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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-Scrimmages=Winning Experience

When coaching baseball, a scrimmage creates live repetitions, a review of situations, gets everyone involved, is competitive, and fun.  A bunt scrimmage, as described in the iBook, Practice Baseball to Win, is no exception.  Put a runner on base, if the batter gets the runner over, let him come back and drive him in.  It’s fun and players become […]

Coaching Baseball Infielders-Slow & easy for best results

When coaching Baseball, especially with younger players, it is essential that the fundamentals of fielding ground balls be established before they are exposed to even medium speed fungos.  Time spent to let them gain confidence by using a comfortable pace will be rewarded.  Failure and fear can destroy a young player, so please keep the pace well within […]

Coaching Baseball-Optimize Batting Tee results

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 […]

Coaching Baseball-Quicken Ball Exchange to Win Games

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, “Clap Drill,” from the iBook, Practice Baseball to Win, is a good start.

Coaching Baseball-Practice perfect throwing always

 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 […]

Coaching Baseball-Combine drills-Increase Efficiency

 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.

Baseball Pitching-Arm Safety starts in the legs and trunk

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  Over the years many have claimed to have the ultimate, or absolute, answers in search of the perfect approach for delivering a pitch in baseball.  The problem is that there has been a fairly wide difference opinion and very little in evidence for support.  I joined the crowd several years ago when Tim Lincecum […]

Coaching Baseball-Win more with Situation Scrimmages

Watching a minor league baseball game on the Internet last night, I saw a runner on first tag up on a fly ball to shallow left center and then get thrown out at second when the ball was not caught.  In this situation, players should tag up only if they intend to advance.  Otherwise they take as […]