Coaching Season Review

About now everyone’s Spring/Summer seasons are wrapping up. How did your season turn out? Are you satisfied with the growth of your players? How about your parent involvement? How about your organization? As a coach you need to be asking yourself a few questions about yourself and your team before you pack up all your equipment until Fall or Spring, I’d suggest you take some time to review the season and see what you can learn from it. Let me give you a few areas that you’ll want to think about.

Good Season Review

Parent Communication Review

As I’ve discussed about in previous posts, parent communication is something that can make or break your season. Coaches who set out clear expectations on things like playing time, practices, lineups, discipline, etc. AND stick to those expectations very rarely have any issues. On the contrary, don’t set expectations and you’re begging for parents to be lined up after games and practices wanting to discuss little Johnny’s playing time.

So, ask your self:

  • What expectations did I set with parents at the beginning of the season?
  • What problems came up that could be avoided with better communication?
  • Are there any new items that I should cover in future parent meetings based on this season?
  • What am I glad that I covered in the parent meeting because it came up this season?

As the coach you must make it a priority to proactively communicate with parents. It is your job. Failure to establish early communication with parents will open the door to problems later in your season. And parents: if you coach doesn’t communicate well…help him and initiate a conversation.

 Individual Development Review

I have two goals for every player at the start of the season: 1) that each kid grows their skills to become a better baseball player, and 2) they grow a love for the game. For each kid, these are the two ways I evaluate my success as a coach.

Player Review

When doing this evaluation ask yourself:

  • What was the #1 skill weakness of this player going into the season and did it improve through the season?
  • Did I provide focused instruction to the player?
  • Did I provide drills that parents could do at home to help this player?
  • What guidance and/or resources can I provide the player and parent so that the player can continue to improve after the season?

As kids get into older age groups 1-on-1 skill coaching becomes more difficult because you have to teach team concepts. But if you are running effective practices and getting kids a lot of reps you should still see a significant improvement in your players basic skills.

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Team Development Review

Baseball is a team sport. And while individual skill development is the primary job of coaches at younger ages (under 7/8u) as kids get older your job shifts more and more to teaching the team game. Deciding which elements of the team game to teach can really depend on the level of play in your league, but ask yourself these questions:

Team Concept Review

  • Did I have a plan at the start of the season of what team concepts I wanted to teach?
  • Did I stick to my plan?
  • If I changed, why did I change?
  • What strategies worked best for teaching my kids team concepts (i.e. creating games, drills, scrimmage, etc.)?
  • What would be the next concepts I would teach to this team and what needs more reinforcement?

As the coach you should always have a plan for your season, but also be prepared to adjust based on many factors. Many times I’ve had to alter my plan because every other coach in the league is doing something different and my kids were not prepared. The key is to have a plan and adjust when needed. But always know where you are and where you’re going.

After every season I suggest coaches step back to evaluate their season and learn from it. Some of the best improvements I’ve made in my coaching approach have come after reflection of what worked and what did not work. Take the time to evaluate your season.

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