Baseball Coaching Situations that Create Sleepless Nights
No matter the level of baseball, many baseball-coaching situations are difficult ones. Baseball coaches have to weigh many different things before making game moves including winning, player personalities and self-esteem, importance of game, player development, player and team reactions. Unfortunately, they also must consider parents’ reactions to game situation moves. Making the wrong move with these tough baseball-coaching situations can turn the season into a longer than expected one, which has little to do with wins and losses.
There was a time and I hate to say it is old school coaching, but coaches made moves without having to answer to anybody, for good or bad. Players and parents accepted the coaching moves whether their egos were hurt or not, without getting or expecting an explanation.
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Times have changed. Even major-league players’ self-esteem needs to be handled delicately, as emotions and personalities come into play, no matter how respected the coach is. Fortunately, for major league managers, they do not have to worry about players’ parents reactions; at least I do not think so.
At the upper levels of baseball, it is all about winning, so coaches always have that as a reason for making the moves – it was necessary to win the game is always something to fall back on.
Youth baseball should not be all about winning, so the same reason of making baseball-coaching moves to win, do not always apply. That is not to say that youth baseball coaches should not play to win, but the goals of player development and fun should have equal youth baseball coaching priority.
At the youth baseball level, it is more important to help players develop and maintain their self-esteem, and have more enjoyment of the game by keeping them in some game situations, even though making an alternative move may help win games. Regardless of the level and of the coaching motivation, the key is the ability to communicate with players, following these difficult youth baseball coaching moves.
There are many baseball coaching situations that coaches should communicate their thoughts to players, so players do not lose all confidence and so they do not lose respect for the coach.
Key Communication Baseball Coaching Situations
- When benching a player
- When another player has beat them out of the starting position
- When pinch hitting for a player
- When taking a player out for defensive reasons
- When they appear unready or unhealthy to play
Of course, these are just a few of those baseball coaching situations that communication is necessary and coaches should be ready to explain these moves to parents of players, also.