What coaching style do you have? It’s a harder question to answer than it seems, because there are so many different spectrum of coaching. But the most important question to ask is: Am I a results-oriented coach or a process-oriented coach?
Let’s quickly define these terms. A results-oriented coach’s primary goal is to win. Team development and success is more important than individual development or success. Results-oriented coaches often do focus on player development, but only as a means to a greater ends: winning more.
A process-oriented coach focuses more on the process of improving players and teams. Player development is always the first priority, but a process-oriented coach goes about this in a different way than a results oriented coach. A results-oriented coach will run practices designed to drill proper techniques into players. A process oriented coach will go a step further, teaching players not only the proper technique, but why that that technique is the appropriate way to play. Explaining to players why they are doing something and how it will improve them is much more effective than simply telling them the way to do it.
A second key goal of process-oriented coaches is to go beyond teaching kids just how to play the game, but teaching them an appreciation for learning the game as well. An athlete who understands the game he or she is playing, and why they are playing it a certain way, is way more likely to stick with baseball or softball. They are less likely to burn out, as they understand the purpose to their actions.
Teaching kids to love learning the game is hard to do. But it’s not impossible to make practices fun, or to teach kids to recognize their improvement when it comes. Instilling a love for the game is a prerequisite to improving player performance.
It won't matter if a player has a perfect throwing motion if they’re not playing anymore.
From GameChanger and Josh Berry.