"When you hit that ball, even if you know you're going to be out, you run. Never, never, never stop running."
This is what I was told as a kid. 'Never, never, never stop running.' I didn't know it back then, but at that moment my coach instilled in me something I'd carry with me for the rest of my life.
Baseball Coaches Never Stop Running
It's true that almost anyone who loves baseball can coach the game. But what's often overlooked is the tremendous power baseball coaches hold. As a coach, you have the opportunity to instill skills that kids will use forever. Kids need to be taught how to work hard, encourage others and not give up. They don't just come naturally. It's a behavior that is learned over time.
Baseball coaches have the opportunity of doing far more than just producing a winning team.
Coaching, when done strategically, can teach a child to never stop running in life.
Practicing instills several invaluable qualities. Scheduling and encouraging regular practices leads kids to exercise consistency in their routine and to honor their commitment.
Practices that encourage hard work help improve baseball skills and instill the idea that hard work pays off. Baseball coaches who encourage players to be on time and stay for the entire practice are forcing the habit of being responsible, consistent and punctual.
Every coach wants a winning team, but when they focus on the intrinsic value more than just whipping the opposing team, it gives kids an entirely different outlook on 'winning.' Intrinsic values include things such as helping carry your team to victory or encouraging your team mates to hang in there and do their best.
This will help them feel like they've made a difference and that they're part of something bigger than themselves. It's also very important to instill gratitude and humility in players instead of condoning boastful actions.