baseball is challenging because you have to teach skills in what
has been called the most challenging sports, baseball. When the best
can only get a hit 35% of the time why wouldn't it be called the most
difficult. Coaching it involves teaching so many different skills. It
is a game of contradictions.
Baseball is unique sport. It is the only sport where the defense has
possession of the ball. More than any other team sport it features the
one on one battle of two opposing athletes - pitcher versus hitter. It
requires tremendous quickness, power, and grace to play it well.
Coaching baseball entails developing very unique and specific athletic
Four Fundamental Components: Hitting, Fielding,
Throwing, and Pitching
Hitting a baseball is tremendously difficult. In a USA Today feature they determined the
hardest thing to do in sport was
hit a baseball. Considering that a major-league pitch can reaches
speeds more than 95 mph, hitters have only 0.4 seconds to find the
ball, decide where the ball is going and swing the bat.
Considering that a ball is 2 7/8 inches in diameter and a bat is not
more than 2 3/4 inches in diameter at the thickest part that does not
leave much room for error.
A fraction of the .4 of a second off in timing can be the difference
between a fly ball and a line-drive, a hit or an out. A fraction of an
inch off in the plane of the swing can also be the difference between
an out, a hit, or the pitcher's best friend, a strikeout.
Coaching baseball means you have to be able to help a player determine
what isn't working with their swing and help them develop proper
hitting techniques. That makes coaching baseball a highly technical job.
All human actions involve three fundamental components to do that
action. The actual physiology of the action, the mental strategies
involved in the action, and the motivational component that is
principally made up of the beliefs and values of the person.
In coaching baseball, in this particular case, coaching hitting, it is
essential for a player to develop the maximum of their genetic make-up
that they must have the proper mechanics (physiology), correct mental
strategies, and the proper motivation characteristics. It means those
coaching baseball, or hitting specifically, need to understand the
mechanics of the swing, mental strategies involved in the swing, and
the motivational components of great hitters.
To do that well we need expert models. This notion of modeling experts
to improve training has not been implemented to great extent, even at
the professional level. The challenge has always been
developing the model. The sciences of Neuro-Linguistic Programming,
hypnosis, and Time-Line TherapyTM Techniques enables us to
do just that and over time we will see better training models.
Until then, anyone coaching baseball will have to be aware of those
components and do their best to get the information that will best
enable their athletes to perform at their best.
One of the issues is determining your expert model. Many of the so
called hitting experts model major league players, good ones, but not
the best of the best. A true model really needs to be the best of
Modeling an expert involves much more than just watching video, yet
that is what most professional hitting instructors do. There are
excellent programs that have been developed that will be of great help
in learn the mechanics of the swing as well as one very small portion
of the mental approach to hitting.
In this video you can look at the swing at one of the greatest players
to play the game - Albert Pujols.
All those coaching baseball or offering baseball hitting tips and
instruction we recommend Science
by Ted Williams and we highly recommend
Super 8 Hitting System
As we looked at hitting programs to recommend to coaches one rose
the top. We could not find one that truly encompasses the complete
program that would exist if behavioral modeling had been used, this one
comes the closest. It also has a proven track record and its developer
really knows the game of baseball. It is full of fantastic baseball
If you have been involved in coaching baseball for some time you
probably recognize the name of Joe Brockhoff. The Super 8 Hitting
System was developed by Joe Brockhoff who was a former minor league
baseball player with the New York Yankees and Division I Head Baseball
Coach at Tulane University for over 19 years.
Fourty-five of his players went on to play professional baseball, while
hundreds of high school players, that he personally mentored, went on
to play in college, including top Division-I programs. Some of his
hitters improved their batting average by over 200 points.
Whether you're playing youth baseball or a grizzled veteran, his
hitting tips and baseball drills will work wonders for your hitting
stroke and bat speed. Everyone coaching baseball from the seasoned
veteran to the first-time volunteer dad should investigate this program.
Here's a peek at what's in this full-blown e-course...
The secrets to understanding the 7 Deadly
Misconceptions about hitting. Uncover the very tactics we personally
use to coach and train our baseball players…and create a true,
easy-to-follow plan that puts your baseball career in the fast lane.
The blueprint for a rock solid training system,
including the right way to go from ‘stance to finish’, so you can avoid
making the mistakes that so many hitters do. The biggest mistakes made
by newbie baseball players is approaching hitting without a plan. We'll
give you the precise formula for success.
A simple and closely guarded secret on a FOOL PROOF
Development System that can instantly increase bat speed in less than
Step-by-step surprisingly simple methods you can use
tomorrow to INSTANTLY improve your batting average by hundreds of
An advanced hitting technique that builds consistency
when hitting the inside and outside pitches, complete with
A rarely used strategy that boosts your batting
average overnight. How a hitter must train his hips to take him to the
ball and make consistent contact.
Drop the Bat ‘like a hammer’ and hit line drives
instead of ground balls. Here we teach you the correct ‘wrist action’ a
batter should be using.
Six crackerjack techniques on how to use the
‘stance-step’ instead of ‘step-stance’ to get maximum power during your
How to avoid the ‘squish the bug’ misconception and
what SHOULD happen during the pivot.
Pitching and defense is what wins championships.
Coaching baseball well
means knowing what it takes to be a good pitcher. As we mentioned in
the section on hitting, pitching (as well as all athletic skills)
involves the mechanics
(physiology), metal strategies, and motivation behind the act.
Mechanics may be more important to great pitching than they are too
great hitting. It is the mechanics that allow Tim Lincecum, at 5' 11"
and 170 pounds can throw over 90 mph while there are bigger guys in
college who never throw over 85. People coaching baseball must
understand good mechanics of the pitcher and be able to help develop
Mechanics are also what allowed Roger Clemens and Nolan Ryan to be
power pitchers for their long careers. Good mechanics was the
foundation behind the long success of Greg Maddux. Good mechanics will
injuries. Coaching baseball at the younger levels preventing arm
injuries and helping young players mature physically is your moral
When talking about mechanics stride direction and arm slot are two
major pieces of the puzzle. There are many younger pitchers who never
learn to use their lower bodies properly or don't have good stride
direction or arm slot. Those pitchers often don't have command or end
up hurting their arms.
as there are with hitting programs there are numerous pitching
programs being offered to players and those coaching baseball. There
are a number of good ones, but like with hitting, we have found their
greatest strength are on the very important mechanics of the act. We do
highly recommend the online clinic by Tom House.
Over 30 minutes streaming video - Tom House
instructing on Pitching Mechanics, Grips, and Drills
Short quizzes to test your knowledge of the material
along the way
A final quiz to test your knowledge of the material
A printout of NPA Mechanics Guidelines - incudes
course material review and more.
A Course Certificate of Completion
This clinic is designed as a learning experience. The goal of the
clinic is that when you complete it, you will understand:
How to properly set up on the mound
Pitching mechanics that will promote a healthy
baseball pitching/throwing experience - The NPA Biomechanics Efficiency
Model for pitching
The different grips used to throw three different
The drills required to practice and perfect the
phases of the NPA Biomechanical Efficiency ModelTM
Upon completion of the clinic the student will receive access to
download the NPA Guidelines of Pitching and a Certificate of Completion
for the pitching course.
In all athletic endeavors physiology is the most often looked at,
analyzed, and coached aspect of the task. It is a vitally important
one, but if you ignore the other two components your athletes may never
reach their full potential. Listen here to Greg Maddux...
You can learn a great deal by listening and watch true experts.
In coaching baseball, as well as all sports, the mental strategies and
motivational components are the least understood but in many regards
the most important. It are those components that enable a Curt Shilling
to pitch well in the American League Championship and World series with
a tendon in his ankle temporarily surgically stitched to stabilize that
If pitching and defense wins championships then anyone coaching
baseball needs to be able to help their players become good fielders.
The two parts of being a good fielder are catching the ball and
If anyone has been around baseball long enough they probably remember
players, even professionals, who suddenly lost the ability to throw the
ball accurately. It happened to the Dodgers Steve Sax back in 1983 and
to Chuck Knoblauch in the 1990s. Both of those players were excellent
fielders, but suddenly lost the ability to make the routine throw to
Good fielders have great footwork, good hands, and strong, accurate
arms. They get great reads on the ball and can usually cover quite a
bit of ground. Mike Bordick, who didn't have great range, holds the
record for short stops with 110 straight games without an error. He had
great hands and a very accurate arm.
One of the most over looked part of good fielding is the footwork of
the fielder. Getting in good position before fielding the ball so they
have good balance, even when they have to make throws on the run.
Unlike the big two there really are no fully developed programs for
fielding. Maybe that is because of all the skills in coaching baseball
fielding and throwing are the easiest to watch, learn, and duplicate.
Or maybe it is hitting and pitching skills that is most likely to get
Watch these videos for great tips on fielding and throwing...
Fielding ground balls
Teaching the Game and
true physical education
Everyone coaching baseball, as well as all sports, has the
responsibility of teaching the mental strategies of that sport as well
as providing health and physical education and nutrition education.
Coaching baseball includes preparing your players mentally. The mental
aspect of baseball is amazingly challenging because of the mental speed
involved in hitting to the mental "down-time" of when you are in the
field. Being able to maintain focus and be prepared is vital.
The Cognitive Advantage Program is hands-down the best program we have
found. Let us be clear that it is not, and doesn't claim to be, the
mental strategies used in the specific skills of hitting, pitching,
fielding, and throwing. That type of mental conditioning is completely
separate, more specific, and much harder to discover and develop.
What it does include is a complete video of a training done by Rick
Harig, whose resume is quite extensive.
In this program you will learn:
How to assess Mental Factors
The Baseball Mindset
How to Build a Playing Philosophy
Definitions of Success
and how to
Review Playing Philosophy
Establish Performance Goals
Develop Specific Game Actions
Set Achievement Goals
and that is in just the first two videos! It is absolutely a must have program if coaching baseball well is
Specific fitness workouts and good diets will help your athletes learn
to full-fill their God given potential. Regardless of how far they
progress the lessons they learn will carry them a long way. For more on
nutrition and fitness you can check out our nutrition
pages as well as the site BASES.
Bases is an outstanding resource and you can get some specific baseball
training workouts on their site.
Coaching Baseball is no different than any other sport in that you want
to have well-conditioned athletes. That will require your basketball
players to workout during the season and in the off-season.
For over-all strength, flexibility and athletic training we also
Understand that this program will really develop over-all body strength
and athleticism, but it will not specifically train you in baseball
Also, without YOU putting in the work and dedication you will not see
Our special forces have trained their bodies to perform athletically.
Natural strength that can be obtained from using your own bodyweight.
You don't need large space or special equipment to train. You can do it
all in only 20 minutes a day. If you know what to do.
As someone coaching baseball you can refer your baseball players to
this incredible program.
Crisis response demands a physical training program that will develop
tireless stamina, extreme range reactive strength, ballistic speed, the
agility and coordination of a Free Runner, and active recovery and
If your players had those type of workouts do you think their athletic
performance would improve? Do you think your baseball coaching would
improve as your players improve? You bet it would.
So, what does this basic program give you?
* workouts manual
* training calendar
* video instructions (in several formats)
* Recovery techniques
You can add to the basic program and get all the above, plus:
* follow along videos
* rapid recovery and breathing techniques
* diet plan
* recipe book
* video of a real training program personally run by
So, check out all the details of Tacfit
and try it for yourself!
Nutrition is vitally important for athletic endeavors. In this current
culture it is vital that those coaching baseball, or any sport, are
informed about nutrition.
If your athletes do not watch their nutrition they will not be able to
make the athletic gains they could if they ate properly. We have two
recommended nutrition programs for those coaching baseball and their
covers everything you need to know about nutrition. It is a
comprehensive nutrition education course. It will:
1) teach you how to eat for your goal and your body. We teach you how
to develop a custom nutrition plan unique to your physiology.
2) be easy to understand.
3) provide you with 1 year of 24/7 online support on their private
member forum. You’ll need help, and with PN you get it – from expert
coaches and nearly 40,000 fellow members from around the world.
4) provide you with a 1 year membership to their online library of
articles, e-books and software. Access their complete Exercise Video
Database and thousands of pages covering every conceivable fitness and
nutrition topic in the Member Zone.
5) Include more than 25 goal-specific exercise programs by world-class
coaches. They had the top coaches in the world develop exercise
programs specifically for Precision Nutrition members.
6) Include the PN cookbook, Gourmet Nutrition Volume 1.
7) Guarantee results. They put their money where their mouth is. If PN
doesn’t work for you, They’ll not only give your money back, they’ll
buy you another book of your choosing!
Of all the above mentioned benefits of the program the most talked
about by our members is the on-line supports. Coaching baseball
thoroughly will mean getting your players involved in off-season
programs. Those programs should include good nutrition education.
This is one of the best out there and is used by some of the most
sought after athletic trainers in the world. For more information go to
the Precision Nutrition
Eating for Energy
Eating for Energy
is another excellent nutrition education program. For athletes and
coaches, in this case those coaching baseball, it will provide your
players the energy and fitness that will enable them to reach peak
Eating for energy's nutrition education will teach you things you won't
learn in traditional classes. And that is the reason we are here!
In this e-course you will learn:
1) how you can prevent cancer, cardiovascular, diabetes, and obesity by
making this one small change to the way you eat.
2) what the startling food consumption trends between 1970 and 2004
have done to your health.
3) why fit people can be at greater risk of disease!
4) the top 12 superfoods you should eat all the time.
5) why you may not have been successful in losing weight in the past.
This one secret will change your life (not just your body)!
6) why counting calories does not work. You'll find out what does.
7) why not all fats are bad and why eating certain "healthy" fats can
actually speed up fat loss, increase your energy levels, decrease your
risk of cardiovascular disease, memory loss, and more... and precisely
how much of them you need for optimal effects.
8) the miraculous food whose saturated fat burns fat in your body,
fuels your energy for exercise, and prevents sickness and infections!
One of the most amazing finds ever - and you can easily buy at your
local grocery store!
9) how to crank up your metabolism and turn your body into a
food-incinerating, fat-melting human blast furnace! Easy
metabolism-boosting techniques revealed!
10) how to eat 50% more calories without storing an ounce as fat - It's
true - you can actually eat more food while losing more fat using this
simple, but often overlooked strategy!
11) how to boost your energy levels higher than you ever thought
possible - almost instantly! (you'll notice the difference the very
12) the 10 Success Habits that will get you to your goals!
13) the psychology of permanent fat loss and abundant health...Goal
setting and motivation tactics that program your subconscious mind for
Follow this "secret mental training formula" and you'll be practically
"hypnotized" into eating properly and working out consistently - Just
imagine... no more "willpower" required! (these are the same techniques
that NFL, NBA, MLB and Olympic champions pay sports psychologists
hundreds of dollars an hour to learn.)
14) why obesity and most diseases do not occur in nature and discover
what we're doing to domesticated animals that is making them as sick,
fat, and tired as we are!
of the allure of steroids has not just been about strength
building but it has also been about recovery from injury. Anyone
coaching baseball should be aware of what is going on in terms of the
when it comes to steroids and the use of amphetamines.
While it is a
relatively new field the study of redox signaling molecules is a field
a good baseball coach will want to be aware of. These amazing
are vital in the healthy functioning of our cells. If
our cells are functioning properly our health will be better, our
recovery will be better, and our endurance will improve. Our natural
producation of these molecules seems to decrease as we age and those
who are competing athletically may not produce as many as the body
demands for such athletic endeavors.
If you have been coaching baseball for anytime you are hearing more
and more from athletes, about the amazing benefits of supplementing
molecules. Listen to these testimonials.