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Coaching Philosophy

The statement Playing time is earned, not given is the foundation of our coaching philosophy and means that the amount of playing time each player receives will depend on their overall commitment to the team, attitude, skill level, grades, absences, injuries and game situations.

Competitive programs generally define starters and role players. However, these players are expected to be team leaders and set examples and expectations that the other players can follow.  Everyone on the team is expected to put the best interest of the team first, before any thought is given to individual goals or accomplishments. No individual, coach or player, is more important than the team or the game.

Team pride is another cornerstone of a competitive athletic program.  Winning builds pride, but so does hard work and commitment toward our team goals.  Coaches instill in each player the belief that hard work pays off, and the harder each and every player works, the more they will develop, grow as an individual and achieve as a cohesive unit.  While winning at the high school level is a goal for everyone, the coaching staff promotes focus on each players individual efforts and not just the outcome.  A team can seldom control the outcome of the game, but they can always control the level of effort and commitment put forth during the game.

Teaching and repetition are two of the tools used to prepare each player to be the best baseball player they can be.  Foundational work, mechanics, techniques and individual skill development are always emphasized.  The game of baseball is about constantly making adjustments and adapting to each game situation.  We take every opportunity during practice and games to teach and demonstrate teamwork, sportsmanship and respect for everyone.  Especially the game!

Practice does not always make perfect, but constantly striving for a perfect practice does!  Practices always begin with open discussions on drills and techniques that are then put into a live situation and reinforced through repetition and feedback.

Coaches establish goals for each individual player based on their skill level and their ability to extend beyond their present skill level.  Each player should have the opportunity to achieve success and failure in games and supported through positive feedback in terms of recognition and approval or additional instruction when needed.