Author: Bruce Reed

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  • Coaching, Spoken and Unspoken (Aug 25th, 2011)

    Don’t speak unless you can improve on the silence. ~ Spanish Proverb

    I coach a lot of practices and games but occasionally I get to sit back and watch – and listen – to other teams’ practices and games. When I do, I invariably leave with something I like, or don’t like, and those takeaways continue to shape me as a coach.

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  • Teach Winning Through Losing: Part II (Aug 4th, 2011)

    This is the second post in a two-part series on teaching players about winning through losing. Click here to view the first post.

     

    You can’t let praise or criticism get to you.  It’s a weakness to get caught up in either one.  – John Wooden

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  • Teach Winning Through Losing (Aug 3rd, 2011)

    This is the first post in a two-part series on teaching players about winning through losing.

    If you can’t accept losing, you can’t win.  – Vince Lombardi

    This spring, I survived my first youth league draft. I was cautioned against drafting a young, inexperienced team. “You’ll lose a lot of games, and the kids won’t deal with it well.” I didn’t fear the first part, and I didn’t believe the second part, so I went against conventional wisdom and drafted the youngest, most inexperienced team in the league. And I got exactly the team I wanted.

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  • 10 Bold Ideas To Improve Youth Sports (May 26th, 2011)

    Psst… we only have 9 bold ideas here, because we want you to give us the 10th.  Leave your best idea for improving youth sports in a comment below or post it on the TeamSnap Facebook wall.  We will select our favorite and the winner will receive a $50 gift certificate to Dick’s Sporting Goods. Go on – be bold!

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  • The Youth Sports Coach as A Servant Leader (May 19th, 2011)

    Most games are lost, not won ~ Casey Stengel. As a youth coach, I recognize that my young players need me more as a teacher and as a servant leader than as anything else. Youth team sports are a great vehicle for teaching eager learners how to be better contributors to all future groups they join.

  • Reinforce Competition With The Right Drills: Baseball and Softball Practice Ideas (Apr 26th, 2011)

    Without a competitive mindset, it’s difficult to engage, to care, or to strive to improve. Correctness leads to improvement, improvement leads to success, and success leads to satisfaction. Competition drives the process. Here is a sample set of competitive challenges.

  • Beyond Winning: How to Challenge Your Players to Compete (Apr 21st, 2011)

    This is the second post in a three part series from the Coaches’ Zone on coaching competition.  Make sure to leave your comments and let us know what you think.

    My last post Coach Young Athletes to Always Compete addressed stressing competition over winning. How do I help players distinguish competitiveness from the desire to win the game?  I start by teaching them that competing need not even involve an opponent, never mind a scoreboard that displays a game winner and loser.  To compete simply means to strive to outdo.  So I challenge my players in every practice and game to outdo.  To outdo something.  To engage in a competitive mindset, to focus on what we’re learning, what we’re practicing, and its purpose.  I challenge my players to strive for improvement, to care about achievement, to reach.  It has nothing to do with where they end up in the standings or their athletic potential; it has everything to do with developing a healthy sense of pride by learning to compete.

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  • Can You Only Win Or Lose? Coach Young Athletes to Always Compete (Apr 20th, 2011)

    This post is the first in a three part series from the Coaches’ Zone on coaching competition.  Make sure to leave your comments and let us know what you think.

    Everyone likes to win.

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  • Strive For Success and Fun Will Follow (Apr 13th, 2011)

    Consistent action builds extraordinary outcomes.
    ~ Jerry Seinfeld

    Youth coaches are often asked: “What are your primary goals for your players this season?” Common answers are: “Stay Safe”, “Have Fun”, and “Win Games”, and those are perfectly reasonable replies.

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  • Set Team Promises Rather Than Team Rules (Apr 6th, 2011)

    “The fewer rules a coach has, the fewer rules there are for players to break”
    ~ John Madden.

    As with any organization, teams require a set of rules. I encourage coaches to think about how these are communicated to get players feeling accountable and invested in the team code of conduct.  Rather than requiring adherence to a set of rules, have your players set promises and pledge to honor them. This makes them feel like a part of something as opposed to being told what to do.

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  • Coach The Culture, Then Let The Culture Coach The Team (Mar 31st, 2011)

    All great teams have a defining culture, and youth teams should have one too. My teams are defined by timeless virtues that all players can develop, regardless of age or ability: class, hustle, heart, love, respect, and quiet confidence. The ideal I strive for is to have my players recognized by their brand of play. Skill and success are important aspects of the brand, but I trust that those are inevitable by-products of the most fundamental aspects of the brand of baseball I teach.

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