Coaches Helping Coaches – Lyn & Russ

Lyn & Russ

The Coaches Helping Coaches (CHC) program supports experienced coaches in recruiting and mentoring new coaches into the Ontario sport community. Lyn & Russ  are a coaching pair who successfully completed the program in 2015-2016. Read on to find out more about their experience!

RussNew Coach – Russ Robinet
Assistant Coach
Riverside Minor Baseball
Windsor, ON


Where did you actively begin coaching during the program?

Assistant Coach, Windsor,ON, Riverside Minor Baseball, Rookie Minor AAA Travel (2008’s)

What NCCP workshop(s) did you complete?

Initiation Online, Initiation Coaches Clinic, Teaching and Learning, Hitting, Infielding

What was the most important thing that you learned as part of your NCCP Training(s)?

That having the knowledge about how to perform a skill isn’t enough. Each kid learns differently, and the challenge as a coach is to figure out how to teach the skill so the athlete can absorb it effectively – not just to demonstrate the skill as I know it, and some will get it, while others won’t. Each player can grow and learn something, and it may not be sport related — it may just be self confidence or perseverance.

Please explain how this program has benefited you as a coach.

It gave me the chance to collaborate with other more experienced coaches, so I could pick their brains and learn from watching how they handled certain situations. It may have been more effective ways to deal with overbearing parents, or a different way to teach a skill, or just a better awareness of my own role in promoting good sportsmanship and humility…

What is your favourite part of coaching?

Getting out on the field, in the dirt with the kids. The challenge of trying to find that one button to push with each player to help something click for them, so they can take steps forward as an athlete and teammate. Having parents and players tell me they had fun playing, and really want me to coach them again next year…. It’s been a massive commitment, especially travel – we’ve been practicing and playing 3-5 days a week since the winter in the gym – so knowing that the kids are still enjoying coming to the diamond in the heat of August is validation that we’re doing something right as a coaching staff.

What are the next steps for you in coaching?

Still have our provincial championship coming up Labour Day weekend. After that, a quick debrief with the coaching staff, and end of year housekeeping. The turnaround time for ‘AAA’ baseball is quick – we have open tryouts within 2 weeks for next years squad. It’ll be a discussion amongst the staff as to the approach we’d like to take during the offseason for workout schedules. I’d like to continue evolving as a coach through workshops and seminars when I can.


Mentor Coach – Lyn Bain

Riverside Minor Baseball
Windsor, ON


Why did you decide to become a coach?

I decided to become a coach firstly because I was encouraged to do so by a number of talented and dedicated coaches that I was lucky enough to encounter as an athlete. I continue to coach because of the enjoyment I receive from assisting others in their development. I feel I get as much out of making skill and strategy progression fun as the players themselves do. Through formal study, experience, and speaking with other coaches, I continue to establish practices and routines that get the most out of my players, and encourage me to continue my growth as a coach.

What is your favourite part of coaching?

My favorite part of coaching is watching a player become aware of a skill or strategy. While they may not immediately be able to perform it- that is another enjoyable part down the road- having the player realize what the next step is, and acknowledge that there is more to their performance, is truly rewarding. Elevating a player’s abilities through instruction, skill performance, and evaluation in order to progress their appreciation of the sport is the payoff for me.

How did the program benefited you as a mentor?

This program benefited me as a mentor in that it gave me new perspective on goal setting and season planning. The coach that I worked with is involved with an age much younger than I have ever coached, and as such faced different challenges than I was used to. It was refreshing to have to revisit fundamental coaching skills like organizing a schedule, evaluating your season outlook, and determining your areas of focus for the year. After years with the same skill levels or age groups or players, I sometimes overlook that. This program made me appreciate the value in those activities.

What type of feedback was given to your New Coach?

My final feedback was to “keep doing what you’re doing”. Coach Robinet is incredibly organized, and a part of an extremely focused and dedicated staff. I have no doubt that if he and his staff continue in their current practices, policies, and coaching styles, that the success that they experienced this season will only increase. I also encouraged Coach Robinet to reach out to other coaches in our association to discuss age-specific obstacles as he ‘moves up’ with his team. Knowing what you are going to be up against each season before it starts can help coaches in planning for the year.

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