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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