Coaching is an organic process that necessitates proper preparation and constant
adjustments. The coach must be able to teach the subject matter, evaluate the results, and then make the changes in order to reinforce the learning process. This takes time and must also consider the individual differences of each youngster. The key is to remember that the game is a team game consisting of individual skill sets, and must focus upon cooperation and teamwork. The coach is responsible for providing an educational environment that will teach both the game and team-building.
One of the best tools for a coach to utilize is the little 3×5 card. This inexpensive item pays great dividends in that it fits in any pocket and may carry a wealth of knowledge, reminders, and “hints”. A coach may have his daily plan on it with backup of Plan B, C, D, and more. Planning a practice is simple, executing one is difficult. Hence, write it down on the 3×5 card and follow it….at least until something goes amiss. On the back of it, write notes for further work, individual corrections, and things that must be covered later. Many times it is prudent to not over-coach, and save things for later work.
In prepping for a game, set the lineup on a separate 3×5 card to include substitutions, defensive changes, and pitching possibilities. Also, list things to discuss pre-game and “reminders” of things the team must accomplish on a given day. It is recommended to have 2-3 extra blank cards for notes during the game. List team and individual input, and note any plays that warrant discussion. Refer to the cards for post-game talks and then use these to prep evaluation/feedback, and future practices. The little 3×5 card is invaluable in remembering plays, tendencies, and if you are going to play a team again, is instrumental in setting a viable game plan.
In doing your post-game review, use the information on the card(s) to recap the game, noting positive and negative comments, as well as preparing for the next practice. Tendencies will frequently appear, and you may then determine how best to resolve problems and to reinforce positive team and individual growth.
Keep a stack of 3×5 cards by your side and it will improve your organizational skills as well as improve communication and feedback. The little cards are a very valuable teaching/coaching aid!!! FAW!!