Absolute Beginner's Guide to Coaching Youth Baseball
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Great starter guide for the clueless!,
This review is from: Absolute Beginner's Guide to Coaching Youth Baseball (Paperback)This book was exactly what I needed as a first time coach - with zero experience. It is an easy read with numerous photos of little leaguers performing the actions described. It not only covers the basic rules and offensive and defensive tactics, but goes into the psychology of what makes a positive coaching experience for both the coach, kids and parents. Most helpful were the numerous examples of drills for practices. Kids get bored and distracted easily and this book gives you numerous tips on keeping them focused on learning the game and still having fun.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This review is from: Absolute Beginner's Guide to Coaching Youth Baseball (Paperback)Great book. Help guide our youth to play the game better. Will use as a reference many times in the future.
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This review is from: Absolute Beginner's Guide to Coaching Youth Baseball (Paperback)This book covers areas of coaching that most other books do not. I helps with communication skills with both the child and the parents. I don't know how well it would do as a stand alone book, lacked some in the skills department but agian it was very helpful with everything else.
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Table of Contents
How This Book Is Organized
I. COACHING BASICS.
1. Your Coaching Approach.
Your Coaching Philosophy
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
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
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
How the Game Is Played
Keep on Learning
Teaching Rules to Your Players
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
Provide Helpful Feedback
Be a Good Nonverbal Communicator
Communicating with Parents
Preseason Meeting or Letter
During the Season
Be Understanding-and Set Boundaries
Communicating with League Administrators
Coaches' Meetings and Clinics
Questions and Concerns
Communicating with Opponents and Umpires
4. Safety Principles.
Communicating the Inherent Risks
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
Respecting the Weather
Severe Weather Guidelines
5. Practice Plans.
Planning Your Season
Tactics and Skills
Adjusting Your Season Plan
Sample Season Plan
The Best Option: Simultaneous Stations
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
Six Keys to Error Correction
Reinforce Correct Technique
Explain Why the Error Happened
Watch for Comprehension
7. Game Time!
The Practice Before the Game
Before the Game
During the Game
Your Approach to the Game
After the Game
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.
Picking Up the Pitch
Common Errors in Hitting
Safety Squeeze Bunt
Suicide Squeeze Bunt
Common Errors in Bunting
Running from Home to First
Running from First to Second
Taking an Extra Base
Running from Third to Home
Common Errors in Baserunning
10. Defensive Skills and Tactics.
Other Types of Throws
Common Errors in Throwing
Common Errors in Catching
Position on the Mound
Full Windup, Pivot, and Delivery
Pitching from the Stretch
Fielding the Position
Keeping Baserunners Close
Common Errors in Pitching
Catching the Ball
Blocking the Ball
Fielding Bunts and Slow Rollers
Common Errors in Catching
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
Receiving Throws from the Outfield
Common Errors in Infield Play
Being in the Ready Position
Catching Fly Balls
Fielding Ground Balls
Communicating with and Backing Up Teammates
Common Errors in Playing the Outfield
11. Games and Drills.
Team Defense Games
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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