Strong coaching is integral to the success of the Edina Travel Baseball. The EBA is always looking to improve our coach selection process and the caliber of our coaches.
The coach selection for 9U-12U focuses on parent coaches. The coach selection for 13U-15U focuses on paid coaches and/or parent coaches for AAA and AA team, and parent coaches for A team. If you have a desire to coach and meet the below criteria, please complete the Coach Registration.
The Travel Commissioner and Directors will pick the best available coach that meets a team's needs, regardless if they are paid or a parent. It is the intent of the EBA to select travel team coaches that are: (1) knowledgeable of the game, (2) good teachers; will hlep improve and develop all players, (3) objective/fair (able to see the big picture), (4) strong communicatiors and highly organized, (5) will positively represent Edina and EBA, (6) committed to follow the EBA's equitable play guidelines.
Well trained coaches are the key to a successful youth baseball program. The EBA provides league coaches with age-specific training designed around concepts and materials to aid practice planning and skill development.
Player development: One of the most important priorities is to teach the athletes to play the game of baseball and to help them reach their full potential. Youth baseball provides an additional opportunity to learn fundamental skills, and all coaches are committed to developing each player within a team environment.
Game management: The EBA believes that it is important to place the players in situations that will lead to their success. During games and throughout the season, coaches will be working toward equal playing time for all players. Emphasis will be placed on the coaches to play kids at multiple positions including both infield and outfield positions in each game. Pitching and catching rotations will be based on the comfort level of the athlete.
Sportsmanship: All coaches are committed to treating all players, parents, and coaches with respect. Coaches are instructed on and formally sign a sportsmanship code of conduct pledge.
Fun: Youth baseball is most importantly about having fun, and this will be a natural outcome of team practices and games.
Coaches will be selected based on demonstrating the following attributes:
Strong baseball acumen with a demonstrated ability to interact well and motivate players.
Strong player development skill that utilizes players in different positions, coaches the right techniques and works with the players on improving. Has demonstrated achievement with player development in the past.
Track record of managing playing time to balance winning and player development>
Keeps good records and well-organized; player stats collected and shared with players as appropriate.
Provides player evaluation / feedback during and at end of season.
Is objective, fair and equitable to all players.
Track record of safety, health and well-being of players as top priority.