Monkey See, Monkey Do:Looking the Part of a Softball Coach Written By Keri Casas
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 they absorb the things we do and say and can mimic us at any given moment. The same applies in athletics.
If you do not look like you know what you are doing, you won’t get the respect that you seek from your athletes. Female athletes are extremely observant. The first things we notice about people are their outward appearance and mannerisms. If you lack athleticism, if you can’t do a drill with ease or perfection, why should you expect your athlete to perform that way? Before you demand an action, figure out if you can do it first, or at least look like you can do it. Your female athletes will not only appreciate that you can do what you teach them, but they will trust you and what you are doing.
The majority of male coaches have never played softball, but baseball. Being so, they have a tendency of thinking both sports are taught the same. Softball and baseball are worlds apart not only because they are different games, but because males and females are so different. Nine times out of ten, a baseball skill won’t be effective when performed by a female athlete. Our body strengths and mentality towards the game differ from a males; something so simple in male athletics can seem like rocket science to female athletics, and vice versa. Being so, it is best for coaches to learn softball skills, as well as a softball mentality, to better relate to their athletes.
There are many ways you can learn softball skills and drills for female athletes; you can read online, go to classes, attend coaching seminars, all of which great. The best way for you to retain all of this is to watch yourself perform the drills yourself. Think about all the things you have your athletes do at practice then do them in the mirror. This is the best way to see yourself do the drill and analyze what you are doing correctly, and what you need to fix. Once you perfect the drill, you can successfully demonstrate to your athletes. When you look like you know what you are doing, not only will your athletes respect you, but parents and other coaches alike as well. The more, well-rounded every member looks on your team, including the coach, the more respected they will be on the ball field.
Key Facts about Looking Like a Softball Coach
Know how to perform what you ask of your athletes
Take time to learn softball skills and drills
Watch yourself perform softball drills in the mirror until you can do the drill yourself, or at least look like you know what you are doing
Keri Casas is the Director of Operations and Lead Instructor for All American Softball, Inc in Sacramento, CA. A former Division 1 student-athlete and graduate of Syracuse University, Keri is a coordinator for All American’s College Prep Program, helping athletes achieves collegiate softball scholarships. Keri is also the lead contributor and editor of CoachingaFemaleAthlete.com and co-author of the E-Book, “Bats, Gloves, and Glitter: 7 Must-Know Facts About Female Athletes”.
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