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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Become a Better Coach With These Softball Coaching Tips

By Marc Dagenais

Being a softball coach is one of the most satisfying jobs in the world. More than just helping a team win games, you also help in molding their character, the way they deal with winning and defeats and so much more.

That's why when you look at it, coaching can be quite a big responsibility as well. So you must continue on developing your coaching skills along with developing your team's skills.

Here are some tips that will help you get started:

1. Be a good motivator. You can never expect your team to win every game, no matter how good your team is. There will be off-days that will get your off your usual performance. And when this happens, you must motivate your team to push forward and never give up.

Being a good motivator doesn't necessarily mean you have to give your players dramatic speeches at the beginning of every game. It's enough that you tell them that they still have their chance of winning the next game after they've lost the last one.

2. Know your players well. Find out what the strengths and weaknesses of your every player. From there, work on making the most of your strengths and improving whatever aspects of the game your team is lacking.

3. Know who your opponents are. Scouting should also be a part of your strategy. The most fantastic plays would be put to waste if you don't know what's the best one you can use on your opponent. As much as you should devote time to knowing your players, you should also be familiar on how your opponents operate. Look for patterns; find out their strengths and their weaknesses.

4. Stay organized. From the way you conduct your trainings to your schedules, you must learn how to stay organized. You can gauge your team's success in reaching its goals much easier that way.

5. Set a good example. One of the challenges of being a coach is being the role model of your players. You might not realize it, but at least some of your players look up to you. That's why whatever piece of advice you have for them, you should practice too. Want them to follow a strict diet? Make sure you follow that strict diet too. Otherwise, you'd end up disappointing them and they'll quit believing every word you say.

6. Never forget the element of fun. Softball coaching can be a serious business, but you should never take the fun out of the game. From dealing with your players to conducting drills, these things should be fun. Your advice and drills are easier to remember that way.

There you have it, my tips on how you can become a better coach. Most of it deals with working with your team. The better you deal with your players, the easier it will be to coach them.

Marc Dagneais is Softball Peak Performance Coach that helps softball players turn their athletic talent into extraordinary performances and help coaches get more out of their players, turn their struggling team around or get an edge over their opponents. Visit us to access our directory of FREE softball drills!

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