Each year, more than 2.5 million kids take part in Little League Baseball. What’s great about youth baseball is in a time when more children than ever before are struggling with obesity, this sport gives kids an opportunity to get outside and burn calories while having a lot of fun. In addition to staying physically fit, youth baseball provides many other benefits, including decreasing the likelihood of kids abusing drugs or alcohol, skipping class or dropping out of school. Being part of a team also builds self-esteem, teaches sportsmanship and gives kids an opportunity to learn how to deal with adversity.
While the list of benefits that come from playing youth baseball is quite long, that doesn’t mean they spring out of nowhere. Giving kids the opportunity to reap those benefits starts with great coaches. Over the course of a season, a coach will have the biggest influence on how much kids get out of being part of the team. If you like the idea of being in a position to impact kids’ futures in a positive way, here’s what you need to know in order to succeed as a youth baseball coach:
Kids are Always Watching You
While actors and musicians commonly try to excuse their bad behavior by saying that they didn’t sign up to be a role model, making the decision to coach a baseball team means that you’re explicitly agreeing to act as a role model. So while it’s definitely important that you put plenty of thought into what you say to the kids on your team, it’s just as important (if not more) that you’re aware of how you react to different situations.
When it comes to the game of baseball, there are a lot of factors that are outside of your control. But your attitude and reactions to difficult situations are things you do have the ability to control. So even though there are inevitably going to be times when you feel extremely frustrated or downright angry, never forget that even a momentary reaction can have a lasting impact. Continue reading “Thinking About Coaching A Youth Baseball Team? Find Out How To Make Your Season A Success”