When coaching baseball we most always, when using a tee to teach swinging the bat, have them hit the ball into a net or in a cage. Players can learn mechanics and where the ball needs to be to hit it hard, but they have little feel for where it’s going. To follow Wee Willie […]
When coaching baseball it is important to conduct practices that are interesting and fun. And, nothing is more boring as standing in line. So, keep it to a minimum. , For example, to save time and get more done, combine infield drills that don’t overlap field space.
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.
When coaching baseball, we suggest that the second section of practice we call, 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 little competition with this one will add […]
When coaching baseball, having players play catch to warm up the arm is routine, but it is 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, insist on good technique when warming up […]
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 […]
When coaching baseball, a good, and fun, situation scrimmage is to play the last inning with different score situations, tied, one ahead, etc. For example, with a two run lead and a runner on second base the defense is playing prevent the double. Outfielders have to be aware that they don’t try to throw the […]
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 […]
When coaching baseball, one of the most important things you can do is make practice as tension free and fun as possible. Keep in mind that the game is hard to play and patience may be your most important virtue. For instance, when doing pick offs and rundowns, emphasize getting the out with one throw, […]