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How to be an effective baseball dad and baseball coach

Some of the biggest concerns that a baseball dad has when trying to be a coach and a parent is clarity.

They may struggle exactly how to approach guiding a baseball player effectively when that player is a family member.

It can be difficult because personal emotions are usually involved. Things can be much more easily taken for granted.

Being a baseball dad and parent is a relative process though. There really is no ultimate formula for doing so. There isn’t even an “adage” such as “you’re a baseball coach first dad second”….or vise versa.

With that being said there are a few things you can do to get the most out of your son by keeping him motivated and his eyes on the prize.

But wait! For you baseball coaches out there who have yet to coach you’re own “mini-me”, you can still get something out of this.

Coaching young players isn’t completely different from raising children. You’re still responsible for their development. There is just less risk involved….as long as you’re not including disillusioned parents who think their kid is the next Bryce Harper:)

Seek first to understand then be understood

Young players are always on the cusp of a great break through. Whether it’s a skill that will help them to better deal with peers or a skill that helps them turn on a 96 MPH fast-ball, these skills are always at the surface waiting to be brought up to the air.

As a baseball parent, you have to be willing to put the ego aside and transcend the need to be seen as an authority figure. If you truly feel you have fatherly advice to give, a player will always respond to the guidance more effectively from a genuine source.

By seeking first to understand before being understood, you’re paying attention to the real issue.

It’s not about you….it’s about you’re kid……and that requires that you listen much more than you speak. Ask open ended questions and attempt to delve deep into the process of your kid’s emotional and mental state. This is the best way to inspire a blossoming player who just needs someone they can trust.

Always be teaching

Never assume that coaching baseball ends at the ballpark with you’re child/player.

Whether a kid knows it or not, they’re always learning and when it comes to your behavior, they will attribute whatever example you’re demonstrating as being an adult.

Why is this important?

For example when you show a lack of poise in a “slow line” at the grocery your’e showing that it’s expectable to be impatient. Now I know emotions are natural and a part of being human, but why not take opportunities like these to show a level of patience that they can utilize when they  need patience and poise in a key at-bat or defensive situation?

Everything is connected and there are no “ordinary moments”!

Don’t die with your music inside you

You’re a father who took up coaching for a reason. Whether it’s because you wanted to spend more time with your son or you wanted to give him the best opportunity to succeed, there was a genuine reason for taking on the mantle of Baseball coach/dad.

Do your son a favor and make that reason apparently obvious. When you do things with purpose every action become magnified and more convincing.

Teach and coach with passion and other people will be drawn to you as well and will ask “where do you get the energy to do what you do”?

Say yes to failure

You’ve probably heard me say this so many times that I’m sure you’re sick and tired of hearing it.

Failure is a good thing. The biggest lesson that you will ever give your player is that in order to succeed you must first fail.

Looking at failure as purely a feed-back mechanism will allow him to take bigger risks, become increasingly resilient, and have the ability to perform at his true potential when the pressure is on.

Playing with failure is what makes baseball different from every other sport simply because you fail more than you succeed.

Give your son the greatest gift by encouraging failure followed with the correct response.

Remember….it’s impossible to fail if you decide today that you will never give up.

Your son can be a reflection of your values…..demonstarte those values with purpose and you’ll find that your player/child is slowly starting to stand out from the other players…..and you’ll know why.

Are your a baseball parent? Did this article help? Tell me what your biggest take away was in the comments below. I would love to hear from you!

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How to BEAT players that lie, cheat, and work harder than you!

 

For both Japanese and Dominican baseball players, baseball has been sought after as a means to become famous, wealthy, and to put food on the table for themselves and their families.

In order to realize this dream, players from these countries are willing to lie about their age, take performance enhancing drugs, and or wake up at 5 a.m and practice until their hands bleed.

Now I’m not condoning that you lie and cheat and put your health at risk to realize your dreams, in fact I have my own philosophy about steroids. See, I had plenty of team-mates that were on steroids while in college(especially J.R college) and knowing that I could be losing playing time from someone using performance enhancing drugs was a VERY frustrating experience. But here was what I kept telling my self.

“If I have to lie and put my health at risk in order to do what I love…then it’s not meant to be”.

Most of us will experience certain issues like this that will challenge our level of integrity.

The question is………

  • How BAD do you want to be GOOD?
  • What are you willing to sacrifice to become the player you dream of being?
  • How inspired are you to live the life styles of the players you aspire to be like?
  • How determined are you going to be in the face of adversity?

Remember, there is always someone working harder than you……with a sweeter swing and better physical gifts.

Learn to take each pitch on pitch at a time………practice your heart out, and when it comes time to execute, let what may be……be.

Trust your instincts and never forget why you play this game.

If you can do that then no one will ever be able to take your POWER away from you regardless of how hard they work, or what short-cuts they take.

It’s in your hands!

 

 

 

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How to get the attention of a baseball scout: Mike Trout Style

So there you are, preparing for your next at bat.

You’re in the on deck circle and there is a scout in the stands looking for a player that shows he can play at the next level.

He knows what he’s looking for……do you?

When Mike Trout was a just a high-school prospect he sure as heck did! Good news! You do’t have to reinvent the wheel! Learn “How to get the attention of a baseball scout: Mike Trout Style.

Have a routine

The difference in talent in regards to HIGH PROSPECT players at the amateur level really isn’t that far off from the average Major Leaguer or college player. The biggest difference lies in the level of consistency.

Big League players don’t nessasarrily hit the ball harder or farther than most other talented players but they are able to do so more consistently.

Having a pre-game and pre-at-bat routine is effective when trying to establish a groove both physically and mentally.

Perform your warm-up swings, timing, and mental game plan in the same way before each at-bat and you’ll find that you will be giving yourself the best opportunity to hit the ball hard!

 

Run hard on anything and everything

Can you play this game with reckless abandon? Can you play with passion and joy? Have you forgotten why you began playing this game in the first place?

Show how much you enjoy being on the field and a scout will take note. It’s about accomplishing the little things and doing them when no one is looking that sets you apart from your team-mates and other players on the field.

You better believe a scout will have you on stop watch! Help the scout make his job easier by running hard to first base as best as you can. YES, even on pop-ups!!! As a player, you only have so many opportunities to show what you have! Make the most of it!

Never show emotion

Almost every single scout is completely UNCONCERNED with whether or not you get a hit. In fact they prefer to see you fail a few times to see your response to adversity.

Remember…….most scouts are “body language guys”.

Take a big turn

If you end up getting a hit show some BASEBALL INSTINCTS! Take a big aggressive turn around first and put pressure on the defense. Seeing a baseball player take an extra base and put the game in his own hands is one of the best ways to get a baseball scouts’ attention!

Who is going to win the Al/NL MVP?

The 2012 AL MVP will be announced in a few days!

Who’s your pick?!! Share in the comments below!

 


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