The Baseball Starter: A Handbook for Coaching Children and Teens

The Baseball Starter: A Handbook for Coaching Children and Teens

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ISBN-13: 9780786457120
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 01/13/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 160
File size: 10 MB

About the Author

W. George Scarlett is a professor of child development at Tufts University. He is the author of numerous books and articles about children's play and organized youth sports. He lives in Carlisle, Massachusetts. Gregory Chertok is a sport psychology counselor at the Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Center in New Jersey. He is a former captain of the Tufts varsity baseball team and is presently co-owner of Pitch by Pitch Baseball, a youth summer baseball academy, in Congers, N.Y. He lives in Bardonia, New York. Jacob L. Lipton works for a risk management consulting firm. He is a former Tufts baseball player and director of a summer youth sports camp. He lives in New York. Erik S. Johanson is a strategic planner at the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority. A former pitcher for the Tufts varsity baseball team, he now lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vi
Foreword by Sol Gittleman 1
Preface 3
Introduction 5

Part One: Teaching Baseball Mechanics 15
1. Offense: Hitting, Bunting and Baserunning 17
2. Playing the Field: Throwing, Catching and Fielding 39
3. Pitching 61

Part Two: Managing Practices and Games 71
4. Managing Practices 72
5. Managing Games 85

Part Three: Additional Essentials 103
6. Character and Team Culture 104

Conclusion: Children and the Game of Baseball 123

Part Four: Appendices 127
One: Drills 128
Two: Practice Games 144
Three: Resources 148
Index 153

What People are Saying About This

John Casey

'The Baseball Starter' steps up to the plate and delivers! This book is a must read for youth coaches who want to teach their players not only great fundamentals but be able to deliver them in a positive and age appropriate way. I found myself reading it as a refresher course in the basic fundamentals of the game after 26 years as a college coach, it is a great foundation to help foster a child's love for the game. (John Casey, Head Baseball Coach, Tufts University)

Bob Bigelow

I've known George Scarlett for a long time and he has always had incredibly keen insight into how to make youth baseball more fun and exciting for the players. I am very happy and proud that George has now put all this wisdom into 'The Baseball Starter'. If you are the coach and/or parent of a youth baseball player; please read this's terrific! (Bob Bigelow, author of "Just Let the Kids Play"; international youth sports reformer, activist and lecturer)

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