Name: Reuben Schechter
Profession: Program Manager at Cisco
Team you coach: Ra'anana Raiders Minors
Years as a coach: 5
Your first baseball experience: Winning the "Mr. Error" award at Camp Dora Golding
You're a fan of: New York Yankees
The player you most admire and why: Joe D and Derek Jeter. Both are great ball players who have brought tremendous grace and class to the game while being under the unrelenting spotlight of being an iconic Yankee.
Your most memorable baseball moment as a coach: Any time (but preferably at a key moment in a real game) you see a player suddenly accomplish something he's never done before. It's all about the "naches".
If you weren't coaching baseball, you'd be...: Playing softball
Your top coaching tip: Rotate Batting Orders. Set a single batting order at the beginning of the season and use it all season long. In each game, the leadoff hitter is the guy who was on deck during the last at bat of the previous game. Players are happy because they feel it's fair. Coach is happy because he doesn't have kids arguing over who leads off or bats cleanup and his players quickly learn their place in the order based on the same kid always batting in front of them. This works great for the minors.
Your coaching mantra: Keep your eye on the ball. Always watch the ball