Turning that collection of promising athletes you first spotted at Tryouts
into a ball team capable of playing well is going to take a lot out of you.
Our first suggestion...
Review the detailed chart called 'Coaching Approach'. It may seem overwhelming, but better you than them. And you'll have a far more realistic sense of what you can do, and when best to do it. Also take seriously the suggestions in some of the articles about working with your team, including parents. The quicker everyone is on the same page the better.
The next step in the process is to get organized with your practices and your expectations for the year. These pages offer help and also a few cautionary tales.
Whether you go to one tournament a year or you're on the road constantly, here are several pages of useful tips from experienced coaches.
A collection of articles and ideas from coaches and others to get you thinking about how and why you coach. Covers everything from building a high-level program to changing the rules to make the game more fun.
Check out the WebBall Library for titles related to program building
. You'll also find a number of recommendations for both books
that focus on running drills and preparing your team for game situations.
Besides the obvious collection of training aids for hitters and pitchers, there are also some essential items that should be in every coach's sports bag. And we've put those together under Coaching Aids