Thursday, June 6, 2013

Tips for the First Time Baseball Coach


Dads and moms who've just volunteered for their child's baseball team may be a little lost in the beginning. It's important to have a game plan. As a first time coach you may be a little nervous; but if you are prepared, you will feel more comfortable. You'll need to know the rules of the game, the basic fundamentals and how to teach them to your players. You must decide how to schedule your practices with drills and skills your team needs to know. You will also want to hold strategy meetings on how you want your team to play the game of baseball.
The first thing you should do is explore all avenues of information. The internet is a valuable resource. You can find whatever information you need on almost any subject. The library is another great resource for your informational needs. Most librarians are very knowledgeable and willing to help you find the perfect materials to assist you. Also, it doesn't hurt to get advice from other coaches. What greater resource can you get than someone who has done it before.
Remember, be prepared and have your own game plan. The more you know the game and rules the better you can teach your players. Make it easy to understand how to play. Begin with the basics and work from there. Discuss the rules and how important they are to the game. Make your expectations of the players clear.
Teach the basic baseball fundamentals first. That is where it all starts. Have specific drills that will develop your players catching, throwing, and hitting. While doing drills, you can analyze your players abilities and put them in the best positions for the team.
Plan your week of practices. Set up your practices ahead of time. Be sure to check the calendar. Take into consideration holidays and other events that may conflict with scheduled practices. Plan your practices with specific drills you want your players to get better at. As a coach, your job is to help each player advance their skills.
Don't forget to teach sportsmanship. Learning to win and lose with good sportsmanship is important. Having fun is one of the essentials in developing your players. If they are having fun at what they are doing, the interest will remain high. Playing as a team should also be taught. Learning these lessons will prepare them for the game of baseball and of life as well.
These are some basic baseball tips to get you started. You need to be as prepared as you would want your team to be. You are the coach. Your players look up to you for guidance, instructions, and structure. They all want to win, along with you. Your coaching confidence will grow stronger if you have a game plan.

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Steve Michels said...

Sportsmanship for the win! Sometimes parent-coaches can get really competitive- especially if their own kid is in the team. But, that's where advice from other good coaches will come in.

Anonymous said...

I think that every coach that coaches Youth baseball should read and follow this article. I have played baseball for eight and I have had a couple of coaches that could have used this.

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Great tips in here! I love reading articles that improve the game of baseball and give guidance, not only to players, but parents as well.

Take a look at a recent post I wrote about what it takes to make it to the next level (Coming from a former baseball player myself)

Keep up the great writing!

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Calvin Monower said...

Coaching baseball is hard but rewarding work that requires a variety of skills. You have to be organized enough to bring what your players need to practices and games, knowledgeable enough to make practice both effective and fun, versatile enough to be able to coach first and third base, and inspirational enough to give memorable pre-game and post-game talks as well as build your players’ confidence.

What to Bring to Practice as a Baseball Coach:

As a baseball coach, you not only have to lead your team, you have to bring the supplies for practice. You may want to augment the following list, but it contains the basics to bring to every baseball practice:
Properly stocked first aid kit
Extra water
Practice plan for the day, broken down by time segments, detailing drills you’ll be running
Bats, balls, and other equipment you need
What to Bring to Games as a Baseball Coach
It’s game day! As the coach of your baseball team, you’ve done your best to get your players ready to play, but you have additional responsibilities. You have to bring equipment for your players and information for the officials. The following list shows what you need to bring to every game:
A fully stocked first aid kit
Cell phone in case of an injury emergency
Extra water for players
Your roster of players, the positions they’ll be playing, and your batting order
Scorebook and pencil
sheet with your substitution rotation to ensure equal playing time for all the kids
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Tim Ballent said...

As a newer coach, I found this article when I was trying to prepare. I am glad to see an emphasis on the TEAMWORK and GOOD SPORTSMANSHIP, especially for the younger players who are just building a foundation. I also like to get them practicing together between games when possible and I found that even some basic drills will help immensely. Even a cheap pitching machine like some of the ones in this article will greatly benefit players of all ages. Thanks again for posting a great and helpful article for new coaches!

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