Now that the holiday season is over and our staff is back in the office full time it is a very busy time of year. I get the question all the time from friends and family that are not familiar with the way college baseball works “So, what do you do when you guys are not playing games?” The question is often asked with the look on the persons face waiting on the answer from me to be “Well, we just sit around and wait until next year to start.”
I know that every school is different and some schools have more or less support staff available to the them to help with the day to day operations of their program. I know that even here at ULM, where we have a great set of support personnel, there is still a never ending list of things to do. I could not sit here and name all of them, as it would no longer be a blog it would turn in to a novel, but I will hit some of the high points.
For instance, the past few days in the office I have been working on our future schedules. Scheduling is done well in advance and is a vital part of your teams success. You can’t have too many road games because you can’t miss too much class but then again you need to get the guys away from home to prepare them for playing road games during your conference schedule. This gets tricky at times because everyone wants to play at home.
Another item on our to do list this time of the year is setting up promotions and season ticket sales. While most of this is done in conjunction with our athletic department staff we are still very involved in getting different ideas together and making sure that we have everything streamlined to make the game day experience great for our fans. This is a big part of why we finished in the top 40 nationally in attendance in 2012.
On top of those two you can not forget travel. Hotels need to be booked and buses need to coordinated. Meals need to be set up for the team along with setting up practice times and laundry services. This is something that needs to be set up well in advance so that the trip runs smoothly for our players and they can concentrate on winning ball games.
These are just a few of the things that us coaches do when we are not in season. But the bottom line is that everything we do revolves around one thing. That is making our players experience the best it can be. It all comes back to that. Whether it be putting together a schedule, booking a hotel room, or making sure that the game day experience is the best it can be it all comes back to what is best for our guys. That is what college baseball is all about.
Until next time,
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