coaching philosophy

Coaching: Identify, develop, and perfect an individual's raw talents through proper instruction. Mold a group of individuals to play as a team.

Respect: Be a purist of the game! Have a reverence for the game and make sure the Game itself remains larger than your ego's. Respect the fact that we represent the Town we come from and often people's opinions of Chester will be formed on how you and your team represent themselves. Respect the umpire's authority. Always confront the umpires in a private manor, never questioning him/ her in front of the players, showing a complete disrespect for their authority.

Learn: Have a passion to be the best coach you can be. Never stop trying to learn, read everything you can to always pick up new tricks and drills. Watch other coaches who seem to really have it together.

Prepare: Have a Plan! Know what you want to teach and have a drill ready to reinforce it. Plan things for your assistants to do, and let them do it. Don't waste valuable time on the field thinking about what to do next.

KISS: Keep it simple stupid; don't confuse the players with complex, difficult drills and plays. The easier the execution, the better they execute.

Aggressive: Coach aggressiveness; encourage kids to go to bat looking to hit. Attack ground balls and continue moving through their throws, outfielders should attack fly balls knowing their back up will be in position. Run the bases aggressively forcing the other team to make good plays.

Be Firm: Set down practice and game rules and be consistent in enforcing them. When you are speaking or teaching, insist that they are watching and listening. We are not here to baby sit; we are here to coach ball.

Be Fair: Treat every kid the same, each kid may need to be handled or taught differently, but don't play favorites. Be very careful not to be too demanding or hard on your own child.

Give every player a chance to prove themselves; don't write them off to quickly. Be Positive: Be confidence builders, be quick to compliment and encourage, slow to condemn and criticize. Correct mistakes, but don't harp on them, bad habits are slow to break. Always expect mistakes on plays so you are prepared to coach the next play, this way you don't loose it on mistakes and kids learn to put them behind them and move on to the next play rather then panic.

Communicate: Be very clear and precise in what you want and expect from your team. Let them know exactly what to expect from you and be consistent. Every thing you teach, explain it, demonstrate it, practice it, and most importantly: REINFORCE it.

Pace: Make your drills move quickly, don't let kids stand around too much. Use small groups on drills to allow kids to get more rep's quickly. Most kids this age need to get as many touches of the ball as possible to improve fundamentals, kids have more fun and pay better attention to quick drills.

Address Weaknesses: Know your kids; know their strengths and weaknesses. Be flexible enough to design your teaching, drills, and time to allow for improving weaknesses.

Progression: Teach basic fundamentals, emphasize good throwing skills. Build slowly and add more skills only after they show a good understanding of the basics. Games are won and loss on good fundamentals, more games are lost on bad throws than any other aspect of the game.

Patience: Correct physical and mental errors when they occur, correct in a patient, step by step manner. If you are not getting your point across, let someone else try, don't let your pride get in the way.

It's a Game: Keep the fact that this is just a game in mind. Keep constant improvement the main goal of each game. A win is nice, but real improvement is great.

Time Allotment: Get constant feedback from your coaches or helpers, on whether you are allowing enough time for them to accomplish practice plan tasks. If more time is needed, make sure to plan it in future practice plans.

Lets Teach, be firm, encourage, work on making practice and drills fun. Let us inspire improvement! Provide a learning environment! Develop a TEAM attitude.