Being a softball coach can be a challenging task. There is so much more that goes into coaching than just facilitating practices and drafting line up cards on game days. Coaches and teams that are successful and still standing at the end of the season dig deeper than what the surface level of the game has to offer.
Softball players are a different breed of athletes. The game of softball is based on perfecting and performing a craft over and over again. Whether it is a pitch, a swing, a throw, softball players practice perfecting their craft every single time they step on the field.
Coaches play an essential role in every single one of their players. Coaches serve as mentors and role models for all athletes they come in contact with. It’s important that coaches take the time to get to know their athletes, to help them grow on the field as a player and off the field as a person. As softball players get older, they will likely remember the things they learned from their coaches that helped them off the field, more than any glove, spin, or bat tip they received.
Softball coaches should always strive to get the best out of their athletes. Below are three easy tips coaches can use to begin building a connection and relationship with their players.