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Coaching Philosophy

Coaching Philosophy

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My coaching philosophy has been developed over several years of trial and error, success and failure. Over the years I’ve come to realize that winning a baseball game is secondary to doing your best. In the game of baseball individual players have very little control over the outcome of a game. Because baseball is a team sport, you can put the greatest baseball player in the world on a terrible team and that team will probably not win the championship. As coaches, if we focus our team on winning as the only goal, there is potential for great let downs and discouragement.

However, if we place our focus on effort first and winning second, not only do we give our players control over the goal, but teaching them to do their best will translate into lasting benefits for their future. Imagine in five years the difference between a player who is taught that winning is the primary concern as compared to a player who is taught that giving their best effort is the primary goal. Someone who has developed the discipline to give 110% effort in what they do, will be that much further ahead of someone who only has a few little league championship trophies collecting dust on their bookshelf.

That being said, please don’t think that the team I coach will not strive to win baseball games. But winning is the frosting on the cake. And I would argue that players who are having fun and doing their best will do as well if not better than a player whose only goal is to win a game.

Here is my coaching philosophy-

* Winning is the second priority. Safety, Effort and Fun are Number One.

I would rather have a team that had fun all season and did not win many games, as opposed to a team that won the championship but no one learned much and hardly anyone returns for the next season. Too many coaches stress results instead of effort. By putting the emphasis on results we are adding pressure onto our players and whether we know it or not, detracting from their performance. If the players give less than 100% then they need to do better. If they give 100% then they are winners and are successful regardless of the outcome of a particular pitch, at bat, play, game or season.

* Give the Players your Attention

Kids crave attention. Kids deserve attention. As I coach I want to give my players all the attention they need to thrive as baseball players. Feedback and communication are foundational to giving kids attention.

* Give the Players Affirmation

Kids need affirmation. Affirmation is a key in helping kids develop. Players need a patient supportive coach that can teach and motivate in a positive way. If all a player hears is negativity and correction without affirmation that is a bad and potentially harmful situation for a player to be in.

* Give the Players Affection

The old saying is so true, “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” By showing the players that you care for them, they will be far more open to respond to your coaching efforts.

* Be Good Sports

Sportsmanship is becoming a forgotten concept and is unfortunately being taught less and less by coaches. Most players are learning their idea of sportsmanship from professional athletes. And, I don’t know about you, but what I’ve been seeing is really not good. Most of what I’m seeing is trash talking, taunting and belittling of opposing teams and players. This is nether healthy nor good. Players need to be taught that they are competing “with” the other team not “against” the other team. Good plays need to be complimented regardless of what team makes them. Winning and losing need to be handled graciously. The coach has a huge impact on how his players will act on the field. You are a role model, so make sure you model good sportsmanship when dealing with umpires and opposing teams. Maintain self control and teach your players to do the same.

* Communication

Communicating our expectations and listening to input and feedback from other coaches, parents and players is critical to the team’s success. No one wants to be placed in an environment where they don’t know what they are supposed to do, or where they do not feel like it is safe to speak up if they want to. As a coach I will listen to and take into account any concerns that are brought up. Players must communicate with other players in a positive manner. No put downs or foul language is tolerated.

* Parents Must be Involved

A big part of the success of the team is based upon the involvement of parents. This is “OUR” team.  Parents, players and coaches need to be involved.  Helping at practices, field maintenance day, games, organizing snacks and helping with umpiring duties will make the season run far smoother than a couple coaches doing everything themselves.   Believe me, been there done that!

* Integrity is Important

Our players are learning from us as coaches. Not only by what we say, but they are being impacted even more so by what we do. We need to be consistent and honest as well as embody the values that we are trying to teach our players. We should treat players, parents, umpires, other teams, basically everyone with respect. We should be self-controlled at all times. With the understanding that nobody is perfect- We need to admit mistakes, acknowledge failures, learn from them and move on. In doing this we can teach our players in action and deed, values that will benefit them for the rest of their lives.

* Have Fun

I don’t want to do something that isn’t fun. I know kids are the same way. So, in applying the values listed above, our players have a much better chance of learning baseball, winning some games and having fun. Effort, enthusiasm, development of baseball skills and fun are the goals for this season.

by posted 10/23/2014
A Great Teacher

Vicki Rudawsky: Parents, failure is a great teacher
Vicki Huber Rudawsky, Special to The News Journal 10:58 a.m. EDT October 16, 2014

My kids are the greatest. Really, my husband and I think they are pretty amazing. My friends' kids are great too.

And I am sure that you think your kids are awesome as well. Pretty much everyone I know cannot wait to tell you about the latest accomplishment, travel team spot, academic honor, scholarship, etc. that their child has earned.

That's part of being a parent.

I am not sure how coaches today do it. I mean, how can you have tryouts and make cuts when every kid is so great? How can you divide between a varsity and JV squad? How can you choose captains when so many seniors are deserving of that honor?

From what I have gathered, you can't. God forbid you sit a sophomore during a varsity game and then ask them to play JV. God forbid you only play Johnny for 15 minutes of a tough game, even though he is not a strong player. God forbid you don't make Susie captain, even though she is a senior but shows up late for practice every day.

I will forever remember the day we received the envelope that let us know whether our daughter made the seventh-grade soccer team or not. All the other girls told her that she should make the team, and she was feeling pretty confident. When we opened the envelope, I only was able to read "Thank you for trying out for the team, however….." before the tears started and my heart broke in two.

Our daughter was crushed, and I was angry. I was sure the tryouts were political and unfair. I was sure they didn't even spend one second watching our daughter so they could see how great she really was. I wanted to march right back to school and demand that the coach re-think his, obviously wrong, decision.

Did I? Of course not. We cried, we mourned, and we moved on. The next year, she played field hockey and after that, she found a love for cross country, a sport in which she's still competing.

These days, it seems that if a parent disagrees with a coach's assessment of a child's talent, all he or she has to do is complain. Or, believe it or not, file a lawsuit. Bam, your kid is back on the team, and better yet, maybe even playing varsity.

Good job, mom and dad. You have now taught your child, well, nothing good. You have showed him that if something makes him sad, you will swoop in and fix it because, well, obviously not everyone can immediately see how great he is, but now they will. Right?

Part of being a kid and growing up is to learn how to deal with disappointment. Part of growing up is to fail, to have someone else say, "You aren't good enough" or "you need to work harder." We need to hear that when we are young, because we will certainly hear those same words at some point in our adult lives. Many elite athletes have been cut from a team or told that they weren't good enough. Those words became the driving force behind their eventual success.

For those who remember TV commercials from years ago, my dad was the guy who would walk away from the field or the track on a bad day and offer up a Lifesaver and a hug. He never blamed the coach or the ref. He never spoke badly of the other kids I competed against. He offered few words, but the words he did say were to the effect that everything would be all right, and that tomorrow was another day.

Parents, back off and let coaches do their jobs. Too many good coaches have quit because they are pressured to make every kid feel as great as their parents think they are. In some places, parents are banned from events because they are too disruptive or threatening to other teams, refs and coaches.

Our kids are both good athletes, but more importantly, they are great people. They have been cut, they have been yelled at, they have sat the bench. They are also respectful, kind, hard working, and cheer their teammates on. It hurts to let your child fail and learn as you watch from afar, but the reward is watching your child grow, mature, and become great all on their own.

Former Olympic runner Vicki Huber Rudawsky's column appears biweekly in The News Journal. Contact her at sports@

by posted 10/20/2014
BG Chamber Christmas & Tree lighting Parade

Saturday 12/6 from 6-8pm. Wear your LL stuff & join us!

by posted 10/15/2014
Dr Andrews on Arm Injuries

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by posted 10/14/2014
GSB Fall Final Weekend Schedule
      GSB End of Season Schedule    
Day Date Time Home Away Level Field
Friday 10/24/2014 6:30 Wash Gold Wash Blue JrSr Mays
Friday 10/24/2014 6:30 Wash Gold Wash Blue Majors Mays
Friday 10/24/2014 6:30 Goshen Cornwall Majors Mays
Saturday 10/25/2014 11:00 AM Wash Blue Goshen Minors Woodfield
Sunday 10/26/2014 1:30 Wash Blue Wash Gold JrSr Woodfield
Sunday 10/26/2014 1:30 Cornwall Wash Blue Majors Cornwall
Sunday 10/26/2014 12:00 Goshen Wash Gold Majors Goshen
Sunday 10/26/2014 2:30 Goshen Wash Blue Minors Goshen

by posted 10/12/2014
Pitching Clinic





by posted 10/11/2014

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by posted 08/30/2014
Every parent should know

1. It’s not about you, its about them. Do not live your own sports dreams through your kids. It’s their turn now. Let them make their own choices, both good and bad.
2. Never talk to a coach about your child’s play time after a game. Actually you never should. You should have your kid do that. That said, if you just can’t help yourself, send an email the next day and ask for some phone time.
3. NEVER yell at referees. They are trying. How would you like it if someone came to your job and screamed at you? Not. So. Much. If you have a real issue file a grievance the next
4. Do NOT coach your kid from the sideline. Your job is to be a cheerleader, not a coach. If you wanted to coach, you should have volunteered.
5. It is EXTREMELY UNLIKELY you are raising a professional athlete. I promise you. Relax, let them have a good time and learn the lessons they are supposed to be learning in sports.
6. Kids should play the sport that is in season until they are in middle school. Then they can decide which one or two sports they want to play and become more focused. Cross training
prevents injuries and burnout.
7. If you have nothing nice to say, sit down and be quiet. Don't be "that" parent.
8. If you are losing your mind on the sideline of game, it’s time to look in the mirror and figure out why. It’s not normal to care that much about sports. Put that energy into something more
9. Let them fail. Forgotten equipment, not working out, not practicing at home? Let them suffer the consequences of that. It will make them better.
10. Your kids are watching you. Make them proud not embarrassed.
List created by Stefanie Mullen Founder of a site devoted to parenting teens.

by posted 08/08/2014





Louis Budakowski                    Nick Muratore              David Miskovic

​William Cooper                        Nick Morrello               Luke Pecovic

Jake Difiore                             Matt Krauss                 Matthew Rocke

Ryan Hendricks                       Adam Paperny             Justin Valentin

Andrew Smolar                       


Coaches: Vinnie Pecovic, Rich Muratore, CJ Marchese & Dave Miscovic

by posted 07/08/2014

Remember Those who Serve Freedom

Thank You, to those that have served us, and to those who currently do.


God Bless those families who have sacrificed for our Great Country.




by posted 05/26/2014
District 19 Fields Directions

Directions to all District 19 Little League Fields

This can also be found on our Links page under District 19

posted 05/24/2013
Don't Swing it

by FelixToledo posted 05/10/2013
Field Status
Earl Reservoir - Highland mills TBD (10/23) 
Mary Harriman Park 1 - Harriman TBD (10/23) 
Mary Harriman Park 2 - Harriman TBD (10/23) 
Mays Junior - Wash OPEN (10/23) 
Mays Major - Wash TBD (10/23) 
Mays Senior - Wash OPEN (10/23) 
Mombasha Town Park - Monroe TBD (10/23) 
Smith Clove Park 1 - Monroe TBD (10/23) 
Smith Clove Park 2 - Monroe TBD (10/23) 
Smith Clove Park 4 - Monroe TBD (10/23) 
Stonegate - Monroe TBD (10/23) 
Stonegate2 - Monroe TBD (10/23) 
Tball Field 3 - Wash TBD (10/23) 
Tball Field 4 - Wash TBD (10/23) 
Tball Field 5 - Wash TBD (10/23) 
Woodfield - Washingtonville OPEN (10/23) 
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