It's All in Your Attitude in Coaching Youth Baseball
By Chip Lemin
I realize it's fall going on winter, but one can always start
thinking about next year and what you are going to do different do become an
I would like to give attitude a big plug here because it is
so vital not just in youth baseball, it is vital in all areas of your player's lives. You have a responsibility to impart
more than just baseball
lessons to your players if you are truly serious about helping your players.
As you may already know I'm a big fan of positive attitude
from the coaches as well as the players and parents. I feel there is no place on a youth baseball club for tearing down of
players no matter what
the perceived importance of the situation.
In the little league world series it was good to hear some
coaches go out to on to the field to address their clubs in a tight game and start off the talk with something positive. Maybe
the microphone had
something to with it, I hope not.
Your team will take on your attitude no matter what. You will
never hurt your effectiveness as coach by being positive, patient, and having
some fun out there.
You must be an example to parents and players. It's only a
game in the end. No else outside of a few adults on your team will even care how your team does, believe me. You need your
players to have positive experiences in youth baseball to enrich their lives. This way they may pass it on if and when they
have a chance to coach later.
Here are a few ATTITUDE ideas I would like to share with you.
I will sending a few more in the coming weeks. Let's call this letter #1 on
ATTITUDE for players and coaches
There are many hallmarks of a well-coached team, disciplined
team. They are clearly evident during practice and games. The following items are what makes up a solid team.
- Players believe in school.
- Players believe in coaches.
- Players believe in their teammates
- Players and coaches are punctual for practices, games and
- Players dress properly.
- Players respect their community
ATTITUDE FROM THE TOP DOWN
Mental attitude plays such a big role in the success of a
player. A player can have great natural talent and ability, but will have a tough time reaching their potential if they do
not develop a good positive
mental attitude and outlook. The player with the right mental outlook and attitude will make
his natural talent come through. What makes up a proper mental attitude?
All skill levels of players will benefit from having a strong
desire to be the best they can be regardless of how they did this day or aint other day. You must have a strong determination,
a spirited desire to win, but only by the rules, and without dishonoring this great game. To become very good at this game,
you must be wiling to invest long hours in practice perfecting your game, because your best opponents
are doing just that
When you take the field your thoughts should be strictly baseball.
You will have to groom your mind to and body to perform a skill though concentration. You and the coaches must always be alert
For example, when hitting, keep one thought with you, follow the ball to plate and hit it.
Relaxation is essential in developing skills needed in baseball.
Youth baseball is meant to be fun for players as well as coaches. Everyone who relaxes will perform better no matter what
the task at hand. Con
cent ration and relaxation are like peas in a pod, whether it is throwing a ball to a hitter or
spearing a line drive at third. You must learn to control your emotions as a player or a coach. By concentrating on
you doing, you will remove fear and tension from your mind. A confident mind and relaxed body are great keys to success on
and off the baseball field.
I hope these tips will help you. I used to think and feel
being the loud tough manager was the only way to get results. Over the years I have learned that I was missing out on some
the best parts of coaching youth baseball, being a chance to be a teacher and a friend. We must have discipline on the team,
and it comes from example, not by yelling or tearing down of players. You and your players will have many good memories to
share with others. That is what it is all about anyway.
Thanks for your time Coach Chip Lemin
About Coach Chip
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