Great Baseball Drills: A Baffled Parent's Guide

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Games-based drills to end tedium and make practices fun and productive

This handy reference is the solution to every youth baseball coach's worst nightmare: five minutes into an hour-long practice session and the players are bored, distracted, or just standing around. With nine diverse defensive positions plus batting and baserunning to think about, how can a coach keep all the players engaged and progressing at the same time? This coach's tool kit contains the answer. Great Baseball Drills is built around a unique games approach that keeps practices fresh and kids moving and excited. The drills are organized by skill level and position, and each teaches a specific skill or responds to a specific weakness.

Includes:

  • A fun, original games approach to drilling 6- to 12-year-old players
  • 125 simple, skill-building games that keep kids moving
  • A troubleshooting chart that lets coaches easily match drills to problem areas

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"An in-depth tool for instructing youngsters to improve their fundamental skills in the great game of baseball."--Bill Hunter, manager, Texas Rangers, former shortstop, New York Yankees

"A must-read for inexperienced AND experienced coaches. As a former professional player, my toughest job when I started coaching Little League was transferring my knowledge to the kids so they could develop their skills and a love for the game. This book allows coaches to do just that."--Gene Hiser, Chicago Cubs, 1970 - 76

Did we say "drills?" Sorry, we meant games. That's right. Games your young players will love. Games that teach them more effectively than the tedious drills you endured as a kid.

Great Baseball Drills includes 125 step-by-step illustrated games that will keep your players moving, motivated, and most of all, having fun. The basic skills of throwing, fielding, hitting, and pitching are covered in a way that enhances team communication and decision-making skills. Other games focus on bunting, baserunning, fielding by position, and practice games. You'll even learn a thing or two about coaching style, and how to make improvement the goal of your season rather than winning or losing.

  • Use Garland's Ten Commandments of Practices to improve your players and team
  • Find answers to common problems in the Q&A sections
  • Pinpoint weaknesses using the Troubleshooting Chart
  • Create a positive attitude, team spirit, and good parental communications
  • Make practices fun and rewarding
  • Match drills to age and ability

    "Coach Garland has done a great job designing a way for kids to learn basic skills while having fun."--Mike Edge, clinician, Motion Concepts Sports Camps

  • About the Author:

    Jim Garland has been an elementary physical education teacher for more than thirty years. A former all-conference baseball player, he has coached youth and high school sports, conducted the Motion Concepts Sports Camps since 1988, and served as a clinician on local, state, and national levels.

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