Coaches, I want you to take a minute and think back to your time as a player. What do you remember? Do you remember what happened on your 310th career at-bat? Or your fourth high school at-bat result? The answer to most of these questions is ‘no’. We tend to remember the teams that made us smile, the teammates that played the game the right way, the big pressure moments, and lastly, we share stories about those that dominated our league or those who made it to the next level. None of our memories are combative, or are regretted opportunities, but rather the times this game was fun. That’s what teams today miss. As coaches, one of the most dynamic pieces to a successful team is understanding that more than anything, we are playing a game. Teaching kids to accept failure is extremely difficult, but by creating an atmosphere where your team works hard to be as efficient as possible, with the understanding of ‘MISTAKES ARE GOING TO HAPPEN’ it will better help the players control their emotions, and lead to more success as a group. A team dynamic is important in the foundation of every team, so effectively distinguishing the main objectives of the team (I.E. team goals, team objectives, etc.) WHILE ALSO teaching the mental and emotional aspects that come with this game, can lead to a team bonding in more ways than just baseball. Relate all lessons learned while playing this game to the bigger picture. Teach the kids that these lessons carry more weight than they may know now, as they will face these same feelings and emotions in the real world. Those are going to resonate with the players, making them see the bigger picture and understand that the dynamics of the team is bigger than j ust a “baseball only” mindset. This will lead to players bonding together, and with the coaches on a deeper level leading to more success as a team moving forward.