Winning Baseball: For Beginner to Intermediate Play [With DVD]

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From age-appropriate drills to motivation strategies, this step-by-step guide to youth baseball offers all the information parents and coaches need to help young players reach their full potential. Perfect for the T-ball through 9- and10-year-old levels, it contains more than 100 full-color photos and an instructional DVD, along with detailed tips and techniques that make learning, playing, and coaching...

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Overview

 

INCLUDES: 4-HOUR INSTRUCTIONAL DVD

From age-appropriate drills to motivation strategies, this step-by-step guide to youth baseball offers all the information parents and coaches need to help young players reach their full potential. Perfect for the T-ball through 9- and10-year-old levels, it contains more than 100 full-color photos and an instructional DVD, along with detailed tips and techniques that make learning, playing, and coaching baseball fun for everyone.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402758089
  • Publisher: Sterling
  • Publication date: 2/1/2011
  • Series: The Coach's Companion Series
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 589,535
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

TRENT MONGERO, a former pro baseball player and current scout for the Atlanta Braves, has recorded over 200 victories in his 18-year career as high school baseball head coach.

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Table of Contents

Foreword xi

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction xv

Part 1 Minimum Skill Expectation 1

How Does Minimum Skill Expectation Work? 1

Choose the Right Equipment for Early Success 3

Chapter 1 Minimum Skill Expectation for T-Ball (Ages 4-6) 5

Fundamental Defense Skills for T-Ball 6

Throwing the Ball 7

Catching the Baseball 10

Fielding Ground Balls 12

Force Outs at First Base 16

Fielding Fly Balls 18

Fundamental Offense Skills for T-Ball 22

Coaching T-Ball 101: Teaching Game Skills 25

Post-Game Talk 27

Chapter 2 Minimum Skill Expectation for Coach-Pitch/Machine-Pitch Baseball (Ages 7-8) 28

Fundamental Defense Skills for Coach-Pitch/Machine-Pitch 30

Throwing the Ball 30

Catching the Baseball 33

Fielding Ground Balls 37

Force Outs at First Base 40

Outfield Play: Catching Fly Balls 43

The Catcher Position 47

Fundamental Offense Skills for Coach-Pitch/Machine-Pitch 50

Coaching Coach-Pitch/Machine-Pitch 101: Teaching Game Skills 56

Post-Game Talk 57

Chapter 3 Minimum Skill Expectation for Player-Pitch Baseball (Ages 9-10) 59

Fundamental Defense Skills for Player-Pitch Baseball 61

Throwing Mechanics 62

Catching Thrown Baseballs 67

Infield Mechanics 71

Double Play Feeds and Pivots 76

First Base Mechanics 84

Outfield Mechanics 88

Pitching Mechanics 95

Types of Pitches 100

Catcher Mechanics 103

Fundamental Offense Skills for Player-Pitch Baseball: Hitting 109

Player-Pitch 101: Teaching Game Skills 115

Post-Game Talk 118

Part 2 Outside the Lines 119

Chapter 4 Seven Steps to Eliminate Bad Habits 121

Keeping It Fun for the Kids 122

The Seven Steps to Eliminating Bad Habits 123

Chapter 5 Twelve Common Hitting Flaws 128

Diagnostics 129

The Twelve Common Hitting Flaws 131

Chapter 6 Pitching Flaws of Nine- and Ten-Year-Olds 149

Diagnostics 150

The Twelve Common Pitching Flaws 152

Chapter 7 The State of Youth Baseball 168

Where Are We Heading? 169

Who Is Playing? 172

The Self-Centered Child 173

Pushing for Greatness 174

Travel Baseball 176

Politics in Youth Baseball 177

Commonsense Solutions 180

Part 3 Prepare to Coach 183

Chapter 8 Coaching Youth Baseball 185

The Community Coach 186

Are You Qualified to Coach Youth Baseball? 186

Teaching Fundamental Skills 187

How to Conduct a Baseball Practice 188

A Practice from Start to Finish 189

Pay Attention to Practice Details 193

Detail #1: Preparation 193

Detail #2: Use of Practice Time 195

Detail #3: Use of Facilities 197

Detail #4: Effective Communication 199

Detail #5: Make Adjustments 200

Skeleton Practices 201

Part 4 Travel and All-Star Teams 205

Chapter 9 How to Start a Travel Baseball Team 207

Considerations for Starting a Travel Team 208

Organizational Meetings 208

Hiring a Qualified Head Coach and Assistants 209

Team Budgets 210

Tryouts or Invitations 212

Commitment Fees and Fundraisers 213

Where Are You Going to Play? 214

Possible Conflicts with Travel Teams 215

Chapter 10 Manage a Winning Staff 216

Only as Good as Their Staff 217

Complement Strengths with Assistant Coaches 218

Loss of Priorities 218

Certification and Background Checks 219

The Communication Factor 219

Staff Meetings 220

Assistant Coaches Have Lives, Too 220

Chapter 11 Fundraising 221

Have Money, Will Travel 222

The Focus 222

Procedures 223

Establish Committees 224

Handling Money 224

Fundraising 224

Baseball for All 226

Dangers to Avoid in Booster Clubs 226

For One and for All 227

Index 229

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