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  • Condition is something that is very important in every sport that you play where it is track or football. With condition you need to prepare yourself for the sport that you are going to be playing. A football workout for the off season would not be the same as one more baseball. The one more baseball would focus more on the little muscle whereas the football workout would work on getting bigger. You need to break down your workouts into season. This will enable you to build everything that you need to be in shape for your sport. ( ) Photo-
  • In the off season many people do not work out the proper muscles and this will cause them to not get a good off season workout. People do not know that when you are swinging from the same side of the plate the whole season you will build up muscles more then others. When this happens you need to get to the gym and work out the muscle that you have not been working out the whole entire baseball season. During this time of your training you want to lift weights where you are able to get to 20 reps in sets of 3. This builds muscle more then when you lift heavier weights with smaller reps and sets. ( ) Photo-
  • During this part of the pre-season you want to build even more muscle then you were building in the off season. This time of your workouts you should be lifting 80 to 90% of your capable weight with 4 to 6 reps and sets of 3 to 5. This is when you are really pushing yourself to do the best you can. Here you will struggle most of the time but you have to push yourself so that you get the workout that you need to build muscle. (
  • This part of the training season you want to convert all the strength you have to speed and power. You will be able to do this when you are lifting 50% of your capable weight and 12 reps in sets of 3. When you are doing this it should be very easy for you to do. When you are lifting like this you want to be very explosive with your lifting to build speed. ( ) Photo-
  • During the season you do not want to be in the gym that much. When you are working out during the season you do not want to be in the gym more then 2 days. You should only be in there one day during the week so that you just keep your power and speed. You do not want to be in there anymore then 2 days and that is the week where you do not have a game. if you are in the gym to much then you will be tight for your game and that will not enable you to perform to your maximum ability. (
  • Fielding is a part of baseball that is the most important. When you are fielding you could be doing anything from backing someone up to turning a triple play. When you are in the field you always to know what you are doing when the ball is hit to you. Even when the ball is not hit to you, you want to know where you are going to do. This may include backing someone up or covering a base that someone else usually covers. Fielding includes double and triple plays, pop-ups, bunt plays, stealing plays, and pick off plays. With the pick off plays you can have a trick play. With this it would be something where you call out someone's name and the other team would think that they are going to go to the bag to try and make a play when actually someone else gets the ball and makes the play. The play doesn’t even have to be near the player who’s name you called.
  • Double plays are something that happen in almost every game. In some games they will happen up to 5 times. This play is something that is practiced over and over again in the practices so that it is down pat. When you have a chance to turn a double play you do not want to waste it. You can have double plays in the infield but you can also have them that involve the outfielders and they are very rare to get. Most of the outfield ones are from the outfielder to the catcher or to third base. The ones in the infield are the ones that are most common. A 4-6-3 double play is when the ball is hit to the second basemen and he throws it to the shortstop and then the shortstop throws it to first. You can also have unassisted double plays. This is when a line drive is hit to an infielder and they catch it and then they tag a bag that someone is on and they get them out. These are also pretty hard to get.
  • Pop-ups are one of the most simply plays to make on a baseball field. This is when a ball is hit in the air and the fielder, anywhere on the field catches it. When the ball is hit in the infield in the air the players need to make sure that every base is covered just incase something un-normal happens. There is one occasion when the players in the infield do not have to worry about catching the ball and that is when the infield fly rule is in play. This is in play when there is a running on first and second and there is a force out at either home or third. This rule prevents the fielders to drop the ball and turn a triple or double play. Bunt plays are something that you have to work on in practice a lot too. This is when the batter bunts to get a runner into scoring position or to better scoring position. If the pay works prefect then you should be able to get the batter out and keep the runner/ runners out of scoring position. (Mabe)
  • Stealing is something that many coaches do not take advantage of like other coaches do. With stealing you can move a runner from first base to third base in a matter of 2 pitches if you do it the right way. This will enable some teams to win games by stealing. When you get a runner from first to third without a hit then you will be able to sacrifice the batter for a run that might end up winning the game for you. Pick offs are something that many coaches love to get. When you get a pick off then you have saved yourself an out and have taken pressure off your pitcher. This runner that you have gotten out could end up winning the game for you just as if how you did not get him and you lose the game. (Herbold II) Photo-
  • With the pick off plays you can have a variety of them. Some of them will be very simply as just a throw to that base where the runner is. Some plays will call for more effort in the fielders and in the pitcher. We like to call them trick plays. This is when the pitcher fakes a throw to a certain bag, most of the time second, and the fielders act as if it went into center field. When the runner sees and hears this he will most of the time run for third and this is when the pitcher runs that the runner. When he runs at the runner the runner will have to commit to one bag and then you start a run down to get him out.
  • For the outfield you need to find certain players that are able to do many different things. Some of the things that an outfielder needs to have is speed, a good arm, and awareness of the play. These are the three main things an outfielder needs to have. The main part of the outfielders role is to catch all the pop-ups that he can get to. The other major part is that he needs to back up whatever base he is closest to. The one thing the outfielders need speed for is to cut down the balls to the fence and get them in fast. That is also the part where the good arm comes into play. Outfielders need a good arm since they are going to be throwing the ball the farthest distance out of anyone in the field. (McCarthy, pg. 87-89) Photo-
  • When a player is going up to the plate for his at bate you want him to feel as relaxed as he can be. You would not want someone going up to the plate thinking that they are not going to get a hit or even make contact. You would the player to go up to the plate thinking that he is going to get a hit. Confidence is something that every player has to have in order to be successful. As a coach you have to always tell your players that they are going to get a hit and have a successful at bat. (McCarthy, pg. 16-17) Photo-
  • The most important thing in hitting is see the ball out of the pitchers hand. If you do not see the ball out of the pitchers hand then you will not be able to make contact with the ball. As soon as the pitcher releases the ball you should be able to pickup the pitch and have your timing down right away. The best hitters in the game have some of the best vision someone can have. If you do not see the ball the whole time it is in flight then you will not be able to make solid contact and have a powerful hit. (McCarthy, pg. 19-20) Photo-
  • The way a player stands in the box is something that is also very important. If a player does not have a stance that balances him out then he will not be able to produce the best he can. If you have a good stride then you will be able to have more power which would equal better hits. You also want to stay towards the back of the batters box so that you have more time to see the ball and react to where it is going to be. A good batter will always have his weight on his back foot until the last second when all hit power transfers into the ball. (McCarthy, pg. 22)
  • When you are in your stance you want to have a stance where you knees are bent and you are very balances through out your whole body. Something that many players do not take advantage of is using a light bat. If you are using a heavy bat then it will be harder to get the bat around and cause you to be late on some pitches. If you are using a light bat then you will be able to get around on the ball faster then the more power you will produce which results in better hits. A little thing that will help you be a better hitter is your grip. The way the grip the bat can affect how the ball travels off of the bat. (McCarthy, pg. 23-24) Photo-
  • Another important part of the batting stance is where you hold your hands when you are preparing for pitch. When you are batting you always want to have your hands up so that you have a line drive swing. If you do not have your hands up and they are slacking down then you will not be able to hit a solid line drive. When you have your hands up you will be almost forced to swing on a slight down angle on the ball and that is when you will have solid line drive hits. One other way to make sure that you have your hands up is to always have your back elbow up. If you keep your back elbow up then your hands will follow and you will never have to worry about dropping your hands.
  • This part of the swing is where you get mostly all your power. When you cock and load is when you are getting balanced in your stance and have 80 percent of your weight on your back foot. You want to keep your weight on your back foot so that you are not jumping at the ball to early. Once you are ready to swing you have to make sure that it is a good pitch that you want to swing at. You only have less then a second to decide on the pitch. If you are committed to swinging on the pitch you want to stride with your front foot about 6 inches and get your body moving towards to pitch. (McCarthy, pg. 28-30)
  • The drive part of the swing is where you will be making contact with the ball. This is where you have to be very powerful, quick, and explosive. When you combined all three of them you will produce a swing that will be very pure and a solid swing. When you are making contact with the ball you want to open up your hips. This will intern create even more power, speed and also create torque. When you open your hips you are shifting al of your weight into the hit to get the most possible out of your hit.
  • When you are swinging you want to through your hands at the ball. You do not want to just through your hands out there. You want to have control of the bat the whole time. When you do this you want to create a solid level swing. This will create a solid hit 99 percent of the time. When you do not have a solid level swing you will hit weak fly and ground balls. At the very end of your swing you want to follow through just like when you are throwing. When you follow through your bat should end up behind your head. (McCarthy, pg. 33-34) Photo-
  • The coach has a hard job to do every game day. He has to find a batting order that will work for that game. Some coaches will have the same batting order almost every single game. The line up that he produces for the game should score the most runs they can get for that game. The fast and smart players on the team should bat in the front of the line up. In the middle of the line up the power and run producing batters should bat. At the end of your line up you should have your average hitters and then a second lead off hitter batting ninth. ( ) Photo-
  • The most important spots in the batting order are the leadoff and second position in the batting order. The leadoff hitter should be a smart hitter and be able to hit in any count. He should have great speed and be able to steal bases with no problem. The second hitter in the line up should be the same style of play as the first hitter. He should be able to move players from base to base with no problem. This should be the best bunter on the team. ( )
  • The third hitter should have good power but at the same time should have average speed and be able to make contact every at bat. He should not be a slow batter that has really good power. If you have those kids bat here they will slow down the base path for you. The fourth hitter should have the most power on the team and can be the really slow runner since he should knock in runs. The hitter should be very aggressive at the plate. The fifth hitter should have a good power bat but at the same time be able to run and steal a base once in a while.
  • The sixth hitter should be a leadoff hitter in the middle of your line up. He should be able to get things started for the bottom of the line up. He should also be able to get the 4 and 5 hitters in if they are on base. The 7 hole hitter is the worst hitter on the team and is usually in the line up for his defense and or pitching. You do not expect much production out of this hitter. ( ) Photo-
  • Sometimes the bottom of your line up is the most important part of your line up. This part of the line up should be able to get on base for the top of your line up. The 8 th hitter is usually a great fastball hitter and should be able to get on base. This player usually plays everyday even though he is far down in the line up. The nine hole hitter is your second best leadoff hitter. He should be able to get on base anyway possible. This batter should also have great speed and be able to steal bases with ease. His job to to jump start the line up for the top of your order. (
  • Base running is one of the most important parts of baseball and many people over look it since sometimes it is a given. This is part of the game that will either win or lose your team the game. When you have smart base runners and they know what to do on the bases then you will be winning an extra 2 or 3 games a year. (McCarthy, pg. 62) Photo-
  • Getting out of the batters box can either make you safe or out at first base. If you get out of the batters box the proper way and explode to first base you will have a better chance of beating a throw to first base from the left side of the infield. When you get out of the box you need to push off with your back foot and throw your hands into a running positions so that you create a motion going to first base to help you eliminate important seconds., pg. 63)
  • With a ball hit to the outfield you do not want to just take your time going to first base because you never know what could happen in the outfield. When you hit first base you want to round it to second encase the ball skips away. You always want to hit the bag with your inside foot so that you have a good angle to take to second base if you need to do so. If you are able to get to second base or the next base you are always encouraged to take the base. (McCarthy, pg. 64) Photo-
  • If a fly ball is hit to the outfield you do not just want to stand on first of second base. If it is a ball where you know the player is not going to catch it then you can run right away. If you are not sure of the play then go half way and if he catches it go back but if he doesn’t then run to the base. For some plays you will need to stay on the base and tag up. This is only when you know he is going to catch it and you will be able to make it to the next base safely. (McCarthy, pg. 65-66)
  • A ground ball is something that can be very tricky at some points. When the ball is hit on the ground and you are on second and no one is on first you need to see what the fielder is going to do with the ball. If he is just holding you at second then you just stay at second but if he throws it to first then you take off for third as soon as you can. One thing you need to always remember is not to ever run into an out at third base since you are already in scoring position at second base. (Herbold II, John)
  • Stealing is something that will win games for you with no doubt. You never want to steal a base on the catcher because more then 80 percent of the time you will be out if you try to steal on the catcher. You want to steal a base on the pitcher since he determines the jump you get. If he is slow to the plate then you will be ale to get a great jump and take the next base without a problem. If you get a bad jump then you need you just stay at the base you are on so that you do not get out off a mental error. (McCarthy, pg 67-68) Photo-
  • Pitching is something that every coach will go after. When you have a good pitcher you will be able to win games that are low scoring and a good defensive game. If you do not have a good pitcher then you will end up losing those close games by a run or two. When kids are little they are taught to hit the target and don’t worry about if the batter hits it or not you have 7 players behind you. That is very true, you want to let the player hit the ball and put it in play and let your fielders make the plays. (McCarthy, pg. 89-90) Photo-
  • Pitching is something that is very intense and takes time to master. A pitcher has to do many things in order to be very successful and if you do not complete one or do one of them then you will not be a successful pitcher. You do not have to do each one of the things that same way that everyone else does but you need to do it a way that is comfortable and works for you. (McCarthy, pg. 91-96) Photo-
  • The grip of the baseball can determine where the ball goes and what the ball does just be the way that you grip the ball. When you are pitching you want to be able to throw many different pitches and when you throw them different pitches you want to hold the ball different ways and let the movement of the ball do the work. They are many ways to throw different pitches but you again need to find the grip that you find to be working for you and use that one. ( ) Photo-
  • The drive of your body is something that is very important to pitchers. This is where they get the speed of the ball and is also where they determine the location of the ball. If their body dives away from the plate and towards first or third then the ball will end up going to that side of the plate. (McCarthy, pg. 93) Photo-
  • Control is a key to pitching. With a really good control you do not need speed to be a factor. If you always put the pitch in a spot that it is hard for the batter to hit then you will be a very successful pitcher. You can throw the ball as hard as you want and the best hitters will be able to hit it. When you hit your spots you do not need to have speed because the location of the pitch is enough to get the batter out. (McCarthy, pg. 92-93)
  • Arm angle is something that is very different from pitcher to pitcher. Some of the pitchers will have an arm angle where they come straight over the top and you will have other pitchers where they will be coming almost under arm. It does not matter how you throw but it is better for your arm to come right over the top. If you come from over the top you will be able to get better movement on your pitches and better speed. (McCarthy, pg. 96) Photo-
  • When you release the pitch you will be letting go of the ball and your whole body should go towards home plate. This is the follow through. It is something that you do not have to worry about doing since if you do everything else correct then your follow though will just happen. You do not want to think about it, you just want to let it happen. (McCarthy, pg. 96) Photo-
  • When facing a batter you do not want to get behind in the count. If you get behind in the count then you will have to get back in front of him by giving him good pitches to hit. When this happens you will find that most of the good batters will take advantage of It and get a solid hit. If you get in front of the batter then you can almost put the pitch anyway you want since you have a little room to give. If you have a good pitch then you will be able to start it in the strike zone and have it dive out. If you were behind in the count then you can not do that. (McCarthy, pg. 92)
  • You will always hear the catcher yelling to his pitcher focus on the mitt. When the pitcher is in his delivery you want him to just stay focused on his glove and forget about the batter. You do not need to aim for the glove but you want to get it as close as possible to his glove. A good pitcher will concentrate on the catchers glove during the whole time he is about to pitch. (McCarthy, pg. 97)
  • SGP Coaching Baseball

    1. 1. Coaching Baseball Matt Shannon Oren / Period 1
    2. 2. Overview of Presentation <ul><li>Power point </li></ul><ul><ul><li>hitting, fielding, base running, pitching </li></ul></ul><ul><li>I Movie for application </li></ul><ul><li>Fielding a grounder </li></ul><ul><li>and hitting </li></ul>
    3. 3. Thesis <ul><li>Coaching baseball is a complicated endeavor involving conditioning players, teaching them hitting, pitching and fielding techniques, and developing winning strategies. </li></ul>
    4. 4. Personal Relevance <ul><li>Why did I choose this topic? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>I chose to do my senior graduation project on coaching baseball for many reasons: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Want to coach when I am older </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Love the game of baseball </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Much more to learn about baseball then I already know </li></ul></ul></ul>
    5. 5. Relevance of Topic <ul><li>Baseball is the Great American Pastime and has lead to many success stories in our history. </li></ul>
    6. 6. Coaching in General <ul><li>Many different parts of coaching </li></ul>
    7. 7. Conditioning <ul><li>4 periods of condition </li></ul>
    8. 8. Off-Season <ul><li>Developing Muscle </li></ul>
    9. 9. Early Pre-Season <ul><li>Develop most </li></ul><ul><li>of your </li></ul><ul><li>strength </li></ul>
    10. 10. Late Pre-Season <ul><li>Convert all weight lifting to power and speed </li></ul>
    11. 11. In-Season <ul><li>Do not work out close to as much as the other conditioning periods </li></ul>
    12. 12. Fielding <ul><li>Infield </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Many different situations </li></ul></ul>
    13. 13. Fielding <ul><li>Double Plays </li></ul>(Mabe)
    14. 14. Fielding <ul><li>Pop-ups </li></ul><ul><li>and </li></ul><ul><li>Bunt Plays </li></ul>
    15. 15. Fielding <ul><li>Stealing and Pick offs </li></ul>
    16. 16. Fielding <ul><li>Pick off plays </li></ul>
    17. 17. Fielding <ul><li>Outfield </li></ul>
    18. 18. Hitting <ul><li>Confidence </li></ul>
    19. 19. Hitting
    20. 20. Hitting <ul><li>Stance </li></ul>
    21. 21. Hitting <ul><li>Stance </li></ul>
    22. 22. Hitting <ul><li>Stance </li></ul>(McCarthy, pg. 24-25)
    23. 23. Hitting <ul><li>Parts of the Swing </li></ul>
    24. 24. Hitting <ul><li>Parts of the Swing </li></ul>(McCarthy, pg. 31)
    25. 25. Hitting <ul><li>Parts of the Swing </li></ul>
    26. 26. Batting Order <ul><li>Important for the coach to place batters in an order to produce as many runs as possible </li></ul>
    27. 27. Batting Order <ul><li>Leadoff and 2 nd hitters </li></ul>
    28. 28. Batting Order <ul><li>3 to 5 hitters </li></ul>
    29. 29. Batting Order <ul><li>6th and 7th hitters </li></ul>
    30. 30. Batting Order <ul><li>8 and 9 hitters </li></ul>
    31. 31. Base running <ul><li>Key part to winning games </li></ul>
    32. 32. Base running <ul><li>Explode from the batters box </li></ul>
    33. 33. Base running <ul><li>A ball hit to the outfield </li></ul>
    34. 34. Base running <ul><li>Fly ball </li></ul>
    35. 35. Base running <ul><li>Ground balls </li></ul>
    36. 36. Base running <ul><li>Stealing </li></ul>
    37. 37. Pitching
    38. 38. Pitching <ul><li>Being Successful </li></ul>
    39. 39. Pitching <ul><li>Grip </li></ul>
    40. 40. Pitching <ul><li>Drive to the </li></ul><ul><li>plate </li></ul>
    41. 41. Pitching <ul><li>Control </li></ul>
    42. 42. Pitching <ul><li>Arm Angle </li></ul>
    43. 43. Pitching <ul><li>Follow Through </li></ul>
    44. 44. Pitching <ul><li>Control the Batter </li></ul>
    45. 45. Pitching <ul><li>Hit the </li></ul><ul><li>Glove </li></ul>
    46. 46. Evidence of Research <ul><li>For my application I took part in a clinic for children of the age group 6 to 8. In the clinic I taught the kids how to throw, catch, field, run the bases, and how to catch a fly ball the proper way. </li></ul>
    47. 48. Class Activity <ul><li>I am going to teach the class the proper way to throw, hit and field. I will then have the class get into pairs of 2 and then have them roll grounders to each other. After a few minutes I will then throw 5 pitches to each kid and let them take a swing. </li></ul>
    48. 49. Conclusion <ul><li>Coaching baseball is a complicated endeavor involving conditioning players, teaching them hitting, pitching and fielding techniques, and developing winning strategies. </li></ul><ul><li>As you can see from my video coaching baseball is a complicated endeavor. </li></ul>
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