It’s round about this time of year when our league starts making decisions about how many teams we’ll have at each level of play for the upcoming Spring season, along with who’s going to be penciled in to coach those teams.
So I suspect a lot of people who follow this site might be right in the middle of making a decision about how much, if at all, they want to get involved with their son or daughter’s team this year.
I was one of those parents not long ago. As each year passed, I started checking off more and more of the “Volunteer” boxes on his registration form. But I never checked that all-important “Manager” box. I didn’t feel I was qualified.
Then, one year, for some reason, I did. And boy, I’ll tell you, my life hasn’t been the same since.
So what I thought I’d do is to compile some thoughts. Some things I learned, didn’t know, still don’t understand…things that really made me angry…things that touched my heart…things that made me proud to be called “Coach.” These are all things you may not realize if you haven’t coached before.
But what I want to do is offer some of my experience so that you can make a more informed decision.
I hate regret. I hate thinking that someone is going to look back on a period in their lives, at something they did or didn’t do, and regret it. With coaching, there’s probably only a short window of a few years, when your kid is in the age range where everything is still staffed by volunteers and not “career coaches” whose main job it is to be super competitive and win ball games, that the opportunity of coaching a team will be available to you.
So I want to help you make the right decision as much as I can. Hence, this rather long post.
Below I have 10 things to consider if you’re even remotely thinking of jumping in to the deep end of the pool. Some may seem obvious, others not so much. But they’re all based on what I’ve seen and experienced.
I hope this helps. And please, if you have any questions or feedback, leave a comment. I’d love for this to become an open, living commentary on the benefits and drawbacks of coaching youth baseball.
We’d love to hear from you. So pipe up and chime in.
And please, read through to the end. Number 10 is the most important consideration of all. I promise you.
So let’s get started…