Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation: Coaching coaches
By Erin Edwards
A good coach can make all the difference for kids in sports. The role of a coach is vital in developing the child on and off the field, providing him or her with the support they need. Coaches give kids outlets and can be significant role models for kids.
The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation youth baseball and softball program, Dodgers RBI (Reviving Baseball In Inner Cities), believes in providing support for all coaches. The majority of our coaches are parent and community volunteers simply wanting to help as much as they can.
With the LA84 Foundation’s sponsorship, LADF offers three coaching sessions per season. In each session, Positive Coaching Alliance leads discussions on the philosophy of coaching, while Coaching Simplified conducts a skills-and-drills session, pitching pointers and softball specific strategies.
This past weekend, the second of three sessions took place at the Rancho Cienega Sports Complex. More than 50 Dodgers RBI coaches from South Los Angeles, Venice, Compton, Inglewood and East Los Angeles attended and were enthusiastic about the opportunity.
One coach stated that what he liked best about the clinic were the throwing and fielding drills, saying, “I learned more about softball pitching, which is important because I do not have any experience in this.” Numerous coaches expressed that they would like to come to more events because they were impressed by the level of expert instruction.
Dodgers RBI is not just baseball, it’s a program.
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