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Baseball Drill Book PDF, The

Baseball Drill Book PDF, The

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    Seventeen of the game’s top collegiate coaches have teamed up with the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) to bring you the game’s most comprehensive assortment of practice activities. The Baseball Drill Book features 198 drills proven to improve individual and team performance. Former Fresno State coach Bob Bennett, Ripon College’s Gordie Gillespie, Lewis-Clark State’s Ed Cheff, Wichita State’s Gene Stephenson, and South Carolina’s Ray Tanner are among the greats who present their best practice drills and insights for improving these skills:
    • Conditioning and warm-up
    • Throwing and catching
    • Base running and sliding
    • Hitting and bunting
    • Pitching
    • Fielding
    • Offensive and defensive tactics
    Each drill follows a concise format. First, the primary skill or tactic to be enhanced is identified, then procedure and setup details are provided. Illustrations for proper technique are also included, followed by coaching insight to help you sharpen players’ understanding of the game’s finer points. Glean tactical advice such as how to get a teammate home from third when a key run is needed and how to “sit on” certain pitches while at the plate. Drill modifications are included so that each drill can be modified to fit specific needs. Additional chapters explain how to effectively and efficiently incorporate drills in practice sessions and to simulate game situations. In all, The Baseball Drill Book provides the essential link between initial skill learning and winning performance on the diamond.

    Table of Contents

    Key to Diagrams

    Part I Effective Applications
    Chapter 1 Incorporating Drills Into Practices
    Bob Bennett
    Chapter 2 Performing and Conducting Drills
    Bob Bennett
    Chapter 3 Making Drills Gamelike
    Bob Bennett

    Part II Physical Training
    Chapter 4 Conditioning Drills
    Ed Cheff
    Chapter 5 Warm-Up Drills
    John Savage

    Part III Fundamental Skills
    Chapter 6 Catching Drills
    Jack Smitheran
    Chapter 7 Throwing Drills
    Jim Brownlee
    Chapter 8 Sliding Drills
    Bob Warn

    Part IV Offensive Skills
    Chapter 9 Hitting Drills
    Rick Jones
    Chapter 10 Bunting Drills
    Gordon Gillespie
    Chapter 11 Base-Running Drills
    Rich Alday

    Part V Defensive Skills
    Chapter 12 Infielder Drills
    Sonny Pittaro
    Chapter 13 Outfielder Drills
    Jim Wells
    Chapter 14 Catcher Drills
    Pete Dunn
    Chapter 15 Pitcher Drills
    Steve Smith

    Part VI Team Tactics
    Chapter 16 Offensive Team Drills
    Gene Stephenson and Jim Dimick
    Chapter 17 Defensive Team Drills
    Ray Tanner
    Chapter 18 Game Situation Drills
    Bob Todd and Bob Bennett

    About the ABCA
    About the Editor
    About the Contributors

    About the Author

    The American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) is the largest baseball coaching organization in the world and includes coaches from every U.S. state and hundreds of international members. The association's mission is to improve the level of baseball coaching worldwide. The ABCA assists in the promotion of baseball and acts as a sounding board and advocate on issues concerning the game. In addition, the ABCA promotes camaraderie and communication among all baseball coaches, from the amateur to professional levels. The ABCA also gives recognition to deserving players and coaches through several special sponsorship programs. It is an organization that has grown steadily in membership, prestige, and impact in recent years. The ABCA's headquarters is located in Mount Pleasant, Michigan.


    From Scholastic Coach & Athletic Director

    "Seventeen of the game's top collegiate coaches have teamed up with the ABCA to pen a comprehensive assortment of practice activities."