John Mabry, Hitting Coach for the St. Louis Cardinals, shares advice for youth parents and coaches. (Click image for video).
Mabry: “A lot of times we get caught up in winning, instead of teaching the process. The process, essentially, is what creates winning.
It is not a “win at all costs” mentality – throw a kid until he’s in danger of getting hurt or playing same kids at the same positions all the time.
It’s about generating love for the game and getting guys genuinely excited about playing the sport. And, the more they know about the sport – the reasons why things happen the way they do and why they should be in positions that they are … generating that fun creates a love for the game. And [emphasizing] the winning aspect of it too much, doesn’t.”