Coaches Corner

At Dierker's Champs we work to help coaches, help boys and girls become men and women who are successful in life!  We believe coaches are some of the most influential people in our society. This page contains resources that all coaches can use to become the best coaches they can be both on and off the field.  

Below you will find articles and resources to help you as a coach.  Thank you for making an intentional effort to use the influence you have as a coach for good!

One Little Moment in Life...Joy and Pain: A Lesson

posted Aug 27, 2012, 8:11 AM by Steve Gill

One Little Moment in Life…Joy and Pain: A lesson                            


As soon as I saw the swing and heard the contact, I didn’t even have to look.  Gone.  Rags hit is his first ever out of the park, game time homerun.  A three run shot complete with his homerun trot (something that he has secretly been practicing in the backyard) and his teammates mobbing him at home plate.  To say that Dad was a little proud would be an understatement.

Many folks would say that he is overdue, he is a head taller and about 30 pounds heavier than most of the kids his age.  But, I too have be reminded that he is just 8 years old.  After all an hour before the game he loves and enjoys with such passion he was sitting in his uniform playing with his Legos and designing a ship that undoubtedly would crush the evil empire that was somehow led by Luke Skywalker (for all you Star Wars geeks, you’ll appreciate the irony of that).

This brings me to my life lesson.  Joy and Pain in one little moment.   I fought  back tears to give him a fist bump and tell him nice shot.  After the inning was over, I did the Dad thing, hugs and kisses and telling him how proud of him I was.  I didn’t want the moment to pass to let him know that, but I also wanted in that moment to let he and my team know that there was still a task at hand. 

This put me in a moral quandary, did I handle the situation the best that I could?  Should I have picked him up and spun him around in the air like we see in so many of those great commercials on TV?  I wrestled with it all the rest of the day.  Did I let a defining little moment in life get away?  At bedtime as we talked, I again reiterated how proud I was of him and that God had blessed me with a son that I love so much that cannot fully understand or explain.  He took a moment told me he loved me so much and then he said to me…”I guess all of our batting practice is good, we need to hit some more Dad…!” 


One of my favorite sports icons is Vince Lombardi and you will often hear me quote him.  One of the pearls of wisdom that I often reference is:

“The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.” Vince Lombardi


My Lego loving 8 year old put me in a state of bliss last night.  He loves me, his first homerun, two games won by his team, and his excitement for the impending start of school.  But more importantly he has realized that all of that tedious practice that takes him away from his toys and beloved Disney Channel is making him a better player and person.  In his moment of success he realized it was the  hard work that got him there and will keep him there.  Whether this was just a moment of sudden clarity or he really is staring to grasp this, well who knows.  But for that one little defining moment, the Joy and Pain leaned heavily towards the Joy.

P.E.D.'s (Performance Enhancing Dedication)

posted Aug 24, 2012, 9:36 AM by Steve Gill

P.E.D.’s (Performance Enhancing Dedication)


Well we woke to the news today that Lance Armstrong, 7 time Tour de France winner, has given up his fight against the USADA (U.S. Anti-Doping Agency).  This could result in him being stripped of his 7 Tour de France Titles.  The man that became the face of survival for cancer and pure endurance, may have used a banned substance to give him a physical edge over his competition.  Some will argue that everyone does it, he just happened to be too successful and was singled out.  Perhaps.

Last week, two major league players were suspended for 50 games each for their use of P.E.D.’s.  One of which went to great lengths to disguise and discredit his guilt.

So as a Parent, Coach and Mentor how do you explain these revelations to your child?

Well for one, relax, this is an easy one.

First, explain exactly what a P.E.D. is, it is a manufactured supplement for someone to use get stronger and recover faster for their respective competition.  Some of these P.E.D.’s that the athletes use are completely safe and approved.  The reason that these particular athletes are in trouble is that they used substances that have been deemed to be unsafe and more importantly non-approved.

Folks, shocker here, Gatorade is a performance enhancing drug.  Protein bars are a performance enhancing drug.  Flintstones chewable vitamins are a performance enhancing drug. 

So this leads me to my title, Performance Enhancing Dedication.  1 Corinthians 9:24-27 says:

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.

Tireless dedication to our children and their development is a daily task.  It certainly is not for the faint of heart and it certainly doesn’t end when we as coaches run a 1 hour practice.  We must first teach our kids that dedication is more than coming to the field and playing a game.  Their daily lives require dedication to our God, their family, their friends and their own perception of themselves.  This carries over to the field with their teammates and their opponents.  So explaining to them the difference between taking a "miracle" supplement to help them to be better player or hard work to be a better person is a critical component to our coaching. Training hard on the diamond and at home with the support of God and family will take them much further in their lives and keep them physically healthy.

The A.R.T. of Baseball is the core of what we are trying to do here: Attitude, Respect, Teamwork.  Now, that is a P.E.D. that many professional athletes and everyday people should be taking…

DC Select Baseball Academy August 17th @ 6:30 at CyFair Fields

posted Aug 8, 2012, 9:15 AM by Steve Gill


If you are a parent of a baseball player and you both agree it is time to elevate their game and commitment to baseball then Dierker’s Champs would like to help you follow thru on your purpose.  We will be hosting a night with the DC Select Baseball Academy.  The purpose of this event is to complete rosters for our 7U and 8U select programs  for our Fall and Spring seasons. 

When: Friday, August 17th @ 6:30 P.M.

Where: Cy-Fair Field #1 (Behind Cy-Fair High School)

We hope to be able to put together as many teams as possible to compete in the Fall Harris/Montgomery Interlock Select/Elite league that will start play in September.

To RSVP please visit and fill out the “DC Select Baseball Academy Night” form. 

If you have any further questions, please contact:

Steve Gill at 713-732-4968 or

The A.R.T. of Coaching

posted Apr 9, 2012, 6:53 AM by Ray Hughes   [ updated Apr 9, 2012, 7:28 AM ]


I hope you all had a great Easter with your family.  By now, most of you are getting into the heart of your season.  I am hearing good things from many parents and others about the job you are doing with the kids.  Keep up the good work!

I wanted to send you a note of encouragement today.  I am fully aware of the hard work it takes to organize and run practices and games.  I know all too well that even when we have the best intentions, it is easy to get distracted by the results of the game, the conduct of other teams, etc...  The truth is, the kids you coach simply want to have fun playing the game of baseball and being with friends.  Wins are certainly more fun the loses and we do want to teach them to do their very best at whatever they do in life.  But, also remember these young men are growing up fast.  They have their eyes and ears on you.  Remember the three values we aim to instill in every Champ.  AS coaches, the challenge is not just to tell them about these, but to be examples for them.  It is easy to have a good attitude when you win.  It is easy to respect the umpire when the calls go your way.  It is easy to practice teamwork when all the parents and coaches agree.  Show your players what is looks like to overcome adversity and stay true to our values.  That is something they will remember much longer than their record of wins and losses.


I am praying for you today!  Thanks for making a difference in young lives!

Ray Hughes

The umps cost us the Game...

posted Mar 26, 2012, 7:01 PM by Steve Gill   [ updated Mar 30, 2012, 9:48 AM by Ray Hughes ]

“The umps cost us the game…!”

That phrase was heard a couple of times the other night after a loss.  The surprising part was the phrase came from the mouths of a couple of my 7 year old players. 

All too often we are reminded that as coaches and mentors that our every word, whether said directly or listened to in passing makes an impact on impressionable ears.  Never in the history of baseball can one game be pointed out that the loss was indeed the fault of the umpire.  While it may seem that way during a game, a booted ball by the second baseman or the misplayed fly ball by the centerfielder is usually a leading factor in the defeat.  How we handle those mistakes as coaches is how you will be viewed by your peers and parents.

Proverbs 19:11 says…”Good sense makes one slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook an offense”.  The umpires, opposing coaches and fans are all there for one reason…the game of baseball.  Now how those umpires, opposing coaches and fans conduct themselves is another topic.  We as coaches for Dierker’s Champs shoulder a larger burden than most.  It is widely known in Cy-Fair baseball circles that we are to conduct ourselves with the greatest of composure.  So here are a couple of tips that work for me.  Trust me, three games into this season, I have been tested:

1)      Remember the umpires are normally folks that work a full time job as well.  While they have to be certified and are paid for their time, typically a bad day for them can go to a catastrophic day if a coach comes running at them yelling.  I have found that by simply approaching with a smile (and I know that it is hard sometimes) can immediately disarm a potential volcanic situation. 

2)      Be inquisitive and polite.  Ask the umpire “Would it be okay to ask for help on the call from your partner?”  The always popular…“Man, can I get some help here?” can be taken a couple of ways and both of those are usually bad.   If the umpire is already on the defense they probably feel like they are about to be ganged up on by you and other umpire or even worse, they know that you  are on to their plot to overthrow your baseball empire (hahaha!).  In either case, the worst thing that he or she can say is no.  We like to be polite when things go our way, but remember lead by example.  Thank you very much and God Bless you (I used that last week in our loss, the umpire stood there mouth open and didn’t know what to say) is a great way to defuse the situation.

3)      Before each game at homeplate, say “Thank you for your time.”  You would be amazed at the looks you will get.  Secondly, get to know their names.  You will find that a conversation with someone not called “BLUE” is a lot easier when you address someone by their name.

4)      Finally, remember your facial expressions and body movements sometimes speak louder than the loudest voice.  I am not a small guy.  Running at you with my arms waving and a stern look on my face is not perceived well.  It is something that I struggle with.  Before you react, count to three, call time, then walk onto the field.  It works.

The bottom line is that it is just a game, the score of our teams game is not going to solve the ongoing hunger issues in third world countries, or the ever growing cost of gasoline at home.  We are not professional coaches and we are definitely not going to be on ESPN with highlights of our antics with umpires and opposing teams.  But we can definitely be etched into the mind of our kids with our demeanor.  Be that coach that they remember as someone that affected their lives for the positive. 

Keep up the good work!

Coach Steve

R. C. Slocum Presentation: Coaching - More Than X's And O's

posted Feb 23, 2012, 9:44 AM by Raymond Simmons


On Monday, February 27, 2012 at 6:30 pm, Dierker's Champs and CFISD Coaches have a unique opportunity to hear college coaching legend - Coach R. C. Slocum.  His presentation topic will be "Coaching - More Than X's And O's."

Following on the last Cy-Hope coaches' event which featured Joe Ehrmann, Coach Slocum will address coaching more than the technical side of a sport with a focus upon coaching the potential that exists within a person. Coach Slocum will address key issues including developing leaders and coaching that reaches beyond the game.

Coach Slocum is well qualified to speak on the subject. As you may be aware, R. C. Slocum is the winningest football coach in Texas A&M University's history. Slocum won six championships as head coach of the Aggies; three Southwest Conference titles, two Big 12 South Division titles, and the 1998 Big 12 Conference Championship. He was league Coach of the Year four times and was runner up for National Coach of the Year honors in 1994. His teams went to 11 bowl games. As Texas A&M closed out the Southwest Conference era, Slocum's winning percentage of .865 (44-6-2) was the best in league history besting the .797 percentage set by the legendary Darrel Royal of the University of Texas.

Coach Slocum has coached in the East/West Shrine All Star game, the Japan Bowl, and the Hula Bowl. Additionally, he has been involved in many charities including the Children's Miracle Network, the Peaceable Kingdom Retreat for Children, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, and the Special Olympics. Slocum has also served as a Trustee of the American Football Coaches Association and President of the American Football Coaches Foundation. Since 2002, he has served as a Special Advisor to the President of Texas A&M. In February 2006, Coach Slocum was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame and was awarded the 2011 Neyland Trophy presented by the Knoxville Quarterback Club.

Most importantly, Coach Slocum is recognized by his former players as a man of character and integrity that taught valuable life lessons along with football. His impact on the lives of former players is more important to R.C. than the games won and conference championships.

You will be in for a treat and the opportunity to hear from one of the great coaches of all time. Please plan on joining us at the Berry Center on February 27th at 6:30pm.


Larry Dierker and Ray Hughes

Info Needed

posted Jan 18, 2012, 4:09 PM by Raymond Simmons

Coaches - Please take action on the following items as soon as possible:

1. As soon as you get your team mom, please e-mail her name, phone number, and e-mail address to
2. Please inform your team that fan gear can be ordered online now until Feb. 12th.  This will be the only opportunity to order until next season.
3. Please e-mail the amount of DC helmet decals you need for your team to  The decals will be given out when we have the coaches meeting.

Sheri Lee
Volunteer Coordinator

Champ Value 5 - Service

posted Nov 10, 2011, 12:19 PM by Ray Hughes   [ updated Nov 10, 2011, 1:06 PM by Pam Nelson ]

“Every Champ makes a Difference"

by Ray Hughes

I love pizza. It's one of my favorite foods. But, I don't really like cauliflower. Sometimes when I sit down to eat; I realize it is a meal I don't like. I don't always have a great attitude when this happens. Sometimes I even complain. But last week I met a kid who lives near me who doesn't always have much food at his house. Sometimes, because his family doesn't have much money, he doesn't get to eat a meal because there isn't enough food. I realized that I need to be thankful for what I have. I also realized that I need to look for ways that I can help other people. I was able to help his family get food for the weekend through the Cy-Hope backpack program. It felt really good to help someone.

Life is not all about me. Hopefully, we have learned this by being on a baseball team. We don't always win the game, or get to play the position we want, but we can be thankful for the chance to play. When we look to serve or help others it makes life better for them and for us.

Jesus talks about this in the Bible.  He was a lot like a coach to his 12 closest friends.  He told them that many people think life is all about trying to get what you want for yourself.  But he said, "If one of you wants to become great, then he must serve the rest of you like a servant.  If one of you wants to become first, then he must serve the rest of you like a slave."  Even though Jesus was God, he didn't come so people could serve him, he came to serve.

Questions of the Week: 

1. What is the definition of service?  
    def:  working to to make a difference for others, to make life better for others
2. How can you serve? How can you best serve your team?
3. Through serving, what difference do you think you will make?

Ask the players if they would like to pray for something and if any would like to lead the prayer.

Speed and Agility Drill

posted Nov 3, 2011, 2:19 PM by Ray Hughes

Modeling Responsibility

posted Nov 3, 2011, 1:18 PM by Ray Hughes   [ updated Nov 3, 2011, 6:41 PM by Pam Nelson ]


This week you are teaching your players about responsibility. As with all our values, responsibility is important to model. Parents, older siblings, and coaches are the usual role models younger players look up to and use as a “foundation” for their leadership qualities. Most younger players don’t fully grasp the meaning of how to be responsible. You have an opportunity to teach the fundamentals of "Doing Right" and "Accepting Responsibility". In baseball, as in life, every small part of the sport is important. The minute you ignore a fundamental, you begin to lower the standards of baseball and both your team’s work and your work as a coach suffers. Remember nothing is too basic to teach your players! 

Responsibility does not only apply to the sports, but to other important aspects of a player’s life, such as school work, home chores, and personal behavior. Being a responsible player involves being honest and doing what is right. You, as a coach, have the responsibility to uphold what is “right” and “expected behavior” for your players. This concept of doing what is right and accepting responsibility is one of the basic underlying principles of life. Don’t back off from that! Develop their conscience along with their character. Help them to distinguish wrong from right, bad from good, and better from best.  

Proverbs 1:7 reads, “Fear of the Lord is the foundation of true knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.” Reverence for God, a desire not to disappoint Him, is where it all begins.

Of course, doing the right thing can be difficult in some situations. Teach and model that it is worth it!

- Coach Vern Howard

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