Monthly Archives: November 2016

Coaching Baseball-Hitting

When coaching baseball hitters it is important that your players understand why the mechanics you’re trying to develop are important. This video is, part 1 of two, of a talk to a high school team pointing out some of the advantages of what a good baseball hitter does.

Coaching Baseball-Play catch

When learning a physical skill, repetition is the key to making the movements a habit, so working as many repetitions into the practice makes sense. The problem is making sure, as much as you can, that the reps are what you want. Playing catch is no exception and it should be done properly, ALWAYS. Step […]

Coaching Baseball-Pitching stress

When coaching baseball, please keep in mind that injury to baseball pitchers has become epidemic. In an effort to explore the role of different mechanics being taught, I have 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 compared them to […]

Coaching Baseball-Catchers

When coaching baseball catchers, just like with other positions, it’s best to start in the beginning by slowly covering the basic fundamentals, and then especially with younger guys, you should, review frequently.

Coaching Baseball-Bunting

When coaching baseball keep in mind that scientists say that learning is specific to the task. That means, for example, the way to learn to bunt live pitching is to bunt live pitching. Therefore, when you practice bunting in a live scrimmage, you are not only teaching hitters to bunt live pitching, you are also […]

Coaching Baseball-Practice

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 […]

Baseball Practice Organization

Went by a baseball practice yesterday and saw 3 guys participating in a drill and 15 standing around waiting for their turn. Time is valuable and standing around is boring. Try to do more than one thing at a time to get more done and keep interest high. Here’s an example.

Coaching Baseball-Scrimmage a lot

When coaching baseball keep in mind that a scrimmage gives you live repetitions, review of situations, gets everyone involved, is competitive, and fun. A bunt scrimmage is no exception. Put a runner on base, if the batter gets the runner over, let him come back and drive him in. It’s fun and players become comfortable […]

Coaching Baseball-Play Catch

When coaching baseball, ball exchange, especially with younger players, sounds simple but is a difficult combination of moves to coordinate. You can save a lot of time by getting the feel of the hands and feet working together by starting without the ball. We call it the, “clap drill.”