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.

Planning Baseball Practice

When planning baseball practice, the group work portion of your baseball practice organization, combining drills like this from the iBook, Practice Baseball to Win, will keep more players active.  Standing in line needs to be kept to a minimum. 

Coaching Baseball Throwing

 When coaching baseball, it is a good idea to make sure you players arms are ready to compete by completing the warm up stage with four or five maximum throws.  To make this also a learning situation for teaching the legs and trunk to get involved, keep the feet in place and do this  power position […]

Coaching Baseball Catchers

When coaching baseball, teaching catchers to block balls in the dirt can be difficult.  It defies logic, or commonsense, that one would block a pitch with his body.  So, when doing drills like this from the iBook, Practice Baseball to win, start slowly with an explanation of the fundamentals and then proceed at a very comfortable pace. 

Coaching Baseball Throwing

When coaching baseball, after introducing the grip to players learning to throw the baseball, it is important that they begin to see how to involve the whole body in making a strong throw. The role of the fingers and wrist is often overlooked. To get the feel for how they work, isolate the wrist and […]

Coaching Baseball Catchers

When coaching baseball, keep in mind that most players are visual learners.  The Ibook, Practice Baseball to Win, has video of over a hundred drills, like this one for catchers, to show at practice on your tablet.

Coaching Baseball Hitting

When coaching baseball hitting, it is important to explain why the mechanics you’re trying to develop are important. This video is, part 1 of two, of a talk to a high school team pointing out why good hitters do what they do. Find more practice ideas and drills in the iBook, Practice Baseball to Win.

Coaching Baseball Practice

When coaching baseball it is a challenge to keep players in a goal seeking activity for as much time as possible.  Combining activity on different areas of the field will help avoid players standing around waiting or in line.  Here is one example, and you can find others in the iBook, Practice Baseball to Win.

Coaching Baseball Catchers

When coaching baseball, keep in mind that most players are visual learners.  The Ibook, Practice Baseball to Win, has video of over a hundred drills, like this one for catchers, to show at practice on your tablet.