A dose of coaching encouragement from our friend and Little League commissioner, Rob Monaco. Follow his writings on The Heart of Youth Baseball Facebook page.
Every game is a different experience.
Some games you are on top of the world and unstoppable. Maybe you go 2 for 3 with 2 doubles and 4 RBIs. The next game, you could strike out 3 times and make an error. The game changes… but if you’re a coach, help keep your players’ chins up. Failure will come, but it’s not over… not in baseball. There are always new beginnings.
Remind your team of the ‘moments’. Remind your team that with teamwork, there is no bad day, because collectively, they can do anything. And then… bring in the moments….
Remind them what happened when the team was on the top step rooting hard, and little Michael knocked in 2 runs.
Remind them how important little Danny’s stolen base was in the 3rd inning.
Tell them that the fire never burns out as long as they believe in each other. And let them know that the loss or error they made before is insignificant in the fight. They need to stay driven! They need to move forward! They need to remember ‘moments’ and keep their heads high!
If you’re a coach, build up your team. Explain the lessons of the game, don’t bark them. Motivate your team to be great, don’t scream that they “need to be great” with no direction. And most importantly… keep their heads in the game… Remind them of the ‘moments’… because it’s those moments that boost their confidence and allow them to do great things..
Angela is also a freelance writer known to tackle the tougher topics…like why do cat food makers shape the morsels like fish or chicken? Do cats really care? Exactly how many of something is “more than you can shake a stick at?” And then there’s her ongoing paranoia that her house smells like animals and she's gone nose blind.
WordPress says that I’m supposed to tell you a few things about myself so that you’ll want to read more of my posts. Here goes.
My name is Angela Weight. I live in Midlothian, VA with my husband James, two sons, Andrew and Jack, dogs Katie and Ayla and cat, Callie. We’re new to the area…transplants from the Dublin, GA area, where I grew up. My husband has a job that pays the bills so I can sit around and obsess about cat food shapes and how my house smells. I also have this goal of seeing all 50 states by the time I’m 50. I’m 43 now and have been to 45 of them. If you have any friends or family in Vermont, Rhode Island, Oklahoma, North Dakota or Alaska who’d like us to come visit (and maybe pay for it) let me know.
My sons (ages 16 and 11) play a ridiculous amount of baseball. If I’m not at home or out buying scented wax warmer cubes, I’m probably at a baseball field somewhere in Suburbia. In fact, I have to leave now to take Jack to practice. I’ll write more later.
Oh, another thing you need to know. We’re SF Giants fans. Crazy, fanatical Giants fans. I grew up a Braves fan, but converted when I married James who grew up in the Bay Area. That’s important.
Great! Now Jack is late for practice.
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