JERRY COSTA: COACHES CORNER

COACHES CORNER

MANY COACHES AND PARENTS HAVE ASKED ME FOR ADVICE ON "HOW TO MANAGE OR COACH A BASEBALL TEAM".

I WILL NOT SPILL IT OUT ALL AT ONE TIME BECAUSE I AM STILL COACHING AND BECAUSE YOU MIGHT BE PLAYING MY TEAM IN THE NEAR FUTURE. CHECK BACK HERE AT LEAST ONCE A WEEK FOR  UPDATED FACTS AND TIPS.

                   

                  SOME SIMPLE FACTS ABOUT COACH JERRY        

WHAT YOU READ BELOW IS ALL TRUE,THAT'S WHY THEY ARE CALLED FACTS.

1- I DON'T KNOW MUCH ABOUT BASEBALL.

2- MY PLAYERS KNOW MORE ABOUT BASEBALL THAN I DO.

3- I ALWAYS FEEL THAT MY TEAM HAS THE ADVANTAGE BEFORE A GAME STARTS  BECAUSE THEY PLAY FOR ME.

4- I ALWAYS FEEL THAT THE OTHER COACHES FEEL THAT I HAVE THE ADVANTAGE. 

5- OTHER MANAGERS AND COACHES ARE INTIMADATED BY ME.

6- I'M NOT THE SMARTEST COACH IN THE WORLD.

7- I AM THE SMARTEST MANAGER IN THE WORLD.

8- THERE IS A BIG DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A MANAGER AND A COACH.

9- I NEVER, EVER PLAY FAVORTISM TO MY SON , YOUR SON OR  COACHES SON.

10- I ALWAYS GET NERVOUS BEFORE A GAME.

11- I ALWAYS VISIT THE FIELD PRIOR TO THE DAY OF A GAME,   REGARDLESS OF WHERE THE GAME IS TO BE PLAYED.

12- I AM SUPERSTITIOUS.

13- I AM SELDOM RIGHT, BUT NEVER WRONG.

14- I HOLD PRACTICES YEAR ROUND.

15- I AM NOT 6 FEET TALL, I JUST SOUND LIKE I AM.

16- I DO NOT WEAR AN XL, I JUST SOUND LIKE I DO.

17- IT DOESN'T MATTER IF I AM THE HOME OR AWAY TEAM.

18- I CAN'T REMEMBER PEOPLES NAMES FOR BEANS.

19- MY FAVORITE PLACE TO HAVE A GAME IS EAST MEADOW.

20- I NEVER,EVER ARGURED WITH AN UMPIRE.

21- I NEVER GIVE ANYONE A SECOND CHANCE TO MAKE A FIRST  IMPRESSION.

22- I HAVE NO PROBLEM WITH BEING DIS-LIKED IN FACT I LIKE IT THAT  WAY

23- I SCHEDULE PRACTICE AROUND MY SCHEDULE NO ONE ELSES.

24- I WON'T TELL YOU TO NEVER BELIEVE ANYTHING YOU EVER HEARD ABOUT ME,   BECAUSE ANYTHING YOU HEARD IS PROBABLY THE TRUTH.

25-  MY TEAM IS VERY BEATABLE IF I MANAGED MY OPPONETS TEAM.

26- I NEVER SHOWCASE OR SHIELD A PLAYER.  (SHOWCASE)- I WON'T PUT MY KID IN AS A PITCHER BECAUSE THE TEAM WE ARE PLAYING IS WEAK. (SHIELD)-I WONT KEEP MY SON FROM TIGHT SITUATIONS AGAINST STRONG TEAMS BECAUSE  HE IS MY SON.. AND THAT GOES FOR COACHES AND FRIENDS KIDS.

27- I ALWAYS MANAGE MY TEAMS AS IF MY SON DOESN'T PLAY FOR ME.

28- I'VE BEEN THREATEN, CURSED AT, BOOED, ACCUSED OF THROWING A BASEBALL AT SOMEONE,ACCUSED OF TRYING TO FIX A DRAFT, HAD AN EQUIPTMENT BAG THROWN AT ME,I HAD A FINGER POKED INTO MY CHEST WITH THREATING DEMANDS TO PLAY A PERSONS SON MORE OFTEN, HAD PARENTS AND COACHES POUT WHEN THEIR SON SAT ON THE BENCH. I WAS EVEN CALLED "A MEAN LITTLE MAN". I HAD A PARENT CROSS THEIR TWO FINGERS LIKE AN X IN FRONT OF MY FACE WITH THE SCREAMING WORDS SKULL AND BONES(I GUESS THAT MEANT POISON), I HAD A PARENT GO ON THE WAR-PATH WHEN HIS SON SAT ON THE BENCH FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER , EVEN AFTER IT WAS HIS 30 CONSECUTIVE GAME THAT HE PLAYED IN.

29- NO ONE EVER SPIT AT ME, AT LEAST NOT YET !  OR IN MY FACE !

30- MORE PEOPLE COME TO MY GAMES WITH HOPES OF MY TEAM TO LOSE .. THAT'S RIGHT .. I CAN DRAW A CROWD...

31- I NEVER LOSE MY COOL WHEN SOMEONE ACTS LIKE A JERK.

32- I NEVER MAKE A PROMISE THAT I CANT KEEP.

33- I  AM THE MOST HATED MAN IN BASEBALL.

34- MOST OF MY FRIENDS I MET THROUGH BASEBALL.

35- I DONT CARE WHAT A PARENTS OPINION OF ME IS.. I AM A VOLUNTEER, I DON'T GET PAID TO MANAGER A TEAM  AND I LET THEM KNOW THAT THEY SHOULD KEEP THEIR NEGATIVE OPINIONS TO THEMSELVES. OR CONTACT A LEAGUE OFFICAL.. I DONT WANT TO HEAR IT.. I AM TOO BUSY FOR THAT.

36- THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A PARENT AND A MANAGER IS THE PARENT IS ONLY CONCERNED IF THEIR SON DOES WELL, WHERE A MANAGER NEEDS 14 KIDS TO DO WELL

 

 

 

 

                            COACHING TIPS FOR COACHES

1- START TO PRACTICE THE FIRST WEEKEND AFTER YOU GET A NEW TEAM (IN-HOUSE TEAMS). DON'T WAIT ANY LONGER, YOU HAVE TO GET THE JUMP ON OTHER TEAMS. 

2- YOUR FIRST PRACTICE SHOULD BE IN A EVALUATION FORMAT, TO SEE WHO AND WHAT YOU HAVE TO WORK ON.

3- WATCH THE BEHAVIOR PATTERN OF THE TEAM ON THE FIRST PRACTICE. DO THEY FOOL AROUND ? ARE THEY JUST THERE FOR FUN AND NOT THE SPORT ? THESE ARE SOME THINGS THAT YOU WILL HAVE TO WORK ON.

4-HAVE EACH PLAYER SAY HIS NAME OUT LOUD WHEN IT'S THEIR TURN AT A DRILL SO OTHER PLAYERS AND YOURSELF WILL START TO REMEMBER THEIR NAMES.

5-NOTE HOW THEY DRESS FOR PRACTICE AND WHAT KIND OF GLOVE, BAT THEY HAVE.

6-PRACTICE MUST BE ON THEIR AGE LEVEL NOT THEIR SKILL LEVEL.. MEANING IF YOUR TEAM OR SOME OF THE PLAYERS ARE NOT UP STANDARDS DO NOT TREAT THEM OR PRACTICE THEM AT A LOWER LEVEL BUT KEEP THEM AT OR ABOVE THEIR AGE LEVEL.

7- THE NOT SO SKILLFUL PLAYERS BY ALL MEANS SHOULD GET SOME INDIVIDUAL ATTENION.. YES I WILL SEPERATE THEM OCCASIONALY FROM THE SKILLFULL ONES AND MIXED THEM BACK INTO THE MAINSTREAM OF THE TEAM.

8-NEVER LET YOUR TEAM FEEL THAT THEY ARE WEAK,LET THEM KNOW THAT THEY CAN DO ANYTHING IF THE GIVE 100% EFFORT AND NOTHING LESS.

9-A SOFT TONE VOICE ISN'T THE BEST APPROACH,ALSO,BE STERN BUT NEVER SCREAM.

10-ALWAYS REMIND THE PLAYERS THAT THEY ARE HERE TO PLAY BALL AND PAY ATTENTION, IT IS NO DIFFERENT THAN SCHOOL.

11-SET YOUR PRACTICES AROUND YOUR SCHEDULE NOT PARENTS, BUT HOLD MANY PRACTICES.

12-GO TO A BATTING CAGE WHEN IT IS RAINING OR TO COLD, DON'T JUST CANCEL PRACTICE.

13-DON'T JUST LET COACHES THROW A BALL TO PLAYERS, LET THE PLAYERS THROW TO EACH OTHER.THIS LETS THEM LEARN EACH OTHERS SKILL LEVEL.

14-WHEN A PLAYER ASK TO BAT FIRST DURING PRACTICE,THAT WILL BE  THE KID I WILL BAT LAST. NEVER LET THE PLAYERS OR PARENTS DECIDE WHO BATS OR PLAYS A CERTAIN POSITION. THATS YOUR JOB, SET YOUR GROUND RULES EARLY.. TELL PARENTS AND KIDS TO NEVER ASK YOU TO PLAY A POSITION. THIS WILL PAY OFF BIG TIME.

15-NEVER SHOW YOUR FEELINGS WHEN YOU DRAFT (IN-HOUSE TEAM) THAT IS NOT SKILLFUL, REMEMBER IT'S IN HOUSE BALL, YES, IT'S NICE TO WIN BUT IT'S BETTER TO SHOW IMPROVEMENT WITH A TEAM.

16- THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A NICE SWING WHEN YOUR BATTER MISSES THE BALL. IF IT WAS SO NICE HE WOULD OF HIT THE BALL.SO DON'T EVER TELL LITTLE BILLY NICE SWING WHEN HE MISSES THE BALL.TRY SOMETHING LIKE  "THAT'S  NOT YOU, YOUR BETTER THAN THAT", OR SOMETHING LIKE " YOU'LL GET THEM NEXT TIME BILLY".. BUT NEVER KNOCK THE KID OR SHOW ANY NEGATIVE FEELINGS.

17-THERE IS NOTHING WORST THAN TO VIEW A MANAGER OR COACH  FOCUS IN ONLY ON THEIR OWN SON.. THIS WILL HURT YOU BIG TIME.. TRUST ME , PEOPLE NOTICE,AND IT'S WRONG AND YOU WON'T WIN.PLAY YOUR SON LIKE YOU PLAY EVERY OTHER KID ON THE TEAM.. SAME FOR YOUR COACHES KID.

18- DUGOUT TIPS-HAVE A PRACTICE JUST ON DUGOUT RULES. TEACH AND SHOW YOUR PLAYERS WHERE YOU WANT THEIR EQUIPTMENT BAG HUNG,I LIKE IT BEHIND THE PLAYERS TO GIVE THEM A BETTER VIEW OF THE FIELD AND GAME.YOU WANT NOTHING ON THE GROUND, IT MUST BE NEAT AND CLEAN AND ORGANIZED.NO FENCH CLIMBING ETC. YOU GET THE PICTURE; NO ONE IS PERMITTED IN AND OUT OF THE DUGOUT.. EVERY PLAYER MUST WATCH THE ENTIRE GAME. WHEN YOU SPEAK THEY MUST BE QUIET AND LISTEN.. AT ANY AGE..REMEMBER DON'T SHOUT OR SCREAM BUT BE STERN. NO ONE BUT PLAYERS AND COACHES SHOULD BE IN DUGOUT.. THAT MEANS SIBLINGS ALSO.. THIS WILL PAYOFF BIG FOR YOU.(MORE DUGOUT TIPS WILL FOLLOW)

19-TEACH YOUR PLAYERS SIGNS, REGARDLESS OF WHAT AGE. IT WILL BE HEPLFULL IN THE STAYING FOCUS DEPARTMENT,IN THE FURTURE AND MOST OFF ALL THEY WILL FEEL LIKE BIG LEAGUE PLAYERS. A FEW SIMPLE ONES..  TAKE THE NEXT PITCH..BUNT SIGN ETC. THEY WILL HAVE FUN WITH THAT.

20- IF A PLAYER TELLS YOU THAT HE IS HURT, TAKE HIM OUT OF THE GAME REGARDLESS HOW GOOD OF A PLAYER HE IS. 

21- GET A WEB-SITE FOR YOUR TEAM IT IS VERY CHEAP.  ETEAMZ IS THE BEST.. I CAN USE IT THAT MEANS ITS EASY TO USE..  .. FOR BASIC IS FREE.. I GOT GOT SOME GOODIES ADDED IN TO THIS ONE AND MY HAND PICK DOMAIN NAME SO IT COST A LITTLE MORE THAN FREE.. IT IS ANOTHER WAY TO COMMUNICATE WITH YOUR TEAM ALSO.. THE KIDS AND PARENTS WILL LOVE IT.

22-I ALWAYS LIKE A PRACTICE THE DAY BEFORE A GAME.. ESPECIALLY IF YOUR LAST PRACTICE OR GAME WAS ABOUT 5 DAYS AGO.

23-GET AS MANY PARENTS INVOLVED IN THE TEAM AS YOU NEED.. I NEVER HAD A PROBLEM ASSIGNING PARENTS A TASK.. PITCH COUNT, SCORE BOOK, DUG OUT CLEAN UP.. PARENTS WANT TO BE INVOLVED AND THEY ENJOY IT..

24-NAME TWO TEAM CAPTAINS TO HELP WITH YOUR EVERYDAY TEAM ACTIVITIES.. KIDS LOVE IT.AND YOU NEED THEM.

25-DON'T BE A BABYSITTER OR A TAXI DRIVER , THAT IS A BAD HABIT TO GET INTO.

26-DON'T TAKE IT TO HEART WITH THE PARENTS THAT DON'T COOPERATE WITH SOME SIMPLE RULES SUCH AS CALLING YOU IF THEIR SON WILL BE LATE FOR A GAME, PRACTICE,OR NOT RESPONDING TO EMAILS AND PHONE CALLS. THATS THE WAY THEY ARE EVEN AT THEIR JOB ,HOME AND SOCIAL LIFE.THESE ARE THE PARENTS THAT HAVE MOUTHFULL TO SAY ABOUT YOU. THEY THINK THE WORLD ROTATES AROUND THEM AND ONLY THEM.. IT DOESN'T..  REMEMBER.. DON'T GIVE ANYBODY A 2nd CHANCE TO MAKE A FIRST IMPRESSION.

27- IF A PLAYER COMES LATE TO A PRACTICE OR A GAME WITHOUT A CALL, I WILL ALWAYS PLAY HIM THE LEAST FOR THAT GAME.

28- IF A PLAYER COMES TO A PRACTICE OR GAME LATE AFTER YOU HAD YOUR WARM UPS..  LET HIS PARENT WARM HIM UP .. DONT CHANGE YOUR WHOLE ROUTINE BECAUSE LITTLE BILLY CAME LATE.

29- YOUR TEAM WILL HAVE MORE FUN IF THEY WIN. IN THE YOUNGER DIVISIONS THE KIDS ARE HAPPY TO JUST PLAY BASEBALL WIN OR LOSE. BUT IN OLDER DIVISIONS IT IS ABOUT THE WIN!

30- IF YOU HAVE A WINNING TEAM YOU WILL BE ACCUSED OF HAVING A STACKED TEAM.. WHAT THEY WANT IS FOR YOU NOT TO HAVE 4 TO EVERY 1 OF THEIR PRACTICES.

31- WINNING IS A GREAT THING,BUT IF YOU DIDN'T ACCOMPLISH ANYTHING BY IT, THEN IT WAS ALL MEANINGLESS. JERRY COSTA 

32- YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE A WINNING COACH TO BE A SUCCESFUL COACH ! JERRY COSTA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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