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Monday, January 4, 2010

Folks You Need to Talk to the Coach

By Robert Bulka

One of the hardest things to do as a youth baseball coach is to balance playing team among the players. There are so many things to consider; winning the championship being last on the list. At least it should be!

As a parent and coach I understand how some parents may feel about their child not playing a full game, or playing right field or even batting last - but someone has to! There are rules in place to assure all players participate in games. Sometimes because of time limits, 10 run rule and inclement weather, some kids don't get the alloted time.

Parents may not be aware of these considerations or maybe they feel it shouldn't apply to their child. The worst thing in the world is to have parents in the bleachers muttering to themselves or complaining to the parents sitting next to them. I have seen some very ugly scenes start this way. In most of them, after the smoke had settled, it was apparent that a polite discussion outside the baselines would have remedied the whole situation.

To be honest , parents should take a lesson from their kids and discuss their issues and concerns with the coach. Kids are not afraid to ask questions or talk to coach - this is encouraged (let's make a distinction here: talking is encouraged; complaining is not.

Parents, by opening up you'll feel better, release your tension and in come to an understanding with the coach. It may seem like a hard thing to do but realize most youth baseball coaches are parents too. They understand how you feel and there to teach kids baseball.

In order to prevent this situations, I have made it a major topic in the team's pre-season meeting attended by players, parents and coaches. Never the less, this situation comes up every year. But a good coach will see it coming and nip it in the bud by addressing it directly with the parent after a game.

What I recommend, from a youth baseball coach to the parents is to talk, talk, talk. Air out your grievances and concerns in a polite manner, away from the kids. I trust you will feel much better and realize the coaches are not bad guys.

So I leave you with this, youth baseball league parents, take a lesson from the kids and talk to coach.

It will make all the difference!

Robert Bulka is a former college baseball pitcher and current coach in the New York Metropolitan area. For more great tips for teaching kids how to play baseball go to http://TeachKidsBaseball.com

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