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7 Tips to Handling Problem Players
Keeping the Troublemaker from Making Too Much Trouble
Every youth baseball coach can relate to this scenario. A new boy shows up at try-outs. No one knows much about him, but he has good size, a strong arm, and hits with power.
1. Schedule a meeting immediately with the player and his parents, preferably at their home. This setting allows the coach to observe the player's environment and gain valuable insight and understanding into the family's mind set.
2. Prepare a memorandum detailing every aspect of the team: practice times, locations, game schedules, fundraising activities, team photographs, uniforms, equipment, etc. Give this memo to every family but go over it item-by-item with your problem player's parents.
3. Arrange transportation for the player with the parents' approval in advance. If another person is assigned this responsibility, check to ensure it is carried out properly.
4. Avoid preferential treatment. Children recognize favoritism quite easily, and it can quickly lead to team discord.
5. Don't let anger cause bad decisions. If a player disrupts practice or a game, discuss the situation calmly. If possible, hold the discussion in private. Nothing good arises from parents or team members observing a coach yelling at a player.
6. Keep the lines of communication open. Twelve-year olds have learned more from parents and peers than they will ever learn from a coach. Without respect, they will not listen. If they do not listen, they will not learn.
7. Maintain a positive attitude. Coaches and parents sometimes get wrapped up in winning and forget that the main objective of youth leagues is to learn and have fun.
Comments from our readers
Ron from Hawaii email@example.com
Thursday, 13-09-12 15:11
Problem starts with the parents attitude and examples to their kids, If the parents are selfish and egotistical their kids will be the same. If the coaches are that way your finished, if they have kids on the team,HAHAHA???.Teaching kids good values is very important.???
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