Tremblay started coaching when his son started playing hockey at the Atom level. “That summer he also took up baseball and I helped out on that team as well. As he continued to play, I continued to volunteer as a coach. A couple of years ago, he decided that baseball was his sport of choice and that’s when I became more involved with Orleans Little League baseball.” explains Tremblay.
Tremblay says one rewarding moment was winning the baseball District Championship last year and going on to represent their District in the Provincial Championships in Windsor. However, Tremblay says that his most rewarding moment is in the simple moment, “my most rewarding moment as a coach is pretty well anytime a player comes up to me, shakes my hand and says “Thanks coach” with a smile on their face.”
Tremblay says his biggest challenge as a coach is “dealing with the different personalities of all the players in order to ensure that there is some kind of team cohesiveness, especially at the age that I’m currently coaching at, the 2000/2001 birth year. Not all of the players have the same interests, not all of the players have the same demeanour. Trying to ensure that they are all on the same page when they get to the ball diamond and trying to get them to understand that every player plays a specific role on the team so that the team can succeed is a constant challenge that most coaches face. The way that I’ve found to pull out the best in each player is to simply talk to them. Open and continual communication is something that I like to see. Whether it’s about the game or even something like what’s going on in their everyday life, it’s always good to make players feel like they are part of the team.”
Allan Tremblay is a coach who is very active in both youth baseball and hockey in Ottawa. He truly cares about making all of his players feel included and coaching them to the best of his ability.
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