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, as using the warm up phase of practice to teach throwing mechanics is important, so it also is with running. Drills like this are used by track coaches to coach sprinters. They will also work well as a part of a good baseball warm up session.
When Coaching baseball catchers, just like the other positions, it is best to start slowly and make sure they know not only what you want them to, but why. The video linked here gives you the basics of how to get started.
When coaching baseball, pop up priority, verbal communication between the players, is most important. We’ve found that calling ball, ball, ball is crisper, easier to hear and understand than mine, mine, or I got it. The priority player should take command as soon as he’s sure, and call ball, ball, ball with authority
When coaching baseball, there are 5 distinct defensive situations, get the high percentage out, bunt-double play, prevent the double, do or die, and make sure of 1. The more experience players have in each situation the more likely they will react appropriately. In this regard, situation scrimmages are a good tool for the offence as […]
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, helpful in getting players to feel how the rotation of the hips, and in turn the trunk, helps accelerate the hand and ball.
When coaching baseball, keep in mind that most players are visual learners. The Ibook, Practice Baseball to Win, has video of over a hundred drills like this to show at practice on your tablet.
When coaching baseball one of the major components of a players value to the teams success is his ability to play catch. I’ve never see a practice where players didn’t play catch as part of the warm up process. The problem is that you rarely see players, as they warm up, emphasize the fundamentals of […]
When coaching baseball, batting tee’s are useful not only for teaching mechanics, but also for the player to learn where the ball has to be for him to hit it hard. So, to make the tee more useful, move the ball around in the strike zone and even a bit out of it to practice […]