Baseball Players look up to their coach for guidance and instruction. They watch and listen to a coach’s reaction to every circumstance. Many players attribute success in life to the things they learned on the baseball field from great coaches.
Characteristics of a Baseball Youth Coach
Players need a confident, patient, and supportive coach to instruct and motivate them positively. The ability to commune with players is imperative to a successful baseball season than proving your professional knowledge of the game.
Show the Players That You Care
The Individual players need assurance that you care and believe in them. It is also important that you show interest in life outside baseball.
Fun is an essential part of growing kids, no matter how old they are. Develop practices that let them enjoy the game. It’s also important for you, as a coach, to have fun. Create a structured environment to enjoy your job. If the coach enjoys the game, the chances are that players will have a good time too.
Players must improve and gain new skills. Train all the players at suitable levels to foster progress. Always ensure that your players focus on different skills beyond baseball batting during practice.
Note that youthful players quickly spot an unorganized coach with communication challenges.
Establish rules and follow up with appropriate stern measures if the rules are broken. This is because baseball players need training on discipline, more than anything else.
Excellent coaches Lead with the Heart. If a coach talks more than he engages in the playing field, some kids may forget what they learn. They see you demonstrating; they will remember and understand how to improve their baseball batting skills.
Coaches believe that winning is everything. Everybody desires to win. Emphasis on attitude and effort will almost always guarantee a successful season.
Winning games will subsequently follow if the team is prepared to play hard and give their best effort.
Emphasize on effort and not results.
Focusing on results puts unnecessary pressure on the players and it can be a daunting task for average players. Without the pressure of results-based rewards, players relax and deliver game results rather naturally.
Baseball scouting done on the playing field is the best.
Look out for the players’ attitude both on and off the field. From the moment the players get off the bus, watch out for etiquette, style of dressing –tucked in shirts, straight hat, alert and ready to play, no jewelry, and no obscene talk with fellow teammates.
Scouting coaches understand that there are many talented youthful baseball players in every school; therefore, they only pick serious players who respect themselves and the game.
Most coaches scout for pitchers. Approximately 1% percent of senior high school boys playing in inter-school games will eventually be picked by the MLB team. 50% of those picked, are pitchers. Scouting inevitably depends on what to seek based on needs at the time.
The Baseball season is a great time to engage fans, and use those opportunities to increase box advance sales. Good marketers will allow fans access to newly-signed players on live chats, video feeds or calling in line.
Add cameras and a scorers table to training facilities, and allow fans to watch a few minutes of practice on the playing fields, dugouts, or the pitcher’s mounds.
Continuously tweeting the game season, is a great marketing tool for the baseball players, the direct communication compels fans to keep up with the scheduled games. You can also generate a ticket referral program or persuade current season ticket holders to include their friends as well.
Offer ticket incentives such as new season ticket referral system of discounting prices, 10% of their tickets for the current year. Create a fan program where fans can share insights, news, or player treats. You can create a Facebook fan page or Twitter account to widen regular fan base via social media.
Conduct baseball trivia nights.
Make it a rotational event at different locations for a few weeks, each week. Host a sports memorabilia show at the stadium in the open space. Invite fans to bring their sports stuff for a baseball swop meet. Host contests in the local schools as there is always a winner at every school.
Exceptionally skilled coaches get noticed. The ability of a baseball player to rise above talented athletes is attributed to his desires, and the coaching he has received through his baseball career.
Employing the above mentioned tips will undoubtedly make you a better youth baseball coach.
My name is David, I am an editor/co-founder of The Planet of Baseball.
Being a software engineer by day and a baseball blogger by night, I also participated in the training activities of a youth baseball team at my hometown. I have passion with baseball, it pertains to my life from childhood until now and I love to share what is related to that passion with others. I believe in the support of other baseball bloggers like me to spread the passion.