.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 […]
When coaching baseball, it is suggested that the section of practice outlined in the iBook, Practice Baseball to Win, called, Individual, last about 20 minutes and include at least 2 different drills. We’ve found with college players that concentration diminishes after 6-8 minutes. With younger players you might want to do three different drills. A little competition with this […]
In phase 3 of practice, group work, as outlined in the iBook, Practice Baseball to Win, it is important to keep as many players active as possible. Standing in line needs to be kept to a minimum. This group work drill is an example.
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.
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 […]
When coaching baseball, keep in mind that, to throw a baseball with power and accuracy, the grip is first and most important. Therefore it behooves a dedicated fundamentally oriented baseball coach to do periodic grip checks as described 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 scrimmages As described in the iBook, Practice Baseball to Win, are a good tool […]
When coaching baseball it is important to make hitters understand why the mechanics you’re trying to develop are what you want. This video is, part 1 of two, of a talk to a high school team pointing out some of the advantages of what a good baseball hitter does. There is more in the iBook, Practice Baseball […]
When coaching baseball, contests are a great way to teach performance under pressure and to keep interest in practice drills. Relaying the ball down a line of 3or 4 players or as shown in the iBook, Practice Baseball to Win, playing short hop until one misses 3 to 5 times can create excitement and fun.
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, is helpful in getting players to feel how the rotation of the hips, and trunk, help to accelerate the hand and ball.