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No Better Compliment than Hearing “You have well coached team”

A question for youth baseball coaches, “Would you rather be thought of as a winning coach, or a coach that has a well coached team?” Of course, sometimes they go hand in hand, but not always. Teams that have the most talent usually win, but are not necessarily that well-coached. Some coaches recruit, choose, or simply have the best players, which lead them to become winning coaches, without having to add much coaching. Additionally, only one team wins the championships, but that does not mean all the other coaches are losers.

After explaining the difference between the “winning coach” and being a coach of a well-coached team, the coaches agree they prefer to be known as the latter, if they cannot be both, of course.

Good coaching may or may not lead to winning, but it always leads to a well-coached team. One of the best coaching compliments is, “Your team is well coached.”  

Signs of a well-coached team that often lead to being a winning baseball coach

Players and Teams:

  1. Hustle on and off between innings
  2. Always are, or appear to be, listening to the coach
  3. Display a consistent pregame routine in which kids know what to do whether coaches are watching or not
  4. Take a “sharp,” no nonsense, infield practice
  5. Know how to run the bases without having to rely on the coaches all the time
  6. Know what positions they are to be at before each inning
  7. Know their in-between inning responsibilities
  8. Are ready to take their turn up to bat when it is their turn
  9. Have a good understanding of pre pitch positioning
  10. Know where to throw balls on batted balls
  11. Line up correctly for cutoffs and relays
  12. Know how to play “small ball
  13. Know when to look and receive game signals without stopping the game to talk
  14. Pull for each other and “pick up” struggling teammates
  15. Never question other teammates
  16. Help with clean up after games
  17. Congratulate and/or shake hands with opposition when appropriate
  18. Don’t make excuses for losing

Other winning coach traits that lead to well coached teams

Winning coaches:

  1. Show trust in players
  2. Allow players to make plays and calls on batted balls
  3. Don’t blame individuals for losing
  4. Display sportsmanship at all times

Having players that can hit, pitch, and run is a sign of a talented team, but having a well-coached team is different. Briefly, well-coached teams rarely beat themselves. It bears repeating, there are no better compliment a coach hears than, “Your team is well-coached.” Finally, judging by the number of ingredients listed above the go into a well coached team, it is not an easy task, but the goal of all coaches.

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