I've been coaching youth baseball for about eleven years. The past two seasons, I've done things a bit differently.
The main difference is, I don't coach. I don't sit in the dugout. Sometimes I even leave and go do something else during games. The results of this non-coaching approach have been fairly amazing. The players themselves decide who plays where, what the batting order is, who pitches - the whole thing is up to them.
They win. They actually win a LOT. Last season, they were undefeated. My favorite part of this is the reaction of other teams and especially the coaches. They'll be over there in the dugout or on the field, looking at this team of kids that is absolutely hammering them - and there is no adult anywhere to be seen.
The only thing I really do is name the team. I think next season I'll leave that up to them as well.
Bob Staake August 27, 2006
well, damn robert -- write a book on this! GREAT story. i'm 60,000 words into a non-fiction book right now and in comparision to this story/premise, i'm thinking YOU should be the one writing here.
Robert Zimmerman August 27, 2006
I think it would be a pretty short book. Let's see...
Kids have more fun if adults aren't involved in their games (no matter if it is a game of baseball or a game of checkers). They play games to have fun. Adults don't add to the fun.
... think I should get an agent?
Robert Saunders August 27, 2006
Zimm, that's a whale of a baseball team you got there.