Collective Coaching Wisdom for Youth Baseball: Ideas and Inspiration from America's Community Coaches to You

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This unique book peer-mentors youth baseball coaches by capturing the ""word-of-mouth"" tips, advice, and ideas of some of America’s extraordinary community coaching hometown heroes — everyday people who are considered by their own youth-league communities to be exceptional coaches for promoting excellence, pride, fun, excitement, and teamwork while teaching kids the mechanical aspects of baseball. This book is a ""road map"" for the season from 26 coaches who’ve been there. Coaches everywhere will benefit from ...
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Overview

This unique book peer-mentors youth baseball coaches by capturing the ""word-of-mouth"" tips, advice, and ideas of some of America’s extraordinary community coaching hometown heroes — everyday people who are considered by their own youth-league communities to be exceptional coaches for promoting excellence, pride, fun, excitement, and teamwork while teaching kids the mechanical aspects of baseball. This book is a ""road map"" for the season from 26 coaches who’ve been there. Coaches everywhere will benefit from this resource that is much more than just a drills book, offering the collective personality of the hometown hero coaches through their tips, advice, philosophies, and inspirational stories.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780974692005
  • Publisher: CRM Books
  • Publication date: 9/28/2004
  • Pages: 222
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

David A. Ham has been involved with baseball for more than 37 years — first as a youth player, then as a high school and college player, then as a youth coach for his son’s teams. His knowledgeable command of the sport and his genuine love of the game help bring to life the comments of the hometown hero coaches interviewed for this book. Janice Sibley’s 20+ years of professional expertise as a developer and writer of instructional materials, along with her firsthand experience as a baseball parent, join to create a well-structured, personality-rich, and easy-to-use ""road map"" for coaches everywhere.
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Table of Contents

Foreword ix
About the Authors xi
Our Thanks xiii
A Brief Introduction--How to Use This Book xv
Section 1 Coaches' Tips & Advice 1
Organizing Your Team 3
Learning to Coach Baseball 3
Communicating With Parents 5
Recruiting Parent Support 11
Checklist for Organizing Your Team 13
Conducting Practice 15
Planning Practices 15
The First Practice 18
Practice Routines 20
Using Assistants 27
Using Equipment Creatively 30
Working with Younger Kids 32
Specific Fundamentals Work 35
Coaching During Games 43
Setting Lineups and Field Rotations 44
Motivating and Encouraging Players 52
Managing Parents and Assistant Coaches 56
Working with Umpires 58
Making It Fun 63
Making Practice Fun 63
Organizing Special Events 66
Motivating and Encouraging Creatively 70
Advice from the Experts 77
Minimizing Sports Injuries in Players 78
An Umpire's Perspective 81
Adapting a Coaching Style for Children 85
Section 2 Coaches' Favorite Drills 91
Ready-Alligator-Crowhop 93
Hitting Off the Tee 95
Bean Bag Catch 97
Gorilla Grounders & Gorilla Races 99
Fielding From the Knees 101
Hit the Tarp Progressive Pitching 103
Bunting for Dollars 107
Two-Ball Grounder 109
Whiffle Ball Soft Toss 111
Running Through First Base 113
Middle of the Circle 115
Catching the Foxtail 117
Base Running Relay Race 119
Grip, Balance & Foot Location 121
Tennis Ball Progressive Hitting 123
Blocking Passed Balls 125
Word Association Pitching 127
Cutoff Relay Race 131
Home Run Derby 133
Backstop Toss 135
4 on 4 on 4 137
Pitcher Covering First Base 139
Point & Pull Long Toss 141
Water Sliding 143
Bombard the Facemask 145
Swing 'Til You Miss 147
Zig-Zag 149
Simon Says 151
One & Gun 153
Leading Off & Stealing 155
Pickle 159
Two-Tee Batting 161
Throwing Out Base Stealers 163
4-Square 165
Workup Game 167
Shadow Swinging 169
13 In A Row 171
Water-Balloon Hitting 173
Wildcats 175
Mess-Around Game 177
Section 3 Coaches' Memorable Stories 179
Take Two 181
Split Decision 182
Endless Runner 183
Heavy Pressure 185
Advanced Radiology 187
Golden Moment 188
Smiley 190
Bending the Rules 192
A Winning Attitude 193
Who's on 2nd? 195
Squish the Bug 196
Sneaking In 198
Patience Rewarded 199
Laughing in the Dugout 201
A Royal Pain 203
Chemistry Counts 204
Winning the Race 206
Teaming with Spirit 208
Pee Wee Pete 210
Whiffle Ball at Midnight 212
Index 215
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2004

    Wisdom Worth Reading

    At my youth baseball team¿s end of season party, Janice Sibley, whose son Chris was on my team, presented me with a copy of this fine book. I was quite surprised that one of the parents on my team was the co-author of a book on coaching! I was glad she waited until the season was over to let me know, because it would have me nervous. This first part of the book is about the power of positive coaching. As a youth baseball coach myself, I know that games can sometimes get tense and that negative words and actions from coaches and parents can and do slip out. None of us are perfect, but in the end kids (and adults) respond much better to positive re-enforcement than to negative. The book relies on the experiences of many successful ¿hometown hero¿ coaches from across the country, who tell us how they keep the game fun, positive, and low-stress for the kids, the parents, and themselves. The second part of the book contains the favorite drills of the many ¿hometown hero¿ coaches. It is not a comprehensive set of drills, just a collection of some standard and some unique drills that you may want to add to your coaching repertoire. I especially liked the one about ¿water balloon hitting¿; it may not teach your kids how to hit, but it will be the drill they (and you) have the most fun with! The last part of the book relates some memorable personal moments from the ¿hometown hero¿ coaches. If you¿re a coach, these stories will touch you because, ultimately, the reward of coaching is in knowing that you have touched the life of a child in some small but positive way.

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