The very first step in building a strong team is assembling the best talent from the pool of players that you have to choose from. The rules and procedures as to the how the drafts are conducted vary from league to league so these tips will be as universal as I can make them. All of these suggestions are logical but it’s good to review prior to the start of the draft. Youth coaches sometimes get way too wrapped up in the moment and, believe it or not, pressure builds and wrong choices are made. Wrong choices will be with you all season.
With this in mind here are some general tips that will help you in drafting the right players:
Æ If you know the parents of the player and know that they will be supportive in your efforts – they will be good additions to your roster.
Æ If you see a strong player way down the list – pick them early as some players just do not do well on the first spring outing for the try-outs.
Æ Be careful in looking at the numbers as an extremely skilled hitter may do very poorly in fielding and throwing so look for the well balanced player,
Once you get this process behind you, you can begin to plan for that all important first (see the blog dated September 5, 2008 “Meet the Parents….Your First Parents Meeting). With a little luck and following a few of these tips you have the makings of a strong team – roll up your sleeves, get out to the field and have a successful season. Play Ball!!!!!