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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-Win by practicing the finish

When coaching baseball you will find that helping players deal with the anxiety of finishing the game is often a problem.  To practice finishing the game we found a one or two inning scrimmage, starting in the 8th or 9th inning, score tied, or with a one run difference, to be both productive and fun.  This video from the […]

Baseball Outfield Coordination Drills=Wins and Safety

 As outlined in the iBook, Practice Baseball to Win, please don’t neglect your outfielders communication.  Like in the infield, start slowly and make sure they know not only how to handle the ball, but to communicate. We’ve found that the verbal, “ball” is easy to say and hear.  The first to see he can make the play […]

Coaching Baseball-Cover all Situations

 When coaching baseball, as outlined in the iBook, Practice Baseball to Win, there are 5 distinct defensive situations, get the high percentage out, bunt, double play, prevent the double, do or die, and make sure of 1. The more experience players have in each situation the more likely they will react appropriately.  In this regard, situation […]

Practice Baseball to Win, iBook for winning baseball coaching

As Head Baseball Coach at the University of California, Davis, I became increasingly concerned about the status of youth baseball. Over 70% of young players quit before the age of 13. Since retiring, I have channeled this feeling and the result is an iBook, “Practice Baseball to Win”.  It’s purpose is to help coaches save time and make practice […]

Practice Baseball to Win, iBook

When coaching baseball, having the iBook, Practice Baseball to Win, along with practice plans and fundamental checkpoints, gives you the opportunity to show skilled players, with your iPad, doing drills like this hitting video, during practice.

Practice baseball to Win, ibook/ coaches

When coaching baseball keep in mind that a scrimmage gives you live repetitions, 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 […]

Coaching Baseball Catchers-Start slowly with the basics

When Coaching baseball catchers, just like the other positions, it is best to start slowly and make sure they know not only what you want them to, but why. The video linked here, from the iBook, Practice Baseball to Win, is one of several we use periodically as a review of the basics.

iBook for Baseball Coaches, Show Drills & Skills at Practice

 When coaching baseball, having the iBook, Practice Baseball to Win, along with practice plans and fundamental checkpoints, gives you the opportunity to show skilled players, with your iPad, doing drills like this hitting video, during practice.