Monthly Archives: May 2018

Coaching Baseball Hitting

You can teach baseball hitting mechanics with drills like this, Soft toss, but learning to hit takes time at bat against pitching that is trying to get you out. The more I coached in college the more time we spent scrimmaging. Three at bats per player was the goal.

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Coaching Baseball Infielders

When coaching baseball, especially with younger players, it is most important that you stay in their comfort zone when introducing fundamentals. It is tough to learn a skill if fear is a factor. For example infielders need to relax when learning to pick up a ground ball, so please, introduce the basics first and at […]

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Baseball Practice Plan

Our baseball practice plan is organized into 5 sections, warm up, individual skills, group coordination, team organization, and conditioning. Keeping players active and avoiding standing around is challenging especially during group 3, group coordination. In this 20 to 30 minute session we combine 2 to 3 drills like this to cover more in less time […]

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Coaching Baseball Practice

When coaching baseball it is a challenge to keep players in a goal seeking activity for as much time as possible. Combining activity on different areas of the field will help avoid players standing around waiting or in line. Here is one example.

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Coaching Baseball Catch & Throw

When coaching baseball, teaching the players to play catch is a high priority and not as easy as it sounds. We’ve found the phrase, step, catch, step throw creates an image, or rhythm, that can get results.

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Coaching Baseball Warm up

When coaching baseball, since running speed is so important for a baseball teams overall performance, it behooves the coach to incorporate skill producing drills into the warm up period. This high knees drill is a good example.

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Coaching Baseball IBook

When coaching baseball, keep in mind that most players are visual learners. The Ibook, Practice Baseball to Win, has video of over a hundred drills like this to show at practice on your tablet.

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Coaching Baseball Warm up

When coaching baseball it is important to use your time efficiently. Warm up time should be used as a teaching opportunity. At U.C. Davis we incorporated a group of sprint drills provided by our track coach, Jon Vochatzer. This is one of several that Jon suggested.

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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 Organization

When coaching baseball, our practice plan is organized into 5 sections, warm up, individual skills, group coordination, team organization, and conditioning. Keeping players active and avoiding standing around is challenging especially during group 3, group coordination. In this 20 to 30 minute session we combine 2 to 3 drills like this to cover more in […]

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