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, protect your credibility. When doing drills like this, Ground balls, never ever say, “it doesn’t hurt,” or “don’t be afraid”. Number one, it does hurt and they will know you are either a liar, or naïve. And number two, you have to be brain dead not to have some fear. Fear of […]
In a T.V. movie the other night, a guy told a kid he needed a proper grip to throw the ball well. That’s true, but the grip he demonstrated was marginal. With younger players, I would begin practice with a grip every time, and with older players, I suggest it be done fairly often.
When coaching baseball, make sure they know, and practice who takes a pop up? 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 […]
When coaching baseball you can create interest and fun by introducing competition. For instance, to improve playing catch under pressure, have the players compete to so see which group can exchange the ball the most times in 10 seconds. A series of 2 out of three, or a world series of best 4 of seven […]
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, 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, teaching the players to play catch is a high priority and not as easy as it sounds. We’ve found the phrase, step, catch, step throw creates an image, or rhythm, that can get results.
Our baseball practice plan is organized into 5 sections, warm up, individual skills, group coordination, team organization, and conditioning. Keeping players active and avoiding standing around is challenging especially during group 3, group coordination. In this 20 to 30 minute session we combine 2 to 3 drills like this to cover more in less time […]