Why Continue Your Coaching Education?

Why Continue Your Coaching Education?

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Pop quiz. What was the title of Hall of Fame Major League Manager, Earl Weaver’s autobiography?
The answer: “It’s What You Learn After You Know It All That Counts.”

That bit of wisdom was good enough to guide the World Series Championship manager of the Baltimore Orioles, and it’s motivation for you to continue your own coaching education.

Whichever combination of training, from district, state, or region clinics; Little League University; or other live and online options, that you may choose, pursuing continuing education is crucial to your enjoyment and effectiveness as a coach.

Continuing education keeps the coaching experience fresh for you.

Baseball and softball are endlessly fascinating sports. The deeper and more nuanced your knowledge of the games, the more they fascinate. If you have the slightest twinge of burnout or a sense that your coaching has become a paint-by-numbers exercise, a coaching course or clinic will quickly remind you of what you love about the sport and why you started coaching in the first place.

Education can re-shape your view of your role as a coach.

The wide variety of courses and clinics available cover some combination of fundamental skills, game strategy and tactics, and sports psychology. The best ones not only impart that knowledge to you, but also teach you exactly how to pass that knowledge along to players.

Once you learn how to share knowledge, not just possess it, you can have major impact on your Little Leaguers®, both as players and as people. Empowered as an educator yourself, you gain the intrinsic reward of helping children. And, once those kids see you as a proven provider of baseball or softball information that helps them improve, they are that much more likely to listen to you about life lessons (which are even more rewarding to share than sports lessons).

You gain confidence.

Even if you take just a few tidbits from your continuing education, you now know that you know more than you did before. The fact that you went out of your way to improve will make you more decisive in practices and games and in building your team culture. That sense of confidence can exude leadership that goes a long way with players, their parents, fellow coaches, and even umpires.

You improve.

That may seem obvious as a reason to pursue continuing education. But let’s face it, plenty of people are satisfied with whatever level they have achieved and many others feel they cannot (or need not!) improve.

Nothing will invigorate your coaching like re-investing time and energy into being the best you can possibly be, and then seeing actual, measurable improvement in your coaching, in player performance, and in how you help players develop as people.

You demonstrate to players and their parents your commitment to improving.

That can’t help but rub off on your players. When they know you have worked to improve, they are more likely to work to improve. Parents who see you having that effect on their kids will become friends and allies for life, and more of your community will gain from the idea that “It’s What You Learn After You Know It All That Counts.”

Be the Best Announces Softball Speaker Line-up

Be the Best Announces Softball Speaker Line-up

If you want to be the best, you want to learn from the best.

This year, Be the Best brings you the best of the best in an unparalleled roster of softball speakers who hail from all fields of the game.

On deck is Lonni Alameda, Head Coach at Florida State, who comes bearing the school’s first-ever NCAA Championship crown and Heather Tarr of Washington who battled Alameda in the WCWS. John Rittman, who is developing Clemson’s first-ever softball program and Missy Lombardi who has recently been named Head Coach at Oregon after helping lead Oklahoma to more titles than there’s room to mention. There’s USA Softball professional player, Monica Abbott and Division III’s master of the game, John Tschida. Scott Whitlock, former head coach at Kennesaw State, wields his wit and wisdom, Larissa Anderson shares her journey from Hofstra to Mizzou and Lisa Navas of South Carolina brings two decades of coaching success to the plate. The inimitable Marty Tyson of the Corona Angels tells it like it is and everyone’s favorite husband and wife co-coaching team, Karen and Ralph Weekly round out the line-up..

Be the Best, founded by coaches for coaches, is the longest running convention of its kind in the country. The speakers’ accolades run deep and their passion deeper. They interweave their stories and skills in a way that hits home, leaving everyone in attendance with something that will help them become a better coach.

Don’t miss the best line-up ever!

Be the Best Softball Coaches’ Convention
Thursday, January 17 – Saturday, January 19

Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill
2349 W. Marlton Pike, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002