When coaching baseball infielders, using the iBook, Practice Baseball to Win, 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 […]
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 getting the feel of the hands and feet working together by starting without the ball. This drill, we call the clap drill, is from the iBook, Practice Baseball to Win.
When coaching baseball, keep in mind that, throwing errors are 9 times out of ten caused by players rushing the throw, and throwing from an unbalanced position, so, it behooves you to emphasize getting into the power position, as suggested in the iBook, Practice Baseball to Win, before making a throw.
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, since running speed is so important for a baseball teams overall performance, it behooves the coach to incorporate skill producing drills into the warm up period. This high knees drill from the iBook, Practice Baseball to Win, is a good example.
When coaching baseball, instruction like those contained in the linked hitting lesson, from the iBook, Practice Baseball to Win, and drills are for practice. During games instruction relating to how to do fundamentals are more distraction than help. For example, shouting at a hitter to keep your head down, elbow up or down, swing level (probably […]
When coaching baseball, scrimmage gives you live repetitions, review of situations, gets everyone involved, is competitive, and fun. A bunt scrimmage as outlined 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 you become […]
When coaching baseball, if you want to win, emphasize fundamentals. The best place to start is throwing, and throwing starts with the grip. Explaining and checking the grip, as described by this video from the iBook, Practice Baseball to Win, will produce huge dividends.
When coaching baseball, one of the most embarrassing mistakes your team can make is letting a pop up fall between players, each of which could have easily made the play. It behooves you to practice pop up priority often. This example from the iBook, Practice Baseball to Win, shows one of our drills for handling pop […]