When coaching baseball, coordinating who takes a pop up is a major issue. This play can lead to embarrassment or worse, serious injury. The basic key is that the player who lines up the greatest distance from the plate takes charge and handles the play. For example the 3rd baseman lines up farther from the […]
When coaching baseball fundamentals, running technique should not be overlooked. According to the track coaches I have consulted, one of the biggest flaws they see in baseball players running mechanics is their arm swing. So when coaching baseball, it is important that these drills be included in the warm up section of practice.
When coaching baseball, keep in mind that one of the main principles of learning physical skills is that, ”learning is specific to the task.” With this in mind, we’ve found that the skills of the bunt game, both offensive and defensive are best practiced in a live scrimmage.
In the group work portion of your baseball practice organization, combining drills will get more done in less time. Standing in line needs to be kept to a minimum. This group work drill is an example.
When coaching baseball at the college level, after warm up, we had a 20minute session to work on individual player skills. This phase lasted about 20 minutes and included 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 […]
When coaching baseball, it is a good idea to make sure your players arms are ready to compete by completing the warm up stage with four or five maximum throws. To make this also a learning situation for teaching the legs and trunk to get involved, keep the feet in place and do it with […]
When coaching baseball, I have a real problem with players standing in line during baseball practice. Not long ago I went by a little league practice where two of the coaches were doing the softly rolled ground ball drill, drill and having the players throw the ball one group to first and the other to […]
When coaching baseball, teaching catchers to block balls in the dirt can be difficult. It defies logic, or commonsense, that one would throw himself in front of a fastball to block it with his body. So, like with fielding ground balls, start slowly with an explanation of the fundamentals and then proceed at a very […]
When coaching baseball, after introducing the grip to players learning to throw the baseball, it is important that they begin to see how to involve the whole body in making a strong throw. The role of the fingers and wrist is often overlooked. To get the feel for how they work, isolate the wrist and […]