Jared Eichelberger of BasebalASAP
As a youth baseball coach it is critical that you are cognizant of your appearance and the perception your players and parents have of you. These two non-verbal facets of coaching speak in volume to who is watching and listening to you the most.
The way you are dressed sends a message that will set a precedent among your players, assistant coaches and players. When they see you well groomed, dressed with a shirt tucked in, wearing a simple clean baseball t-shirt or polo shirt and baseball shorts, you are saying "Hey team, I'm ready to teach and let's all look good doing it!"
When players see coaches stroll into practice with a sloppy shirt, non-athletic looking shorts or pants and sandals, your saying, "Hey kids, thanks for showing up. I don't have much time or care to be here, but I hope you all can figure a few things out today at practice".
Which coach do YOU want to be?
I'm not saying to go out and buy an entire uniform and come with shined baseball shoes, although that would make a strong impression. (BaseballASAP instructors are always in full uniform during camp. We feel good doing it and we know that our campers and students are more likely to believe and trust that we know something about baseball ;-) ). Bottom line; take pride in your appearance and your players, assistant coaches, and parents are more likely to get the message and follow the leader.
Jared Eichelberger is the President and Director of Operations for BaseballASAP, San Diego's premier youth baseball training organization. For more information on this organization:
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