Everyone should have a coaching style that reflects his/her own strengths. If you are new to coaching, you’ll need a little time to develop your style. Just think about what feels right to you, what you feel most comfortable with, and listen to your instincts.
That said, as a BGCRE Softball Coach there are several fundamental elements you must incorporate into your coaching style on and off the field.
Maintain a Safe Environment – Above all else, keep the kids (and you) safe!
Keep It Simple– Teaching softball skills can get complicated and even tedious if you aren’t careful. Remember your audience.
Provide Leadership– Your kids and their parents look to you for instruction and direction. Take charge and show the way.
Nurture a Sense of Team – Nothing is more empowering than the support of a good team. Create that support among your kids.
Promote Sportsmanship– Exemplify respect toward the other team during games, and your kids will follow. A lot of high-fives will help.
Encourage Parent Involvement – You need help, and parents want to feel involved and supportive, so bring the two together.
Focus on Developing Skills– Remember your Player Skills and Coaching Check List … and get checkin’!
Keep Things Moving – Practice can get boring for young kids unless they remain engaged. Encourage hustle and quickness, and give your kids lots of repetitions.
Teach Both Teams – During games, look out for all the kids on the field.
Be On Time and Be Prepared – In fact, as much as possible, be early.
And the common COACH acronym is always good to remember:
C – Comprehension – Again, remember your audience and keep it simple.
O – Outlook – Stay positive and forward-looking.
A – Affection – Let your kids (and their parents) know that you care.
C – Character – Winning isn’t everything. The TEAM is everything.
H – Humor – Laugh and smile. If you’re having fun, so will everyone else.
Lastly, be sure to maintain your dignity as a BGCRE Softball volunteer. There will be times when the behavior of a child or parent or another coach will annoy or frustrate you. When this happens, we expect you to handle the situation in a professional manner. However, we don’t expect you to be a punching bag. In rare occasions when someone crosses the line, please contact the BGCRE Softball organizing committee and let us help you handle and resolve the situation.