When coaching baseball, as you prepare and conduct practice doing glove drills, like this one from the iBook, Practice Baseball to Win, or group work, one of the most important things to keep in mind is that your players self image, confidence, and trust in himself is tremendously more important than the exact technique he […]
When coaching baseball throwing, the grip is important and probably the most often overlooked. Start with an explanation and do a “grip check” regularly. This video from the IBook, Practice Baseball to Win, covers, grip check, and is step 1 in a series covering the basics.
When coaching baseball, a scrimmage creates live repetitions, a review of situations, gets everyone involved, is competitive, and fun. A bunt scrimmage, as described in the iBook, Practice Baseball to Win, 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 […]
When coaching baseball, please don’t neglect your outfielders communication. Like in the infield, start slowly and make sure they know not only how to handle the ball, but to communicate. We’ve found that the verbal, “ball” is easy to say and hear. The first to see he can make the play yells, ball, ball, ball, and the other yells back, take […]
When coaching baseball, it is suggested that the section of practice outlined in the iBook, Practice Baseball to Win, called, Individual, last about 20 minutes and include at least 2 different drills link this one. 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 […]
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 pace well […]
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. This drill is one of several from the iBook, Practice Baseball to Win, that will help.
For coaching baseball, 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 track coach, Jon Vochatzer, who was, at the time, the USA World games head coach, for a series of […]
When coaching baseball, it is important to conduct practices that are interesting and fun. So, to avoid boredom and standing in line, you can combine drills like this one from the iBook, Practice Baseball to Win, that don’t overlap space to save time and get more done.