Coaching young players, developing their skills, and cultivating a love for the sport may be the most rewarding experience baseball can offer. Cal and Bill Ripken understand this like few others.
From their father, Cal Sr., a legend in the Baltimore Orioles organization for 37 years, they learned to play the game the right way. Those lessons, paired with their combined 33 years of big league experience, helped develop the Ripken Way, a method of teaching the game through simple instruction, solid explanations, encouragement, and a positive atmosphere. In Coaching Youth Baseball the Ripken Way, Cal and Bill share this approach to coaching and development.
Whether you're teaching your children at home, managing the local travel team, or working with high school-level players, Coaching Youth Baseball the Ripken Way will help you make a difference both on and off the field, with these features:
- More than 50 drills covering defense, hitting, pitching, and baserunning
- Age-specific practice plans for players ranging from 4 to 15+
- Strategies for setting goals and reasonable expectations for your players and team
- Advice on communicating with parents, players, and staff
- Methods for creating a positive and fun environment in which kids can learn the skills and strategies of the game
Bill Ripken was once voted by his peers as one of the big league players most likely to become a manager. Cal Ripken, Jr., known as baseball's Iron Man, is a member of the game's All-Century Team and a future Hall of Famer. Together, they are proof positive that the Ripken Way is the right way to teach the game of baseball.
Part I. Coaching the Ripken Way
Chapter 1. Responsibilities of Coaching
Chapter 2. Realities of Coaching
Chapter 3. Reasonable Expectations
Chapter 4. Baseball Practice Basics
Part II. Teaching the Ripken Way
Chapter 5. Hitting and Baserunning Drills
Chapter 6. Throwing and Pitching Drills
Chapter 7. Fielding Drills
Part III. Practicing the Ripken Way
Chapter 8. Practice Particulars for Ages 4 to 6
Chapter 9. Practice Particulars for Ages 7 to 9
Chapter 10. Practice Particulars for Ages 10 to 12
Chapter 11. Practice Particulars for Ages 13 to 14
Chapter 12. Practice Particulars for Ages 15+