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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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Went by a baseball practice yesterday and saw 3 guys participating in a drill and 15 standing around waiting for their turn.  Time is valuable and standing around is boring. So, when coaching baseball, try to do more than one thing at a time to get more done and keep interest high.  Here’s an example, from the […]

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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 Hitting

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Coaching baseball, batting tee’s are useful not only for teaching mechanics, but also for the player to learn where the ball has to be for him to hit it hard.  So, as described in the iBook, Practice Baseball to Win, make the tee more useful, by moving the ball around in the strike zone and even a bit out […]

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COACHING BASEBALL THROWING

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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 the […]

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Coaching Baseball Hitting

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When coaching baseball, the first thing a hitting coach needs to check and review is a players grip and stance.  This excerpt from the iBook, “Practice Baseball to Win”, gives the coach and player a quick overview that can be shown at practice on an iPad. 

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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 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, helpful in getting players to feel how the rotation of the hips, and in turn the trunk, helps accelerate the hand and ball.

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Coaching Baseball Play Catch

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When coaching baseball, playing catch to warm up the arm is routine, but seeing this as an opportunity to improve handling and throwing the ball is often overlooked. Doing things repetitively forms habits, so it behooves you to insist on good technique when warming up the arm.  Showing this drill from the iBook, Practice Baseball to […]

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