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The Dos And Don’ts When Coaching Youth Athletes

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Sometimes it can be hard to know exactly what to do in your role of a coach to make sure your players are having the best experience possible. Here are a few do’s and don’ts for coaching youth athletes:


  • Remain calm, cool, and collected during practices and games.
  • Make your coach-player relationship independent of your players’ performance on the field.
  • Reinforce sportsmanship with your players.
  • Push to follow through on commitments, hard work, and being a good person.
  • Keep it fun.
  • Baseball is a game, and games are supposed to be fun!


  • Continuously critique players throughout the game on every play made.
  • Give overly long, detailed critiques of the team’s play and an in-depth analysis after every game.
  • Substitute players in key situations for a more skilled player.
  • All of your players should feel that you have confidence in them.
  • Control all decision making related to baseball.
  • Allow baseball to dominate your life.

This article was provided through PCA’s partnership with USA Baseball. For more information about keeping perspective in youth sports and other valuable tips, please click below to visit USA Baseball’s Amateur Resource Center.

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