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Jack Perconte

Avoiding Coaching Burnout - 10 Crucial Tips

Sports coaching tips of the day

Just as real as player burnout is a coach’s version. Many youth coach’s grow weary of the job, but unfortunately, many hang around even after their heart is no longer into it. They do that because others urge them to or they are afraid of letting their child play for another coach, especially one who doesn’t have kids’ best interest in mind. Understandable, so the best thing is to avoid burnout is with being organized and observing the following:

1. Do not try to do it all – have other parents and coaches help with the non-baseball stuff – have another person for travel accommodations, scheduling, field maintenance, and media communication.
2. Do not make winning your top priority – nothing burns one out as much as the pressure to win.
3. Get to know players and parents as well as possible. When you realize sports are as much about cultivating relationships as anything else, you will get enjoyment from the job.
4. Have a solid communication plan, especially for last minute changes.
5. Have someone in charge of sending out weekly updates of practice times.
6. Let other coaches know of practice agenda beforehand so everyone is prepared and on same page.
7. Have a preset time and method of when and how parents can talk to the coaches.
8. Ask parents to let you know when kids seem unusually unhappy, so you can address it with the player as soon as possible.
9. Include parents in end of practice talks so you can dispense information to all and not rely on kids to tell their parents of any changes or at-home practice assignments.
10. Laugh some at every practice and game. Remember, it’s not the seventh game of the world series.