I think I would prefer to coach youth and to pass down the knowledge and passion I acquired during my playing years. I think it'd be fun to see a little girl get her first hit or catch her first out. How about you? What level would you prefer to coach?
I've never coached before. But I think if I had to pick what age I would like to coach the most, I think I'd go for khoury league age right around the time they are just starting up... but after tee-ball and coach-pitch. I'm on the same page as you; seems like a prime time to solidify good fundamentals and instill the important values that come along with team sports.
I'd like to coach high school girls. I would really enjoy prepping them for college ball and helping facilitate the recruiting process. It's such a pivotal time in the career for young ladies looking to continue playing. I think I would handle that challenge and responsibility well.
I love coaching at the college level, we can hand pick the kids we want to deal with. We target kids with a certain mind frame and attitude, therefore we do not have to worry about character issues etc. Because we know what we are getting the day they step on campus. Some exceptions do occur, but for the most part it makes for easier coaching as you know you have kids that fit what you want in a player/student.
I've always enjoyed high school. I like the challenge of being given a small pool of players to pick from then figuring out strategies that play to their strengths. Also in my experiences even though there is some talk back and typical teenage angst they are willing to listen and they are at an age where they understand the sport and are able to play it, but they still have room to learn and grow as athletes and people