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Baseball Coach's Survival Guide: Practical Techniques and Materials for Building an Effective Program and a Winning Team

Baseball Coach's Survival Guide: Practical Techniques and Materials for Building an Effective Program and a Winning Team
by Jerry Weinstein, Tom Alston

A reader: "The book was purchased to assist with the management and development of little league ballplayers. This publication is geared for an older audience. However, the information and instructional tips are pure baseball and, as such, can assist anyone with better understanding how to approach teaching the game of baseball. It is an easy read, yet comprehensive. I would recommend adding it to your baseball instruction library."


How to Hit/How to Pitch: A Complete Self-Coaching System for Winning Baseball

How to Hit/How to Pitch: A Complete Self-Coaching System for Winning Baseball
by Bob Cluck

Easy to understand book for intermediate to advanced players and coaches. This book shows you how to coach yourself or others and learn quickly. Fundamentals and advanced mechanics of hitting and pitching are presented like never before. Recommended by All Stars Tony Gwynn of the Padres and Alan Trammell of the Tigers.

Jeff Burroughs' Little League Instructional Guide/Tips and Techniques for Coaches and Parents
by Jeff Burroughs

A reader: "I believe this book was terrific and helped me a lot in baseball. I feel all coaches and parents of baseball childeren should read this book. This book gives all pointers in how to field and bat using all kinds of techniques. I give this book a thumbs up and disagree to the people who think this book was dissapointing. I hope many people get to learn from this review and recommendation. Choose to read this book and you'll thank me."

Little League: Drills and Strategies
by Ned McIntosh

An excellent resource with useful illustrations to help the little league coach prepare for practices, games and parents. Strong points: good baseball drill and practice suggestions that are easily implementable on the field, good communications suggestions to ensure your team and their parents know what's up and minimize problems. If you're not worried about winning too much then about 1/3 of the material is not going to be very useful to you. If winning is everything then this has excellent ideas to help you achieve your goal. I strongly recommend it to anyone who is a first time coach. A reader from Rochester, NY

Managing Little League Baseball
by Ned McIntosh

The new edition of this classic book includes recent rule changes and a special section on Little League Softball. Fully approved by Little League, Inc., and illustrated with photos and diagrams, this book is just the source managers and coaches need to build a team, develop fine young ballplayers, and handle parents and pressure.


Maximizing Baseball Practice

Maximizing Baseball Practice
by John Winkin, Jay Kemble (Contributor), Michael Coutts

A great resource for all baseball coaches to get the most out of their practice sessions, players, and facilities. The authors reveal methods for setting priorities, planning a practice, and making full use of facilities--whether indoors or out. Includes 54 drills that hone the skills needed for each position.


Offensive Baseball Drills

Offensive Baseball Drills
by Rod Delmonico, Tommy Lasorda

Let Rod Delmonico, Baseball America’s 1995 National Division I College Coach of the Year, show you 68 of the offensive drills he uses to take his teams to the top.

Offensive Baseball Drills includes 35 hitting drills, 20 baserunning drills, and 13 team drills for coaches to use.

101 Things You Can Teach Your Kids about Baseball, 2nd ED
by by Don Marsh, Ann C. Marsh (Illustrator)

A reader: "101 Things is one of the better baseball books I have come across. It is obvious that Marsh knows baseball, and he presents information clearly. I also like the tone of the book -- although he discusses some of the fine points of the game, he doesn't get too technical, or talk down to the reader. The book has sections for different parts of the game (pitching, hitting, bunting/baserunning, etc). Each section then consists of one paragraph tips, with each tip rated as beginner, intermediate, or advanced. The drills are clearly labeled and placed next to the appropriate tip. Marsh writes at the end of each chapter, "remember, it's only a game..." But the game is much more enjoyable when coaches and players know what's going on. No one book can teach someone how to coach or play baseball, but this book certainly helps a lot."


1999 Official Rules of Major League Baseball (Serial)

1999 Official Rules of Major League Baseball (Serial)
by Major League Baseball

America's pastime is back on track. Whether a longtime fan, new advocate, or a player, a thorough understanding of the game's intricate rules is essential to enjoying the sport. Completely updated, the 1999 edition covers all aspects of the game, including the batter, pitcher, the umpire, putting the ball in play, and starting and ending the game.


Baseball Defensive Drills

Baseball Defensive Drills
by Rod Delmonico

A reader: "Good book for those looking for drills that can move their average and excellent players from the most basic fundamentals to intermediate (middle-of-the-road) and advanced techniques of baseball. The book breaks down every defensive position, chapter-by-chapter, giving extensive defensive drills to improve play at those positions. It also devotes a couple of well-written chapters to overall team drills..."


Baseball Skills & Drills: American Baseball Coaches Association

Baseball Skills & Drills: American Baseball Coaches Association
by John Winkin (Editor), Jack Leggett, Pat McMahon, Mark Johnson, American Baseball Coaches Association

Baseball Skills & Drills is both a comprehensive instructional guide and a useful practice tool for coaches and players at all levels. Written by three of baseball’s top teaching coaches-Pat McMahon of Mississippi State University, Mark Johnson of Texas A&M University, and Jack Leggett from Clemson University-and developed in cooperation with the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA), this is a book that you’ll use as often as your favorite bat. Master all the fundamentals through the book’s expert instruction, numerous photographs, and essential drills. The 17 chapters cover all the bases in teaching the best techniques for • hitting, • baserunning, • fielding, • pitching, and • catching. Use Baseball Skills & Drills to develop the consistent, proper execution of the fundamentals needed to be a winner.


Coaching Baseball Successfully

Coaching Baseball Successfully
by Andy Lopez, John Kirkgard (Contributor)

Andy Lopez has written a book which not only covers drills and strategies, but discusses coaching philosophies, evaluating players, working with school administrators, fund-raising, game and practice preparation, and player motivation, among others, and he does it very well. In covering more than just on-field aspects he goes beyond all other coaching manuals I have read. He presents his ideas in an advanced way that makes them useful for high school and college coaches alike. As a high school baseball coach I've found Lopez's ideas to work very well when put into practice and I highly recommend this book to any prospective high school or college baseball coach. A reader


Coaching Pitchers

Coaching Pitchers
by Joe Spanky McFarland

This is the best instruction for coaches that I've found This book covers the fundementals in a way that makes them clearly understood. Coaches will not only be able to instruct young pitchers in the proper fundementals, but will be able to easily and quickly recognize good and bad pitching form. It's well worth the money. A reader from Massachusetts (USA)


Coaching Youth Baseball

Coaching Youth Baseball
by The American Sport Education Program (ASEP)

Coaching Youth Baseball is an excellent introduction to youth coaching and teaching young baseball players valuable skills. It provides all the information you need to coach effectively and help 8- to 14-year-old athletes learn and enjoy the game. The third edition of this valuable resource features the games approach instructional method, which makes practice more fun for the kids and teaching more effective for you, the coach.


Hit and Run Baseball

Hit and Run Baseball
by Rod Delmonico

Take advantage of your half of the inning with Hit and Run Baseball. This insightful guide on baseball offense will help your team manufacture runs without the benefit of big hits.

Rod Delmonico is the head baseball coach at the University of Tennessee and one of college baseball's brightest young coaches. In his second year at Tennessee, Delmonico set a school record with a 41-19 record. He also spent 6 years as the head assistant coach with Florida State University, where he helped coach the team to three college world series.


Little League(R) Drills and Strategies

Little League(R) Drills and Strategies
by Ned McIntosh

Training activities to develop playing skills. Includes help with team management, fundraising, and planning special events. Endorsed by Little League Baseball® and a favorite among coaches and parents, Little League® Drills and Strategies is built around three easy-to-follow rules: (1) teach the basics, (2) keep it fun, and (3) practice, practice, practice.


Making Little League Baseball(R) More Fun for Kids: 30 Games and Drills Guaranteed to Improve Skills and Attitudes

Making Little League Baseball(R) More Fun for Kids: 30 Games and Drills Guaranteed to Improve Skills and Attitudes
by Randy Voorhees

In Making Little League Baseball® More Fun for Kids, long time baseball coach Randy Voorhees arms coaches with dozens of innovative, easy-to-perform games and drills guaranteed to dramatically increase the fun quotient of their practices while building the skills, confidence, motivation, and sheer love of the sport Little Leaguers need to win games. Designed to involve all team members in practice, these "games within the game" cover all fundamentals in the categories of hitting, pitching, fielding, and baserunning.


Play Better Baseball: Winning Techniques and Strategies for Coaches and Players

Play Better Baseball: Winning Techniques and Strategies for Coaches and Players
by Bob Cluck

Newly revised, Play Better Baseball is the state-of-the-art source for all fundamentals and mechanics, illustrated with hundreds of photographs and accompanied by helpful new drills. Based on actual team situations drawn from author Bob Cluck's 20-plus years of coaching, this reader-friendly handbook emphasizes the fundamentals that produce winning baseball teams and offers a wealth of advice.


Playing Better Baseball

Playing Better Baseball
by Rick Wolff

Playing Better Baseball is the insider’s guide to becoming a complete player.
  • Choosing and using equipment,
  • Conditioning the body and throwing arm,
  • Practicing pre-season, in-season, and off-season,
  • Developing offensive, defensive, and pitching skills,
  • Focusing, adjusting, and staying sharp mentally, and
  • Showcasing your hard-earned skills.


Science of Hitting

Science of Hitting
by Ted Williams (Author), John Underwood (Author)

The Science of Hitting has reigned as the classic handbook on hitting since being published in 1971 -- and now it's even better! Ted's hitting advice has been updated, and exciting new color graphics and photos have been added to enhance your reading pleasure. The Gallery of Great Hitters has been expanded to include Ted's choices for the best hitters of the '70s and '80s: look inside to see who made the cut! Whether you play the game or simply enjoy reading about it, you'll find The Science of Hitting an unforgettable addition to your sports library.


The 59 Minute Baseball Practice - Video

The 59 Minute Baseball Practice - Video
by Marty Shupak et. al.

The 59 Minute Baseball Practice has been called the bible of instructional baseball practice videos. The video was produced by a very successful youth baseball coach. Coach Marty Schupak has coached youth baseball for 13 years and has developed drills and techniques that enable a coach or parent to run a youth baseball practice within an hour. Coach Schupak was recognized by the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) for registering his 200th victory in 1998.


The Baseball Coaching Bible

The Baseball Coaching Bible
by Jerry Kindall (Editor), John Winkin (Editor)

Rarely is a book so collaborative in its inception, authoritative in its information, useful in its application, and wide in its scope that it serves as both the gospel and guide on a subject. The Baseball Coaching Bible earns that special status by presenting the knowledge of many of the greatest to have ever coached the game and covering a full spectrum of topics on leading a team to become champions. The 27 contributing coaches share their keys to winning baseball—something they know well, having won 50 national titles and nearly 25,000 games. The book's varied and vast amount of information allows you to pick and choose what you wish to implement in your program, but you will gain knowledge and be entertained by it all.


The Baseball Handbook for Players and Coaches

The Baseball Handbook for Players and Coaches
by Jim Depel, Jean Simpson (Illustrator)

Here it is, the perfect book for anyone who wants to learn how to play (and coach) baseball. Jim Depel has broken the game down into its most basic parts, including hitting, pitching, fielding, and running. He explains in easy-to-understand terms just how one can work on and improve one's baseball skills.


You Can Teach Hitting: A Systematic Approach

You Can Teach Hitting: A Systematic Approach
by Dusty Baker, et al.

A must for little league coaches who teach hitting. This book is the best I've seen for developing proper fundementals for hitters at an early age. The drills depending on age group will give a coach a working program to follow. Repetition of proper fundementals is critical knowledge for any coach. The book has been endorsed by many proven hitters. It is a great reference book also for problem solving drills depending on the swing flaw. Thanks Dusty, even though I grew up as an AL fan watching G.Brett in KC. jftcst@aol.com from Kansas

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