WYC 020 Youth Baseball – Dave Westwood from ‘New and Noteworthy Podcast’ – talks Leadership and Having a Plan

dave-westwoodnew-and-noteworthy-logoWhat does it take to be a winning youth coach? Listen in as Dave Westwood shares coaching stories and discusses his journey to becoming a successful youth coach.

Dave is a business consultant from Pennsylvania. He recently launched a podcast called the New and Noteworthy Podcast. He played baseball and football growing up. He has coached youth baseball over the last 20 years. He is married and has 1 child – an 8 year-old son.

Website: newandnoteworthy.net

New and Noteworthy Podcast: iTunes ; Stitcher

Twitter: @QWestwood

Facebook: /newandnoteworthy

Listen NOW:

Listen in ITunes: Itunes link

Listen in Stitcher: Stitcher link


Coaching/Leadership Quote

▪   ‘A leader is best when people barely know he exists. When his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say ‘we did it ourselves’’

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Coaching your own Kid

▪   It’s hard to not be harder on your own kid

My ‘Cringe’ Moment

▪   Dave shared story of confronting umpire in a quiet, non-threatening way. The umpire flipped out and caused a big scene. Dave doesn’t regret the way he confronted him, just regrets that the kids had to witness this umpire behaving this way. Tweet your thoughts: Should Dave have done something differently?

Coaching AH-HA Moment


You have to have:

1 – an organized system

2 – a coaching staff/support system.

‘It takes a village to raise the team’

Teaching Children & Keeping it Fun

▪   Get to know their personalities and embrace the craziness
▪   Teach 2 key things: fundamentals, and sportsmanship. With sportsmanship – modeling the behavior is as important as talking about it.

Best Stolen Idea

▪   Learn skills in small groups! Eliminate standing around.

Coaching Resources

▪   Ripken baseball

▪   Positive Coaching Alliance

▪   Winning Youth Coaching (thanks Dave!)


▪   Create teachable moments

Reward and Recognition

▪   Have whole team sign baseball as keepsake at end of year

▪   Constant, positive reinforcement


▪   Spend time letting them get to know their teammates – name games the first few practices

Inspiring Story

▪   Dave shares story of coach telling him ‘you made the all-star team because your teammate is going to be out-of-town’ – Ouch. Coach – what were you thinking?
▪   Dave now has kid that loves being on his team and comes up and hugs him


▪   The kids know who win or lose – so don’t hide from it. Teach the kids how to win and how to lose well.

The One that Got Away

▪   Playing another team that was breaking some rules – Dave got frustrated and blitzed 4 straight plays – on the 4th one they got burnt for a TD. HUGE IDEA #2: Don’t let emotions take over your decisions.

Coaching/Leadership Motivation

▪   Quote: ‘A leader is best when people barely know he exists. When his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say ‘we did it ourselves’’

▪   Quote: ‘Before you’re a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others’ – Jack Welch

▪   Book: ‘Success is a Choice’ – Rick Pitino

▪   Book: ‘Team Captains Leadership Manual’ – Jeff Janssen

Parting Advice

▪   Have a plan before you walk on the field

The New and Noteworthy Podcast

▪   Dave has launched a new podcast featuring many new podcasts that are being launched – check it out at: newandnoteworthy.net. (The Winning Youth Coaching podcast was actually featured on his show– check out episode 013 at: N&N Episode 013

Interview Links / Promotional Partners

New and Noteworthy Podcast with Dave Westwood


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