How to be a good Little League baseball coach

It hardly seems possible that it has been 14 years since I managed my last game in youth baseball. 1994 ended a ten year run beginning with tee-ball and culminating with 13-14 year olds in the Pony leagues.How to be a good Little League baseball coach For myself their were several attributes for any coach to be successful in molding youngsters to play what can be a very difficult game at times. The ability to motivate can be a most useful tool, one that can bring the best out of kids no matter their skill level. If you are enthusiastic towards the game of baseball the motivational part comes easy. It becomes infectious throughout the team, and allows each player, no matter their skill level, to play with excitement and passion. This enthusiasm can make your duties as a coach so much more enjoyable. Of course none of this would be possible without a great deal of patience. Patience may be the the virtue most important when dealing with 12 young kids, each with differing personalities and situations outside the lines, from the draft in late February to the end of June, and beyond. Coaching baseball can test you in many ways.How to be a good Little League baseball coach Decisions on playing time, positions, lineups, its all on your shoulders. The funny thing is, its usually not the kids that worry about the choices the manager makes, but the parents. Yes anyone who has coached over a period of time knows there will invariably be at least one parent that cannot understand why their little Johnny is in right field, when since the age of three they have trained him to be at shortstop! Yet little Johnny understands, he’s at practice every day, and at practice things have a way of falling into place.On that practice field is where it all begins, the games they were easy for me. However each year getting those young ones acclimated to the repetition involved in learning the game was a tough assignment for that first month. There is no other sport that demands it like baseball. I always told my players that drills make skills, and it’s true. Catchers with their chest protector and shin guards blocking a 100 tennis balls bounced in front of them while keeping their hands behind their back was done every practice before they ever put their mitts on. Cut off drills with three players lined in a row 25 to 35 yards apart, with the middle man relaying throws between the two that flanked him. Its the little things in baseball, like hitting the cut off man consistently that get noticed by spectators in the stands, and that can only come with repetition in practice.


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