Sports & Recreation
81: Steve Roof- Head Baseball Coach, Madison Central HS (KY)
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In this episode of Ahead of the Curve, I welcome Steve Roof, Head Coach at Madison Central in Richmond, Kentucky. Steve emphasizes the importance of making the team family. At the end of the day, we can lift weights and do more drills, but when the culture rallies around family, there are incredible benefits for the team.
Why bringing the team together like a family is important
How the team reads a book together
How Steve generates leadership by having the seniors lead weights sessions
Why Steve is intentional about spending time with his team
Doing more drills isn't the only thing that can strengthen your team
Steve shares his multi-prong approach to developing a well-rounded team
Fall schedule includes 5-day a week weight training
Fall is where the team-family starts
Competition is a year-long thing for Steve´s team
Scrimmages, batting practice, and weight training competitions
What a typical practice looks like for Steve´s team
Base running, individual defense, and team defense are huge focuses
The practice plan is there if they need it
Why family, attitude, and hard work are key rules for the team
3 Key Points:
It is important that baseball players develop camaraderie and a sense of family with one another.
A typical week in fall will contain 5 days of weight lifting. The fall is the best time to start creating a strong team dynamic.
Key values Steve keeps in mind while structuring a well-rounded team are family, attitude, and hard-work.
- "Our kids believe in in-season lifting. I think it gives them confidence and it obviously helps them stay strong. We've seen positive gains definitely.” – Steve (15:00)
- “That's where I use social media and I'll take pics or whatever and just send it to our guys and say, Listen, this is what the best are doing. And it really makes it easy to sell what we're trying to do.¨ – Steve (16:20)
- “I think it's it's only going to make us better as coaches just because we do have to do our research and not just do what we were taught to do, which may or may not have been the right thing.¨–Jonathan (17:13)
- “We have three standards, family, attitude and hard work. We're not going to blame the officials. We're not going to blame each other, hey, you might have to overcome my mistake. So a positive attitude and and we're going to work hard. We're going to be one of the hardest working groups around and that's a hard 90 that's running on and off the field.¨–Steve (29:06)
- “God, Family and the next thing is going to be about trying to learn and get better.¨– Steve (34:02)
- “You can work really hard and have fun doing it.¨–Steve(40:00)
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