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So you are done playing the game of baseball but still want to be in the dugout. Many players, once they hang up their cleats, decide to pursue coaching as a way to stay involved with the sport that they are so passionate about.
There are many ways to become a baseball coach, here are a few of them:
In order to become a baseball coach you have to have a great understanding of the game. Baseball, like all major sports, is very complicated and has room for a ton of information to be learned. So hitting the books, researching games as you watch them, and asking other professionals can be a great way to learn what you need to in order to command respect in the dugout.
If you already possess the knowledge that coaching demands, what next? Well, you have to decide at what level you desire to coach.
Baseball teams are like gigantic machines and they require many different operators, or coaches, to keep them running. There are the positional coaches, the pitching coaches, the head coach, and assistants for every other position you can imagine.
Becoming the head coach of a youth league will be much easier than getting a head coaching gig at the high school or college level. You may also benefit from starting out at a low level, and working your way up.
Once you've decided where you want to coach you can begin the application process. Go through park districts, or school districts, and look for open coaching positions. After all, you'll never be a coach if you don't apply!
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|