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The baseball coaching bible
Kindall, Jerry.
Publication Information:
Champaign, IL : Human Kinetics, [2000]

Physical Description:
xii, 369 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
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GV875.5 .B38 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
GV875.5 .B38 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Much more than a book on skills, strategies, or drills, The Baseball Coaching Bible represents a landmark work for the sport. Many of the greatest coaches the game has ever known--including Coaches of the Century at the high school, junior college, NAIA, and Division I, II, III levels, as named by Collegiate Baseball --combine to cover all aspects of coaching. The 27 contributing coaches share their keys to championship baseball, something they know well, having won 50 national titles and nearly 25,000 games.

The Baseball Coaching Bible covers every facet of coaching, with each coach addressing the subject he knows best. From Bobby Winkles' chapter on instilling hustle and Ron Polk's chapter on organizing a winning program, to Ed Cheff's chapter on innovative practices and Rod Dedeaux's chapter on establishing pride and tradition, The Baseball Coaching Bible transcends the Xs and Os.

The book's varied and vast amount of information allows you to pick and choose what you implement in your program in any particular season, but you will learn from and be entertained by it all. The wit and wisdom of baseball's sharpest minds shine through in their memorable stories and valuable insights.

Jerry Kindall and John Winkin organized and edited the contents. "The Impact of a Coach" by Dave Keilitz is a strong and fitting introduction. From there the book flows logically and swiftly through six sections:

- ""Coaching Priorities and Principles"" with chapters from John Scolinos, Chuck "Bobo" Brayton, Hal Smeltzly, Bob Smith, and Winkles.
- ""Program Building and Management"" with entries from Ken Schreiber, Mark Marquess, Ron Fraser, and Polk.
- ""Creative and Effective Practice Sessions"" composed of works by Ed Cheff, Danny Litwhiler, Winkin, Gary Pullins, and Tom House.
- ""Individual Skills and Team Strategies"" taught by Charlie Greene, Gary Ward, Jack Stallings, Bob Bennett, and Cliff Gustafson.
- ""Player Motivation and Leadership"" includes Skip Bertman, Gordie Gillespie, Andy Lopez, and Dedeaux.
- ""Off-the-Field Opportunities, Challenges, and Pressures,"" includes chapters from Glen Tuckett, Richard "Itch" Jones, and Kindall.

Endorsed by the American Baseball Coaches Association, The Baseball Coaching Bible is sure to be a staple in every serious baseball coach's library. And like coaching and the game itself, the book's appeal will keep drawing you back again and again.


Author Notes

Jerry Kindall coached 24 years and posted a 860-580 record at the University of Arizona, where he was the winningest coach in the university's history. He led the Wildcats to three NCAA Division I National Championship titles (1976, '80, and '86), and was named National Coach of the Year after each of those seasons. He was inducted into the ABCA Hall of Fame in 1991 and served as USA Baseball's Senior Advisor to the National Team. Kindall played eight years in the major leagues with the Chicago Cubs, Cleveland Indians, and Minnesota Twins.

Jerry Kindall passed away in 2017.

John Winkin coached for 42 years in Maine, first at Colby College (1954-1974) and then at the University of Maine (1974-1996). He amassed a 943-670 career record and appeared in 12 NCAA Regional Tournaments and 6 College World Series. Winkin received the College Division Coach of the Year award in 1965 and the prestigious Lefty Gomez award in 1986. He is a member of the ABCA Coaching Hall of Fame, Maine Baseball Hall of Fame, and the Maine Sports Hall of Fame. He currently has a fellowship in sports leadership at Husson College.

Table of Contents

Foreword: Tony LaRussa
Introduction: The Impact of a Coach by Dave Keilitz
Part I Coaching Priorities and Principles
Chapter 1 Sharing a Love for the GameJohn Scolinos
Chapter 2 Making Baseball FunBobo Brayton
Chapter 3 Competing With ClassHal Smeltzly
Chapter 4 Hustling Should Be a HabitBobby Winkles
Chapter 5 Coaching With IntegrityBob Smith
Part II Program Building and Management
Chapter 6 Organizing and Orchestrating a Winning ProgramRon Polk
Chapter 7 Establishing a Successful High School ProgramKen Schreiber
Chapter 8 Building a Recruiting NetworkMark Marquess
Chapter 9 Marketing and Promoting Your ProgramRon Fraser
Part III Creative and Effective Practice Sessions
Chapter 10 Conducting Innovative PracticesEd Cheff
Chapter 11 Using Practice Drills EffectivelyDanny Litwhiler
Chapter 12 Maximizing the Value of Indoor PracticeJohn Winkin
Chapter 13 Putting Science Into PracticeGary Pullins and Tom House
Part IV Individual Skills and Team Strategies
Chapter 14 Handling Your Pitching StaffCharlie Greene
Chapter 15 Developing High-Production HittersGary Ward
Chapter 16 Stopping Opponents With Solid DefenseJack Stallings
Chapter 17 Playing Percentage BaseballBob Bennett
Chapter 18 Competing in Tournaments and PlayoffsCliff Gustafson
Part V Player Motivation and Leadership
Chapter 19 Establishing Pride and TraditionRod Dedeaux
Chapter 20 Inspiring Today's PlayersSkip Bertman
Chapter 21 Developing Responsible Decision-Making AthletesGordie Gillespie
Chapter 22 Building Character and Loyalty in PlayersAndy Lopez
Part VI Off-the-Field Opportunities, Challenges, and Pressures
Chapter 23 Learning and Developing as a ProfessionalGlen Tuckett
Chapter 24 Hitting the Clinic CircuitItch Jones
Chapter 25 Beating the Burnout FactorJerry Kindall