So You're The New Baseball Coach
By Coach John Peter So you're the new coach. Ok, now what?Coaching a team sure seemed like a good idea, maybe even easy until you started thinking andgetting into it deeper. All those players, parents, the draft, practices and those game decisions,ugh.Maybe coaching 3rd base might not be so easy...What were you thinking?
Rule #1 - Relax, It will work out!
You'll probably even turn out to be good at it.How do I know? Why would I think this?Well, first you are searching for information. Websites like ours with articles like this are suresigns you are at the very least trying, instead of sitting on your hands, ducking your head andrelying on your Little League experiences from long ago. And because of.
Rule #2 - You will be organized.
And yes, you will have the time to do it. As a matter of fact, there is an article that I strongly urgeyou to read. It is about how to organize your team and yourself and is titled, "Plan To Succeed."Please finish this article before you jump there (I'll include the link at the end of this article).
Rule #3 - You will have fun!
Look, the more fun you have, the more fun your kids will have and yes, the opposite is true.Personally, I think that some of the best things about youth baseball are the adults! I also think they are some of the worst things about youth baseball. I mean this because as we get older wetend to forget how to have fun and play games. Life just does that to us. Here we are trying tosolve problems on a baseball field like we do at work.UGH!We get tight, our kids play tight. We say ugly things in the dugout well, you get the picture.Let's move on (This lesson either hits the mark or it doesn't).One final thought (from someone who is privileged to be in baseball for 350 days each year).IT'S JUST BASEBALL! BASEBALL IS JUST A GAME!(It just happens to be the best game ever!)
Rule #4 - You are here for every player!
If you are in this game for any reason other than those kids. every one of them.GET OUT NOW! (This was paraphrased and stolen from a speech given by a friend, GordieGillespie, the winningest coach in college baseball history! He is absolutely correct!)