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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 Throwing Safer Stronger More accurate

When coaching baseball, after introducing the grip to players learning to throw the baseball, it is important that they begin to see how the whole body should be involved. Because the fingers and wrists play such an important role, it’s important they get the feel of how they work. Start by isolating the wrist and applying […]

Organize Fast Moving, Productive Baseball Practices

When coaching baseball, efficient, well organized practice is essential for success. Because standing in line is boring and a waste of time, in phase 3 of baseball practice, “group work,” as outlined in the iBook, Practice Baseball to Win,  it is important to keep as many players active as possible.  Standing in line needs to be […]

Coaching Baseball Players to Throw Efficiently

When coaching baseball players to throw, getting the players to use more than their arm when throwing is most important. This is one of several drills from the iBook, Practice Baseball to Win, that has proven to be effective. 

Coaching Baseball Players to Throw- sequence all Body Parts

When coaching baseball players to throw, getting the players to use more than their arm when throwing is most important. This is one of several drills from the iBook, Practice Baseball to Win, that has proven to be effective. 

Coaching Baseball Catchers – Blocking fundamentals

When coaching baseball catchers, it is important that you review the basic fundamentals on a regular basis. This blocking drill for baseball catchers from the iBook, Practice Baseball to Win, is an example.

A handbook for winning baseball.

Baseball coaches can use the iBook, Practice Baseball to Win, to organize fast moving, productive and fun baseball practices. Drills like this can be shown at practice to demonstrate the use of a tee to emphasize the fundamentals of hitting the baseball.

Practice Baseball to Win, Digital Guide to better practices

Practice Baseball to Win is a digital book for coaching baseball with practice plans and videos outlining individual, group, and team fundamental drills to facilitate a progression from day one to game time. This is one example of many that can be shown at practice on an iPad.

Coaching Baseball Pitchers-Safe arm mechanics

 When coaching baseball pitchers please pay attention to how arm mechanics can add or reduce stress to the elbow and shoulder depending on the path taken from the breaking of the hands from the glove to release. This video from the iBook, Practice Baseball to Win, is 1 of 2 outlining the checkpoints to consider.