Re: First Season As Youth Head Baseball Coach
I coached my daughter's softball teams (YMCA, not ultra-competitive) a couple times, once as assistant, once as head coach.
The only advice I'll give - since you didn't specifically say what kind of advice you are looking for - is make sure you make it FUN first and foremost, stick to the basics since at that age, they can't really remember all the stuff you might want to tell/teach them, and finally make sure you are "toughest" on your own kid.
Unfortunately we've all seen/heard about the "coaches kid" who always got the benefit of the doubt, extra attention, somehow became the #1 pitcher, etc... you don't want to be "that guy". SO, ensure you are toughest on your own, but also talk to your son about it so he knows in advance that he's not getting any special treatment, and in fact it's going to be expected that he be the example and that you will be extra hard on him so that nobody thinks he's getting any breaks.
Anything else you're looking for, let me know and I'll try to give you my perspective.
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