Teaching Your Son Baseball

By: Jim Brown

Have you faced these baseball concerns as a coaching dad?

Has your son become the player he is because he wants to be , or because you forced him into the sport? Dad, if this sport has become more about your feelings and not your son's , then you need to step back and rethink what you could be doing to your son.

Do you put more pressure on your son , than the rest of the team? If so, you are turning your son against you. Eliminate embarrassing your son in front of his team players. Talk to the team as a team , don't pick on your son or any other child in front of their team players.

Do you decide what position your son should play? Have you checked to see what abilities the other team players have before you stuck your son in it. No one is perfect. There are some positions that you will never find or be satisfied with the player.

Athletes under thirteen tend to have a hard time settling down to one specific position. You will always have a weak link in the team.

When a team player is out sick , do you drag your son up to fill that position? Is he satisfied with you doing this ? Just because this is your son, don't mean you should treat him like a guinea pig. Maybe some of the other players want to fill that empty position. Yes , experience helps out. If you're steadily picking your son to fill the empty position , none of the other players are getting more experience in the empty positions. Treat the players fairly.

Nothing is more exciting than coaching your son. Making decisions to fill empty positions with other players isn't easy either. Did anyone tell you the game was going to be easy? Remember your son looks at you as his father and coach. You should look at your son as a team player and your great son.

By the age fourteen, your son will develop a natural position. What about the other players on the team? Without experience , they will never hold a natural position.

With experience , the team can develop trust among themselves and learn that they can depend on each other. This will allow the team to see the game in a different and definitely a better way. Experience may force your son out of his natural position before his baseball career has started to another challenging position in baseball. Never tend to say never , because it will come back on you.

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