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Newsletter - April 2005


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Hardball magazine Logo Hardball Magazine - Preparing for a New Season
by David Krival (Editor, HardBall Magazine) and Dave Cripe (3b, Kansas City and Houston minor league organizations: 1972-1980; 3b, Kansas City, AL, 1978; minor league coach and manager: 1980-1985)

Helping a group of recreational adult ballplayers become a real team presents many challenges. Adult ballplayers arrive at Spring practice, or join tournament teams, with widely varying levels of skill and experience—from Little League to ex-pro. Most are highly motivated, but may have little understanding of the basic concepts of team play.

Even experienced players may struggle on a new team. Since tournament rosters draw from many teams, players from Team A may be accustomed to doing things a little differently from Team B or Team C.

Putting The Team Together

Preparing for a new season or a national tournament, a manager must help his players find a common purpose. He must identify his players’ strengths and weaknesses, then assign them roles that advance team goals and objectives. He must establish a way of doing things—both on the field and in the dugout—that will become identified as the “team way” in the minds of the players.

As a first step, the manager needs to assess his players’ skills and knowledge. An hour of infield-outfield practice should tell him all he needs to know [for tips on how to conduct this practice, see our coaching article in the Summer, 1999 issue].

Ask the players to take their normal positions. Watch everyone closely. A player who may have been a shortstop on some other team (or twenty years ago), may not have the arm or the range of one of your other infielders.

Don’t play favorites. Don’t delude yourself. To earn respect at this critical stage of team development, the manager must make decisions that are clearly best for the team. Most recreational players just want some playing time somewhere to get their money’s worth. As players demonstrate or improve their skills during the season, they may earn new positions or more defensive innings.

You can read the rest of this article at http://www.hardball.net/files/prepare.htm

Here are some more coaching resources ... also, check out Baseball Coaching books and videos from Amazon.com.




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