Coach/Manager Application OverviewUpdated Tuesday September 29, 2015 by Fremont Baseball Inc.
Fremont Baseball, Inc. (FBI) is a non-profit service organization. Our objective is to aid and assist the moral and physical betterment of our youth. This is achieved by teaching the fundamentals and encouraging an interest in the game of baseball. All rules and amendments are subject to the interpretation of the Board of Directors based on the spirit of the game and the best interest of Fremont Baseball, Inc.
The success or failure of “FBI” significantly depends on our managers and coaches. As a manager/coach, you will deal directly with the players and will, more so than anyone else, determine how successful the league will be in helping young people become better adults and ballplayers.
Managers and coaches should be more concerned with helping all of the players assigned to them develop into better people and ballplayers than simply winning the league championship. In future years a player may not remember how many games a team won or lost, but he or she will remember the part the manager played in "making me what I am today", good or bad. The manager and coach will only be a small part of a player's growing up experience, but if it is a positive part of that experience, it may become one of the most important parts.
A good manager does not have to be a combination of Dr. Sigmund Freud and Casey Stengel. He or she does need to learn as much as he or she can about coaching techniques and about teaching and working with young people. Managers and coaches need to be fair, need to communicate and be willing to place their desire to teach young people above their desire to attain personal glory by winning league titles. That is not as difficult as it may sound. Generally, if a manager is fair and keeps a line of communication open with the players (listens as well as talks), and teaches them all he or she knows about the game, the rest will take care of itself.
The best athlete or former athlete is not necessarily the best coach or manager. The ability to teach young people, to understand their capability and potential, to tell them how to do it, is more important for the manager than the ability of the manager to be able to do these things. It is a far more difficult art to be able to teach a player how to hit a baseball, than to be able to hit a baseball oneself, and it requires far more knowledge of the fundamentals of the game. PONY recommends that all its coaches and managers go their their on-line Coaching certification. To see how to do this, please go to www.ponycoaching.org.