Seven Aspects of Successful Youth Coaching
The Beginning Hitting Series
Baseball and Fast Pitch Softball
Building Rome Series offers these seven important concepts for successful youth coaching:
Youth Coaching Concept 1 – “Gamify” at All Ages
“Gamifying” creates an element of fun. Moreover, youth players will look forward to the challenge of practice.
Teach kids in a manner incorporating games and challenges. And, be sure to keep the pure instruction period short.
Coaches and parents, use your imagination to turn any skill practice into a competition!
The competition can be with themselves, trying to beat their own record, or between teammates.
Youth Coaching Concept 2 – Utilize Step by Step Goals
The reason kids often drop out of sports is not necessarily one of motivation or talent. Rather, in the execution of their learning.
Crucially, goals should be ordered step by step, without overloading, and comprise a logical, functional training plan.
Youth Coaching Concept 3 – Develop a Sense of Ownership
Ask the youth athlete to understand the why of every fundamental they are taught.
Try to encourage the habit of ownership during both practice and games. This requires young athletes to develop the habit of observing and coaching themselves.
Not surprisingly, taking ownership will be a new idea for many kids. They are used to coaches telling them exactly what to do and when.
But, significantly, when youth athletes take ownership, quick improvement is promoted. Confidence grows dramatically.
Youth Coaching Concept 4 – Accurately Identify High-Level Fundamentals, Techniques, and Strategies
To become a great player, the first task is to figure out what expert performers do that makes them so good.
We have analyzed, in precise detail, hundreds of slow-motion videos of college and professional players. The often intricate, interrelated, and varying movement patterns have been broken down, frame by frame to determine what, truly, is critical for maximizing performance (click link for details about our new books containing over 100 fundamentals and techniques and over 140 functional drills).
Youth Coaching Concept 5 – Establish Intent for Productive Concepts
Fundamental concepts must drive the athlete’s intention in practice and performance. As scientists continue to uncover, the mind and body have an amazing ability to adapt and accomplish the desired goal.
For example, Building Rome Series defines a core group of 45 hitting fundamentals (click the link for a step-by-step list of fundamentals that can be used as a training plan) that nearly all expert performers execute. Furthermore, to a large degree, this is what makes them so good.
As pertains to these 45 universal hitting fundamentals, all hitters should do it the one right way to reach their potential.
It may take some time, but intent rules!
Youth Coaching Concept 6 – Techniques and Styles Customized to the Individual Player
As with all types of abilities, there are many styles and techniques which lie outside core fundamentals. In sports, rarely do two successful athletes look exactly alike. This is true even though both athletes are fundamentally sound.
The real “art” of coaching is to know when to let things be (style). When to experiment with a change (techniques). And when to insist on a change (fundamentals).
For example, apart from the 45 core hitting fundamentals, additional techniques must be developed. Moreover, these intricate techniques should be a good match for the abilities of the specific hitter.
For sure, a technique that works for one hitter can be ineffective for another.
Building Rome Series provides 57 hitting techniques (click the link for a step-by-step list of techniques that can be used as a training plan) that should be customized. Each technique should be fit to the player based on the type of hitter and degree of athleticism. Not all hitters execute these techniques the same way, nor should they.
Youth Coaching Concept 7 – Utilize Revolutionary Learning Methods
Modern science has a lot to teach us about how athletes can most efficiently and effectively reach a high-level of abilities.
Building Rome Series emphasizes how to get the most out of practice. Training methods are backed by the science of motor learning, brain function, and sports psychology.
Building Rome Series Blog: The Beginning Hitting Series
Here are the 12 videos and articles contained in The Beginning Hitting Series:
Building Rome Series Books: Building the High-Level Swing Series
See Building the High-Level Swing for a detailed and comprehensive description of 100 hitting fundamentals and 140 step-by-step drills that efficiently construct the batting swing from the ground up.
In the Building Rome Series of books, the construction of skills are in functional order, providing a “roadmap” to becoming a great hitter.
All baseball and fastpitch softball players can “climb the Roman Coliseum steps” to become a powerful and productive hitter.
Enjoy the quest!