I recently had a conversation with two basketball officials, one who refs college games and the other junior high and high school games. I was amazed at how similar their experiences are to the baseball world. They find some coaches teach their student athletes the game, trying to impact their lives by doing the right thing. But they also have nightmare stories of coaches desperately missing the mark.
I called a friend and current major league umpire and crew chief, Ted Barrett, and asked him if he would send me his perspective from behind the plate on how we respond from the stands. Here is his look/perspective on our American pastime.
Jim Leyland on Pressure and Developing in Youth Sports
Detroit Tigers Manager, Jim Leyland shares with us his thoughts on pressure and developing in youth sports. (Click image for video).
As a parent, I used to talk to my son and say, “Look, I don’t care if you ever play baseball. But no matter what you do – including baseball – if you want to give it a shot then give it your best shot. You can’t go about it half way.”