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Title:
Baseball coach's survival guide : practical techniques and materials for building an effective program and a winning team
Author:
Weinstein, Jerry.
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Publication Information:
San Francisco, Calif. : Jossey-Bass, [1998]

©1998
Physical Description:
xxvii, 349 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780787966218
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Book

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Central Library GV875.5 .W45 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize
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Summary

Here is a comprehensive, practical resource that makes building a successful baseball program considerably easier for both the new and the experienced coach. Included are proven techniques and ready-to-use materials for virtually every aspect of the coach s job, from recruiting to training talent for each position.


Author Notes

Jerry Weinstein has won 17 league championships or co-championships in 21 years at Sacramento City College (CA) with 246 drafted players and 126 pro signers, 19 of those in the Big leagues. He also served as assistant coach for the USA Olympic Baseball Teams in 1996 and 1992 and in player development for several pro teams
Tom Alston is a successful high school varsity and JV coach with extensive youth league experience as coach and as clinic director for Babe Ruth, Pony, Little League, and Bambino. His articles have appeared in various publications


Table of Contents

About This Resourcep. VII
Section 1 Getting Startedp. 1
Setting Goalsp. 1
Establishing Standardsp. 3
Maintaining Positive Relationshipsp. 5
Communicationsp. 7
First Steps for a New Coachp. 12
A Note to Walk-On Coachesp. 13
Evaluating Your Performancep. 15
Fund Raisingp. 17
How to Do Itp. 18
Other Ways to Raise Moneyp. 18
Other Considerations in Fund Raisingp. 22
Section 2 Recruiting and Tryoutsp. 25
Announcing the Tryoutsp. 25
Developing as Many Athletes as Possiblep. 29
The Plan for Tryoutsp. 29
Keeping Large Rostersp. 30
Player Developmentp. 31
The Coaching Staffp. 32
Avoiding Legal Problemsp. 32
Section 3 Game Control from Start to Finishp. 35
Winningp. 35
Controlling the Situationp. 35
Practicep. 37
Individual Practice Goalsp. 37
Schedules and Goalsp. 37
Game Dayp. 39
Scoutingp. 44
The Gamep. 44
Offensive Signalsp. 49
Sample Signal Systemp. 49
Getting the Players Involved in Offensep. 52
When to Work on Signsp. 53
Game Notesp. 53
Charting the Pitcher's Progress and Performancep. 58
Defensive Signalsp. 82
Calling the Pitches from the Dugoutp. 82
Defensive Alignmentp. 83
Postgamep. 84
Section 4 Pitchingp. 85
Overview of the Five Most Important Pitching Skillsp. 85
Downhill Plane--The Goal in Mechanicsp. 87
The Pitching Sequencep. 87
The Pitchp. 92
Right Hander's Stretch Movep. 94
Left Hander's Stretch Movep. 97
Controlp. 97
Section 5 The Pitchesp. 99
Fastballp. 99
Movement and Velocityp. 100
Change-Upp. 101
Curve Ballp. 103
Other Breaking Pitchesp. 106
The Pitching Planp. 108
Identifying Hitters and Attacking Their Weaknessesp. 111
Warming Upp. 115
Fielding Techniques for the Pitcherp. 122
Controlling a Known Fielding Situationp. 126
Holding Runners on Base and Identifying Running Situationsp. 126
Basic Holding Situationsp. 127
Left-Handed Pitchers Holding Runners on Firstp. 130
Arm Sorenessp. 133
Post-Pitching Arm Exercisesp. 135
Section 6 Catchingp. 143
Signal Stancep. 143
Giving Signalsp. 144
Going from Signal to Receiving Stancep. 145
Receiving Stancep. 146
Receiving Techniquesp. 151
Remedies for Dropping Pitchesp. 157
Throwingp. 158
Step-Catch-Throw Techniquep. 160
Throwing Runners Out at Secondp. 162
Throwing Runners Out at Thirdp. 164
Situational Throwingp. 165
Catcher's Picksp. 167
Blocking Balls in the Dirtp. 168
Tag Plays at Home Platep. 169
Catching Extras--Receiving Throwsp. 172
Catching Extras--Hit Ballsp. 174
Catcher's Game Performancep. 175
Section 7 General Infield Playp. 179
Positioningp. 179
Fielding the Hitp. 183
Thinking in the Fieldp. 185
Drills to Develop Ground Ball Skillsp. 186
The Little Things in Infield Playp. 189
Defending the Hit and Runp. 190
Some Thoughts for the Third Basemanp. 192
Some Thoughts for the First Basemanp. 192
The Double Playp. 194
Drills for Double Play Techniquesp. 198
Section 8 Outfield Playp. 199
Thinking Before the Pitchp. 199
Reacting to the Ballp. 201
Communicationp. 203
Playing the Hitp. 204
Throwing Fundamentalsp. 205
Additional Tipsp. 208
Throwing Drillsp. 208
Section 9 Defensive Strategy and Positioningp. 213
Positioningp. 213
Defensive Focusp. 214
Defensive Positioningp. 215
Making Adjustmentsp. 217
Individual Skillsp. 218
Other Factorsp. 218
Section 10 Team Defensep. 219
Cutoffs and Relaysp. 219
Outfielder's Rolep. 236
Short Manp. 238
Bunt Defensep. 242
First and Third Defensep. 254
Pop-Up Priorityp. 262
Section 11 Hittingp. 267
The Stancep. 267
Positioning in the Batter's Boxp. 269
The Eyesp. 270
Hitter Momentump. 271
Stridep. 271
The Swingp. 273
The Hitting Game Planp. 276
Two-Strike Hittingp. 277
Situation Hittingp. 278
Five Hitting Zones for the Advanced Hitterp. 278
Taking Pitchesp. 279
Batting Practicep. 280
Hitting Drillsp. 281
Hitting Drills with the Aid of Equipmentp. 286
Live Batting Practicep. 288
Section 12 The Short Camep. 291
Sacrifice Buntp. 291
Base Hit Buntp. 295
Base Hit Bunt to Third Basep. 296
Base Hit Bunt to Second Basep. 298
Base Hit Bunt to First Basep. 299
Base Hit Bunt to Shortstopp. 300
Fake Bunt, Fake Hit and Buntp. 300
Section 13 Base Runningp. 301
Pregame and During-Game Homeworkp. 302
Batter/Runner Techniquep. 303
Leads at First Basep. 305
Returning to First Basep. 307
Using the Stopwatchp. 308
Secondary Leadsp. 309
Fake Breakp. 310
Stealing Second Basep. 310
Stealing Against a Right-Handed Pitcherp. 311
Primary Leads vs. Left-Handed Pitchersp. 312
Stealing Against Left-Handed Pitchersp. 313
Delay Stealp. 316
The Shade--An Aid to Stealing Secondp. 316
Extra Innings at First Basep. 316
Leads at Second Basep. 317
Three Methods of Stealing Third Basep. 319
Leads at Third Basep. 321
Stealing Homep. 321
Forcing a Balkp. 322
Ball in the Dirt at Thirdp. 322
Slidingp. 323
Other Tips for Base Runningp. 323
Section 14 Offensive Strategy and Techniquesp. 325
Plan for Today's Gamep. 325
The Hitter's Planp. 327
Big Inning Offensep. 327
Batting Orderp. 330
Controlling the Tempop. 331
Offensive Techniquesp. 332
Hit and Runp. 332
First and Third Short Game Techniquesp. 335
Stealing a Run--First and Third Offensep. 338
Section 15 Scholarships and professional baseballp. 343
Approaching a Career in Baseballp. 343
Evaluating a Pathwayp. 345
Getting Help with the Decisionp. 347
Appendices
Appendix A Baseball Termsp. 349
Appendix B Score Card (sample: front and back)p. 350

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