Let’s face it – if you’re involved in youth baseball, as either a parent, coach or player, this is a slow time of year for anything baseball to say the least. Add to this the holidays and all the other distractions at this time of year, and it becomes very hard to even think about the upcoming season, and what is needed to stay in the swing of things.
Training in the off season, especially core and weight training is critical to maintaining the abilities of an athlete, but as a parent or a coach, what keeps you “in the game”?
Keeping in contact with the parents of players, both as a coach AND as a parent, makes for a much easier start to the next season, as well as keeping the kids together and motivated and most importantly, thinking as a team. The team mentality, is something that is developed over time, becomes stronger as the season progresses, but after the season ends, can fade if not nourished. This applies for both players AND parents.
Keeping the team together for special events, a party, movie night or the showing of a one of the team’s game can go a LONG way towards keeping everyone together, and makes for a more comfortable start in the upcoming season.