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    Well, this season has to go down as one of my most difficult, although rewarding season in all my years of coaching. Baseball wise it was a "nightmare", but player development and interpersonal relationship wise with all of them, it was one of my favorite.

    So "baseball wise", we scored 98 runs this season, to our opponents' 74 (only 43 earned)......struck out 63 times to our opponents' 89.....had a team BA of .286 to our opponents' .198.....BUT!!....we walked 44 times to our opponents' 60.......committed 51 errors, to our opponents 34.....and I sprouted MANY more grey hairs than I had prior to the season.....we played .357 baseball.

    We also had less players come out to tryouts (this was a freshman team) than a couple of the teams we faced had on their roster. We had to call back a couple players that we cut after our earlier tryouts just to get to a 13 player roster, when we didn't get the number of kids come out from our "winter" sports (soccer, basketball, whatever) than we had expected....this was a really tough season from day one. h

    However!! These 13 players were some of the most hard-working, greatly spirited, genuinely polite, and respectful group of kids I've had the pleasure of working with. Regardless of the talent (and it was VERY divergent from the two ends of the scale), they all pulled for each other, with the "better" players taking some of the "lesser" players under their wing, to interpret some of the stuff that we as coaches we presenting (I'm convinced that several players played very little, if any organized youth baseball experience, prior to them coming out to tryouts).

    Practices ran smoothly, as when divided into groups, ALL worked hard at their particular station, even when not being directly supervised. I was pleased to see some that I highly doubted would be productive at all during the season, all come through at one time or another with that one "special" base hit, or "fine" defensive play....in fact, I can't think of a single player that didn't accomplish both.

    Maybe it was a case of never getting disappointed when you set your expectations low enough, as we knew going in it was going to be a LOOOONNNNGGG year, but at the banquet, I was truly pleased and at ease, to be able to talk about the various attributes that each and every one of the players brought to team, even if our win/loss record was the lowest of any season I've ever coached.

    Not saying that it's not a lot more fun to win, or that winning doesn't make it easier on the coach, but regardless of our record, I'll always remember this team, and the great group of kids that came out and gave it their all, even if that didn't equate to as many wins as I've had with other teams that I couldn't say the same things about.

    Enjoyable season boys.....Thanks!!
    Last edited by mudvnine; 05-30-2012, 01:21 PM.
    In memory of "Catchingcoach" - Dave Weaver: February 28, 1955 - June 17, 2011

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    Mud, I think the reason you are a good coach is that though this was a "nightmarish year," you still turn it into a positive by describing how rewarding it was.
    ='
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    • #3
      If I lived in your neck of the woods, I would be honored to have you coach my son.

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      • #4
        We've had a similar type season. 1-15. 8 losses by 3 or fewer runs.

        Twice as many K's at the plate as opponents. Twice as many errors. 1/2 as many stolen bases. Other than that, it's been pretty even. *grin*

        Our kids have had to pull "double duty" by playing in the in-house league, and two of our main pitchers always get pitched right before our tournaments and double-headers, so we go into every tourney as the smallest, least experienced team involved .... and we aren't fully armed.

        The kids are outstanding. They're the type of kids you would take to the movies, let your kid spend the night at their house, etc. They don't cuss, they don't talk about dicks and tits and that stuff, etc. They are just really good kids. They don;t deserve to take the mental beating they've taken this year.

        I'm not the biggest fan of the travel team serving as the "LL All-Star team" and preparing for LL all-stars all year (on our own, with our own money, and with interference from the league no less), but if these group of kids gets to pound some of the other local area LL All-Star teams for a few weeks in July, it wouldn't be the worst thing in the world.

        The positives that come out of this is that I am looking to put together a travel team league in our area, and my guess (given our location) is that there will be quite a few teams interested and excited to not have to drive 2 hours in every direction for a tournament, but can get regular competitive games locally for a fraction of the cost.

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        • #5
          Going by pythagoran expectation you should have played .630 baseball. sounds quite unlucky (unless there really were some horrible teams in your league whom you scored most of your runs against- would need to see the run differential of the teams before you to judge that).
          I now have my own non commercial blog about training for batspeed and power using my training experience in baseball and track and field.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by mudvnine View Post
            Well, this season has to go down as one of my most difficult, although rewarding season in all my years of coaching. Baseball wise it was a "nightmare", but player development and interpersonal relationship wise with all of them, it was one of my favorite.

            So "baseball wise", we scored 98 runs this season, to our opponents' 74 (only 43 earned)......struck out 63 times to our opponents' 89.....had a team BA of .286 to our opponents' .198.....BUT!!....we walked 44 times to our opponents' 60.......committed 51 errors, to our opponents 34.....and I sprouted MANY more grey hairs than I had prior to the season.....we played .357 baseball.

            We also had less players come out to tryouts (this was a freshman team) than a couple of the teams we faced had on their roster. We had to call back a couple players that we cut after our earlier tryouts just to get to a 13 player roster, when we didn't get the number of kids come out from our "winter" sports (soccer, basketball, whatever) than we had expected....this was a really tough season from day one. h

            However!! These 13 players were some of the most hard-working, greatly spirited, genuinely polite, and respectful group of kids I've had the pleasure of working with. Regardless of the talent (and it was VERY divergent from the two ends of the scale), they all pulled for each other, with the "better" players taking some of the "lesser" players under their wing, to interpret some of the stuff that we as coaches we presenting (I'm convinced that several players played very little, if any organized youth baseball experience, prior to them coming out to tryouts).

            Practices ran smoothly, as when divided into groups, ALL worked hard at their particular station, even when not being directly supervised. I was pleased to see some that I highly doubted would be productive at all during the season, all come through at one time or another with that one "special" base hit, or "fine" defensive play....in fact, I can't think of a single player that didn't accomplish both.

            Maybe it was a case of never getting disappointed when you set your expectations low enough, as we knew going in it was going to be a LOOOONNNNGGG year, but at the banquet, I was truly pleased and at ease, to be able to talk about the various attributes that each and every one of the players brought to team, even if our win/loss record was the lowest of any season I've ever coached.

            Not saying that it's not a lot more fun to win, or that winning doesn't make it easier on the coach, but regardless of our record, I'll always remember this team, and the great group of kids that came out and gave it their all, even if that didn't equate to as many wins as I've had with other teams that I couldn't say the same things about.

            Enjoyable season boys.....Thanks!!
            Doesn't sound nightmarish at all.... It sounds like a good coach maximizing his opportunities and making something of a difficult situation... ANYBODY can coach the best players in the area.
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