So, you're going to coach Little League this year and not sure of what to do?
From giving thousands of lessons a year, to years of coaching players at all skills levels, our staff has some wisdom to share...
1) It's ok if you don't know what you're doing, you can still have a positive impact on young players by getting them to love the game.
2). Don't feel like you have to "fix" everyone. If you aren't sure if something is correct, or how to teach it...leave it. You'll end up doing more harm than good with misinformation.
3) Don't assume players know how to do even the most basic skills. Youth players have a very limited understanding of the game, many don't even watch it.
4) Focus on things EVERYONE can do. Positive attitude and effort, holding bat/ball correctly, correct position in the batter's box, knowing the outs and where the "play is" are all things that require zero ability.
5) Monitor throwing. Starting practice by saying to your team "go throw" while you talk with the assistant coaches, isn't productive. Most youth players have very poor throwing mechanics, many can't play catch for more than 5 throws before the ball is dropped or thrown away. They need to be watched, even playing catch.
Remember, more than half of Little League players will not move on to the big field. For many, this will be the only 3-4 years they play the game. Make it enjoyable!