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Don't be the Under-Coach

Baseball coaching tips of the day

Know the signs of Under-Coaching

  • Not being prepared for practice and just winging it.
  • Believing you know enough already without further study of the sport.
  • Saying everything you know or just learned at a coaching clinic at the start and then stop teaching as the season moves…
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Added by Jack Perconte on December 18, 2018 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Be Yourself

(Short Excerpt from Creating a Season to Remember) 
(In memory of Coach Johnny Reagan, who passed away this week)…
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Added by Jack Perconte on December 17, 2018 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Watch for These Negative Success Makers

Baseball coaching tips of the day

Know what to do when you see these negative success makers:

1. Players who are never satisfied and blame self – this is very common with self-driven players. Coaching Tip – explain it is a team game and that they should look at the good things they did after games and save the negative things for practice.

2. Players…

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Added by Jack Perconte on December 14, 2018 at 3:00am — No Comments

In Game Coaching Tips

Overcoaching in games is never good but coaches should do the following.

  1. Wait until plays are over before speaking. During the action advice distracts more than helps.
  2. Have an erasable clipboard…
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Added by Jack Perconte on December 13, 2018 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Don't Be Afraid to Ask

 
Research reveals that one of the most powerful statements (questions) is “What is your opinion? That is because it automatically makes the receiver of the query feel important and valued. You should use the same…
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Added by Jack Perconte on December 12, 2018 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Always Being Prepared

Baseball coaching tip of the day

Remember the primary rule of coaching youth is, “Be prepared to have a backup plan for any and all scenarios.” It is important that coaches realize they are dealing with young kids, who are unpredictable and busy, and second, they are dealing with parents who are often the same, not to mention stressed out, also.

Stated…

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Added by Jack Perconte on December 11, 2018 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Coaching Teenagers

Sports Coaching Tips

Coaching teenage and older players requires a different strategy than younger ones. The motivational methods (tricks) you used with younger athletes will probably not go over so well when kids reach the teenage…

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Added by Jack Perconte on December 10, 2018 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Baseball Practice Tips

Youth baseball coaching tips of the day

Here are suggestions to make practices vital and competitive. Fun will result from doing these for the serious players. Remember, making things fun does not mean letting kids do whatever or praising them constantly.

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Added by Jack Perconte on December 7, 2018 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Baseball Coaching Tips of the Day

Things to try when kids do these:

  1. Show disgust after a play by looking upset, throwing things, etc. Coaching tip – remind players that it is never good to show the other team they are getting the best of you and what “poise” means. A top coaching phrase should be “Forget about it,” to help them remove the previous play from their mind before the next one.
  2. Have a wandering mind. Coaching…
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Added by Jack Perconte on December 6, 2018 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Keys to Success

Coaching tips of the day

Understand that athletes’ keys to success, which you have control over, begin with these. Teach the importance of:

  1. Fundamentals – a lack of these leads to certain failure.
  2. Practice – repetition of the fundamentals is crucial so one can repeat in game.
  3. Coachability – one cannot do it alone and players must learn to listen, try, and implement the…
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Added by Jack Perconte on December 5, 2018 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Helping Kids Focus in Games

Coaching suggestions.

The task of keeping players' “heads in the game” is a challenge for many reasons including nervousness, over thinking, and fear. You must be a patient and dedicated coach to develop youth players in all phases of the game, skill development, focus, and strategy.

Focus tips should include:

  1. Limiting the in-game instructions - let kids make their…
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Added by Jack Perconte on December 4, 2018 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Practice Plans

Youth Baseball Coaching tips of the day

Practice Plans

Many coaches know the game but waste a great amount of time during practice so that a lot of their knowledge never gets out. Try to do the following as often as possible.

Be organized with a detailed, written practice plan. Two-hour practices are a good length of time for kids ten and above, with a half hour less for younger players.…

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Added by Jack Perconte on December 3, 2018 at 3:00am — No Comments

Sports Parents - What to do after games?

 

Sport’s Parent and Baseball Coaching tip of the day

Grilling kids in the car after games about their play is not a good thing. However, after a “cooling off” period, things you can bring up can include:

  1. Team play. Questions like, “How did the team feel after the game?” or “What does the team need to do to improve?” are OK. They help kids realize sports are more than personal accomplishment…
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Added by Jack Perconte on November 30, 2018 at 3:30pm — 4 Comments

Coaching Sportsmanship

Coaching Tips of the day

You are responsible for displaying and teaching what sportsmanship is all about. That begins with not assuming athletes and parents know what is right and wrong. Explain from the start of the season what conduct is wrong.

Also, point out displays of a lack of sportsmanship that occur at your games or even in the news.  If you do something you are not proud of, apologize and…

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Added by Jack Perconte on November 29, 2018 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Team Building and Individual Accomplishment

Youth sports coaching tips

 
One of your greatest challenges is to integrate the individual goals into the team concept.
One of the first things a player learns when he gets to the big leagues is…
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Added by Jack Perconte on November 28, 2018 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Positive Coaching and False Praise

Sports coaching (and parenting) tips of the day

“There is a fine line between being positive and giving false praise.”

 

Another misconception with coaching youth is that you must make sure kids always feel good about themselves and their play. False praise is harmful to players because it gives them an imperfect reality to sports play and life.

 

Honesty is best but say things with…

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Added by Jack Perconte on November 27, 2018 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Eye Contact?

 
“Look at me when I say something”
 
This is one of the biggest misconceptions and…
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Added by Jack Perconte on November 26, 2018 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Dealing with Disappointments

Baseball Coaching tips of the day:

Coaches must be psychologists too, continually helping kids get over disappointments. These words of encouragement are necessary more than ever in today’s youth sports world because kids are under more stress as athletes than ever before with the demands to win and be stars.

Here are some of my most used statements.

✧ Don’t worry about the results, just…

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Added by Jack Perconte on November 23, 2018 at 2:00am — No Comments

Butterflies - Bring them on!

Baseball coaching tip of the day

 
“Don’t worry about the butterflies, just get them to fly in formation.”
 
Helping players deal with and understand that nerves are OK, natural, and…
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Added by Jack Perconte on November 21, 2018 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Confidence Preferred, Optimism Mandatory

Sports coaching tip of the day

I was an example of a player who played and succeeded without much confidence, yet always had an optimistic feeling about where my career was headed. Players can succeed and progress without high levels of confidence, but I have known very few successful players who did not have an optimistic outlook.

Players with confidence are the preferred ones but of more…

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Added by Jack Perconte on November 20, 2018 at 3:30pm — No Comments

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