Willingness to improve is what makes a good coach into a great coach. Between fall ball, off-season training, and clinics, it’s important to take some time during the off-season to reflect on last season and identify areas to improve on for next season. You’ve taken the time to make sure you team is ready for next season, now take some time for yourself to do the same.
Review and reflect
How did last season go? Did you digest the rule book and teach the team to honor and respect it? How were batting orders and position assignments? Logistically speaking, did travel arrangements go as planned? Jot down your insights into a journal as well as any notes that might help things go smoother next year.
Order new equipment
Save yourself some stress next season- don’t wait until something breaks or becomes unsafe at a critical time during the season. Check over your equipment now while there is time to inspect it properly and order new gear as needed.
Focus on growing with visualization
Read books, blogs and articles, watch or review game tapes from previous seasons, and think about different scenarios that you have come across in your coaching career. How have you reacted in the past? Would you react differently now? Just as an athlete uses visualization to prepare for their competitions you also can use visualization to improve as a coach.
And finally, take a break! Just as your players should be taking a break this off-season, coaches need a break as well. Take the time to reconnect with family or friends, participate in a different sport or hobby, or take a vacation.
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