Darla L. Henry & Associates Home About Us 3-5-7 Model Calendar GRANTS Blog Resources Contact In the game of baseball coaches have an important role.  Coaches teach their players the fundamentals of game, position them in the field based on their skills and abilities, and provide encouragement to each team member so that they can execute the plays necessary to win the game.
In a game situation, when there is a runner on third base, both the coach and the player have a part in scoring the winning run.  The coach’s role is to give reminders and prompts to the runner about what to consider.  If the batter hits a fly ball, the runner should wait to see if the fielder will catch the ball before sprinting toward home.  But if there are two outs, the coach will remind the runner not to wait for a catch.  If the batter bunts, the runner will wait for the pitcher to field the ball towards first base before attempting to score.  If there is a passed ball, the runner on third will be coached to steal home.  Even though the coach provides information to the runner about all the possible decisions that could be made, when the ball is put into play, only the runner can make the judgment about what to do and execute the play.
There are many coaching opportunities available to team players.  In preparation for games, practices are held to review possible game day situations, learn and practice skills, and help players feel more confident.  During the game, the coach gives guidance and reminders to players as they navigate each play.  Following every game, the coach gathers the team in reflection to review performance during the game; validating solid execution of plays and identifying areas to work on moving forward.
We can apply the lessons about the importance of coaching in baseball to our work in child welfare.  As “players” we can be open to the experience of learning.  As “coaches” we can acknowledge the difficult decisions that players have to make in the moments of the action. 
In the game of baseball we play with a coach.  So why go at it alone when we take care of children, youth and families?  Thankfully, as you apply the 3-5-7 Model, you don’t have to!

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