Volume 7, No. 5 - December 2012
Bruce Bochy's Messages for Little League Coaches
By Positive Coaching Alliance
The San Francisco Giants' drive to the 2012 World Series title, led by PCA National Advisory Board Member Bruce Bochy, contains examples for Little League managers and coaches on the importance of patience and resilience. Facing playoff elimination games against the Reds and the Cardinals, Bochy and his players kept their composure and prevailed.
Part of the reason: the patience Bochy exercised throughout the season, instilling his players with confidence. From the early season injury that cost the Giants their closer, Brian Wilson…to a run of games lost on uncharacteristic defensive errors…to Tim Lincecum's down season…to the loss of league-leading hitter Melky Cabrera, the Giants adapted and endured.
Bochy's role? Show enough confidence in Sergio Romo, and he'll do Wilson's job. Be patient with Brandon Crawford in the field through some early-season struggles. Have the courage to move Lincecum to the bullpen and the integrity to resist the temptation to bring back Cabrera. These are all values and characteristics of a Double-Goal Coach® that you can bring to your Little League coaching.
In this video excerpt from PCA' National Youth Sports Awards Dinner, where Bochy accepted PCA's Ronald L. Jensen Award for Lifetime Achievement, the Giants skipper explains how his own positive coaching generates resilience in his players. Stay tuned to the end for Bochy's explanation of how his techniques translate to coaching Little Leaguers!
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, and for a video that explains Double-Goal Coaching in more detail, visit http://www.littleleague.org/pca