After coaching baseball pitchers for many years and using film and video to measure movement rates and direction change in pitchers mechanics, I have found that injured pitchers produce more stress on the injured parts than the guys I’ve measured that survived long careers. If you are coaching baseball pitchers, and have a youngster under […]
When coaching baseball, it is suggested that the 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, 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.”
When coaching baseball you will find that helping players deal with the anxiety of finishing the game is often a problem. To practice finishing the game we found a one or two inning scrimmage, starting in the 8th or 9th inning, score tied, or with a one run difference, to be both productive and fun.
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, getting players to use their legs and trunk to throw is a challenge. This drill will help players get the feel of getting their hips turned. We call it the knee to ground drill.
When coaching baseball a major responsibility is to protect the player’s health, especially pitchers. Masahiro Tanaka has had two surgeries. Take a look at this analysis of his mechanics to see if there is an argument that can be made that his mechanics are at least part of the problem.
When coaching baseball, covering specific plays in the infield, you can keep more people involved if you work on different plays at the same time. Here is an example that will help get more done in less time.
If you are coaching baseball, it’s time to finalize plans for the coming baseball season. When putting the warm up phase of the practice together, it’s important that the time is spent not only to warm up the body, but to also learn something. While at U.C. Davis, I asked the track coach, Jon Vochatzer, […]