How to lay the groundwork. 22 questions to ask your team.
Everyone Strikes Out.
Stop protecting them and let them experience it.
You must to be clear and consistent.
Laying the foundation. 22 questions.
1) What’s the first rule?
Always have fun. If we aren’t having fun, its time to do something else. This goes for any level of the game, up to the major leagues. It is a GAME. It is meant to be fun. Even when we are doing things that are challenging and pushing us, we must find the fun in them.
2) Whats the second rule?
Always do your best. If you are not doing your best, find the door. I don’t care if you are six years old. My expectation for you will be clear, and it will be that you always give your best. There is not a second option, and it is crucial that you understand this at a young age if you expect to live up to the amazing potential that I know lives inside you.
3) How do you respond to a coach?
4) How can you be a great teammate?
5) How do you shake your coaches hand or anyone’s hand?
6) What’s does team work do?
7) What is a habit?
8) Does winning matter?
9) What is your most valuable tool/asset?
10) What is the strongest muscle in your body?
11) What happens when you take care of your gear?
12) What happens to the pain?
13) What happens when you look good?
14) What happens when you feel good?
15) Who strikes out?
16) What happens if you strike out?
17) Do umpires make bad calls?
18) Is it fair when the umpires make bad calls?
19) Do we let umpires determine our abilities?
20) How do you take a knee?
21) How do you catch the ball?
22) What is MADE?
MADE is a reminder to be a champion and build your mindset EVEryday. It is a reminder that you must make your path. You must co-create your reality. MADE is a mantra, and the mantra is the medicine.
Motivation, Appreciation, Dedication, EVEryday. MADE is a lifestyle.
These are the core elements that we incorporate into our style as coaches. We have many more that come out over time, but these cover a great deal of the ground work. I hope these give you some insight, encouragement and motivation to consider incorporating some of these teaching and coaching techniques into your repertoire.
The key is being clear and starting with laying the groundwork from a young age. Once the foundation has been laid, build on it with consistency and always circling back to your core principles. Check in often. Reiterate the principles every week and/or practice or game in some facet. Test your players on them. They will love it.
At MADE Baseball, our coaching staff offers coaching clinics for youth baseball leagues around the country. We encourage a setting of parents, coaches, parent coaches, board members, players, and anyone else that has any involvement in the league to attend these clinics in the beginning of a season in order to create cohesive community, understanding, and clear expectation that can be reflected from all sides in order to give the youth players the best possible chance of developing in a healthy, disciplined, and fun way.
How do you #GetMADE?
Contact us today if you are interested in having us a do a coaching clinic for you or consulting with any of your baseball minds. We live for this and we love our role in the baseball world of making an impact on the positive mindset of our youth baseball community.
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