This page contains the resources that I have found useful in my coaching journey. Admittedly, it is an eclectic list. It contains everything from team communication tools, coaching equipment, and other great websites I follow.
I will update this list as I discover new resources. If you have a resource you think I should add, please email me.
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Creating a Facebook Group is a great way to get out communications to your parents quickly. If you happen to have a parent that is a photographer (there’s usually one on each team) it’s a great resource for sharing pictures of the kids.
If you have some parents that are not on social media (yes, there are still some out there). GroupMe is a great resource for sending out group text messages. I’ve had problems with group texts due to some parents using Android/iOS/etc. GroupMe is an app that takes all the headache out and can really simplify communication. Also, if you have multiple teams, you can create groups for each team.
Dropbox is handy for storing rosters, contact lists, practice plans (you do have a practice plan, right?), birth certificates and any other paperwork that goes along with coaching. Since I float between devices (work computer, home computer, phone, tablet, etc.) this lets me access what I need whenever I need it. Ever had a parent ask about the game schedule and not have it handy? It’s also great for sharing your practice plans with assistants since you can send them a link as soon as you’re done.
I use Evernote to help me keep track of my mental notes for each of my teams. It’s a great all around tool for jotting down thoughts before they leave your head. In my coaching I’ll use it for post-game or post-practice notes, thoughts on what I want to work on in practice, lineup notes, or general reminders. I use the free version (which should be fine for coaching purposes), but there is a pay version as well.
Simply put this is the last tee that you’ll ever buy! I made the switch after rolling through 4 (maybe more) cheaper versions that each cost $20-$40. The only thing you’ll ever replace is the ball rest which costs about $10. I use it on top of a throw down plate. This lets kids line up to the plate the same way and see where they should hit each ball relative to the plate. If you’re committed to coaching or have a player whose sticking with baseball, buy one! It’s well worth the money.
This is a cheap tool that I use almost every single practice. Click here to read about how I use them. Personally, I buy the cheapest ones I can find. Usually $10 or less for a dozen balls. Most will eventually break, but they’re so cheap that I don’t worry about it. Three dozen will usually last me a full season with 2 teams using them.
Plastic cones are just a handy all around coaching tool you need to have. I primarily use them for Mini-Diamonds. For younger teams (8 years old and under) I’ll use them to keep kids in the right place during drills. It’s a little thing, but it helps keep practice moving. There are literally dozens of other uses so keep them handy at practices.