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How To Bullet Journal Your Baseball Program Forward

Posted by Camille D.C. Sutton on Feb 7, 2017 8:00:00 AM

When Skip Bertman won the head coaching job at LSU's baseball program, he started by walking the baseball facility and wrote down his vision for LSU Baseball.

He made a dream list of everything he wanted the program to become.

LSU is now one of the most formidable and beloved baseball programs in the country. Bertman gives us a secret to success in the game: He wrote out his vision.

Read more on how to launch your program into greatness by simply writing down and staying accountable to your vision.

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Topics: Coaching, Baseball Coaching, Baseball Coach, Baseball Program

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

A Baseball Coach's Guide to Effectively Understanding Players [Infographic]

Posted by Camille D.C. Sutton on Aug 19, 2016 12:11:33 PM

 

As new players take the field in practice with the start of a new year, team chemistry will be important.

But why leave team chemistry to chance? Coaches have the responsibility to give their best efforts to understanding each player to effectively motivate each one, and collectively influence the entire team.

Each player displays different strengths and weaknesses, and thanks to the DiSC test assessment, we can boil down a myriad of personalities into four basic behavioral profiles: Dominance, Influence, Steadiness and Compliance.

These four profiles make up the the study’s acronym to feature the profiles within its very own name, and while people will exhibit a mix of each of the four, most of us are particularly "high" in one or two areas.

If baseball is 90% mental and 10% physical, the DiSC personality assessment could be just the key coaches are looking for to unlock more of their players' mental game. 

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Topics: Coaching, Sports Motivation, Sports Psychology, DiSC

Anatomy of an Ideal Coach: Todd Oakes [Infographic]

Posted by Camille D.C. Sutton on Jun 8, 2016 1:24:00 PM

 

 

Most of us can pinpoint one or two coaches who changed the game for us. But every once in a while, a great coach will not only change a few dozen lucky ones who got to play for him, but touch thousands with the impact of his legacy and of what it means to be a champion.

Todd Oakes is one of those coaches. Read on to see his legacy.

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Topics: Baseball, Coaching, Coaching Baseball, Minnesota Gophers, Todd Oakes, Gophers Baseball

Powerful Language: Baseball Team Intangibles That Win Games [Pt. 3]

Posted by Camille D.C. Sutton on May 4, 2016 1:18:00 PM
 
Trying to nail down the elements of a championship team is as hard as trying to pick out the best ingredient of your grandma's secret apple streusel recipe.
 
There are so many elements to consider, and one ingredient doesn't work without the other, so as we draw to a close on this blog series Baseball Team Intangibles That Win Games, we can consider a vital component of winning teams -- developing a culture where what you say has power.
 
Whether you're giving the motivational speech of your life, or just giving instruction, let's take a look at how to develop your unique language as a coach. Perpetuating that language within your team will reap winning benefits in life and the game.
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Topics: Coaching, Baseball Coaching, Baseball Coach, Baseball Instruction, Winning Baseball Games

Team Chemistry: Baseball Team Intangibles That Win Games [Pt. 2]

Posted by Camille D.C. Sutton on Apr 27, 2016 2:07:21 PM
 
 
You've noticed your team is disjointed. Your players are self-focused. All the attention is on one or two guys that are obsessed with their numbers. What do you do? The most successful teams have intangible secrets with combatting this problem, and we're about to share them with you.
 
First thing: You have the power to nurture your team's chemistry.
 
Keep in mind that the winning teams aren't always the most talented. The most unified and selfless teams make up for deficiencies with the sharing of encouragement and bettering each other's skills. Just look at the Toronto Blue Jay's story
 
Your team chemistry is about to get a whole lot better.
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Topics: Coaching, Baseball Coaching, Baseball teamwork, Baseball Team Chemistry

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