Monthly Archives: October 2018

Coaching Baseball iBook

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 in the iBook, Practice Baseball to win, that Jon suggested.

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Coaching Baseball iBook

Since most baseball players are visual learners, the iBook, Practice Baseball to Win, is useful because you can take it to practice on your tablet and show skilled players demonstrating the drills of the day. Buy it here. id584497026  

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Coaching Baseball Hitting

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 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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Baseball Pitchers Injuries

Injury to baseball pitchers has become an epidemic. In an effort to explore the role of different mechanics being taught, I consulted a Mechanical engineering prof at U.C. Davis to help measure and compare the forces produced by selected injured needing T.J. surgery and others who had long injury free careers. Linked here is part […]

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Coaching Baseball Throwing

When coaching baseball players to throw, after introducing the grip it is important that they begin to see how the whole body is involved in making a strong throw. I’ve found that if you start with the fingers and wrists and work back, elbow, shoulder trunk etc., to the feet, most learn faster. To get […]

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Coaching Baseball Throwing

When coaching baseball, one of the most important details that need constant attention is the players grip on the baseball. Younger players need a constant reminder, at least once every practice, but don’t neglect a periodic check for the older ones.

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Coaching Baseball Practice

When coaching baseball, to keep players interested in practice, it is important that they be kept busy. Waiting around or standing in line is a killer. They are not only bored, but they aren’t learning anything. Practice needs to be fast moving and interesting. We’ve found that 10 minutes for any single fundamental drill is […]

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Coaching Baseball Book

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

When coaching baseball, having players play catch to warm up the arm is routine, but often overlooked as an opportunity to practice handling and throwing the ball with a purpose. Doing things repetitively forms habits, and unless movement repeated correctly, you get what you practice. So, when coaching baseball, insist on good technique when warming […]

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