My first experience as a baseball coach is happening this year in a 6-7 age group league (rookie ball). We have had two practices and one game. Quite interesting is the development of the kids already. Most have never played ball yet, but are out there hustling and starting to do all the fundamentals needed to succeed at this sport. My coaching experience so far has been extremely fun and challenging. I am really enjoying the teaching aspect of this and seeing the kids learning already.
First practice we did some batting and throwing drills. I find one of the hardest things is keeping the kids focused when they are not involved in plays for a while. Started to divide them up into two or three groups to keep it small, fast and interesting. You really don't realize the complexities of baseball when you have to start right from scratch on how to play the game and what to do during a game.
After the practices were done I thought we were well on our way. Ha! The game was... interesting to say the least. It was a blast and a lot of work. But a least I now know where I can go from here to teach these kids at practice, like baserunning and start to introduce situational fielding. And always catching, throwing and hitting drills.
Unfortunately, it looks like a rained out practice tomorrow, so straight to the next game.