans.

How to Coach Team and Develop Chemistry

Coaches should:

  1. Talk to the team or any group of players in the “we/us” mode.
  2. Let players know the importance of picking up each other; when players struggle, others are there to pick them up.
  3. Coach bench players, as well as in-game players, consistently and the same
  4. Never single out individuals for poor play in front of the whole team
  5. Remind and reinforce the definition of team, stated above – Together Everyone Achieves More and the proverbial, “We win as a team and lose as a team” philosophy.

Baseball coaches, who know how to coach at the individual and team levels, develop team chemistry and get the most out of teams.

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