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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