Are you a player on a team that is experiencing a lot of success? Is it because of “The Coach,” “The Culture” or “Coincidence?” The reason why it matters is because you matter, and this is your life to live. Baseball is only what you do – it’s not who you are.
Before the word “coach” was used in athletics, it referred to the transportation of people or things to a destination. The coach was attached to a horse. The Coach must help athletes arrive to their full potential. Full potential may result in players hitting their last ball in Little League, a weekend Adult League or the Major Leagues. As baseball players, we all have full potential. We don’t want regrets.
Here are three coaches that possess a clear and concise methodology of development and help their students reach high sustainable levels of significance. All three of us can articulate our methodology at anytime and anywhere.
Nick Saban – The University of Alabama
Tim Elmore – Growing Leaders
Diamond Directors’ mission is to develop significant people through diamond sports to do significant things in the world. L.E.A.D.’s mission is to empower an at risk generation to lead and transform their city of Atlanta.
Let me teach you how coaching is compared to three other styles of leading people, based on directive and supportive behavior. I learned this while reading the book, “The Servant Leader” by Ken Blanchard and Phil Hodges. I read the book while preparing to become a deacon at Elizabeth Baptist Church.
Directive Behavior is all about telling someone what to do, how to do and when to do it.
Supportive Behavior is helping someone as they do what they do, how they do it and when they do it.
Your Weekly Training Tip – Skill Build Drill: Bottom Hand-Top Hand Drill
Directing (S1): High Directive, Low Supportive Behavior – “Leader decides”
Coaching (S2): High Directive, High Supportive Behavior – “Let’s talk. We’ll decide or leader decides”
Supporting (S3): Low Directive, High Supportive Behavior – “Let’s talk, D3 decides”
Delegating (S4): Low Directive, Low Supportive Behavior – “You decide”
The Coach is a person with lots of responsibility. He should be called, competent and character rich.
Is your coach called by God to serve others? If you don’t know, ask him.
Is your coach competent? Does he have a clear and concise methodology for teaching? If you don’t know, ask him.
Is your coach character rich? How does he react to pressure and stress? Watch him. You might become him.
In recognition of February and Black History Month, did you know that in 1885 the Cuban Giants formed the first black professional baseball team?
Part 2 of this blog will be featured next week. The blog will examine “The Culture” and “Coincidence” that make teams great teams.
Remember: Intelligence trumps being smart.
C.J. Stewart has built a reputation as one of the leading professional hitting instructors in the country. He is a former professional baseball player in the Chicago Cubs organization and has also served as an area scout for the Cincinnati Reds. As founder and CEO of Diamond Directors Player Development, CJ has more than 12 years of player development experience and has built an impressive list of clients, including some of the top young prospects in baseball today. If your desire is to change your game for the better, C.J Stewart has a proven system of development and track record of success that can work for you.