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About wpvidcoa

I came to the University of California, Davis after playing at the University of Washington and 4 seasons as a minor league player in the Yankee organization. During my tenure as head baseball coach, we won over 900 games and I am a member of the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

Coaching Baseball Infielders

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When coaching baseball, to save time and get more done, combine infield drills that don’t overlap field space.  Here is an example here is one example from the iBook, Practice Baseball to Win.

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Coaching Baseball Pitchers

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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.

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Coaching Baseball Infielders

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Coaching baseball, when working on specific plays in the infield, you can keep more people involved if you work on different plays at the same time. Here is one example from the iBook, Practice Baseball to Win, that will help get more done in less time.

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Coaching Baseball Throwing

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 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.  This drill from the iBook, Practice Baseball to Win, is an example. We call […]

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Coaching Baseball Infielders

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When coaching baseball, as you prepare and conduct practice and do drills, from the iBook, Practice Baseball to Win, like, hitting mechanics 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 uses to get the […]

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Coaching Baseball Catch & Throw

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When coaching baseball, keep in mind that when learning a physical skill, repetition is the key to making the movements a habit, so working as many repetitions into the practice makes sense. The problem is making sure, as much as you can, that the reps are what you want.  Playing catch is no exception and it […]

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Coaching Baseball Infield

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Coaching baseball, when working on specific plays in the infield, you can keep more people involved if you work on different plays at the same time. Here is one example from the iBook, Practice Baseball to Win, that will help get more done in less time. 

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Baseball Practice Planning

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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 from the iBook, Practice Baseball to Win, to […]

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