Teaching the Game

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Coaching and teaching a team sport is very difficult.  You have players who do not want to fail.  Parents want the best for their kids.  There is plenty of stress to go around.  My teams have always been about the development of the player and the success of the team.  How is that accomplished?

Baseball Mechanics: The How?

From the start of winter workouts to the last pitch of the season.  We talk, work, and execute mechanics.  Repetition in practice.  Application in the game.  Always building on the last step.  Specific drills for the swing, fielding the ball, running, and throwing.  We break it down into the simplest part, repeat, and then put the mechanics all together.

Baseball Academics:  The Why?  

Mental mistakes and physical errors happen.  The conversation is always why? Why did the throwing error occur?  My players understand that we focus on the fix. Learn from it and move forward.  The expectation is to make progress.

The Mind of the Player:  

All players are different.  They react different in bad situations as well as good.  My job is to understand your son and work with him on what it will take to focus his mind on the task  at hand and lead him to success. I emphasize the elements of the game that lead to team success.  We celebrate the details of the game.  Here are a few examples.

  • Quality At Bats
  • Moving a Runner
  • RBIs
  • Manufacturing Runs

While some of these produce outs, we build on what is a productive out.  How did it help the team?  We teach and work the details of the game.

The Players:

The expectation from the staff is that each player will support their teammates.  We talk about supporting the guy next to you.  We emphasize that “you” are not perfect.  If your teammate has a bad day, pick him up, dust him off, and watch his back.  Someday it will be your turn and he will return the favor.

The Chain Keeps Us Together:

The Chain represents team chemistry and forming a bond.  We will not speak negatively about a teammate, coach, or parent. Never.  The chain is connected, with no single end.  Each player gets a colored tag to represent each season that is played for me.

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How we talk:

W. I . N —- What’s important now.  Pitch by pitch.  Each At bat.  Each pitch thrown.  You cannot win the game without winning the inning, the at bat, the defensive out or the next pitch.

Finish Strong —- Whether we are up or not, we play hard.

Slow the Game Down —- Take critical parts of the game slower.  Clear your mind. Rely on your training.  Always know, your teammates and coaching staff believe in you.