When it’s so cold outside its hard to remember that spring is right around the corner. With spring comes the crack of the bat and getting out on the field to knock off the cobwebs that developed over the fall and winter months. League sign-ups will be starting soon and it’s not too early to begin your preparation for the season. After the obvious things such as:
Making sure your heart is in it (if you are reading this blog most likely your heart is into coaching youth),
- Making the decision to coach and,
- Making certain that your league is in need of volunteers (seldom a problem).
Your decision has been made and your league needs your help – it’s time to prepare yourself for the upcoming season. Here are some suggestions:
- Dust off your gear: get your clipboard ready, spreadsheets, stats software, and any other equipment you plan to use.
- Line up your assistant coach: find that person who compliments your abilities. If you do not understanding coaching pitchers, for instance, you may want to look for a coach who was a pitcher or at least understands pitching techniques. If you are not administratively oriented find a coach who is. You get the picture – it doesn’t do you any good to find a clone of yourself but rather a coach who is somewhat your opposite.
- Check with your league to see if there is anything that you can do to assist in the registration process – they are always anxious for additional help.
- Consider suggesting that your league hosts a coach’s clinic to assist the coaches in becoming better coaches. There are many reputable people who offer this type of clinic including this writer. For more information on my clinic contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Plan the agenda for your initial parents meeting – my blog post of September 5, 2008 discusses this meeting and there is a sample agenda included in that post.
- Start to sketch out your goals for your team for the upcoming season.
- Plan your first couple of practices.
- Encourage kids to sign up to play.
All of these things will give you a head start on the season. While you are cooped up in the winter keep your sights set on the spring and take the first steps now to prepare for a rewarding season.