Game Management: Prepare Them In Practice So That Everyone Can Enjoy The Games!
Game management, the term can have many meanings, depending upon who you are talking to.
The first thought that comes to mind for most people is undoubtedly strategy.
While strategy does play a part in a baseball coaches on field schedule, it shares the spotlight with many often times unnoticed activities that together, are designed to create a positive, on field experience for all those involved.
For that experience to go smoothly and seamlessly, much effort during practice time has gone to teaching what you want your players to do and how to react, physically, mentally and emotionally.
If game day is the first time they have heard about all the things you expect from them, be prepared for a very frustrating experience.
On the other hand, if your team has been prepared in practice for each of the things you need to have them do, game day will be the pleasurable experience it was meant to be, for all concerned.
Three Areas To Prepare Players For
The three main areas for preparation are:
Game Management Tips ~ From the Dugout
In and around the dugout, these 8 items of focus will help create a smooth, organized, and pleasant dugout:
Develop A Routine For Them:
Interactions Players Will Have To Work With On A Daily Basis:
Does That Seem Like A Lot To Prepare For?
Whew!!!! That does seem like a lot, but the majority of these items flow nicely into a practice situation.
Items like warm-up stretches, form running and a throwing routine can be carried directly from practice routine to game routine.
Game infield/outfield can be taught easily in practice, and makes a good break for players from daily drills.
Running a couple of inter-squad rehearsals prior to the first regular game is an opportunity to practice most all items on the list, so that players know who with and where at, to locate their glove/hat in the dugout while on offense.
This allows a teammate to bring their gear to them, should they be left on base at the end of an inning. Keeps the process running smoothly.
All the parts in this section may seem small and insignificant at first glance. When melted together, they form the nucleus of a united group, one that exudes individual and team confidence.
Everyone wants to be a part of something special. Attention to detail in baseball creates an atmosphere around your team, separating them from the pack.
Doing the little things correctly, playing the game as it was meant to be played, displaying a respect for baseball and others, they are what make this experience something special.
Having a specific plan with a meaningful purpose sets your players apart from a good many of your opponents, and on even footing with those who go about the game the same way that you do.
In the pages linked below, we will examine each of the three main areas in depth.
You Don't Do Things Right Once In A While, You Do Them Right All The Time (Vince Lombardi)
Coach Lombardi was speaking directly to football; but it is the same in baseball, and a great concept for everyday life.
Additional Game Management Topics
Dugout Game Management
The Nuts And Bolts Of Keeping Your Dugout Running Smoothly!Game Management Players
Develop a Working Routine!
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