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PCA Article

Volume 6, No. 1 - January 2011

Want to Improve Your Double-Goal Coaching? Play Ball!

By David Jacobson, Positive Coaching Alliance

Before you start coaching in the upcoming Little League season, why not take this advice from an umpire: Play ball!

Seriously, if it’s been awhile since you played baseball or softball, get out there. Pull together a pick-up game among coaches in your league. The benefits to you as Little League Double-Goal Coaches® are many:

  • If you are like many of us middle-aged Little League coaches, you can use the exercise.
  • Once on the field, you are reminded how difficult the sport can be. We are all greater in our memories than we were in reality, and in retrospect, hitting, fielding and throwing seem such simple skills. But they are not, especially for the young players in our charge. Playing a little ball will quickly remind you of that, thus improving your patience with players who struggle to acquire new skills.
  • If, while playing, you exhibit some lack of skill, coordination, or mental faculty, you may remember how embarrassing that can feel. Then, when the Little League season starts, mindful of how vulnerable players are after making a mistake, you will use a mistake ritual, such as a physical gesture to “flush” the mistake or the “no-sweat” wiping of the brow.
  • You will feel the joy of actually playing…the running, jumping, thinking, camaraderie and satisfaction of a struggle well-faced that make baseball and softball so fun. And you will want to give the same to all of your players this season.

For more ideas on getting the most out of your players while teaching life lessons, take the Little League Double-Goal Coach® Course at http://shopping.positivecoach.org/Little-League-DGC

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