Every parent wants their child to be successful in sports.
Youth baseball is normally the first sport in which a child participates.
After all, baseball is "America's Game".
Youth baseball presents a unique challenge to those that choose to coach.
In addition to the task of teaching young children the sport and its many facets, the coach of a youth baseball team must also interact with the parents of the children on the team.
Children are introduced to this team sport as early as five years of age.
Parents often become coaches at this time because they feel their child will get a better opportunity to play.
Every parent, whether a coach or not, wants their child to be the team's star player.
This will undoubtedly cause conflicts between coaches and parents.
Tips to be Successful Without Alienating Parents 1.
The purpose of the coach in youth baseball is to teach children how to play the game of baseball and to work together in a team setting.
You should have a thorough knowledge and understanding of the rules of youth baseball and the league in which you are coaching.
Treat every child on your team fairly and give each an equal chance to play every position.
Do not show favoritism to any of the players on your team, especially your own child.
Understand that winning is not everything.
It is more important that the children participate and have fun instead of worrying about the final outcome of a game.
Always maintain your focus on teaching the fundamentals of the game.
Plan your practices and the fundamentals you intend to teach at each in advance and stick to your itinerary.
Make your practices educational and fun.
You will keep your players attention and help them learn and retain the lessons being taught.
Instill a sense of discipline and pride in your players.
Teach them to listen, follow instructions and take pride in their accomplishments both on and off the field.
Offer encouragement and support to your players when mistakes are made.
Keep criticism to a minimum.
Following these tips will help you be successful as a youth baseball coach and will prevent alienating the parents of your team members.
Your success as a coach should be measured by the knowledge and appreciation of the game you instill in your players, not by the number of games won.
Remember that your role as coach is to educate, promote enthusiasm for the sport and, above all, to have fun.
In doing so you will find that conflicts with your players' parents will be kept to a minimum and create a more enjoyable experience for everyone involved.
(C) J Michael Wright