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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