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  • played mr negativity saturday

    everything his team did wrong he quickly berated them for and loudly...not a word when they did something good or even outstanding...hope those families enjoy paying $$$$$$ to beat me 6-5, and i was missing 4 players. i made sure to go the oppo way, tons of praise and loud acknowledgement towards my players lol...yeah ultimately we lost though....so guess ill go out and eat worms
    13U Coach in God's Country (the Midwest)

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    Protein's protein?

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      Focus on your own team. Don't try to save the world.

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      • #4
        i know....really wanted to get that W though....losing to guys like that suck...had to vent somewherez
        13U Coach in God's Country (the Midwest)

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          Are you going yell at the four players you were missing and make them do laps?

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          • #6
            Originally posted by justsomecoach View Post
            everything his team did wrong he quickly berated them for and loudly...not a word when they did something good or even outstanding...hope those families enjoy paying $$$$$$ to beat me 6-5, and i was missing 4 players. i made sure to go the oppo way, tons of praise and loud acknowledgement towards my players lol...yeah ultimately we lost though....so guess ill go out and eat worms
            I had a number of coaches like that, in particular HS basketball coach and College baseball coach. At that point you don't need somebody telling you how great you did. Also had a legion coach who played high minors who wouldn't say anything at all, positive or negative, as he was too busy chatting up the fans and umpires. Liked playing for him the most tbh

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            • #7
              Coaches can definitely suck the fun out of it some times. We don't run our 16u team like a military unit. One of my last points before a game is to enjoy each other and have more fun than any other team at the park.

              With that being said, I also have to constantly remind my players to "stay in your own dugout". Meaning, cheer your team and talk it up for your team, but don't get caught up in what the other team/coaches say and do. We have a tendency to pay that too much attention and sometimes the chatter can be dugout to dugout. Now, we thrive when it gets chippy and the emotion ratchets up, but keeping it classy and staying above the fray and in your own dugout are good lessons for a team focused on playing at a high level.

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              • #8
                There's a balance somewhere. I coach who doesn't say anything or is always "good job Jonny" isn't doing his players any good. Some times a player needs a little negative motivation or at least a talking to when they don't fail the right way.

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                  I will only blow up over lack of effort, or fear issues. Other than that I believe in leaving the kids free to screw-up or succeed on their own. 20 years ago I blew up over almost everything. Took me a while to realize the players can't play with their butt-holes clinched shut. I have played for all types of coaches so I don't care that much about who I am coaching against and how they run their team. Many different kids need different coaching styles and I realize my way might not be the best for every kid individually. Hopefully it is best for the team as a whole.

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                  • #10
                    ^ hmm, not sure if blowing up over fear issues is a good approach.

                    Things that get me mad: lack of effort, lack of respect (talking when I'm talking), doing something stupid and unsafe.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by bbrages View Post
                      ^ hmm, not sure if blowing up over fear issues is a good approach.

                      Things that get me mad: lack of effort, lack of respect (talking when I'm talking), doing something stupid and unsafe.
                      It does sound counter-intuitive (and maybe I am wrong for doing it), but the game can't be played with the fear of getting hit, the fear of striking out, the fear of making an error. Those things manifest themselves in ways that keep their teammates from trusting them. In my experience if I am over the top on those things, the kids will get a little angry about it and their anger gets them over the fear the next time the situation comes up. Example, for a short-stop that is pulling up a little early on ground balls, if I make a show of it and he gets angry he will stay down no matter what on the next one, even if it bounces off his chest. If I talk to him about staying down or if I let it go, he stays down in a skiddish fashion next time, which to me is worse than pulling up early. This has just been my experience with it in the past. It really isn't something that comes up often with my teams though.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by bman52 View Post

                        It does sound counter-intuitive (and maybe I am wrong for doing it), but the game can't be played with the fear of getting hit, the fear of striking out, the fear of making an error. Those things manifest themselves in ways that keep their teammates from trusting them. In my experience if I am over the top on those things, the kids will get a little angry about it and their anger gets them over the fear the next time the situation comes up. Example, for a short-stop that is pulling up a little early on ground balls, if I make a show of it and he gets angry he will stay down no matter what on the next one, even if it bounces off his chest. If I talk to him about staying down or if I let it go, he stays down in a skiddish fashion next time, which to me is worse than pulling up early. This has just been my experience with it in the past. It really isn't something that comes up often with my teams though.
                        In other words he is more "fearful" of you than the ball.

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                        • #13
                          Most coaches have fear and/or anxiety about losing.

                          Fear/anxiety is un-masculine.

                          So they convert their fear/anxiety into anger, which allows them to feel like a MAN.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Golfman25 View Post

                            In other words he is more "fearful" of you than the ball.
                            Maybe, but I would say he is more fearful of letting his teammates down. It goes something like this, "It is not fair to your teammates for you to be play scared! There are others that would love to play shortstop and I am sure they will give themselves up for their brothers on the team." It is more along those lines. Sorry if that offends people or if it reflects badly on me, but I have seen it help many a scared player find enough courage in themselves to get over the hump.

                            Not really worried about them or myself feeling like a man and I don't care about losing as much as developing the kids and the team.

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                            • #15
                              If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball!

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