Baseball Coach

Coaching – Mike Scioscia

Perhaps the only sports career tougher than being a professional or star player is being a coach, who must find the correct balance between tough training and motivation to increase athlete’s performance to the best possible level. Amongst people who are successful in sports there is a universal trade of confidence and self-believe, being a top athlete requires a certain degree of selfishness, which is sometimes the hardest part of the job, it is what coaches almost always battle against.

For reasons mentions, the number of sports star players who become successful at coaching is a not as many as you would expect. Not to say, that it is unheard off for a successful athlete to not enjoy a fulfilling career as a pro athlete as well as a pro coach. It is in actual-fact basketball that has produced the most successful star turned coach stories, although there are the odd superstar coaches in just about every sport.

When it comes to athletes that reached the highest rankings in sports and then turned coach, Mike Scioscia is the first that comes to mind. If you have watched baseball, it is easy to tell just how much physical demand is on a catcher, which makes it an extremely difficult position to remain in for more than a decade. Mike Scioscia, remained in this position for 11 years of his sports career and remains one of the greatest baseball players of all times. His World Series rings, many will argue between 1981 and 1988 were pretty good and Scioscia when he took over in 200 he enjoyed major success as the Manager of the Year, which earned him an award.

Scioscia Enjoy Major Success in Sports Career & Major League Coaching

After Scioscia’s sports career ended he became a minor league manager for several seasons as well as a major league coach for the Dodgers. This was before Mike Scioscia accepted the invitation to become the manager of the Angles at the end of the 1999 season. As a manager, he led the Angles to the World Series championship, their only one to date in 2002. When it comes to wins, division titles, and games, he earned the American League Manager of the Year Award in both 2002 as well as 2009.

Scioscia became one of few to win 1,000 or more games on the 8th of May 2011 while he is one of only twenty-three to lead a single team to well over 1,000 victories. In 2015, the tension between Scioscia and Dipoto regarding the way he and some of his coaches delivered statistical reports developed by Dipoto lead to the resignation of Dipoto on the 1st of July 2015, this was despite all the efforts made by the Angels to keep him. Bill Stoneman, the former Angels general manager, who actually, hired Scioscia at the end of 1999, was then appointed as the interim general manager.

Coaching Little League Baseball

Coaching Little League Baseball can be one of the most rewarding, and at the same time most challenging, coaching jobs in all of sports. A well-seasoned and effective coach working with players who are still in their formative years, can provide a foundation for future success in baseball. On the other hand, dealing with inattentiveness , short attention spans and lack of focus on the part of players at this age can be frustrating for a coach.

Also, one can never forget the challenges to come with dealing with the parents of Little League ball players. Any given team will have one or two sets of parents that overestimate or overstate the talent of their child. That is not to say that there are not some good or even great ball players at this age, but parents should be aware that coaching should be left to the coach. This is one of the first things a coach should impart to his team and to the team parents.

Coaching a player in the Little League system requires patience and understanding of where the children are at developmentally. Older players in the system usually have this mastered, but younger players will struggle with the ability to pay attention to coach throughout the entire practice.

Coaching this age is also extremely rewarding. Correcting minor flaws in a player’s swing or throwing motion can have a lifelong effect on their ability to play baseball competitively. The lower end of the Little League age group is also learning the basic fundamentals of the game. Teaching them proper fundamentals is essential to future success in competitive baseball. Some players take to the game immediately while others learn with very little direct supervision and then there is a group who need a lot more Hands-On coaching. This last group is the group that the coach can have the most impact on. Patience can go a long way and can affect whether a player continues to play competitive baseball. And inpatient coach can negatively affect the players self-esteem or desire to play. Younger players are very impressionable and can easily be turned away from the game at this age.

Some players also take to the game like a fish to water. They already know the fundamentals from playing pick up games with their friends. They’ve already established themselves as good players and have learned fundamentals through trial and error, or with the help of their parents or older siblings. This type of player one require too much direct attention.

Baseball is the sport in which the better players come with an abundance of natural talent. It’s the Little League coach’s job to hone that talent. Players without that Raw Talent can still be shaped into productive players. This is where the little league coach can shine. He must be a patient and focus on the player’s needs.

Little League coaching can certainly be a challenge but it is worth the time and effort required.