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I wanted to take this opportunity to put in writing my coaching philosophy and my goals for your child and the team this season. Competitive baseball can be an exciting and fun opportunity for your child to learn new skills, and make new friends. As you read through this letter please make sure that my philosophy fits with your expectations of what you want for your child and how you believe the team should be run. If not, this is your opportunity to let me know. Coaching Philosophy I believe that kids gain confidence and a love for the game through positive feedback from parents, coaches, and other players. Skill level develops at different rates for kids, but effort and having fun can always be achieved. I try to always provide positive feedback for effort. I think it's important that a coach takes more than a casual interest in the players. I strive to talk with all the players 1 on 1 at some point during the practices and games. I may not be successful getting to every player each day, but I want them to know that I'm interested in what they have to say and more importantly, I want them to know that their coach likes them as a person. I believe in trying to make practices as fun and entertaining for the kids as much as possible, while providing a learning environment so improvements can be made before they proceed to the next level. I've found that kids expect and respond to well structured and organized practices.

Teamwork and developing friendships is an important part of any team sport. I try to instill a family atmosphere it is important for the players to support each other and to always be positive with their teammates. I realize that being competitive is important at this level, for this reason I expect my High School ball players to be the leaders on this team.  If my High School players feel they can help a member of the team with some 1 on 1 training, then as team leaders speak to me and work with the your teammate so we improve as a team. 

Effort and attitude:

I expect my ballplayers to be focused at all times when you step on the ball field.  This is your getaway when you step on the field “BRING IT!” work hard to improve your game. No one has a guaranteed starting position, just as in High School ball, you will earn your positions every week.  I do not play favorites if I will sit my son on the pine, I have no problem sitting another ballplayer.  For this reason, if I see bad attitudes on the ballfield or players criticizing a teammate  for mistakes made on the field.  I will not hesitate to sit you on the pine until your attitude changes.  As I explained to your parents, "I don’t care if you think your Derrick Jeter or Nomar Garcia-Para all rolled up in one", if you come down on each other I will sit you on the pine, EVEN IF WE LOOSE THE GAME TO MAKE A POINT, I WILL.   


I will work on teaching fundamentals and skills during practice, but I believe the game is their time. I will give instruction during the game if I feel it will help with their performance during the game, but in general I try let them enjoy the game. I don't think any ball player wants to be told what they did wrong during the game.
I hope as parents you will do the same, at this age, one missed ground ball can ruin the game for most ball players. If your child misses a ground ball, tell them to shake it off and focus on the game at hand. Strive to make them feel good about their contribution.

Objectives at this level:

I have 5 primary coaching objectives which I believe are equally important.

1.      Help your child develop the skills necessary to be successful at this level and to prepare your child for High School Ball.

2.      To have fun and have my players develop a love for the game.

3.      Learn about the importance of teamwork and sportsmanship and Family.

4.      Give positive reinforcement based on effort rather than results.

5.      Provide a safe and healthy environment for all the kids on the team.

Playing Time and Positions:
For this age group there is a drastic difference in skill level among the kids. I want to give the kids an opportunity to play a number of different positions, However, I will not have a player pitch or catch that I don't feel has the ability to play the position at the time. This really is a safety issue as much as anything. Also, I want to puts kids in positions where I feel they have the best chance of being successful. This doesn't mean they won't have the ability by the end of the season, I will always work with a ballplayer with any positions during practice if they are interested in learning that position.

Parent Expectations:

Please try to get your child to practice and games on time. I know this can be difficult at times and impossible at other times, but it's really hard to conduct practice or get ready for a game when players continually show up late. If you know your child will be late or won't be able to make it to a practice or game, please let me know in advance if possible. Help out with team volunteer opportunities. We have a number of items that require parent help. Get involved in playing baseball with your child. This may be helping out with at practice or playing catch in the yard on days we don't practice. Kids love it when their parents get involved. Repetition is also crucial for skill improvement. There simply isn't enough organized practice time for the kids. They need to work on the skills they learn at practice at home also. Please encourage good sportsmanship by demonstrating positive support for all players, coaches, and officials at every game and practice. Please cheer for your child during games, but try to keep from yelling instructions to them. Remember this is their opportunity to enjoy playing in the game. Much of the fun is lost if their Mom or Dad is always yelling instructions. Please let me know if you have a problem with me or something that is happening. Same holds true if your child isn't happy about something. I want to know if there is a problem right away. With this age group, very small things can turn into a fist fight on the field.

I'm looking forward to a fun and rewarding season. If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to call me.


Rick Molina

Home Number: 579-6555

Cell Number: 243-5515

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