The impact of a good baseball coach extends far beyond the lines of the ball field. Having been on both sides of the equation, I understand how important a coach’s role is in the development of a young ballplayer.
A good coach teaches life lessons that stick with an athlete long after their playing days are over. I still keep in touch with coaches I worked with from 10U through college. And, as a coach, seeing my players succeed in the real world brings me joy that’s difficult to describe.
So, if you’re looking to give a gift to the special coach in your life, you’ve come to the right place. Here are the best gift ideas for baseball coaches at any level – from Little League through college.
Top 10 Gifts for Baseball Coaches
Coming up with a unique gift idea can be difficult. Trust me, I’ve been there (too many times).
Let’s walk through each idea so you can decide on the best gift for the coach in your life.
Custom Home Plate Thank You Plaque
This is a beautiful end-of-season gift that will bring a smile to your coach's face whenever he looks at it. Include your coach's name, team photo, and team name. Then – once it arrives – get every player to sign it!
Was your season one for the books? Then get your coach the perfect “thank you” gift to remember it.
His smile will light up the room any time he looks at this home plate plaque. Get it fully customized with your coach’s name, team photo, and team name – then have every player sign it once it arrives!
Custom Engraved Fungo Bat
Level up your fungo game with this custom engraved fungo bat from B45 Baseball. Coaches hit a ton of balls over the course of any practice, so why not do it in style?
I can’t even count how many times my college coach hit me ground balls: before practice, after practice, before games, on weekends, and any other time I asked for extra work.
A baseball coach’s fungo bat is his most prized possession. It’s part of everything he does. So why not make it special? Get him a brand new custom-engraved fungo from B45 Baseball.
Personalized Leather Bottle Opener
This leatherette bottle opener is a gift that's sure to hit a home run. Get it engraved with your coach's name, team name, and year.
This is by far the most practical gift on our list. After all, what coach doesn’t need a bottle opener for a few post-game beverages?
Commemorate a special season with something he’ll use on a regular basis.
Baseball BBQ Custom Grill Set & Home Plate Cutting Board
Get the perfect gift for the baseball-lovin' grillmaster in your life. Baseball BBQ makes custom-engraved grill tools for backyard barbecues and game-day grilling. This set comes with their Slider Spatula, Forkball Fork, Splitfinger Tongs, and the ever-popular Home Plate Cutting Board.
Is your coach always talking about grilling up steaks in the backyard? Does he host team barbeques after games?
Then this custom grill set from Baseball BBQ is the perfect gift for him!
Engraved Personalized Baseball Coach Tumbler
This laser-engraved stainless steel tumbler is perfect for any coach who takes their coffee on-the-go.
Early mornings are normal for coaches at all levels. And if your coach is a coffee enthusiast like me, he’ll absolutely love this personalized tumbler.
Make this gift his go-to choice for his gameday cup of joe!
Ninety Percent Mental: An All-Star Player Turned Mental Skills Coach Reveals the Hidden Game of Baseball
Go inside the psychology of the game with longtime MLB pitcher and mental skills coach Bob Tewksbury, who reveals the mentality required to maximize performance at baseball's highest level.
Is your coach an avid reader? Does he always look for ways to take his coaching skills to the next level?
Then this deep dive into the mental side of the game is a great gift for him. He’ll come away with lessons to pass on to his players for years to come.
The Only Rule Is It Has to Work: Our Wild Experiment Building a New Kind of Baseball Team
The New York Times bestseller reveals what happened when two stat-minded outsiders were allowed to run a professional baseball team. This is a fun read for any fan of America's pastime.
A super fun read that I’ve written about in the past, this book takes you inside every baseball nerd’s dream: running a fantasy team in real life.
Self-proclaimed “numbers guys”, Sam Miller and Ben Lindbergh are baseball columnists blessed with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to run baseball operations for the Sonoma Stompers, a mid-level independent league team.
I’d highly recommend this to any coach with a passion for the strategy behind the game.
Personalized Coach Portfolio & Matching Tumbler
Impress your baseball coach with this customizable leatherette portfolio. Resistant to water spots and easy to clean, this is a thoughtful and practical gift for any coach.
A good coach is always taking notes – on his own players and the competition.
This personalized portfolio is great for long bus rides to away games or quiet time in the office.
MLB Cooperstown Collection Retro Gear
Grab a throwback jersey, hat, hoodie, and more from the MLB Cooperstown Collection from Fanatics.
Does your coach have an all-time favorite player he always talks about or quotes in his speeches?
Then a throwback jersey from the MLB Cooperstown Collection is a gift he’ll cherish forever.
Varsity Base Custom Letterman Jacket
Create a custom letterman jacket with the Varsity Base online jacket builder. Customize every part to make it uniquely yours. Add letters, numbers, and patches, and explore different embroidery options. Easy to design, easy to order, and the shipping is free!
This is a unique pick – one that you probably won’t see on any other list. But if your coach is an old soul with a love for the throwbacks, this is a top-tier choice.
Every Varsity Base jacket is completely customizable – you can add an embroidered baseball emblem on one side and your coach’s name on the other. He’ll love it!
How to Choose the Perfect Gift for Your Coach
Before deciding on the perfect “thank you” gift for your coach, you should consider a few different factors:
- Your Relationship With the Coach – Have you played for this coach for multiple seasons? If so, it makes sense to go for something more personal – anything custom engraved or signed by the team will work well.
- Competition Level – You might consider a different type of gift for a tee ball coach versus a high school travel ball coach.
- How Your Season Went – Did your team win the championship? If so, congratulations! You might want to consider going bigger on your “thank you” gift.
- Your Coach’s Personality – Is your coach a social person or more of a homebody? That will determine whether you get him a bottle opener or a baseball book, for example.
I hope this list helped you decide on the perfect gift for the baseball coach in your life. Best of luck next season!