My Number 1 Rule of Coaching

For the first time in three years I'm not coaching the baseball team on which Wyatt is playing. I'll admit it's a bit of a challenge to not get involved, both for myself and for Wyatt. He's still looking over at me, instead of his coach, between pitches and after each play.

I think it's good for him to experience somebody else teaching him the game -- sometimes the same message is met better from a non-family member. 

Unfortunately, I learned a couple of years ago that kids are terrible when their parents or coaches are yapping in their ear every pitch. Can't really say I blame them, I threw about ten balls in a row in batting practice this spring after a player told me my footwork was slightly off.

My philosophy has been to teach, a lot, during practice. We do the most mundane drills over and over and over again and sometimes it looks like we aren't accomplishing much. I also feel that I've had one of the most fundamentally sound teams in the league and my kids are prepared for the next level.

However, when it comes game time, every kid on the field needs to be able to trust his/her abilities and play without having every mistake replayed to them by the adults.

So any new coach, or parent of a player who happens to be reading this, do me this favor: don't teach during games. You're only making things worse and your kids are not having fun.

It's the easiest rule to remember, and possibly the hardest to execute.

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