Baseball Suggestions for Rookie Coaches – So You are The New Baseball Coach?

So that you’re the brand new coach. Okay, now what?

Teaching a crew certain appeared like a good suggestion, perhaps even straightforward…till you began considering and stepping into it deeper. All these gamers, dad and mom, the draft, practices…and people recreation choices…ugh.

Perhaps teaching third base won’t be really easy…

What have been you considering?


Rule #1 – Calm down, It’s going to work out!

You will most likely even become good at it.

How do I do know? Why would I feel this?

Nicely, first you’re trying to find data. Web sites like ours with articles like this are certain indicators you’re on the very least making an attempt, as an alternative of sitting in your fingers, ducking your head and relying in your Little League experiences from way back. And due to…

Rule #2 – You may be organized…

And sure, you’ll have the time to do it. As a matter of truth, there may be an article that I strongly urge you to learn. It’s about the way to set up your crew and your self and is titled, “Plan To Succeed.”

Please end this text earlier than you bounce there (I will embrace the hyperlink on the finish of this text).

Rule #3 – You’ll have enjoyable!

Look, the extra enjoyable you will have, the extra enjoyable your youngsters could have…and sure, the other is true.

Personally, I feel that among the finest issues about youth baseball are the adults! I additionally suppose they’re among the worst issues about youth baseball. I imply this as a result of as we grow old…we are inclined to neglect the way to have enjoyable and play video games. Life simply does that to us. Right here we are attempting to unravel issues on a baseball subject like we do at work…UGH!

We get tight, our children play tight. We are saying ugly issues within the dugout…properly, you get the image…

Let’s transfer on (This lesson both hits the mark or it does not).

One ultimate thought (from somebody who’s privileged to be in baseball for 350 days every year)…


(It simply occurs to be the perfect recreation ever!)

Rule #4 – You might be right here for each participant!

In case you are on this recreation for any purpose apart from these youngsters… each one in all them…

GET OUT NOW! (This was paraphrased and stolen from a speech given by a good friend, Gordie Gillespie, the winningest coach in school baseball historical past! He’s completely right!)

You’ll get extra pleasure with that perspective than you possibly can think about!

Each participant who does not share your final identify will not be right here for the leisure and assist of you and your son! (You have got most likely seen it occur).

Teaching your individual little one is a trick certainly.

I hope you’ll actually take pleasure in it (although it will possibly take a look at your mettle). However, I can guarantee you that embracing a complete crew of children can actually offer you an thought of how good a coach and particular person you is likely to be or will be!

Personally, I can inform you that the early influences of my youth coaches are indelibly stamped on me…That is how necessary you’re.

Rule #5 – Successful is necessary…It’s simply not the whole lot.

I made up my mind one thing a few years in the past.

Take this for what it is value…

Few 10 12 months olds have a grasp of the idea of profitable!

Half of the 11 12 months olds have a grasp of the idea of profitable!

Nearly all 12 12 months olds have a grasp of the idea of profitable!

Each? All? No. I assume I would not embrace all gamers on some scorching crew of 9 12 months olds who journey the nation vying for the numerous “World Collection” on the market (what number of worlds are there anyway).

These groups and households have adopted a life-style. It is a language spoken on the dinner desk. They’re most likely extra the exception than the rule anyway.

You merely must have a powerful grasp of the aggressive nature of your league and your crew.

Rule #6 – You may be the boredom police.

On the lookout for an effective way to show a superbly good baseball participant right into a soccer participant? (God forbid)… BORE HIM!

A younger boy begins his day by opening his eyes with a primary considered…”HEY, WHAT’S FUN TODAY!”

And we dare to bore them? Keep in mind my touch upon how we are inclined to need to remedy issues in baseball as we do within the workplace?

They’re youngsters. It is a recreation…and video games are enjoyable…


Rule #7 – Ask for assist from different dad and mom.

Girls are proper…Males don’t ask for instructions. We should be rock regular and have all of the solutions…yada, yada!

Personally, I’ve by no means had a coach come as much as me after a recreation and ask me something on how or why I performed a scenario the way in which I did! I MEAN NEVER!

WHY? As a result of that is baseball…and we’re guys. We performed Little League (20 TO 30 YEARS AGO). We watch Professional Baseball on TV…UGH. What a foul thought to attempt to educate a gaggle of children to play the identical means the best gamers within the recreation do.

So, we do not ask…and that cheats our children.


Other than reaching for data akin to studying articles akin to this and discovering movies, books, and many others (did you take a look at our video and e book library?)…

Why not incorporate and embrace among the dad and mom.

Have a parents-only assembly for 10 minutes after one in all your very first practices.

Allow them to know who you’re and the way you envision the season (typically).

A crew mother is value her weight within the dozen roses you had higher purchase her on the finish of the season.

Make be aware of the dad(s), hopefully plural, who grasp across the fence throughout practices. Many actually need you to ask for his or her assist. They do not need to horn in so it is as much as you to ask as a result of they could not!

Some dad and mom are higher served as your scorebook keeper as an alternative of your BP (batting observe) pitcher.

One other could also be most comfy serving to you arrange the dugout and raking and lining the sector earlier than video games.

But others actually need to be on the sector hitting fungoes or infield.

The underside line is that I imagine that adults play higher once they work collectively…and as a byproduct, you’ll all be richer for truly creating relationships together with your new-found mates.

WARNING: There may be one rule I extremely suggest…

You’re the coach, they’re the crew’s dad and mom.

One man has the ultimate say so. You, the coach!

This can be a no lobbying space, disputes are dealt with away from the youngsters and the motion and choices of administration (you) are ultimate. There aren’t any politics, simply trustworthy choices made by you…the coach!

Word: Baseball is the best recreation on the earth to second-guess!

One Final Essential Suggestion Concerning Communication:

Get your entire father or mother’s e mail addresses and use them for 2 issues:

Talk – Talk – Talk. Not essentially prolonged, simply frequent.

Subscribe all of your participant’s dad and mom (and perhaps gamers, if they’re a bit older) to our Baseball Suggestions Publication. It’s a fast learn 2 instances every month. We don’t lease or promote their names and simply need to provide our 14,680 (ultimately depend) baseball households with some added data and enjoyable.

In fact, they’ll delete us simply in the event that they so select. (You’ll be able to add them individually. The sign-up field is just under our brand on the http://www.baseballtips.com dwelling web page).

Rule #8 -Good Groups Observe Nicely!

Each league is completely different. Some limit observe instances. Others have restricted fields. Some coaches have restricted time as properly. HAVE A PLAN!

Plan tomorrow’s observe at present. Plan subsequent week, this week.

Planning is the operative phrase. I do not suppose that any drill ought to take longer than 20 minutes! (OK, excluding BP – extra on that later).


If you’ll hold a watch, you may get their blood flowing much more. Extra as in, “OK guys, 10 extra minutes, let’s do it proper. Decide up the tempo…Okay, 5 extra minutes…Preserve it going”…you get the concept.

And it turns into extra enjoyable!

The blood is pumping, the youngsters are focusing. Simply you should definitely tailor it to your participant’s age and ability degree.


Train one thing new every observe.

As importantly, assessment and drill a specific ability taught in a earlier observe utilizing one in all your 20 minute segments.

High quality repetitions are important and extremely necessary!

Too many coaches educate a ability after which subsequent season, they educate it once more; yearly…want it or not! If you consider how counter-productive that is, you’ll by no means do it…or do it once more.


There are extra throwing errors than fielding errors!

It could not sound right and it’s not my opinion…It’s a truth!

Train correct throwing and work on arms each observe.

Have them always throwing to or at a goal.

(The exception will probably be when instructing one in all your pitchers a brand new pitch.) You start by throwing to a tarp, internet or fence. The reasoning is that accuracy is not going to be nice till a ability like a brand new pitch is discovered. Accuracy will observe correct mechanics and you may keep away from pointless shakes in confidence.


Ideally doing one thing that requires gamers to make use of oxygen. Go away them with their tongues hanging out. I discovered this a few years after I started teaching.

Many gamers suppose baseball is boring…and that’s the reason they go away the game too quickly. They’re youngsters…and youngsters need to run, play video games, have contests, run races, hit balls, and many others. You understand…enjoyable stuff.

Nicely, drills can get boring if that is all there may be to a observe. However drills are actually necessary, important lifelines to enchancment and success of each participant and crew…or not!

However let’s not neglect the enjoyable side and the prime purpose most children play. (It’s play ball, not work ball, proper?)

Get artistic!

Listed here are a few of my concepts. (Don’t restrict your self to those, bought it?)

Relay Races – ½ of crew at dwelling plate and ½ at 2nd base with hats on backwards. 1 easy relay race. Then 1 race backwards, then 1 ultimate race for all of the marbles, working sideways (or heel to heel side-kicks like basketball groups do….you’ll have some higher variations).

Ball In The Trash Can – Discover a trash barrel from the dugout or close to the observe subject and place it on dwelling plate on its aspect. Now take your crew to a distance the place most all gamers can throw to the goal a minimum of on a bounce or two.

Now toss them a brief fly ball the place they’ll make like they’re the centerfielder throwing the runner out at dwelling. They ooh, aah and cheer on shut throws (there are at all times a bunch of those). I don’t know why however they actually like to do that…Go Determine!

House Run Derby – Discover a spot the place about ½ or extra of the crew can hit one over the fence and comfortable toss Three per every participant (comfortable toss, often known as flip drills, is the drill our automated Wheeler Vendor machine does routinely. It may be seen on our coaching aids web page if you’re nonetheless not sure how to do that.) Have a second spherical, then have a finals. Perhaps the participant who is available in 2nd will get to go after all of the homers. Watch ’em cheer for one another.

Basketball Sport – If there is a courtroom or a hoop close by, merely produce a hidden basketball AFTER dividing them up into groups. Announce a 10 minute recreation. Watch ’em go. Completely sudden…and quite a lot of enjoyable

Water Balloon Toss – Decide a scorching day and have a provide of crammed baseball-sized water balloons (make sure that they’re small balloons to start with so they continue to be taut). Associate them off in strains (such as you do when warming up their arms) with gamers about 6 to eight ft aside and with a companion on one row having the balloon.


Categorical to gamers that in baseball, each ball you possibly can catch with 2 fingers must be caught with 2 fingers. Additionally, show how the pinkie fingers of each fingers must be close to and parallel to one another with fingers being parallel and held under the waist.


Clarify that each one infielders should have comfortable fingers. This begins when each arms are outstretched (elbows are usually not locked) after which cradled towards the physique because the underhand toss comes towards you. Water balloons would require particular give attention to comfortable fingers to maintain from breaking.


On coaches command…

Participant underhand tosses to his companion who catches and holds the balloon. His companion then tosses it again to his companion.

After 2-Four rounds, groups with a full balloon step 2 ft additional aside.


Then 2 steps additional aside!

Preserve going till you will have a winner.

After you have a winner, coaches produce as many further full balloons as there are coaches and the profitable crew will get to “blast the coaches.” Sure, flip round coach…and do use typical precautions as boys will probably be boys. (Now you inform me that 10 or 20 years from now these gamers will not remind you of how a lot enjoyable that was?!)

It isn’t all about baseball…however it’s all about enjoyable!

Thanks for studying.

Better of luck this season.

Now get on the market and Have Some Enjoyable!

—-Coach JP

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