Monthly Archives: September 2016

Coaching Baseball-Practice live

When coaching baseball keep in mind that a scrimmage gives you live repetitions, review of situations, gets everyone involved, is competitive, and fun. A bunt scrimmage is no exception. Put a runner on base, if the batter gets the runner over, let him come back and drive him in. It’s fun and players become comfortable […]

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Coaching Baseball-practice plan

When coaching baseball,as you plan practice,please keep in mind that nothing is more boring as standing in line. So, please keep it to a minimum. This group work drill is an example that can help.

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Coaching baseball-Ball exchange

When coaching baseball, ball exchange, especially with younger players, sounds simple but is a difficult combination of moves to coordinate. You can save a lot of time by getting the feel of the hands and feet working together by starting without the ball. We call it the, “clap drill.”

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Coaching Baseball-Outfielders

When coaching baseball, please don’t neglect your outfielders communication. Like in the infield, start slowly and make sure they know not only how to handle the ball, but to communicate. We’ve found that the verbal, “ball” is easy to say and hear. The first to see he can make the play yells, ball, ball, ball, […]

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Coaching Baseball-Warming up

Coaching baseball, when planning the warm up phase of practice, it’s important that the time is spent not only to warm up the body, but to also learn something. While at U.C. Davis, I asked the track coach, Jon Vochatzer, who was, at the time, the USA World games head coach, for a series of […]

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Coaching Baseball-Infielders

When coaching baseball, especially with younger players, it is essential that the fundamentals of fielding ground balls be established before they are exposed to even medium speed fungos. Time spent to let them gain confidence by using a comfortable pace will be rewarded. Failure and fear can destroy a young player, so please keep the […]

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Coaching Baseball-Throwing

When coaching baseball throwing, a good drill for getting the hips and trunk into the process is the one we call, KNEE TO GROUND.

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Coaching Baseball-Batting tee

When coaching baseball, batting tee’s are useful not only for teaching mechanics, but also for the player to learn where the ball has to be for him to hit it hard. So, to make the tee more useful, move the ball around in the strike zone and even a bit out of it to practice […]

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Coaching Baseball-Proper catch

When coaching baseball, keep in mind that when learning a physical skill, repetition is the key to making the movements a habit. Therefore creating as many repetitions as possible during practice makes sense. The problem is making sure, as much as you can, that the reps are what you want. Playing catch is no exception […]

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Coaching Baseball Outfielders

When coaching baseball, please don’t neglect your outfielders communication. Like in the infield, start slowly and make sure they know not only how to handle the ball, but to communicate. We’ve found that the verbal, “ball” is easy to say and hear. The first to see he can make the play yells, ball, ball, ball, […]

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