Bedford’s new baseball coach teaches life lessons in the game

Hall of Fame baseball manager Tommy Lasorda said: “There are three types of players: those who make it happen, those who watch it happen and those who wonder what happened. “

Let me share with you one of the life lessons I learned from leaning on the rickety fence in the south end of New Bedford, watching our grandchildren play South End Youth Athletic Association baseball. . There’s more to the practice than just showing how to swing a bat, how to steal third, and how to properly secure a pop fly.

Good coaches don’t just instruct, they also create the foundation for future standards.

First, the basics.

“I have a new team this year. I was given two experienced players, and I picked the rest of the draft, which means a lot of them have never played a lot of ball before, or very bit,” coach Dennis said.

“One key that I realize is that if kids don’t like it, they become disconnected and unhappy,” he said. “One of the things about the greatest game ever invented is having an element of fun and competition.”

While it’s important to have structure and discipline with the players, what about all the screaming that goes on during a game?

“Yeah, I hear it too. he said. “I was often yelled at when I was young, and I hated it. As a coach, you won’t hear me shouting at the top of my lungs. I think my team will respect me more if they look at me, rather than being terrified of me.”

This philosophy goes beyond the baseball field and applies to the radio talk show industry as well.

Like our favorite school teachers who inspired us, coaching has been shown to have a powerful and positive impact on our children’s self-confidence and a level of education that will hopefully help them achieve first base in their lives.

Our son-in-law Manny DeBrito, an equal in the big city coaches, once reminded me that the Japanese Little League succeeds in the world because Japan places the best coaches in its country at the youth level, not at the professional level. .

What a dynamic and hard concept: to place the highest level of baseball training at the lowest levels.

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