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Couches Clinic

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Powerpoint presentation of a 2007 Youth Baseball Coaches Clinic presented by Dallastown Cougar Baseball. http://www.DallastownCougarBaseball.org

Powerpoint presentation of a 2007 Youth Baseball Coaches Clinic presented by Dallastown Cougar Baseball. http://www.DallastownCougarBaseball.org

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  • 1. Cougar Baseball Cougars Coaching Clinic
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  • 3. Catching
    • Drills:
    • Pop to Position 15—20 time in a row. On 1: popping to catching position, On 2: pop to throwing position, checking for: power legs with bent knees, transfer of ball and glove to ear, elbow above shoulder, ready to take step to throw downhill.
    • Flinch Drill —teaches the player to trust equipment: Softly from 6’ throw ball at catchers mask.
    • Catching Zone Drill —quick response catches from 6’ and within strike zone.
    • Blocking Drill —From 20’ - throw balls in the dirt on left, right & center.
    • Wild Throw Drill —From 20’ - Throw balls wild but catch able
    • Drop 3rd Strike —Pick up stationary ball in from and throw to 1st
    • Passed Ball Drill —Move from catching position, pick up ball behind catcher and flip to pitcher
  • 4. Catching
    • Throw to First —Rocker step back for right hander and throw to first
    • Throw to third —Rocker step back behind the batter or jab step forward in from of a right handed batter and throw to third inside the base line
    • Throw to Second to Cover Steal
    • Around the Clock —balls placed around the catcher in a down position who on go retrieves a ball and throws to the base called by the coach or pitcher.
    • Pop-ups —Stand behind the catch in position, throw the ball up and yell go. Catcher takes queue from pitcher, spins to in front of home plate to track ball and catch
    • Bunt Coverage —Know their duty
    • Know the pitcher and the pitches they throw—Develop signals and communication with Pitchers
    • Inform the team —outs and plays
  • 5. Catching Clinic on April 7th from 9 until 12 at Lions Park Players, Coaches and Parents are Welcome
  • 6.  
  • 7. Cougar Baseball Batting Batting
    • Special points of interest:
      • Remember! We are preparing T-Ball players to hit a pitched ball.
      • Lazy bats, long steps, pulling out the head, lost focus of contact point are major reasons for not being able to hit a pitched ball.
      • All can be corrected in T-ball !!
    Goals
    • Revert all poor batting habits back to this basic swing
    • How to stand in box
    • Keep the step short
    • HEAD ON CONTACT POINT!!!
    • Where to stand
      • Front foot in line with front of the plate
      • Bat covering the plate
    • TV face
      • Both eyes facing the pitcher
      • Chin not tucked
    • Feet should be shoulder width apart
      • 3 point stance
    • Nose over toes
    • Grip the bat
      • Lines on knocking knuckles
      • Not in palm
      • Throw the bat
    • Elbow position
      • Relaxed NOT up
    • Good vs. bad movement
      • Some motion is good
    Sammy Sosa
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    • Notes From Ripkin Baseball
    • Five parts to the motion
      • Feet
        • Heals on the Rubber for the Wind Up—Must have good balance
        • All new pitcher pitch from the Stretch—BALANCE
        • Set Position—Hands in front
        • Tempo
        • 45 degree transfer
        • Pivot parallel to the rubber
      • Balance Position
        • Controlled leg lift—can you tap your foot
      • Power Position
        • Big C to a high 5
      • Rotation
      • Follow Through
    • Notes From Ripkin Baseball
    • Observe before teaching
    • If the pitcher is throwing strikes don't tinker
    • Celebrate individual mechanics
    • No two pitchers are alike
    • Position feet to take advantage of natural throwing motion
    • Tempo must be consistent
    • Eyes never leave the target
    • Pick a small target
    • Head never moves
    • Controlled leg lift—can you tap your foot
    • Hand is above the ball—take the ball from the coach
    • Front shoulder is pointed towards home
    • Leading with the glove
    • Proper glove return creates balance
    • Lead foot is pointed towards home
    • Hit the same spot—Rake Drill
    • Follow through is critical but all will not be the same for every pitcher, strikes are the key
    • Get rid of the hole in front of the plate
    • Slow down the game and think
    • Do not show negative emotion!
    • When you are struggling, throw from the stretch
    • When they are successful, ask them how it feels
    • Don’t Force a change, keep it simple
    • The bat is not too heavy if the player can control the swing and it is short and compact
    • Snap the bat through the strike zone, WHIRLY BIRDS
    • Line up those knocking knuckles
    • An UP ELBOW TURNS THE GRIP
    • Land a high kick softly – don’t puncture the dollar
    • You have to go back to go forward
    • Head movement give BAD INFO
    • Hands start the hips
    • Ground balls creates proper batting techniques
    • Stay on the same plane as possible
    • Talk to them about HOW IT FEELS
    • Drills
      • Soft Toss
      • Tee Drill
      • Stick drill
      • Lob Toss
      • Live Pitching
    • At the plate during the game the player should think:
      • WIN the BATTLE
      • Find the ball
      • Hit Hard
    • During the game the coach should :
      • Shut up
      • Let them focus
    Notes fromthe Ripkin Clinic Cougar Baseball Batting Batting
  • 11. Page Batting Bunting Pivot vs Square
    • Safer, Elusive, Quick, Can pull back
    • Squish the bug
    • Top hand to middle
    • Knuckles closed
    • Bottom hand Up the handle and below the top hand
    • Hands in front of the plate
    • Teach bat angles and use the top hand as a lever
    • Use soft hands and CATCH THE BALL
    • Bunt to Hula Hoops or towels for points
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    • Notes From Ripkin Baseball
    • Five parts to the motion
      • Feet
        • Heals on the Rubber for the Wind Up—Must have good balance
        • All new pitcher pitch from the Stretch—BALANCE
        • Set Position—Hands in front
        • Tempo
        • 45 degree transfer
        • Pivot parallel to the rubber
      • Balance Position
        • Controlled leg lift—can you tap your foot
      • Power Position
        • Big C to a high 5
      • Rotation
      • Follow Through
    • Notes From Ripkin Baseball
    • Observe before teaching
    • If the pitcher is throwing strikes don't tinker
    • Celebrate individual mechanics
    • No two pitchers are alike
    • Position feet to take advantage of natural throwing motion
    • Tempo must be consistent
    • Eyes never leave the target
    • Pick a small target
    • Head never moves
    • Controlled leg lift—can you tap your foot
    • Hand is above the ball—take the ball from the coach
    • Front shoulder is pointed towards home
    • Leading with the glove
    • Proper glove return creates balance
    • Lead foot is pointed towards home
    • Hit the same spot—Rake Drill
    • Follow through is critical but all will not be the same for every pitcher, strikes are the key
    • Get rid of the hole in front of the plate
    • Slow down the game and think
    • Do not show negative emotion!
    • When you are struggling, throw from the stretch
    • When they are successful, ask them how it feels
    • Observe before teaching
    • If the pitcher is throwing strikes don't tinker
    • Celebrate individual mechanics
    • No two pitchers are alike
    • Position feet to take advantage of natural throwing motion
    • Tempo must be consistent
    • Eyes never leave the target
    • Pick a small target
    • Head never moves
    • Controlled leg lift—can you tap your foot
    • Hand is above the ball—take the ball from the coach
    • Front shoulder is pointed towards home
    • Front shoulder is pointed towards home
    • Leading with the glove
    • Proper glove return creates balance
    • Lead foot is pointed towards home
    • Hit the same spot—Rake Drill
    • Follow through is critical but all will not be the same for every pitcher, strikes are the key
    • Get rid of the hole in front of the plate
    • Slow down the game and think
    • Do not show negative emotion!
    • When you are struggling, throw from the stretch
    • When they are successful, ask them how it feels
    Notes fromthe Ripkin Clinic
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    • YELL: SET: (this also gets the play trained to react to your command to be prepared during the game!)
    • Get player in a proper infielders triangle position
    • * But down
    • * Head up
    • * Glove in front
    • * Feet spaced
    • Roll or hit ball to player (match speed to skill of the player)
    • YELL: POP:
    • After he catches the ball
    • * Two hands
    • Yell POP
    • * Proper transfer of the ball
    • * Player comes to and STOPS at a throwing position
    • * Standing, knees slightly bent, shoulder and glove facing the target
    • * Arm back, thumb down
    • YELL: PULL:
    • * Player steps towards the target
    • * Pushes off the loaded back leg
    • * Throws past the ear
    • * Finishes with should facing the target and feet square ready for next action
    Drill 1: Set! Pop! pull Page Throwing
    • Keys to look for during practice
    • Thumb on the bottom then 4 seams
    • Targeting with shoulder
    • Thigh high wind-up to waving good-bye
    • Arm slot /over the top
    • Powered with legs
    • Follow through
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