When coaching baseball it is important to create a tension free learning atmosphere. For example, when hitting fungo’s, in drills like this one from the iBook, Practice Baseball to Win, especially with younger players, the speed of the ball should be such that the player can comfortably work on his fundamentals and get a feel for […]
One of my former players at UC Davis pointed out, regarding a recent post emphasizing the importance of practicing pop up priority, that the 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 […]
When coaching baseball players to throw, after making sure the players understand the need and feel of a proper grip on the ball, it is important that they begin to see how the whole body is involved. In the chain of parts from the feet, the fingers and wrists play an important role. To get […]
When coaching baseball, keep in mind that execution of the basic fundamentals trumps any amount of strategy that might be concocted. Spending time on teaching and using drills like this footwork exercise from the iBook, Practice Baseball to Win, will pay off in wins.
When coaching baseball throwing, getting the players to use their trunk and legs is a challenge. I’ve found that using this knee to ground drill from the iBook, Practice Baseball to Win, is helpful in getting players to feel how the rotation of the hips, and trunk, help to accelerate the hand and ball.
When Coaching Baseball hitter’s mechanics, a good place to start is to give them an idea not only about what they are trying to do, but why. The video linked here is a review I gave to a high school team a couple of springs ago. Find more in the iBook, Practice Baseball to Win.
When coaching baseball, it bugs me to death to watch a baseball practice and see one or two guys working and the rest standing around or in lines. You can get more done by using space and people more efficiently by combining drills like this from the iBook, Practice Baseball to Win.