Why Coach Youth Baseball or Little League

Why coach your son's youth baseball or Little League baseball team is a question every parent faces by the time their son (or daughter) reaches the age of 6-10. You will either decide to go for it and become an assistant coach or head coach or leave the coaching task up to someone else that you probably don't know.

You will feel guilt for possibly the rest of your life if your child gets on a team with a bad coach. Your son could even be scarred by baseball in the event of a devastating experience that sometimes accompanies team sports. We feel this is the #2 reason why you SHOULD coach. But, the #1 reason to coach should be because you want to provide a positive experience for ALL players on your team, not just your child.

If you have been thinking about coaching your son's (or daughter's) youth baseball team in rec league or official Little League, we hope this post will convince you and inspire you to follow through with your decision and start coaching! There are not many opportunities better than baseball coaching when it comes to bonding with your child and creating lasting memories.

Specifically, here are 171 reasons why you should coach youth or Little League baseball as described by one Coach Randy Treeman, of our new authors here at R50Books. His book instructs first-time coaches and is titled, Rookie Season: How to Coach a Youth Baseball Team for the First Time and Win More than Just Games.

Why Coach Youth Baseball or Little League? Because you have a very unique opportunity to...

  1. Assure a positive experience for your child and other children on the team.
  2. Prevent the feeling of guilt that could last a lifetime if your child gets on a team coached by someone other than you and has a devastatingly bad experience.
  3. Bring together the separate lives you and your son live and meet on common ground.
  4. Teach your child in a less intimidating way than being on another team that promotes fear among its players.
  5. Set common goals with your child and work together to reach and exceed them.
  6. Spend quality time with your child that will be remembered for his entire life...and yours.
  7. Enjoy on a higher level attending MLB games with your son.
  8. Shape physical development of your child and others.
  9. Develop mental stamina among your child and others on the team.
  10. Share a common interest with your child.
  11. Assure your child gets playing time (when he has earned it).
  12. Attain a new level of positive and lasting relationship with your son.
  13. Build a bond with your son that will last beyond teenage years.
  14. Ensure your child and others on the team have safe workouts.
  15. Share with your child the importance of volunteering.
  16. Form emotional development of your child and others.
  17. Show your child the importance of volunteering and impacting others.
  18. Justify spending consistent time with your son by keeping your commitment to attending and managing scheduled practices and overseeing games...especially when things are extremely busy at work.
  19. Experience sharing like interests with your child.
  20. Observe your own child improving in physical and mental skills over time knowing your efforts were a big reason for the improvement.
  21. Instruct your son and other players on the team with shortcuts to improvement you were taught as a player thereby passing on your legacy to them.
  22. Insure your spouse that your son will be included and uplifted throughout the entire season, whereas that might not be the case under another coach's leadership.
  23. Resolve conflict between you and your son because you're doing something fun together
  24. Protect your child from abusive coaches.
  25. Listen to your child's excitement for the game of baseball as he accomplishes a skill he didn't have before you started coaching.
  26. Praise your child frequently during practices and games and watch his admiration for you increase.
  27. Open communication lines with your child.
  28. Imagine later in life when you and your son can talk about the good times you had playing baseball together.
  29. Sense pride from your child because you are in charge of the team.
  30. Inspire respect among players.
  31. Control the culture and discipline of the team.
  32. Ensure the team runs smoothly, because if you're not the head coach, you can only hope for this to happen.
  33. Create a positive environment for all players.
  34. Lead your team of prepared youth baseball players through the most challenging games and inspire them to rise to new levels of effort.
  35. Critique player skills and help them grow.
  36. Decide field positions for games.
  37. Delegate roles to assistant coaches and helpers.
  38. Detect problem players and deal with them whereas other coaches might just ignore the situation.
  39. Generate comradary between players.
  40. Unify your team so they're working together.
  41. Identify skills and weaknesses of players and adapt to their natural talent or inability.
  42. Call for extra practices when you feel they are necessary.
  43. Coordinate games and lineups.
  44. Troubleshooting player mechanics brings a feeling of accomplishment.
  45. Keep your sanity and commitment to the team even when things don't go as planned, which is great experience for keeping your cool at work.
  46. Invent new practice drills and benefit by exercising your ability to be creative.
  47. Travel to other fields, cities and sometimes states.
  48. Introduce old baseball concepts and quotes from famous players and coaches to new players, which is fun to see the reactions on kids' faces sometimes.
  49. Influence young minds and bodies to be strong.
  50. Educate children in the enjoyment and ways of baseball that you were brought up with.
  51. Eliminate prejudice and favoratism whereas other coaches may feed those fires instead of extinguish them.
  52. Enhance the experience of players and parents working together and enjoying the great game of baseball.
  53. Improvise during times when a tough decision must be made at a moments notice.
  54. Encourage growth in skills and mental preparation
  55. Enforce discipline among players to your expectations.
  56. Mediate disputes among players and experiment with different approaches to see what brings teammates together.
  57. Persuade all players to learn how to pitch and you will benefit from always having pitchers for long games and double-headers.
  58. Orient your players to other team members on practice day #1 instead of relying on them to bond on their own like so many coaches do.
  59. Offer pitching-only practices, which will benefit you too in your professional career by witnessing first-hand how focused practice at one skill even once or twice a week pays big rewards.
  60. Pinpoint specific areas of improvement for each player and work with them one-on-one to improve.
  61. Plan for a season of steady and continuous skill building throughout the season and see what works and what doesn't.
  62. Recruit the right assistant coaches for your team.
  63. Recognize talented players and inspire them to continue playing.
  64. Place confidence in your team as they take the field for games because you know they're ready.
  65. Restore trust in adults among children who might have an abuse past.
  66. Suggest players learn certain positions because you see skills they have that the player himself might not see.
  67. Implement your game plan when you know it's the right thing to do even though parents might oppose your view.
  68. Shape the minds of young children to have focus and work toward a common goal.
  69. Supervise the interaction between players to avoid disputes and fights.
  70. Supply kindness to kids who may not have such a positive experience with their parents or other adults.
  71. Respond to players with special needs and set a good example that adults can be helpful.
  72. Solve player mechanics, which is extremely rewarding to see the progress!
  73. Stimulate confidence in your players as the season goes on.
  74. Support players with less ability.
  75. Systematize practices your way.
  76. Teach children respect and love for the game of baseball.
  77. Train the team for stamina and focus.
  78. Transfer your game knowledge to others.
  79. Transform novice players into competent players.
  80. Treat players equally where other coaches might not.
  81. Expand your leadership skills.
  82. Impact positive development of young people by leading by example.
  83. Choose the personality you want to have when coaching and be yourself too.
  84. Teach the beauty of the game you love.
  85. Practice the art of patience, knowing you are improving in this area every week.
  86. Enhance your appreciation for kids and their willingness to work hard.
  87. Accelerate you own personal and professional development.
  88. Bring your youth coaching skills to the workplace.
  89. Develop your own style of coaching kids, which can also be used to coach adults.
  90. Direct contact with your own child during an important development time in his life.
  91. Discover skills you have as a person and leader that you didn't know you had before.
  92. Display patience and reserve whereas other other coaches go off the deep-end when perfection is not attained.
  93. Earn respect from players, your spouse, your children, other coaches and players' parents.
  94. Establish a positive environment for young boys to work together with respect for each other.
  95. Expand your personal network by befriending parents
  96. Experiment with your own communication skills and change your approach to see what works and what doesn't.
  97. Gain confidence working closely with children toward a common goal
  98. Help others to learn and grow.
  99. Choose your desired practice field locations.
  100. Conduct practices on days that fit with your schedule.
  101. Build good adult citizens by providing them positive experiences in their youth.
  102. Prepare tomorrow's leaders as adults by inspiring them to lead their team.
  103. Work with positive children who are anxious to succeed.
  104. Win games and have fun.
  105. Enjoy "playing" baseball from a different perspective and come to appreciate the game even more!
  106. Strengthen your relationship with your spouse.
  107. Set your own practice schedule.
  108. Increase your threshold of tolerance because kids do some weird unexpected things sometimes.
  109. Engage in discussions with others about coaching and have experience in your corner.
  110. Overcome your fear of being in charge of a team...If you can manage a youth baseball team, you can manage adults at work too!
  111. Oversee your special needs child in a sports environment so that he is not bullied or made fun of.
  112. Demonstrate poise and restraint during stressful situations.
  113. Memorize new baseball game rules that you didn't have to know when you were a player.
  114. Mentor other parents as they learn to coach.
  115. Model other coaches you admire and apply their coaching style to your own.
  116. Modify your approach to working with a team at work based on your experience coaching kids.
  117. Improve your own public speaking skills
  118. Learn minute details of baseball that you didn't think of before.
  119. Lift your reputation as a father and husband because of your willingness to contribute your time as a coach.
  120. Locate practice fields near your home, which benefits your ability to always be on-time (or early) to practices.
  121. Maintain composure in stressful situations.
  122. Manage multiple priorities that have to change at a moments notice during baseball games, which is great practice for managing teams and events at work.
  123. Measure endurance for standing on your feet during long games and watch your stamina improve from game to game.
  124. Monitor your progress as a coach by watching how your teammates pay attention to you and execute your game plans.
  125. Motivate others to succeed and you will become motivated to succeed in your own personal and professional goals.
  126. Navigate your own growth as a coach by learning what children (players) and adults (your helpers) respond to.
  127. Inspire assistant coaches to become head coaches
  128. Integrate your current leadership and organization skills from your job to the field and test and refine your approach.
  129. Intensify your own energy level to get better results from your team.
  130. Interview famous players or coaches as they will often find time to meet with you because you're a coach.
  131. Judge for yourself how your words and voice are received by others, and work towards improvement.
  132. Advance your professional career as well as family and social relationship building.
  133. Obtain leadership skills that can only be learned by experience.
  134. Participate in baseball drills for fun and team building.
  135. Perfect your organizational skills for events because there are many pieces to prepare for in advance before every game.
  136. Prepare your team for games and life, which is always personally rewarding to a coach when done properly.
  137. Organize your work week so that you can spend this quality time of practices and games with your son.
  138. Present awards at the end of the season knowing (silently of course) that your coaching made a large contribution to the team's success.
  139. Process the positive highlights of games in your mind for days and weeks to come, which will always put you in a good mood.
  140. Produce results by winning games, which is always a motivator to continue what you're doing.
  141. Program your work schedule so that you can be at every practice and every game and you'll have joy for the rest of your life that you did!
  142. Progress your leadership skills and see areas you've improved week after week.
  143. Project positive attitude and energy, which will be returned to you by your teammates 10 fold.
  144. Promote baseball as the positive learning experience it is.
  145. Relax knowing your child is having a great experience playing baseball under your leadership.
  146. Structure baseball practices your way.
  147. Reconcile any regretful past you might have had with bad coaches from your youth by being a good coach for your team.
  148. Prove to yourself that you can mold a team, train them, and reach performance goals.
  149. Provide consistency in practice days and times by always being present and starting and ending on-time.
  150. Publicize at work that you're a youth baseball coach and your boss and co-workers will have more respect for you
  151. Purchase new equipment for yourself and your team, which is always fun to do!
  152. Raise awareness among new baseball parents that baseball is much more than "just a game."
  153. Rank yourself among opposing coaches and consider ways you could improve.
  154. Rate your coaching ability against other coaches as you see their coaching style during games.
  155. Realign your work priorities to spend more time with your child during the precious years of 8-12.
  156. Realize you CAN be a good youth baseball coach even though you had your doubts.
  157. Receive recognition from other parents and players at the end of the season for a job well done.
  158. Reduce stress you would have wondering if your child was being coached properly if another person was head coach.
  159. Regulate what time practices begin and end.
  160. Rehabilitate your own body for physical activity as you'll be running around quite a bit as a coach.
  161. Record your progress as a coach and be proud of your accomplishments with the team
  162. Reinforce your own work culture by bringing back what you teach and learn on the field to your employment off the field.
  163. Relate baseball to life and inspire players to approach baseball like achieving anything they want to accomplish in life.
  164. Study the game like you've never had to before.
  165. Serve a cause by volunteering doing something you love.
  166. Research YouTube videos to enhance player and team skills which broadens your knowledge of the game and enhances your skills as a coach.
  167. Represent your race as non-prejudice and uplifting instead of condescending
  168. Satisfy your adult desire to be a kid again playing a kid's game.
  169. Schedule practice days that agree with your busy schedule.
  170. Select parents you would like to help with the team.
  171. Separate yourself from challenges at your day job for a few hours.

If you have experienced additional reasons to become a youth baseball coach, please add a comment and we will add it to this list.

What all 171 reasons to become a youth baseball coach or official Little League baseball team coach, it all comes down to one reason. Become a baseball coach to see if you want to continue being a baseball coach for the next season.

Coach Randy asked us to be sure to add a word of encouragement to that last sentence that if you enter coaching with a plan and be careful not to beat yourself up too much for your mistakes, you will be highly motivated to continue coaching at the end of your first season.

So, we invite you to give baseball coaching a try. You will remember your experience coaching your child's team for the rest of your life. And, he will too.

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