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3 Defensive Drills That Beat the Clock In Baseball Practice [Videos]

Posted by Camille D.C. Sutton on Jan 17, 2017 12:15:00 PM

The sound of the ball popping into the first baseman's glove makes a hard thump. A millisecond later the baserunner's cleat lands on the bag. The out is made. Relief.

This is baseball. This is the game: catch the ball, throw the ball, record the out. 

This fundamental act is repeated over and over in practice. The stopwatch can teach and develop a player's internal clock. Let's take a look at how coaches are utilizing the accountability of the clock.

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Topics: Baseball Practice, baseball drills, Trent Mongero, Defensive Drills

The Coach's Guide to Maximizing Trade Shows [ABCA]

Posted by Camille D.C. Sutton on Jan 3, 2017 2:39:11 PM

 

It's trade show season! Bring on the booths, the freebies, the clinics, the motivational speakers, and especially the chance to focus on nothing but the game.

I've been to my fair share of trade shows and let me tell you: trade shows offer far more than just handfuls of free double bubble gum.

Trade shows offer the rare opportunity and forum to share ideas, try out new techniques, and network with successful coaches.

If trade shows are the buffets of baseball, the coach who picks up the most new skills and eagerly networks with the most winning coaches, gets the most out of his baseball buffet meal ticket. Check out some of the ways we think you can get the most out of your trade show experience.

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Topics: ABCA, Baseball Coach, Baseball Trade Show

500+ Wins With Coach Armando Sedeño: Baseball Practice Strategy [Video]

Posted by Camille D.C. Sutton on Dec 21, 2016 8:30:00 AM

When folks meet Coach Armando Sedeño, oftentimes they are stunned by the sheer passion and energy of the 500+ winning coach -- dare I say, they have encountered the very secret to his winning career.

Today we're interviewing Houston's Langham Creek High School Baseball Coach, Armando Sedeño. He has amassed over 500 wins, and this year his team made MaxPreps Xcellent 50 National Baseball Rankings Presented By The Army National Guard in the top 25.

He's divulging team practice thoughts and strategy for player development. Check it out!

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Topics: Coaching, Baseball Practice, Baseball Coach, High School Baseball

9 Must-Read Books To Add To Your Locker Library This Christmas [Revised]

Posted by Camille D.C. Sutton on Dec 14, 2016 12:30:00 PM

 

It's been said that the only thing keeping us from where we want to go is information. One of the first things to getting where you want to go, is knowing where to go and getting the road map to that peak of success. 

This holiday season, we're proposing a few inspiring ideas to our readers. A wealth of inspiration, information, and proven-methods of success lie between the bindings of these books in which we've found PURE GOLD for our coaches network.

This Christmas, consider investing in yourself by grabbing one or two of these reads to feed your coaching, leadership, and baseball mind

 

Read on to find out what you've been missing.


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Topics: Coaching, Coaching Books, Coaching Resources

7 Creative Infield Drills Used To Effectively Develop Your Players [Videos]

Posted by Trent Mongero on Dec 7, 2016 10:12:07 AM

Guest Blogger: Coach Trent Mongero of Winning Baseball

Are you looking for new and effective ways to improve the mechanics, range, and consistency of your infielders and catchers?

I've put together a short, but very effective video drill series that will do just that.

These exact drills have made a huge difference for my players, and if you implement them, I'm certain you will see a dramatic increase in the confidence and performance of your players as well. 

Each video clip below is actual footage from our skill development workouts this past fall.


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Topics: Coaching, Baseball Practice, Coaching Tactics, Baseball Coach, Infield Drill, Winning Baseball, Trent Mongero

Deep Practice: Secrets To Creating Skill

Posted by Camille D.C. Sutton on Nov 29, 2016 10:30:00 AM

 

"When you operate at the edge of your ability, when you're making errors, when you're struggling with a new concept -- your learning speed goes up 10x."

Daniel Coyle's The Talent Code seems counter intuitive, right? We usually connect failure with lack of ability or lack of talent. But what if we were wrong?

Here's the thing -- the way we think about practice directly affects the productivity of our practice. Practice could be full of "failures" and simultaneously the players are making those small adjustments that inch them closer to mastery of skill.

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Topics: Coaching, Baseball Practice, Coaching Tactics, Baseball Coach

Case Study: Mastering Ground Ball Hops [Video]

Posted by Camille D.C. Sutton on Nov 18, 2016 1:00:00 PM

 

Infielding ground balls is no job for the dazed and confused. Only the quick, sharp, and agile survive the split-second decisions that must be made to get outs. Alright, alright, alriiiiight?

Let's get to the business of fielding ground balls and making sense of ball hops.

We've all been there. We've seen a player over-anticipate the second hop, fumble the ball, give a late throw, or even worse, make an error. So in this post, we will be dissecting ball behavior, addressing common mistakes, and giving fielding notes for the intermediate to advanced player.


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Topics: Baseball, Coaching, Groundballs, Infielding, Ground balls, Ground Ball, Ball Hops

The Kyle Schwarber Story: How To Comeback

Posted by Camille D.C. Sutton on Nov 1, 2016 11:54:06 AM

Take a seat folks, because class is now in session with Professor Kyle Schwarber on deck, schooling us all on the art of comeback. 

This is no ordinary Comeback Course. What we have here is a front row seat to witness a legendary story and learn what it means to be a 23-year-old legend in the making. And with Game 6 on the horizon tonight, you and I will get schooled again by everyone's favorite designated hitter for the Chicago Cubs.

Grab a pen and pad, 'cause Schwarber's got some things to share with every kid who's gone through injury, still dreaming of performing on baseball's biggest and brightest stage.

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Topics: MLB, World Series, Kyle Schwarber

Baseball's Statistical Revolution: What It Is & Why You Should Care [Video]

Posted by Camille D.C. Sutton on Oct 27, 2016 3:01:38 PM

Every smart coach wants to develop skill in players that he hopes will put their team in a winning position on every play. 

In the age of Moneyball and MLB Statcast, the data captured for entertainment and competitive purposes alike, have opened up new ways of thinking about developing skill and maximizing talent.

According to the architects at MLB Statcast uses the same technology that tracks debris during the launch of space shuttles to change the way we watch baseball on TV.

Thanks to this technology, organizations are giving overlooked talent a second chance to compete in the Major Leagues, because the data shows the potential of players where we might not expect to find it.

The smart data revolution has fundamentally changed the way we watch a baseball game on television; could it change the way we think about other aspects of the game?

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Topics: Baseball Training, Baseball, FungoMan, MLB, Statcast

7 Practical Ways Coaches Are Using FungoMan [Videos]

Posted by Camille D.C. Sutton on Oct 18, 2016 11:11:36 AM

What makes a practice session successful? Is it in the drills, the pep talk, the effort, the mental game?

If you look at how coaches run their practices, you'll soon discover there are as many approaches as there are coaches. Some go for covering every aspect of the game every practice, others allot days for hitting and days for defense. Other coaches multitask groups and cover hitting and defense simultaneously. 

Of course, some coaches fare better than others at creating cohesive teams that win ball games. Today we want to show off some of the programs who use FungoMan as part of their winning strategy. 

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Topics: Baseball Practice, FungoMan, Baseball Coach

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