This is really a fun post. I’m a stickler for team rules and discipline, but I want to give credit to a coaching friend for this one. After a varsity baseball practice our sophomores were taking the field and the coach, Mr. Ryan Pierce, found the glove of one of my players. My first reaction was to make that player run the next day, but Coach Pierce had a better remedy.
“I’ve got the cure for this,” he said.
I thought, ‘I’ll see what he’s got in mind.’
The next day he showed up to practice with that glove, covered in the most interesting array of pre-pubescent stickers in the history of Nickelodeon. When that player saw his glove, he laughed. His teammates laughed. The coaches laughed. Coach Pierce turned a negative into a positive. Needless to say, that player has not forgotten his glove to this day.
I have since adopted this policy. Below are some recent victims….. I mean players that were in need of discipline.
I guess the point is, to be disciplined, yet find ways to have fun with it. There are ways to make your point with out blowing your stack. Don’t get me wrong, I fully believe that every so often, the bear needs to growl, but if the bear growls too often, it loses meaning.