This is our third part in our Tips for Youth Coaches series. We hope you learned some useful tips. Please let us know what you think. PS-Our favorite is #10.
7. Let the players play.
A trend that has taken over college baseball is the coaches calling pitches from the dugout. This trend is also becoming more popular at the high school level. Do not be the coach that calls pitches like this. Take the opportunity to teach your pitchers and catchers how to call pitches and when it is appropriate to throw changeups and curveballs (I will discuss this in a later post). Let them make their own decisions and if those decisions are wrong, use that as an opportunity to give feedback.
When I coached at Malone University, our freshman catcher's coach called 100% of the pitches in high school. When he arrived at college, Zac had no knowledge of how to call a game or how to recognize hitter’s tendencies. We recognized that he was very smart and he had the willingness to learn how to call a great game for his pitching staff. He started his freshman year and while we called most of the pitches then, we prepared him to take over the pitch calling duties. By his senior year, Zac learned to call an outstanding game himself and he almost acted like a coach on the field. I really enjoyed the process of teaching Zac this skill throughout his time at Malone and we a better team because of it.
8. Teach your team how to deal with winning, and losing.
How do we train these complex movements?
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Coach Mike Grady
Coach Grady has 10 years experience working with pitchers of all ages through private and group instruction, including 6 years experience as a college pitching coach. This blog is dedicating to helping pitchers of all ages improve their game.