Author Archives: wpvidcoa

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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 Bunt Game

 When coaching baseball keep in mind that scientists say that learning is specific to the task.  That means, for example, THE WAY TO LEARN TO BUNT LIVE PITCHING IS TO BUNT LIVE PITCHING. Therefore, when you practice bunting as this example from the iBook, Practice Baseball to Win, in a live scrimmage, you are not only teaching […]

Coaching Baseball Throwing

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

Coaching Baseball Throwing

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

Coaching Baseball Outfielders

When coaching baseball outfielders, it is important that they practice communicating who will make the play.  This drill from the iBook, Practice Baseball to Win, is one of several we use to practice who takes it.

Coaching Baseball Hitting

When coaching baseball the iBook, Practice Baseball to Win, will help with practice plans and base running fundamentals like when to tag up and when to take a lead in response to fly balls. There are also almost 100 drills like this hitting video to show at practice on an iPad.

Coaching Baseball Throwing

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.

Coaching Baseball iBook

When coaching baseball base running, runner on 2nd, none on first, ground ball in front of him, player should begin a retreat to 2nd until the ball has passed the infield. Freezing makes him vulnerable to the back door pick at 2nd. This suggestion and many more are from the iBook, Practice Baseball to Win.

Coaching Baseball Throwing

When coaching players 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, this drill from the iBook, Practice Baseball to Win, will help players get the feel of how they work.