Survival Guide for Coaching Youth Baseball

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You volunteered to coach the local baseball team, but are you ready? How will you teach the fundamental skills, run effective practices, and harness the energy of your young team? Fear not: Survival Guide for Coaching Youth Baseball has the answers.

In Survival Guide for Coaching Youth Baseball, longtime coach Dan Keller shares his experiences and provides advice you can rely on from the first practice to the final game. From evaluating players’ skills and establishing realistic...

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Overview

You volunteered to coach the local baseball team, but are you ready? How will you teach the fundamental skills, run effective practices, and harness the energy of your young team? Fear not: Survival Guide for Coaching Youth Baseball has the answers.

In Survival Guide for Coaching Youth Baseball, longtime coach Dan Keller shares his experiences and provides advice you can rely on from the first practice to the final game. From evaluating players’ skills and establishing realistic goals to using in-game coaching tips, it’s all here—the drills, the strategies, and most important, the fun!

Develop your team’s fielding, catching, throwing, pitching, and hitting skills with the Survival Guide’s collection of the game’s best youth drills that young players can actually use. Best of all, you’ll be able to get the most out of every practice by following the ready-to-use practice plans.

Survival Guide for Coaching Youth Baseball has everything you need for a rewarding and productive season.

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“Survival Guide for Coaching Youth Baseball is a great way to begin your season. By providing the key essentials, this book will help you succeed with your players and team.”

—John Savage,UCLA Head Baseball Coach

"Survival Guide for Coaching Youth Baseball is a must-read for all youth baseball coaches. Using simple practice plans and fundamental skills sets, Dan Keller makes practice fun for coaches and players alike."

-Abe Key,President and CEO, PONY Baseball

Survival Guide for Coaching Youth Baseball takes the guesswork out of coaching and gets everyone on the same page.”

-David Kloser, Mental Game Coach, Author of Stepping Up to the Plate: Inspiring Interviews with Major Leaguers

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780736087735
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/26/2011
  • Pages: 161
  • Sales rank: 448,458
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Dan Keller is the president and owner of Lifeletics Sports Instruction in Huntington Beach, California. A lifelong student of the game of baseball, with a particular interest in pitching, he started Lifeletics in 2001 and has built it into a household brand providing world-class fundamental training with an emphasis on positive character development and the life lessons learned through athletics.

Keller experienced athletic success from youth baseball through the collegiate ranks and was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in 1995. Since 2000 he has worked as a private pitching instructor for youth league and professional athletes. His team coaching resume includes work with competitive youth teams and teams at all levels of high school play.

Keller’s work has been featured extensively in Collegiate Baseball Newspaper, Junior Baseball Magazine, and several online publications. He’s also a frequent instructor for a number of youth clinics. In his free time he enjoys staying active by hiking and playing basketball, softball, and golf. Keller lives in California with his wife, Erin.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Help! Where do I Start?

Chapter 2 Organizing Your Team

Chapter 3 Developing Fielding Skills with 5 Simple Drills

Chapter 4 Developing Outfield Skills with 5 Simple Drills

Chapter 5 Developing Throwing Skills with 5 Simple Drills

Chapter 6 Developing Pitching Skills with 5 Simple Drills

Chapter 7 Developing Hitting Skills with 5 Simple Drills

Chapter 8 On-Field Execution

Chapter 9 Game Time! What’s My Role Again?

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  • Posted February 8, 2011

    A Must Have For ALL Coaches

    The Survival Guide for Coaching Youth Baseball is a must have for coaches and parents at all levels of baseball. Dan Keller provides the knowledge to immediately create an incredible baseball experience for players of all ages and ability levels. I am a Special Education teacher, high school coach, and parent of a 10 year old athlete so I have a very critical eye on coaching methods and instructional techniques. Dan is "hands-down" the most talented coach I have seen work with baseball players and consider it a privilege to have access to him in person. For those that do not, this book lays out the blueprint for success in re-creating what Dan has refined over thousands of hours of lessons and clinics. I have implemented Dan's coaching methodologies with my Little League, Pony, and Travelball teams and have maintained a winning average regardless of the "talent" of the squad. In short, Dan Keller has figured out how to create a baseball program that produces winning results, engages the "whole" athlete, and creates a true love for the game of baseball.
    Jim McGovern M.S. Ed
    Special Education Teacher- Anaheim High School
    President- HB Bulldogs Baseball Club

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  • Posted February 3, 2011

    Like Free Lessons From a Pro!

    When it comes to offering high-level youth baseball instruction, Dan is the best around. So if you aren't blessed enough to live near his athletic facilities in Orange County, California, consider this like top-notch lessons for free (almost). The book offers a simple, pointed and straightforward breakdown of what is necessary to coach youth baseball with real success. Dan knows his stuff - these are fundamental mechanics that help the novice to the higher level youth athlete. What's offered here are immediately applicable, take-to-the-field techniques that will help a coach move every one of his youth athletes to the next level. This book is a must-have for any Little League, Pony, or travel ball coach.

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