by Jack Warren, host and editor of Top Coach Podcast
Last weekend marked my first opportunity to attend the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association in Waco. I not only had a good time, the event thoroughly exceeded my expectations. They say that everything is bigger in Texas. Well, that’s certainly true of their coaches’ convention. As I hear it, it is the second largest gathering of baseball coaches in the world after the ABCA’s annual convention.
I was asked to speak to the coaches a few months ago. What to speak about is always a bit of a quandary for me, as I typically leave the baseball stuff to the experts. My 20 years or so between the lines certainly gets me in the door, but doesn’t qualify me as an expert in any one thing. As my name suggests, I am a Jack of all trades.
The topic of my presentation was Ten Second Impact: Maximizing the Impact of Everyday Interactions. I certainly hope it was well received. I got a lot of positive feedback. College, high school, youth, and travel ball coaches find themselves in the enviable position of not only teaching through the game they love, but impacting lives while doing it. That leaves us all in the solid position of knowing that the little interactions we have dozens of times a day – every day – could lead to some really substantial opportunities to impact lives for the better.
Don’t take any of this for granted, guys. It can certainly be a burden if you allow it to be that way. Billy Graham said, “Coaches will impact more lives in one year than most people do in a lifetime.” Think of this inordinate influence you wield. Frankly, it should get you fired up.
Thanks again to the great folks in Texas, especially my gracious hosts, Barry Russell and Greg Blanchard. Here’s hoping that the influence they have on young lives continues to grow on a Texas scale.
And, oh yes, I did find time for some barbecue!