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Belly to Belly Leadership: Building Trust Through Relationships (Tim Saunders)

Mar 07, 2024

Discover the essential elements of effective leadership, relationship building, and maintaining the fun factor in both sports and life. Today’s interview is with Tim Saunders, former executive director of The National High School Baseball Coaches Association. Join us on this exciting new episode of the Dugout CEO!


  • Building a Support System: Tim emphasizes the importance of coaches having a group of people they can turn to for advice and get a different perspective on handling tough situations. Whether it’s related to coaching, personal challenges, or dealing with players.
  • Learning from Positive and Negative Experiences: Tim discusses how coaches can learn valuable lessons from positive and negative experiences in their coaching careers. He highlights the significance of drawing insights from mentors, teachers, and coaches from the past.
  • Balancing Work and Life: Tim discusses the challenges of balancing work, coaching, and personal life. He shares examples of how he manages his coaching responsibilities while respecting his assistant coaches' time and personal lives.
  • Understanding and Respecting Individual Goals: The discussion involves the coach's role in understanding and respecting players' goals, especially in youth sports. Tim suggests that it's crucial to recognize that only some players may have the same aspirations and to tailor coaching accordingly.
  • Parent-Coach Dynamics: Tim touches on the evolving dynamics between coaches and parents, particularly in youth sports. He advises coaches to communicate effectively with parents, ensuring everyone is on the same page regarding the goals and expectations for the players.

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