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Absolute Beginner's Guide to Coaching Youth Baseball


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  • Copyright 2005
  • Dimensions: 7-3/8" x 9-1/8"
  • Pages: 312
  • Edition: 1st
  • Book
  • ISBN-10: 0-7897-3357-9
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-7897-3357-3

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.



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Appendix A: Sample Letter to Parents

Appendix B: Medical Emergency Form

Appendix C: Injury Report

Appendix D: Season Plan

Appendix E: Practice Plan

Appendix F: Season Evaluation Form





Sample Content

Online Sample Chapters

Communication Keys

Communication Keys for Coaching Youth Baseball

Table of Contents


    How This Book Is Organized

    Special Elements


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




    Pitching Rules

      Hitting Rules

      Fielding Rules

      Baserunning Rules

    How the Game Is Played



      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


      Sprains and Strains

    Responding to Emergency Situations


      Heat Exhaustion

    Respecting the Weather

      Heat Guidelines

      Lightning Guidelines

    Severe Weather Guidelines

5. Practice Plans.

    Planning Your Season


      Tactics and Skills


      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


      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?


9. Offensive Skills and Tactics.


      Bat Selection



      Picking Up the Pitch



      Common Errors in Hitting


      Sacrifice Bunt

      Safety Squeeze Bunt

      Suicide Squeeze Bunt

      Drag Bunt

      Push Bunt

      Common Errors in Bunting


      Running from Home to First

      Taking Leadoffs


      Running from First to Second

      Taking an Extra Base

      Running from Third to Home



      Tagging Up

      Common Errors in Baserunning

10. Defensive Skills and Tactics.


      Other Types of Throws

      Common Errors in Throwing

    Catching Throws

      Common Errors in Catching

    Pitcher Skills

      Position on the Mound


      Full Windup, Pivot, and Delivery

      Pitching from the Stretch

      Fielding the Position

      Keeping Baserunners Close

      Common Errors in Pitching

    Catcher Skills


      Catching the Ball

      Blocking the Ball


      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


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?



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