Baseball: 3 Tips for the First-Time Coach

Athlete playing baseballSo, you’ve been given the task of the baseball coach for this spring’s teen amateur baseball league and you have no idea what to do just yet. You know the game, and you’ve watched a lot of coaches, but you still have doubts about your own coaching skills because it’s your first time. Don’t fret. You can buy that Stalker radar gun that’s for sale, create your own warm-up routines, and remember these three tips to become the coach that will lead your team to the championship.

1. Call for a Meeting

The previous coach has probably given you the list of names and contact information of your players. Call them, and introduce yourself to their parents first. Then ask for your players and let them know that you’re going to be their new coach. This is a perfect chance to make that good first impression to earn their trust.

2. Make the First Meeting Count

You must keep a positive attitude on this day. Showing your team that you’re approachable but firm will make that impression last throughout the season. Shake each player’s hand and make eye contact. One thing you’d want to instill in their minds is that you mean business. Make time for introductions. Keep it light until you need to get to the meat of the meeting.

3. Discuss Your Rules and Expectations

You must show your team who you are as a coach on that first meeting. So, after your introductions, give them a visual of your rules and expectations. Talk about attendance, working as a team, listening, respecting you, the umpires, and their teammates, and about keeping their heads in the game once they’re on that field.

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Keep in mind that you’re dealing with adolescents who have parents watching. Keep an open door for their parents to voice out their concerns. If you want to commend a player for doing great, don’t be afraid to tell their parents. Keeping these all in mind will keep your team in check and, at the same time, allow them to know you better as a coach. Who knows, you might just make coach of the year – this year!