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Book Week: Reflections on Coach Dave Season One

Coach Dave Season One

Reflections on Coach Dave Season One

Coach Dave Season FiveThe final book of my Coach Dave series releases on Friday, October 27, 2017. Each release has coincided with spring training or the World Series for the last couple of years. In this week’s posts, I reflect on each book in the series from a writer’s perspective. Today: Reflections on Coach Dave Season One.

Readers first met Coach Dave as the new coach in town, a young man with big ideas for his twelve-year-old rec ball team…and plenty of resistance from Southburg players, parents, and coaches. Results are a convincing argument, however, and Coach Dave builds an undeniable body of work in a short time in Southburg.

As Coach Dave’s various teams progress from recreational baseball to all-stars to middle school and, finally, to high school tryouts, a group of players and their dads come to realize that baseball is less a destination and more a vehicle. I am excited to wrap up the series with Coach Dave Season Five: The Next Level, including a “where are they now” chapter that follows Coach Dave’s players into adulthood, where they reflect on the impact of playing for Coach Dave.

Book Week: Reflections on Coach Dave Season One

Favorite character

Gary “Rooster” Hamilton, bless his heart, just wants the best for his son. And, bless his heart, he sometimes speaks before he thinks a situation all the way through–okay, most of the time. He doesn’t have the greatest command of the English language, and he doesn’t adapt quickly to change. Bless his heart. Rooster is teachable, though, and has the capacity to laugh at himself. I’d love to watch a ball game with him. Wait, I have watched a few ball games with various and sundry Roosters.

Favorite real-life basis

When Wyatt moves to town, he threatens Bo’s relevance to the team. I coached two “Bos” who lost playing time to two “Wyatts” that made our teams better. Both young men who lost playing time to the new guys were happier that their teams improved than they were upset that their roles decreased. Not surprisingly, both of these young men went on to become healthy, productive adults.

Favorite quote:

“…you’re already trying to take over a team that you…didn’t…volunteer…to…coach.” (Dean Ford to Rooster)

I remember a parent on my first team having this conversation with another parent with bat in hand to leave little doubt that I had his full support.

Player’s takeaway

Respect your opponents by giving them your best effort every time you play.

Parent’s takeaway

The pound of chocolate principle: Even if your kid loves chocolate, you won’t feed him a pound of it a day. Common sense says that it wouldn’t be good for them. The same is true for too much baseball…or any other activity in which kids are involved.

Coach’s takeaway

Who your players are becoming is more important than what they are becoming on the field.

From an Author’s Perspective

Reflections on Coach Dave Season One brought dissatisfaction with how it matched up with the others that followed. As a result, I combined some chapters and took out some in-chapter dividers so that it would more closely resemble the others in the series. The content is still the same; the presentation just needed some tweaking.

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About Al Ainsworth

Al Ainsworth is a values storyteller. He works with individuals, businesses, churches, and other organizations to pass along their values through the stories they tell…and re-tell. Al is the author of Lines in the Gravel, Stories from the Roller Coaster (of a Faith Life), and the Coach Dave series. Subscribe to his email list for more values storying.

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