Tip of the Month

Coaching Strategy

Next time you're coaching 3rd base and faced with the decision whether to hold your runner or send her on to score, consider this - is the outfielder having to field a ground ball? If so, send her. Even at...

 

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Hitting – Arrows

Balls don't have brains, they only go where we tell them to go. Every bat has an invisible arrow shooting out of the barrel. Wherever this arrow points when the bat hits the ball is where the ball will go…arrow...

 

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Pitching – Stride

Your pitchers don't need to take a L-O-N-G stride since this often results in an out-of-balance landing. Instead, have your pitcher focus on a powerful or aggressive stride. Powerful vs long - it's exactly what we do with our stride...

 

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Team Captains

The next time your team selects captains, try this. Have your team and your staff vote on the captain (or captains) and then let the captain/s pick a couple of players who have strengths in areas she doesn't. It makes...

 

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Coaching Tip from NASA

Coaching requires a lot of quick thinking and creativity. When faced with a problem sometimes simply stepping back and getting a different perspective will allow you to find a better solution. There is a great a great fable about how...

 

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Pitching – The Screwball

For anyone who has a pitcher whose screwball either isn't breaking enough, or else it's acting more like a riseball, try this. Have her enter the release point with her thumb facing forward. This will really help ensure her hand is...

 

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TEAM CHEMISTRY: The Positive Promise

If you have a player or players that are really hard on themselves think about putting into place The Positive Promise. Players can't say anything bad about themselves until they first say something good. So for instance, if a player...

 

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Baserunning – Lead-offs

A good way to help your players know when they should start their lead-offs so they don't leave too soon (before the ball leaves the pitcher's hand) or too late, is to tell them to leave as the pitcher's arm...

 

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TECHNIQUE FOR LEFTY SLAPPERS

Here are some quick keys for helping your lefty slappers become more consistent and effective: Line up about middle of box with bellybutton near middle of plate As pitcher delivers the ball player either takes a cross-over step with the back foot,...

 

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