Lincolnshire baseball spotlight: Coach Anaszewicz and the Lincolnshire 11U Red team

Lincolnshire 11U Red Team | Submitted

This week’s Lincolnshire baseball spotlight features Coach Anthony Anaszewicz and the Lincolnshire 11U Red team

Q. How did you first become involved in the Lincolnshire travel baseball team?

A. I was approached by a fellow youth coach of mine prior to the 2014 season. I was interviewed and offered the position to Head Coach the 11U Red team and gladly accepted!

Q. How did your first game go?

A. Rough, as expected, new coach, somewhat of a new system, with new expectations and goals for the team.

Q. What is your favorite thing about your team?

A. The energy is off the chart. Most of all, they are a great group of kids, and fun to be around.

Q. What is most difficult and what is most rewarding about coaching?

A. Difficult – keeping my competitive nature in check and more so, working to make the kids understand why I say the things I say and do the things I do as their Coach. Rewards – watching it all ‘click’ and watching the kids grow as a group.

Q. What have you learned about yourself as a coach, and about your team as a whole?

A. Patience is the key, and know that I (and my assistants) am a role model. When we struggle, it’s not because we can’t play, it’s because we lose focus. When we’re focused, we can compete with anyone in our age division.

Q. How would you describe the team?

A. Fun, energetic, passionate, competitive, coachable and (just recently) goal oriented. Our goal, as said by the boys, is to make the LSFBL Championship, first, then take home the trophy!

Q. What are you most proud of as a coach?

A. The way the kids are able to talk to me (and each other) and share their thoughts. They trust me (and each other) and that bodes well for camaraderie, team building, and most of all, success on and off the field.

Q. How did the kids react to the new dugout covers, scoreboards, and home run fences?

A. Our park is simply fun to play at. All the amenities make it a COOL place to play. The community’s support is great too. Parents, other kids who do the score for the games, it just makes it a community event every game.

Q. What are your goals for the current season?

A. If I’m asked back, my goals would be to really teach the intricacies of the game-double plays, situations (more so than what we’ve done this year), hit & runs, pitching/catching/pick offs. A constant goal of mine has always been to make sure ALL my kids understand every position on the field. If all the players know each position, even if they don’t play it often, they will become better ball players. Another constant goal of mine is to teach life lessons, winning and losing the right way, handling ourselves with class, positive reinforcement between coach and player and player to player at all times while helping everyone learn from mistakes.

Q. Is there a professional athlete or coach that you look up to?

A. When it comes to Baseball, being a lifelong Yankee fan, I have to say Derek Jeter. His even keeled demeanor, work ethic, class (on and off the field), drive/competitiveness and skill set have always been my inspiration when I play ball and in turn, motivation behind my coaching. He plays the game the RIGHT WAY.

Q. What is the best memory you have so far?

A. Coaching a game in Libertyville. We played the best game of our season in Libertyville and I consider it our best game because that is the game where needing to be focused for the entire game ‘clicked’ with the kids. It was fun to watch the boys play the field well fundamentally, hit the ball hard and play without mistakes. Since that game, we have had a few (we will have more, I’m convinced) really solid games and I truly believe it’s because the boys understood at that game what it takes to be successful on the field.

Q. Do you have anything else to add?

A. Just wanted to thank LSA for giving me the opportunity to be part of their program. It’s run the right way, with the core philosophies geared towards the benefit of the kids. Their volunteers put a lot of time and effort into the program and it shows. Their Travel Baseball Director, Lee Fell, is truly passionate about what he does for LSA and that’s great news for the community. Keep up the great work Lee!

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