Absolute Beginner's Guide to Coaching Youth Baseball
By: Tom Hanlon (author)Paperback
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Are you ready to coach the Cubs to a championship victory? How about a little league or T-ball championship? Not ready for either one? We can help! Absolute Beginner's Guide to Coaching Youth Baseball is a beginning youth baseball coach's ultimate reference guide. Your practice time is probably already limited, so don't waste it trying to figure out what to do. Plan ahead with our easy-to-follow chapters that cover: identifying your roles and expectations as a coach, tailoring instruction to your age group, creating a safe playing environment, knowing how to coach effectively during games, celebrating victories and much more. Our book web page will be a coaching resource as well, with downloadable practice plans, emergency information cards, injury reports, awards and certificates, and season evaluation forms. Go into day 1 as if its day 1001 of your coaching career with the help of Absolute Beginner's Guide to Coaching Youth Baseball.
Tom Hanlon has 19 years of professional writing experience - as a journalist, editor of two coaching magazines, curriculum writer for a coaching division of a publishing company, and book writer and ghost writer for nationally-prominent authors. Tom ghostwrote Teens Can Make It Happen (Simon and Schuster) for Stedman Graham; this book made the New York Times bestseller list in 2000. He has written all or major portions of 39 other books, including seven sport officiating guides, and numerous coaches' guides (including baseball; softball; soccer; basketball; and volleyball, among others). Tom has played numerous sports himself and has experience as a youth sport coach.
Introduction. How This Book Is Organized Special Elements I. COACHING BASICS.1. Your Coaching Approach. Your Coaching Philosophy Physical Development Mental Development Emotional Development Social Development Some Final Thoughts on Your Coaching Philosophy 10 Attributes of a Good Coach Take Your Role Seriously Be Comfortable with Being in Charge Be Dependable and Stable Be Patient Be Flexible Enjoy Getting to Know Your Players Desire to Help Kids Learn and Grow Be an Encourager Be Willing to Learn Have a Sense of Humor 10 Keys to Being a Good Coach Know the Basics of the Sport Plan for Your Season and Practices Conduct Effective Practices Teach Skills and Tactics Correct Players in a Way That Helps Them Improve Teach and Model Good Sporting Behavior Provide for Players' Safety Communicate Effectively Coach Effectively During Games Know What Success Is Final Thoughts on the Keys to Being a Good Coach What to Expect As a Coach What Is Expected of You As a Coach Equipment and Insurance Last, But Not Least: Why Kids Play Baseball 2. Rules of the Game. Basic Youth Baseball Rules Field Equipment Players Pitching Rules Hitting Rules Fielding Rules Baserunning Rules How the Game Is Played Terms Signals Umpire Signals Coach Signals Keep on Learning Teaching Rules to Your Players Situational Plays Practice Games Brief Discussions Players' Experiences 3. Communication Keys. 10 Keys to Being a Good Communicator Know Your Message Make Sure You Are Understood Deliver Your Message in the Proper Context Use Appropriate Emotions and Tones Adopt a Healthy Communication Style Be Receptive Provide Helpful Feedback Be a Good Nonverbal Communicator Be Consistent Be Positive Communicating with Parents Preseason Meeting or Letter Preseason Call During the Season Be Understanding-and Set Boundaries Challenging Situations Communicating with League Administrators League Information Coaches' Meetings and Clinics Questions and Concerns Communicating with Opponents and Umpires 4. Safety Principles. Communicating the Inherent Risks Being Prepared CPR/First Aid Training Chronic Health Condition Awareness First Aid Kit Providing Proper Supervision Plan Your Practices Inspect the Field and Equipment Provide Proper Instruction Supervise Each Activity Responding to Minor Injuries Cuts and Scrapes Bruises Sprains and Strains Responding to Emergency Situations Heatstroke Heat Exhaustion Respecting the Weather Heat Guidelines Lightning Guidelines Severe Weather Guidelines 5. Practice Plans. Planning Your Season Purpose Tactics and Skills Rules Adjusting Your Season Plan Sample Season Plan Planning Practices The Best Option: Simultaneous Stations Player Safety Coaching Instruction and Feedback Sample Practice Plan Conducting Your First Practice 12 Keys to Conducting Effective Practices 1. Be Prepared 2. Set the Stage 3. Involve Parents 4. Be Active 5. Be Active with a Purpose 6. Make It Fun 7. Provide Instruction 8. Give Feedback 9. Be Encouraging and Supportive 10. Promote Teamwork and Camaraderie 11. Discipline Players As Necessary 12. Wrap Up the Practice 6. Player Development. The Process for Teaching Skills and Tactics Set the Stage Show and Tell Practice the Skill Provide Feedback Six Keys to Error Correction Be Encouraging Be Honest Be Specific Reinforce Correct Technique Explain Why the Error Happened Watch for Comprehension 7. Game Time! The Practice Before the Game Game Particulars Game Focus Before the Game Team Warm-up Lineups Last-minute Words During the Game Your Approach to the Game Score Sheets Player Substitutions Appropriate Behavior After the Game Team Meeting 8. Ingredients of a Successful Season. A Tale of Two Coaches Evaluating Your Season Did Your Players Have Fun? Did Your Players Learn New Skills and Improve on Previously Learned Skills? Did You Help Your Players Understand the Game and Its Rules? Did You Communicate Appropriately and Effectively? Did You Provide for Your Players' Safety? Did You Plan and Conduct Effective Practices? Did Your Players Give Maximum Effort in Practices and Games? Did Your Players Leave the Games on the Field? Did You Leave the Games on the Field? Did You Conduct Yourself Appropriately? Did You Communicate Effectively with Parents and Involve Them in Positive Ways? Did You Coach Appropriately During Games? Did You Win with Class and Lose with Dignity? Did You Make the Experience Positive, Meaningful, and Fun for Your Players? II. SKILLS AND TACTICS.9. Offensive Skills and Tactics. Hitting Bat Selection Grip Stance Picking Up the Pitch Stride Swing Common Errors in Hitting Bunting Sacrifice Bunt Safety Squeeze Bunt Suicide Squeeze Bunt Drag Bunt Push Bunt Common Errors in Bunting Baserunning Running from Home to First Taking Leadoffs Sliding Running from First to Second Taking an Extra Base Running from Third to Home Stealing Hit-and-Run Tagging Up Common Errors in Baserunning 10. Defensive Skills and Tactics. Throwing Other Types of Throws Common Errors in Throwing Catching Throws Common Errors in Catching Pitcher Skills Position on the Mound Grip Full Windup, Pivot, and Delivery Pitching from the Stretch Fielding the Position Keeping Baserunners Close Common Errors in Pitching Catcher Skills Positioning Catching the Ball Blocking the Ball Throwing Catching Pop-ups Fielding Bunts and Slow Rollers Common Errors in Catching Infielder Skills Being in the Ready Position Fielding Ground Balls Holding Runners On Covering Base on a Steal Attempt Tagging Runners Out Making Force Outs Making Double Plays Executing Rundowns Receiving Throws from the Outfield Common Errors in Infield Play Outfielder Skills Being in the Ready Position Catching Fly Balls Fielding Ground Balls Making Throws Communicating with and Backing Up Teammates Common Errors in Playing the Outfield 11. Games and Drills. Infield Games Game One Game Two Game Three Game Four Game Five Game Six Game Seven Outfield Games Game One Game Two Game Three Team Defense Games Game One Game Two Game Three Hitting Games Game One Game Two Baserunning Games Game One Game Two III. APPENDIXES.A. Sample Letter to Parents.B. Medical Emergency Form.C. Injury Report.D. Season Plan.E. Practice Plan.F. Season Evaluation Form. 1. Did Your Players Have Fun? 2. -Did Your Players Learn New Skills and Improve on Previously Learned Skills? 3. -Did You Help Your Players Understand the Game and Its Rules? 4. -Did You Communicate Appropriately and Effectively? 5. Did You Provide for Your Players' Safety? 6. Did You Plan and Conduct Effective Practices? 7. -Did Your Players Give Maximum Effort in Practices and Games? 8. -Did Your Players Leave the Games on the Field? 9.Did You Leave the Games on the Field? 10. Did You Conduct Yourself Appropriately? 11. -Did You Communicate Effectively with Parents and Involve Them in Positive Ways? 12. Did You Coach Appropriately During Games? 13. -Did You Win with Class and Lose with Dignity? 14. -Did You Make the Experience Positive, Meaningful, and Fun for Your Players? Index.
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