Monthly Archives: December 2018

Coaching Baseball Infielders

Coaching baseball, when working on specific plays in the infield, you can keep more people involved if you work on different plays at the same time. Here is one example from the iBook, Practice Baseball to Win, that will help get more done in less time.

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Coaching Baseball Running

When coaching baseball, the warm up phase of practice is the most neglected opportunity for teaching. For example the ability to run is one of a players most important tools and one rarely addressed. As a consequence we consulted our track coach and added these sprint drills to our warm up routine. Find more in […]

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Coaching Baseball Drills

When coaching baseball, it is suggested that the section of practice outlined in the iBook, Practice Baseball to Win, called, Individual, last about 20 minutes and include at least 2 different drills. We’ve found with college players that concentration diminishes after 6-8 minutes. With younger players you might want to do three different drills. A […]

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Coaching Baseball Throwing

When coaching baseball throwing, the point in my previous post was that addressing grip and stance should be the starting point in developing hitters. Here too, the grip is key to developing throwing skills. This video, from the iBook, Practice Baseball to Win, gives you checkpoints that should be reviewed on a regular basis.

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Coaching Baseball Throwing

When coaching baseball throwing, getting the players to use their trunk and legs is a challenge. I’ve found that using this drill,” knee to ground”, from the iBook, Practice Baseball to Win, helpful in getting players to feel how the rotation of the hips, and in turn the trunk, helps accelerate the hand and ball.

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Coaching Baseball Throwing

When coaching baseball, after introducing the grip to players learning to throw the baseball, it is important that they begin to see how the whole body should be involved. Because the fingers and wrists play such an important role, it’s important they get the feel of how they work. Start by isolating the wrist and […]

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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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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 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 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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