Tag Archive: being a softball coach

May
30

Striving for Perfection

Striving for Perfection “You will never influence the world by trying to fit in.” Does your athlete strive for perfection? Are they afraid of being anything but perfect? Do they fear making mistakes? Do they worry about disappointment? Chasing perfection is a tough run. I think it is our job to help our athletes see …

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May
02

Controlling/Understanding Overwhelming Emotions

  Controlling/Understanding Overwhelming Emotions  “When little people are overwhelmed by big emotions, it’s our job to share our calm, not join their chaos.”       As coaches and parents we tend to get worked up if our athletes aren’t succeeding or meeting the expectations we have set in our heads. We care about them …

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Apr
24

Together, Everyone Achieves More

Teamwork “Coming together is a beginning, keeping together is progress, and working together is success.” Teamwork isn’t easy and it is not only about the athletes on the team. There’s a vast amount of politics that goes into the sport, difference in personalities, different likes and dislikes among the team, coaches, and parents, and a …

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Mar
28

Finding the Athlete Within

Finding the Athlete Within Going the extra mile isn’t just about putting more practice time in; it is also about finding the athlete that they are as individuals. Whether it is focused on their swing, throw, fielding, pitching, catching, or their mental game, each athlete is learning more about her own skills, abilities, strengths, and …

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Mar
14

Coaching with a Purpose

Coaching with a Purpose All too often we see and hear coaches talk about the importance of winning, and winning only. While winning does have an important part in the sport itself, there’s also many other factors that hold great value. There is a difference between coaching to win verses coaching for success. Winning holds …

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Feb
28

Being Honest With Your Athlete by Nikoli Sharp

Honesty Do you lie to your athletes? Do you tell them that they have improved when they haven’t? Do you tell them they pitched an incredible game, but they didn’t? Do you tell them their swing looks great when you see flaws? Are you allowing your fear of hurting their feelings and hurting your relationship …

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Feb
21

Taking Responsibility for Yourself by Nikoli Sharp

Responsibility “Accept responsibility for your life. Know that it is YOU who will get you to where you want to go, no one else.” Within sports, we tend to fall into this rabbit hole of selfishness, blame, and excuses. Softball is a game of failure. There are incredible highs and incredible lows whether it is …

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Feb
14

Listening, Learning, Understanding, and Reacting to Different Perspectives

Listening, Learning, Understanding, and Reacting to Different Perspectives Getting constructive criticism, feedback, or having to listen to something you don’t want to hear can cause negative reactions, emotions, and future problems among coaches, players, and even parents. Do you get defensive when someone else has a different opinion than you? Some of us can be …

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Jan
31

Being A Good Teammate by Nikoli Sharp

What makes a good teammate? Is it a person who is kind, thoughtful, and trustworthy? Is it a person who is honest, hardworking, and inspiring? Is it a person who challenges you, motivates you, and helps you?  Who said that the words “good teammate” had to be categorized and defined in one way?  Being a …

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May
14

Monkey See, Monkey Do: Looking the Part of a Softball Coach

Monkey see, monkey do.  We have all heard this saying, and when we have children, we understand the saying. What we don’t tend to take into account is the impact we have as adults in the simple four-word phrase.  Every action we commit , every word we say, children pay attention; they are sponges and …

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