Hawks teams follow the mission of the Pleasant Hill Baseball Association, an organization that believes that all the players should have ample opportunity to play, improve and have a supportive but still competitive platform to become a better baseball pl
Coaches Tip of the Week #3 - Coaching Tips for Developing Players:
- Always stretch, run and throw before every practice and game. Do not skip this step, ever. If a player is late, make him stretch and throw on the side before he is allowed to practice. It takes about 15 minutes to do this. Make the time.
- Start your practices on time. Don't wait for late players.
- Recruit good coaches to help you. You can't do the job by yourself.
- Use drills that also offer "baseball specific" conditioning i.e. base running drills, Quarterbacks, etc.
- You can never hit enough ground ball fungoes. Hit them before batting practice and during batting practice. It is important to use coaches who are good fungo hitters.
- Hit fungoes from the correct angle so the infielder can react to batted balls as they will look in a game. That is why those fungo circles are placed where they are. The third base fungo coach hits balls to the shortstop and first baseman.
- The coach on the first base line hits ground balls to the third baseman and the second baseman.
- Realize that the biggest enemy of a successful baseball practice is time.
- Use rain days for teaching the mental side of the game.
- Teach. A good coach is a good teacher. (Have you heard us say that one before?)
- Get your team in condition. Just because they are active does not mean they are in baseball shape.
- If you don't have a baseball field available, find a patch of grass and work on something. (How about rundowns?)
- Players must hustle at all times. It takes no talent to hustle.
- Pitching is 70% of the game. Do you spend enough time on pitching?
- Use stations. This allows you to get in a lot of skills at one practice and keeps everyone busy. In batting practice players go from the tee station to the soft toss station to bunting to live hitting. Divide the players into groups.
Run most of your conditioning drills at the end of practice. You don't want your players fatigued when they are practicing skills.
- Sit your players down after every practice and talk to them, even if just for 5 minutes.
- Keep practices fast-paced and fun; don't let players stand around.
- After practice is over, choose a player who needs extra help on a certain skill. Work with him for 10 or 15 minutes and help him improve. This is when some real teaching can get done.
- Reflect on your weaknesses and become determined to improve your coaching knowledge and skills just as you expect your players to improve their skills.
- Spend enough time so that you can teach all defensive positions. Every one is important; don't neglect any position or player.
- Let your players hit every day. It is fun for them and gives them something to look forward to. Besides, they need to hit every day anyway.
- We like to run a practice, most of the time, in this sequence: Stretch, run, throw- defensive drills-batting practice-conditioning drills-talk with the players.
- Be aware of how your players act and conduct themselves. They are a reflection of you. Be aware of your own actions during practice and games.