Development from a coach moves a person from dependence to interdependence to independence. Development is the process of bringing out the capabilities and possibilities of a person. Tragically in the baseball world, development starts with the effort (work hard). Instead, it should start with an assessment.
Before the word coach was used in the context of sports, it was reserved strictly for transportation. There was a horse, a coachman (who controlled the horse) and a coach where the passengers rested. A coach took you to where you were supposed to be. Today, not so much. Oftentimes, that’s because of a fear of accountability.
A good coach will develop his players by moving them into dependence, interdependence and finally independence.
Dependence is to need someone for help or support. Here is a list of 10 things that players should depend on coaches to do:
Interdependence is when there is a mutual dependence between the coach and the player. In my 21 years of development experience, I’ve developed and followed my 75-20-5 Rule.
- 75 percent of the player’s development must happen on their own without the help of a coach
- 20 percent of the player’s development must happen with the help of a coach
- 5 percent of the player’s development must happen in their games
Independence is the lack of dependence on anyone else. Being independent can be scary, but it’s necessary if you want to compete at the collegiate and professional baseball levels, where getting help can be a luxury.
Remember: Intelligence tops 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, C.J. 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.