Sally Fitzgibbons Foundation

Beginning the Academic Essay

Table of Contents
Page #
Description of Team3
Team Selection Protocol
Athlete Evaluation
Teaching Priorities
Two Practice Plans
Emergency Action Plan
References
Appendices

Description of Team
The team that I will be coaching is a high school baseball team consisting of athletes in grades nine, ten, eleven, and twelve. The age range of these athletes are ages 16 to 18. The majority of people trying out are male with around 6 being female. High school baseball takes place during the months of April, May, and June. There are around 860 students enrolled at St. Joseph Scollard Hall which puts us in the double A division of the OFSAA classifications. Of the 860 students only about 36 students try out for the baseball team. Even though there is a limited number of students trying out, we have a good team because the players have all played baseball before with some of them playing rep baseball. It’s not like some sports in high school where you are just trying out to socialize with friends. Athletes that are going to make this team will have to be able to throw, hit, and catch a ball. They have to have enough skill to be able to play. The athletes fall under the competitive developmental stream of sport participation. The tryouts will start in late February or early March in the gymnasium twice a week. We have to start in the gym because it is too cold for us to go outside and risk injuring the arms of the athletes because most of them haven’t thrown in about 6 months. Firstly, we will have tryouts twice a week for 2 weeks and then the team will be picked. Next, the team that we have picked will have practices twice a week for 7 weeks to refine their skills and abilities. Finally, game play will run for 6 weeks which will total 16 weeks of baseball activities. Most of the athletes on this team don’t specialize in just one sport and play multiple sports throughout the year. This leads to less arm injuries because they are not putting the stress of throwing on their arm all year. The athletes trying out will have to be able to successfully field a ground ball and throw to a target. They will also have to be able to catch a fly ball on the run and throw the ball to a target. The practices will focus on sport-specific skill development which includes being able to field a ball and throw it to a target. They will also have to be able to hit the ball when it is pitched to them. Some other drills will focus on position-specific training which is where to position the players on the field in different situations. Some conditioning will be involved because the athletes have to be able to run the bases and run to the ball when someone hits it. Some athletes in this age category need lots of approval and feedback from their coaches to improve and be satisfied with their performance. Allow time after the drills to give feedback will satisfy this need from the athletes. These athletes in this age group get distracted easily so it is important to keep the drills short and flexible so that if they start to zone out I can adjust the drill to make it more impactful for the athletes. Making sure that the athletes who do make the team interact with everyone and not just form small groups will help to increase positivity on the team.
Team Selection Protocol
There are going to be 12 players that we as coaches will select for the team. The tryouts will be open to everyone at Scollard Hall. We will not favour any age or grade when making our selections. The best twelve players that try out we will take. The athletes must be passing their class to be able to play on the team. At the beginning of the year, the athletes and their parents will have to sign a code of conduct form. Any breach of this code of conduct will result in the athlete being kicked off the team. Refer to Appendix 1 for the athlete code of conduct form. This form should promote positive behaviour throughout the season because they are representing the school we don’t want them acting unprofessionally. The tryouts will be advertised during the morning announcements and there will be a signup sheet outside of the gym office to let us know what position(s) they have played before. The tryouts will take place in the evening which will not conflict with the class time of the students.
During the team making process there will be four tryouts. During these tryouts we will focus on the fundamental aspects of baseball: throwing, fielding, hitting, and a little bit of running. There will be one official cut after the four tryouts and the list will be posted outside of the gym office. If they have any questions as to why they didn’t make the team they can schedule to meet with me and I will explain it to them. During the tryouts we will break the students up into groups to make it easier for us to evaluate them. Each group will field ground balls and throw the ball to the target. This will help us decide who is going to make the team because if they can’t field a ground ball during the tryouts when we aren’t playing a game against another team then they won’t be able to field one when they have to make field a ground ball to get someone out. If they can’t throw the ball to a target in tryouts then it will be tough for them to throw the ball to first base in a game when there is someone running. After these two drills the groups will move on to the wall drill which they will have to throw a ball off of the wall into a square and the next person in line will have to field a ground ball and this will repeat. This will be a race to see which team can get the most throws into the square in one minute. The groups that don’t win this will have to do 10 push-ups. This will simulate a little bit of a game like situation because the athletes will have to be able to hit a target and field ground balls with a little bit of pressure attached. After we do this drill a couple of times the athletes will get a water break. During the hitting aspect of the practice the groups will be hitting of a tee and hitting underhand tosses into the gym divider. This will help them to get their timing down and the coaches can see who is using this time to improve and not just fool around. The groups will also be using a hitting wand to get even more swings in during the tryout. If the athletes miss the tryouts and don’t have a good reason for doing so I would cut them because they are not dedicated to this team.
Interview of Another Coach’s Selection Process
One of the aspects of my selection process was to find out how another coach made his selections. The coach I chose to do was my former rep baseball coach Chris. He was saying that his selection process consisted of talking to all of the players separately during the tryouts and getting an idea of how their attitude going forward would be. Some of the teams that he has coached he has cut some of the better player because they have had a poor attitude towards the team and they are only focused on themselves. He would tell the athletes right away what he was looking for out of them at the start of the tryouts. During the one-on-one interviews he would get a good feel of if the athletes were going to work hard during practice or if they were just going to fool around and not do the drills properly and be rude to their fellow peers and the coaches. After he cut the players he would tell them why they were cut but thank them for coming out and encourage them to keep playing baseball and try out again next year. The athletes that had the bad attitudes he would tell them that they should be more professional during the tryouts and not be so impolite to the other athletes or the coaches. If they got their unprofessionalism figured out they could try out again next year and they might have better results. While talking to the athletes he got a good sense of who was willing to work hard and who wasn’t by the answers that they gave. The athletes worked harder for him because he didn’t pick favourites and he judged everyone fairly. He was well liked by everyone that played for him and lots of people want to play for him because he knew what he was talking about.
Athlete Evaluation Form
Name: ___________________________ Position(s): _________________________ Grade: ___________
Skills Scoring Criteria Score (out of 10)
Pre Mid Post
Technical Skills
Throwing Can throw a ball to a target while rarely messing up Catching Can catch a ball while rarely messing up Hitting (Power) Can hit a ball hard Hitting (Contact) Can hit a ball multiple times in different locations Running Ability Can run for 30 seconds without getting too winded Tactical Skills
Knowledge of rules Knowledge of game strategy Decision making ability Adaptability Mental Skills
Self-confidence Self-motivated Ability to focus Communication Skills
Speaks positively Vocal during drills Effective listener Character Skills
Respectful Committed Reliable Maturity and Experience
Physical Maturity Emotional Maturity Social Maturity Playing Experience Teaching Priorities
Name: ___________________________ Position(s): _________________________ Grade: ___________
Skills Scoring Criteria Score (out of 10)
Pre Mid Post
Technical Skills
Throwing Can throw a ball to a target while rarely messing up Catching Can catch a ball while rarely messing up Hitting (Power) Can hit a ball hard Hitting (Contact) Can hit a ball multiple times in different locations Running Ability Can run for 30 seconds without getting too winded Tactical Skills
Knowledge of rules Knowledge of game strategy Decision making ability Adaptability Mental Skills
Self-confidence Self-motivated Ability to focus Communication Skills
Speaks positively Vocal during drills Effective listener Character Skills
Respectful Committed Reliable Maturity and Experience
Physical Maturity Emotional Maturity Social Maturity Playing Experience Practice Plans
Date: March 14, 2017 Start time: 6:00 pm Length: 2 hrs Week #: 2
Objectives: Practice how to properly do drills while keeping them fun and competitive
Equipment: 30 baseballs, 6 baseball bats,
Time Name of activity Description Key teaching points
6:00 Coach Preparation Inspect gym for any potential hazards 6:00-6:15 Throwing Warmup Get a partner and warm up arm Decrease chance of injury to arm by warming up
6:16-6:20 Warm Up: Run 2 laps of gym forwards and 1 lap side-shuffling In partners run 3 laps of gym to increase body temperature 6:20-6:25 Dynamic Stretching Lunges, butt kicks, high knees, forward arm circles, backward arm circles, inchworm 6:25- 6:42 Ground Ball Drill Split up into two groups in each corner
Field ground balls hit by coaches
Throw ball to target Stay down
Proper form
Catch the ball
Hit the target
5 push-ups if you don’t field the ball clean or miss the target
6:42-6:45 Water Break Get water 6:45-7:00 Fly ball drill Split up into two groups
Face coaches
Turn and run in a banana shape to get to the ball (Straight line is slower route)
Catch ball and throw it to the target Keep your eye on the ball
Proper form
Catch the ball
Hit the target
5 push-ups if you don’t catch the ball or miss the target
7:00-7:25 Hitting Split up into groups of 3
One group on the tee, one group on the wand, and one group underhand toss
Switch after 5 minutes Put tee in different spots to challenge them
Tell them to hit to different spots on the divider
7:25-7:30 Water Break Get water 7:30 -7:55 Scrimmage Split into two teams of equal skill level and play a scrimmage 7:55-8:00 Clean up Put all of the bats and balls away Notes: Everybody was present at practice. Kyle, Ben, and Nick were great at the ground ball drill. Burke, Ryan, and John, were good at the fly ball drill. Connor had a negative attitude because of the push-ups that he was doing. Paul was very encouraging to others throughout the drills even if they messed up.

Date: March 21, 2017 Start time: 6:00 pm Length: 2 hrs Week #: 3 Periodization: Competition (LTAD)
Objectives: Keep drills fun and competitive, motivate athletes to increase skill
Equipment: 30 baseballs 6 bats
Time Name of activity Description Key teaching points
6:00 Coach Preparation Inspect gym for any potential hazards 6:00-6:15 Throwing Warmup Get a partner and warm up arm Decrease chance of injury to arm by warming up
6:16-6:20 Warm Up: Run 2 laps of gym forwards and 1 lap side-shuffling In partners run 3 laps of gym to increase body temperature 6:20-6:25 Dynamic Stretching Lunges, butt kicks, high knees, forward arm circles, backward arm circles, inchworm 6:25- 6:42 Ground Ball Drill Split up into two groups in each corner
Field ground balls hit by coaches
Throw ball to target Stay down
Proper form
Catch the ball
Hit the target
5 push-ups if you don’t field the ball clean or miss the target
6:42-6:45 Water Break Get water 6:45-7:00 Fly ball drill Split up into two groups
Face coaches
Turn and run in a banana shape to get to the ball (Straight line is slower and more inefficient route)
Catch ball and throw it to the target Keep your eye on the ball
Proper form
Catch the ball
Hit the target
5 push-ups if you don’t catch the ball or miss the target
7:00-7:25 Hitting Split up into groups of 4
One group on the tee, one group on the wand, one group underhand toss, and one group has to hit either a tennis ball or a baseball that is dropped and they have to hit whichever one you tell them to
Switch after 5 minutes Put tee in different spots to challenge them
Tell them to hit to different spots on the divider
7:25-7:30 Water Break Get water 7:30 -7:55 Scrimmage Split into two teams of equal skill level and play a scrimmage 7:55-8:00 Clean up Put all of the bats and balls away Notes: Kyle and Nick were absent. Nick told me beforehand why he wasn’t going to be there. They really liked the drill where you had to hit the one ball that the coach dropped. Kept it fun and increased hand eye coordination.
Emergency Action Plan
Contact Information:
*Attached are the personal profile forms of each athlete and coaches including a) medical profile and emergency contact information and b) informed consent from guardians to authorize medical treatment in emergencies. Refer to appendix 6 for templates.
Emergency: 911 for all emergencies
Hospital: 705-474-8600
Coach cell: 705-495-9273
Assistant coach cell: 705-495-8960
Home facility: 705-336-3277

Facility contact (1st option): Steven Antler (coach 705-495-9273)
Facility contact (2nd option): Ben Dover (assistant coach 705-495-8420)
Facility contact (3rd option): Chris P. Bacon (parent, doctor, usually at practice)
Call person (1st option): Richard Head (parent, cell 705-492-1478)
Call person (2nd option): Bud Light (parent, cell 705-474-9563)
Call person (3rd option): Justin Case (parent, cell 705-472-6944)
Address of home facility: St. Joseph Scollard Hall
675 O’Brien St., North Bay, ON P1B 9A4
Address of nearest hospital: North Bay Regional Health Centre; 50 College Drive; North Bay, ON; 1B 5A4
Location of:
First Aid Kit: inside gym office (attached to gym’s north wall)
Nearest Phone: coach’s cell phone, and on desk in gym office (attached to gym’s north wall)
Defibrillator: Outside of gym/cafeteria
Eyewash station: Janitor’s office in east wing
References
Capstick, L. & Trudel, P (2010). Reflection About the Communication of Non-selection: A Shared Responsibility. Journal of Sport Psychology in Action, 1, 15-24.

Côté, J., Bruner, M. W., Erickson, K., Strachan, L. & Fraser-Thomas, J. (2010). Athlete Development and Coaching. In J. Lyle & C. Cushion (Ed.), Sport Coaching: Professionalism and Practice (pp 63-83). Oxford, UK: Elsevier.

Côté, J., & Fraser-Thomas, J. (2010). Youth Involvement and Positive Development in Sport. In P. Crocker (Ed.), Sport and Exercise Psychology (pp.226-255). Oxford, UK: Elsevier.

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