Here are some thoughts on baseball and some quotes that I thought all young baseball coaches would appreciate. There are far too many hot dog players and coaches in youth baseball today. I believe we must honor baseball by example. Most of the time, it’s common sense and courtesy. I am not giving you any secret formula for success. Let’s behave like mature adults and remember that we don’t have a team full of future professional baseball players, even though others may think otherwise.
Everyone on the team should be prepared to trade sweat, effort and sacrifice for success. When you see yourself as a gamer, the critic. There are too many egotists among gamers today. Selfishness is the anesthetic that deadens the pain of stupidity.
Success is expensive. You have to trade something solid within yourself to be successful.
Focus on improving your weaknesses. It’s more obvious than your strengths.
No player ever succeeds by giving up. Keep trying.
If your coach is criticizing you, it indicates that he is watching you, so appreciate that.
Never an alibi. Apologies never win games.
Be confident. Tell you, I can I want, I must.
Be a good team player. Encourage your teammates and cooperate with them. They in turn will do the same.
Do not yell at officials or referees. They are rarely responsible for your success, so don’t blame them for your failure.
Your conduct, both on and off the pitch, is a real test for you as an individual. It reflects your degree of reliability, responsibility and the extent of your sacrifice.
Here are some anonymous quotes …
If what you did yesterday still sounds great, you haven’t done much today.
The coach may not always be right, but he is still the coach.
When I won I thought I was lucky, but the harder I work the luckier I get.
Every athlete has problems, the winners deal with theirs.
The player who refuses to be beaten is hard to beat.
Not always a winner but never a loser.
If you know someone who has always been given a fair deal, get a witness – you see a miracle.
Repetition is the mother of education.
I will prepare myself and maybe my luck will come.
Enthusiasm is like a coat of paint – it covers up a lot of mistakes.
Little things make big things.
The surest way not to fail is to be determined enough to succeed.
The player who does what he wants is rarely satisfied with what he is doing.
When a winner makes a mistake, he says I was wrong. A loser makes a mistake, he said, it wasn’t my fault.
Hustle! You cannot survive without it.
Enthusiasm and action will overcome fear.
The biggest key to success is a good attitude.
If you think you are good, why not be better. If you think you are better, be the best.
Winning is not everything, but wanting to win is.
You have to have a cool head to win a hot match.
I’ll leave you with this, it’s about more than baseball.
You can never get ahead of someone as long as you are trying to get revenge.
Thanks for your time, I hope these quotes, the ones without quotes around them, will help you get through this long winter while you wait for the baseball season to start.
Thanks again, Coach Chip