Three of DIII’s best coaches weigh in on their messages to parents, players and coaches…

JOE BROWN, SUNY CORTLAND
Parents- Stop the noise and let your kids play many sports…
HS players- just play hard, keep your mouth shut, and compete; life has a way of rewarding that ideal.
Travel ball coaches- Remember ‘service over self’… it’s about the kids!
GREG BURNETT, TEXAS LUTHERAN UNIVERSITY
Parents– Once your son is in the dugout, leave him alone to play. He doesn’t need a coach, advocate or defender in the stands. Be positive and encouraging, not loud and obnoxious.
High school players– Hustle and play hard all of the time; I’m watching you run down the line on the routine fly ball and the 6-3 groundout.
Travel ball coaches– Demand hustle and for your players to play the game the right way. I love watching the teams that get after it over the summer in the Texas heat!
JOHN CASEY, TUFTS UNIVERSITY
Parents– It is your son’s time, you had yours. Let them be free to learn and face adversity on their own, it is the only way they will grow.
High school players– Learn to play the game and not just practice skills; games are won by making plays. The most important thing you can be is a great teammate!
Travel ball coaches- Develop players, don’t just showcase them. Calls to college coaches are much more effective than emails in promoting a player.

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