BASEBALL COACHES
CLINIC
(sample outline)
PHILOSOPHY OR MISSION STATEMENT
“Focus on excellence”
1. Mission- A specific task.
2. Focus- The center of activity, attraction,
or attention.
3. Excellence- derived from the Latin
word ‘excel’ which means
to “rise up”.
TEAM MANAGEMENT
THE COACH
•Evaluation and selection of personnel
•Training a team
Indoors
Outdoors
•Good coaching qualities
-Ability to:
* teach fundamentals
* instill confidence
* get best effort possible from players
>physical effort
>100% mental hustle (the big difference)
Knowledge of game and strategy
The desire to learn
Good psychologist
Patience
•Recognizing player limitations
•Molding personnel into a “team”
•The outstanding coach not only
prepares his players for the game of
baseball but more importantly for
“ The Game of Life”.
•Teaching
-Making purpose clear
-When to teach, praise, criticize, etc.
-Do not over coach or under coach
PRACTICE FORMAT/INDOOR
BASERUNNING
FIELDING DRILLS
BATTING DRILLS
PITCHING DRILLS
CATCHING DRILLS
BUNTING
CONDITIONING DRILLS/GAMES
*BASEBALL 101*
HOW DO THEY BECOME
GENERAL PRACTICE FORMAT/OUTDOOR
•Pre practice announcements
•Warm up / Stretch / Agilities
•Long toss
•Intro or Review - Team Defense/Offense
•B.P. & Individual Skills Period
-Typical B.P. w/infield fungos
-Position specific situational drills
•CONDITIONING
-Over the shoulder catch sprint
>Partner
>Team/group
- Simultaneous 5 Man Base Running
Defense in Baseball
Basic Defensive Plays
Position Specific Plays
General Infield/Outfield
The First Baseman
The Second Baseman
The Third Baseman
The Shortstop
Outfield Play
Catching
Pitching
Know the Situation
•Offense in Baseball
-Base Running
-Bunting
-Sliding
-Batting
-Signs
-Know the Situation
COACHING PRINCIPLES
Keep winning in perspective
Coaching Philosophy
Sportsmanship/Citizenship
Coaching Style
Communicating
Teaching Sports skills
Sports Psychology
Guide Athletes to Better Nutrition
Planning for the Season
Off-Season Training
Setting Performance Goals
Shaping Behavior
Reducing Injuries
Managing Equipment and Facilities
The Name of the Game is Mental Hustle
There are no secrets in baseball. An amateur baseball team that wins consistently over a long
period of time may have superior talent, but this is unlikely. The team that continues to win,
assuming they are playing teams of similar caliber, is the team that has disciplined itself to the
extent that 100% Mental Hustle is as common as putting on the uniform. Physical hustle is a
natural result of mental hustle, but always a result. Complete concentration on the job to be done
automatically guarantees the desirable physical results, with the exception of human error.
Physical hustle, although desirable and necessary, does not remotely suggest an outstanding
mental game.
A baseball player that will keep himself in good physical condition and give 100%
mentally- will be a winner. If his teammates do likewise, he will play on a winner. This is
“paying the extreme price,” and applies to every member of the team--to the man playing only
occasionally, as well as the .350 hitter. A chain is only as strong as its weakest link--a baseball
team is only as strong as the weakest mental link on its entire roster.
Demands upon baseball players in “our” program are few in number, but exact. Quite
simply, it’s a matter of self-discipline and confidence. Off, as well as on the field, an athlete
should “walk tall,” “talk tall,” and “stand tall.” Most assuredly the athlete, of all students, should
be a gentleman and a good sport. “Bushiness” will not be tolerated.
The name of the game is Mental Hustle. Of this phase of the game, we expect 100%
from those connected directly with “our” program. The reason is a simple one. We like to win.
In this manual is an outline of the different fundamental phases of the game of baseball,
as well as a comprehensive set of team defensive situations. As a member this , it is hoped that
this will not only facilitate your familiarity with how we cope with the different aspects of the
game, but will expedite the things with which we are most concerned -- your Mental Game.
A Great Teaching Philosophy…
“I’ve come to a frightening conclusion. I am the decisive
element in the classroom. It’s my personal approach that
creates the climate, it’s my daily mood that makes the weather.
As a teacher I possess tremendous power to make a child’s life
miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an instrument
of inspiration. I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal. In all
situations it is my response that decides whether a situation
will be escalated or deescalated, a child’s life humanized or
dehumanized.”
An excerpt from the book:
BETWEEN TEACHER AND CHILD
by Haim Ginott
The
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