The 3 C’s to following your passion

In my early coaching days, I was hesitant to show my inexperience to parents. But over time, I realized coaching is more than just a buzzword—it’s about guiding players toward their goals, like a pilot steering a plane.

Attending coaching clinics taught me the “what” of coaching, but not the “why.” As flawed humans, our personal struggles can affect our coaching, sometimes unintentionally harming those we mentor.

To stay focused on serving, I follow the 3 C’s: Context, Content, Contest.

  1. Context – Knowing why I coach fuels my passion for development.
  2. Content – Sharing knowledge and skills empowers players to succeed.
  3. Contest – The game tests what players have learned and how they’ve grown.

I recently asked my clients to inquire about their coaches’ goals for improvement:

  • Maximizing Talent – Helping players grow while fostering team unity.
  • Building Relationships – Investing in players beyond the field.
  • Continuous Learning – Staying updated and adapting practices for better results.
  • Elevating Practice Standards – Creating a college-level atmosphere for better preparation.
  • Strengthening Coach-Player Bonds – Being approachable fosters trust and open communication.
  • Fostering Academic Success – Guiding players towards educational opportunities.

As coaches, our journey of growth never ends. It’s about learning from experiences and striving for excellence every day.

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C.J. Stewart has built a reputation as one of the leading professional hitting instructors in the country. He is a former professional baseball player in the Chicago Cubs organization and has also served as an associate scout for the Cincinnati Reds. As founder and CEO of Diamond Directors Player Development, C.J. has more than 22 years of player development experience and has built an impressive list of clients, including some of the top young prospects in baseball today. If your desire is to change your game for the better, C.J. Stewart has a proven system of development and a track record of success that can work for you.