Last night I dropped my son off at his first Fall Ball practice of the year. As parents and kids began to gather, the coach took it upon himself to share with all of us his background, coaching history and his philosophy for coaching our kids for this season. And as he spoke I realized that there were a couple of takeaways that we as youth workers should probably pay attention to.
1) This is not the big leagues! Fall Ball is a practice season, it is designed for kids to develop skills, try out new positions, and build their confidence as baseball players. The coach acknowledged that this season will feel quite different from the spring, which is much more competitive. But even in the spring, it is still little league. These kids are not professionals, and truthfully most will not be. So there doesn't need to be the soul-crushing shame, the red line in the sand for failures, or the over-inflated expectations that major league players who are paid millions of dollars have to wrestle with.Read More