Coaching Philosophy

Coach focus: Player development, fun, and winning some ballgames!

Coaching decisions in the WarCats Softball League consider the best interests of our young athletes first, and the pursuit of wining second. WarCats coaches work first to help our young ladies develop physically, psychologically and socially, then to win some ballgames.

This doesn't mean winning is unimportant. Instill in your players a desire to win, to strive to do their best, to pursue excellence. However, the outcome of the game is not the sole determining factor of team success. As Warcats coaches, you should have two objectives: get your players give their best effort every time they take the field and ensure they have fun! Every player should be treated equally rather they are a starter or role player. No one player or coach is more important than the team and everyone should put the best interests of the team ahead of achieving individual accomplishments.

Team pride is the cornerstone of a competitive athletic program. Winning builds pride, but so does hard work and commitment to individual and team goals. Coaches should instill in each player the belief that hard work pays off and the harder she works, the more the team will achieve. While winning is a goal for everyone, each player should focus on her effort - not the outcome. A team can always control its effort but seldom the outcome of a game.

Goal setting emphasized

Encourage each player to set goals for herself. As a group, set goals for the team. Goals should be challenging enough to require each player to extend beyond her present skill level. Each player should have the opportunity to achieve success in game situations. When they succeed, givefeedback in terms of recognition and approval. When they do not succeed, give feedback in terms of advice or instruction.

Teaching and repetition are two tools to prepare each player to be the best she can be. Start with fundamentals, work on techniques and individual skills and teach team defense in depth. Take every opportunity to teach and demonstrate teamwork, sportsmanship and respect for everyone, starting with the coaches. "Practice does not make perfect. Perfect practice makes perfect." Players should properly practice the skills being taught, on a repetitive basis, so that these skills become as natural as walking and talking. You can not see everything at practice so encourage your players to provide feedback to each other when completing drills in practice.

Finally, remember that playing competitive softball should be FUN. Strive to make practices and games enjoyable experiences that will both develop skills and provide positive life long memories for every player.

Please read our Westerville WarCats Code of Ethics for Coaches and our Playing with P.R.I.D.E. principals for our players to learn more of the WarCats Philosophy.