Assistant Softball Coach

by Trevor
(Mamou, LA)



I believe in a formula, Teamwork + Accuracy equals Wins. The game is not all about winning, and there must be a passiom and love for the game, but we play to win! And when we lose its ok to be disapointed in yourself, but only with yourself! Not the umpire, not the opponent but yourself! Do not pass the blame, practice hard and play your best! There will be losses, and there will be bad days, but never ever pass the blame!

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Agree with the sportsmanship
by: Dan

Trevor,

I agree 100% with the sportsmanship point. You need to lose gracefully and just as important, you need to win gracefully. Not a big fan of all the over the top nonsense in professional sports of showing up your opponent (standing at home plate to watch your home run, etc.) Like my dad always said, act like you've been there before.

Everyone should do an honest assessment of their performance, and that is not in softball, and then, as you say, figure out how to make things right.

Thank you for your follow up.

Kind regards,
Dan

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by: Trevor

Well Dan, i do agree with alot of what your saying. Finding whats wrong and what needs to be improved on is key to good softball. But by blame i meant sportsmanship, and being able to hand it to the other team when they have out played you. But i always teach my team, to always believe your gonna win a game. Instead of thinking how good that all sll star batter is on that other team, think how about how good our team is! Confidence and belief in your self is key, it keeps a team playing together, but in my opinion without emphasizing sportsmanship, your not doing these atheletes a favor heading into the next level. Good luck with your softball season as well!!!

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Agree with your views
by: Dan

Trevor,

Thank you for the email. I would take this a step further. As far as worrying about assigning blame, I think it is a waste of time. There is a difference between "assigning blame" and "learning from losing". Assigning blame usually deteriorates into a witch hunts that doesn't really solve anything. It simply looks to make someone a scapegoat. It does not look for answers on how to fix things and make it right. So, I would not waste time assigning blame, including yourself. Fixing blame is destructive and counter to everything I write about on the site.

I would spend time understanding why things went wrong, what needs to be done to correct it at a team level (focus on a particular aspect of the game, more coaching where perhaps it was lax, more training by individual players, etc.) and put an action plan together on achieving that. That is being constructive and proactive. That is the central theme of this site. Making things right and training yourself and your team to be in the best position possible to achieve success.

By the way, sometimes you will run into a team that is just flat out better. No blame is necessary here either. But what might be good is for the coach to speak with the coach on the other team and find out what she/he does to make the stronger team so good. I have done it and it is a great learning experience.

Good luck with your season!

Dan

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