“I understand that I will never know everything about baseball or life. What I do know is I owe my life to this game. Baseball has given me some of the most significant moments and sparked most of the joy that has come my way. This game has positioned me to act on countless opportunities to better myself and those around me. I have built lifelong relationships and seen the world through cultures and people that I never imagined. My goal is to give back everything this game has taught me to as many young players and coaches as possible. Keeping the constant learning cycle going.” – N.A. Holmes II –

Lesson 1 – START WITH WHY??

INTRODUCTION “He whose life has a why can bear almost any how.” - F. Nietche


Core Mission & Goals “Start with the end in mind.” S. Covey

Lesson 3 – WORK THE PLAN?

Tactics and Skill Set “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” – Benjamin Franklin


What is working and what is not? “To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.” – Elbert Hubbard


After Action Reporting “Feedback is a gift. Ideas are the currency of our next success. Let people see you value both feedback and ideas.” – Jim Trinka and Les Wallace


You made it! Well done! You are now equipped to head out there and save the world one player at a time. Go get em Coach!

The role of the coach is not just “to coach!”

Coaches are responsible for training athletes in a sport by analyzing their performances, instructing relevant skills, and providing encouragement. As a coach, you  are also responsible for the guidance and motivation of the athlete in order to get the most out of that athlete in life and in their chosen sport.

You can find many definitions that all sound similar to the aforementioned description. We have all had a variety of  coaches with different personalities. Some of them have captured our admiration while others have derailed our enthusiasm.

The beauty of being coached by several personalities is that we get to filter and embrace the messages and instructions that we are given  as players and tailor them  to meet our individual needs. What works for some doesn’t always work for others.

We all learn and interpret differently. I tell all my players to keep an open mind and listen to every coach, then you can make the decision to use what makes sense to them and discard the rest. It is up to the player to decide what to keep and what to throw away.

It is up to the coach to connect and gain the trust of the player in order to deliver the message that he intends to the best of his ability. We cannot connect with and be everything to everyone, but we can be something to someone.

Even a lot of “someones.”

Knowing when to push and when to pull and WHY is your ultimate purpose . This is what makes a coach.

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