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Benjamin Cummings
The Fundamentals of Coaching and Playing Baseball / Edition 1

The Fundamentals of Coaching and Playing Baseball / Edition 1

by Donald Landolphi, Joe Russo


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The value of a good coach is immeasurable. From youth sports to university level, players look to their coach as a source of leadership, knowledge, and philosophy. Written by authors who know the game at all levels, this book is a wonderful reference for baseball enthusiasts of all levels. Readers are presented with an abundance of techniques and concepts that will aid them in developing their own coaching and playing ideology. The book encompasses a wide variety of useful information- from an in-depth guide to organizing offensive and defensive systems to tips on the semantics of indoor practice, Informative and fun to read, the book also covers the mechanics of hitting, base running, pitching, catching, and fielding. Baseball coaches and enthusiasts.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780205261147
Publisher: Benjamin Cummings
Publication date: 12/15/1997
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 175
Product dimensions: 6.95(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.53(d)

Table of Contents

1.Standard System of Offensive Play.

Coach's Offensive Routine.

Around the Horn.

Team Offensive Strategy.

Hitting Routine.

Bunting Routine.

Baserunning Routine.

Sliding Routine.

Sliding Do's and Don'ts.

Important Offensive Situations.

2.The Aggressive Approach to Hitting.

Where is the Contact Spot?

The Mechanics of Hitting.

Zoning the Pitch.

Some Thoughts on Hitting.

Tips for Hitters.

Reasons for Slumps.

Hitting Drills.


Sacrifice Bunt.

Bunting for a Base Hit.

Bunting Drills.

3.Baserunning: Pressure the Defense.

Where Good Baserunning Begins.


Aggressive Turn Around First Base.

Runner on First Base.

The Cross Over Step.


The Hit and Run.

Runner on Second Base.

Runner on Third Base.

Tagging Up.

Stealing Second Base.

Stealing Third Base.


Teaching Sliding.

Tips for Sliders.

Baserunning Drills.

4.Fundamental Foundations for Pitching.

Developing Pitching Mechanics.

The Essential Five Pitching Skills.


Lead Ups to Throwing and Pitching Mechanics.

The Rotation Drill.

The Pivot Drill.

The Pitching Delivery.

Pitching from the Stretch Position.

<%-1>Using Films to Review Mechanics and Fundamentals.

Warm Up Procedures.

5.Drills for a Cohesive Unit: Pitchers, Catchers and Infielders.

Ten Fundamental Fielding Situations.

Pickoffs at Second Base.

Precision Drills for Pitchers.

Comeback Ball.

Pitcher Covering First Base.

More Pitching Drills.

6.Catching: Qualities that Go Beyond The Physical.

The Qualities You Should Look for in a Catcher.

Fundamental Catching Skills.


Tagging the Runner.

The Pop-Up.

Fielding Bunts.

Tips for the Catcher.

Checklist for Catchers.


7.The Fundamentals of Infield Play.

What Infielders Must Know.

Basic Infielders Stance.

Catching, Throwing and Fielding Skills.

General Infield Positioning.

The First Baseman.

The Third Baseman.

The Shortstop.

The Second Baseman.

Tips for Infielders.

8.The Double Play: Simple Techniques for Its Execution.

Basic Principles of the Double Play.

Pivots by the Shortstop.

Pivots by the Second Baseman.

Feeds by the Shortstop.

Feeds by the Second Baseman.


Tips for the Double Play.

9.Outfield Play: Meaningful Repetition of Drills.

Qualifications: The Basic Four.

General Outfield Fundamentals.

Knowledge of Opponents.

Knowing Playing Field, Fences, Sun, Etc.

Catching, Throwing and Fielding Skills.


10.Team Defense: Philosophy and Drills.

The Basics of Team Defense.

Defensive Cutoff and Relay Principles.

Tandem or Piggy Back Relay.

Sample Team Defensive Situations.

Rundown Plays.

Defensing the First and Third Double Steals.

Team Defensive Drills.

11.The Coach and Team Management.

Developing Team Character.

Team Preparation.

Indoor Practice Organization.

Some Indoor Drills.

How to Schedule the Most Out of Your Workouts.

More All Purpose Team Drills.

<%4>12. A New Approach to Strength and Conditioning.

Why Condition Year Round?


Basic Muscle Physiology.

Strength Training Principles.

Glossary of Terms.

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