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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Coaching Youth Baseball - Four Tips Before You Get Started

Coaching Youth Baseball - Four Tips Before You Get Started
by Guest Author Jake Wyatt

Coaching pre-teen kids in youth baseball training can be extremely rewarding. But you have to learn to accept and embrace the challenges that may arise. Being prepared for these challenges can make the coaching experience more enjoyable.

Here are four tips to consider BEFORE you start coaching youth baseball:

1. Not all kids will be good players. Be prepared to figure out how to include all kids regularly in some fashion. The way this is handled varies by age group. Finding ways to patiently correct kids and encourage them, without giving false compliments, can be difficult. Make sure you are honest but caring.

2. Parents. Manage parent expectations from the beginning. Don't wait until parents are upset or getting too involved to correct communication.

3. Little League Rules. Be sure you have an excellent understanding of the rules before you start coaching. Many parents and players have had frustrating experiences with coaches who are unclear about the rules. Make sure you are the authority, not the parents.

4. Attitude. You will have to deal with many developing personalities. Set expectations with the kids up front. Let them know behaviors that will not be acceptable and the penalties for those behaviors. Make sure you enforce your penalties, even if it costs the game. Kids need to learn how to play for a team, not themselves.

If you have decided to take on the responsibility of coaching a youth baseball team, you should be commended. Being prepared for what lies ahead will help you succeed.

In order to be the best possible baseball player, training should happen year-round and be a joint effort between the coach, the player and the parents. Get more free tips to improve baseball performance, reviews of e-products related to baseball, and links to training resources at http://youth-baseball-training.com.

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