iBook, Practice Baseball to Win

The Ibook format for has video examples of of over 90 drills that can be used to demonstrate the fundamental skills required to get your players ready to play.  The advantage of the ibook is that it is portable and easily shown at practice to introduce and demonstrate the checkpoints.  Almost all players are visual learners and will copy the drill as demonstrated. The problem we are trying to address is that few coaches, even if they played at a high level, are in shape, or didn't play every position well enough, to give a credible demonstration of all of the skills we want to teach.  Because most players learn by observation, they will copy or imitate what they see.   Video at practice enables the  coach to show a skilled player demonstrating the fundamentals. This not only provides a good picture of the desired skill, but saves valuable explanation time. The ibook is the second effort to encourage a well organized positive program for teaching the game of baseball.  It includes, along with the practice organization plan and videos, outlines for a sequenced series of practices leading up to the first game.  Also included are suggestions for organizing an entire program for the teams communications, scheduling, and social interaction. I have also found that video sessions at home, or at a meeting place, are a valuable tool in the coaches arsenal.  When I work with players now, I find it very effective to video the player and let them compare themselves side by side with a skilled example. This is an especially valuable tool for pitching and hitting. Down load the iBook, Practice Baseball to Win

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DVD Practice Baseball to Win

The DVD version contains over 90 videos outlining checkpoints for teaching basic fundamentals.  The drills include lead-up sequences for all of the 5 tools needed to become an accomplished player. The  WARM-UP section has a series of drills that can be rotated to provide variety as they promote strength and technique for running.  As players warm up their arms, the DVD, contains a series of drills that start with the grip and proceed from the fingers to the toes showing technique and checkpoints as to how the fingers, arm, shoulders, trunk, and legs work together in sequence to utilize all body parts to throw the ball.  The warm-up, 15-20 minute part of the practice, should be a concentrated opportunity to improve technique.  Precision and accuracy should be emphasized. GROUP WORK is a 20-30 minute session consisting of 2 or 3, 10 minute drills involving small groups.  The emphasis in the video is to show how to save time by practicing several plays at once.  For instance, the pitcher, catcher, and first baseman can work on the 1-2-3 double play at the same time the shortstop second baseman and third baseman work on the 6-4-5 force at second and backdoor play at third.  There are combinations that cover almost every possible play. TEAM WORK includes diagrams of the cutoff and relay combinations and drills to put them into practice.  In this session of the practice, we highly recommend that situation scrimmage play a major role.  You can do drills, throw pitches in the bull-pen, and swing the bat in the  cage until you are blue in the face, but you learn to pitch, hit, and play the game by playing the game.  Scrimmage is also competitive and fun.  Practice rarely drags when you're playing the game. The most fun is the last inning game with one team ahead or tied.  Players get fired up and the learn to finish the game.

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Coaches Clinic

Coaches Clinic presented by Phil Swimley, retired Head Coach, University of California, Davis AGENDA: Practice Organization, Running, Throwing, Fielding, Pitching, Hitting, Base running, Infield and Outfield coordination, Call- 530 979-1142

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Private lessons-pitching, hitting, fielding

Baseball Lessons Hitting-Pitching-Throwing-Fielding Phil Swimley - UC Davis Head Coach (retired) • Private and Group Lessons – • Murieta Bulldogs Batting Cage, Hanger 21 Murieta Airport • Cost- $80/ lesson individual, $40 each for a compatible pair, minimum 5 lessons Call- 530 979-1142