Baseball: Coaching The Uninterested Player
Do you have children on your youth baseball team that really aren't interested in playing baseball? Take it from experience, it can become a big problem and can cause distractions.
The usual cases are kids who just aren't interested from day one, those that lose interest as the season goes on and those that have a problem focusing for more that two minutes.
Over the last couple of years I've seem more kids who can't seem to concentrate for more that 2 minutes. They require constant attention and take time away that would otherwise be focused on team as a whole.
The best tip I can give to help minimize the distractions that result from uninterested kids is to have a meeting with the parents and players at the beginning of the season to establish behavior guidelines. Trust me, this will help avoid any problem with the parents when enforcing the rules.
The rules are common sense. .
- Pay attention to the coach
- Look at the coach when he's speaking
- Support your teammates
- No fighting
- No fooling around in the dugout
Repeat offenders could be dismissed from the team. It may not seem fair but as a coach you need to keep order.
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