Coaches Role


The Coach can have tremendous influence on our athletes.  The Coach needs to be an effective leader, teacher and organizer who has a genuine concern for the athletes' total well being.  The Coach's impact on the players' overall learning experience and enjoyment is significant.  While the Coach must earn the respect of the Players and Parents, the Coach must be given the latitude to apply principles and approaches in order to gain their respect.  The following is an outline of the role of a Coach in the RDMBA:

As a Leader

  • Establish Team and Individual Seasonal Goals and Objectives
  • Provide continuous review and progress of the team and individuals at appropriate times during the season e.g. beginning, mid and end of season
  • Involve, encourage and develop Assistant Coaches
  • Be an excellent role model for all players to follow
  • Develop leadership abilities in the players
  • Help players maximize their potential
  • Be effective in handling difficult situations with players and parents
  • Communicate openly and effectively with Players and Coaches

As a Teacher 

  • Teach the necessary baseball skills
  • Teach skills in proper sequence and progression
  • Teach skills using understandable language
  • Realize that players differ in their readiness to learn a skill
  • Realize that players learn skills at different rates
  • Teach more than just baseball skills
  • Players will receive adequate explanation and understanding from the Coach regarding strengths, weaknesses and positioning for optimal skill development and team success

As an Organizer

  • Plan effective practices
  • Select effective assistant coaches
  • Invite parents to get involved if required

Code of Conduct

  • Teach the players the rules of the game of baseball, which are not to be broken under any circumstance
  • Hazing of any kind will not be tolerated
  • Reinforce with players the importance of fun and enjoyment and that winning is only a part of it
  • Never ridicule or lash out at a player(s) for making a mistake
  • Be mindful and reasonable of the players' and family's time
  • Be respectful and courteous to opposing players and coaches
  • Establish positive relationships with game officials
  • Demonstrate and teach good sportsmanship
  • Treat the players as you would like to be treated
  • Teach with positive affirmations and protect players from profanity and derogatory comments
  • Take all necessary steps to play safe and treat injuries correctly

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