2 PHILOSOPHY OR MISSION STATEMENT “Focus on excellence”1. Mission- A specific task.2. Focus- The center of activity, attraction, or attention.3. Excellence- derived from the Latin word ‘excel’ which means to “rise up”.
4 Evaluation and selection of personnel THE COACHEvaluation and selection of personnelTraining a teamIndoorsOutdoors
5 Knowledge of game and strategy Good coaching qualities-Ability to:* teach fundamentals* instill confidence* get best effort possible from players>physical effort>100% mental hustle (the big difference)Knowledge of game and strategyThe desire to learnGood psychologistPatience
6 Recognizing player limitations Molding personnel into a “team” The outstanding coach not only prepares his players for the game of baseball but more importantly for“ The Game of Life”.Teaching-Making purpose clear-When to teach, praise, criticize, etc.-Do not over coach or under coach
7 PRACTICE FORMAT/INDOOR BASERUNNINGFIELDING DRILLSBATTING DRILLSPITCHING DRILLSCATCHING DRILLSBUNTINGCONDITIONING DRILLS/GAMES*BASEBALL 101*HOW DO THEY BECOMESTUDENTS OF THE GAME?
8 GENERAL PRACTICE FORMAT/OUTDOOR Pre practice announcementsWarm up / Stretch / AgilitiesLong tossIntro or Review - Team Defense/OffenseB.P. & Individual Skills Period-Typical B.P. w/infield fungos-Position specific situational drillsCONDITIONING-Over the shoulder catch sprint>Partner>Team/group- Simultaneous 5 Man Base Running
9 Defense in Baseball Basic Defensive Plays Position Specific Plays General Infield/OutfieldThe First BasemanThe Second BasemanThe Third BasemanThe ShortstopOutfield PlayCatchingPitchingKnow the SituationDefense in Baseball
10 Offense in Baseball -Sliding -Signs -Base Running -Bunting -Batting -Know the Situation
11 COACHING PRINCIPLES Keep winning in perspective Teaching Sports skills Coaching PhilosophySports PsychologySportsmanship/CitizenshipGuide Athletes to Better NutritionPlanning for the SeasonCoaching StyleOff-Season TrainingCommunicatingSetting Performance GoalsShaping BehaviorReducing InjuriesManaging Equipment and Facilities
12 The Name of the Game is Mental Hustle There are no secrets in baseball. An amateur baseball team that wins consistently over a long period of time may have superior talent, but this is unlikely. The team that continues to win, assuming they are playing teams of similar caliber, is the team that has disciplined itself to the extent that 100% Mental Hustle is as common as putting on the uniform. Physical hustle is a natural result of mental hustle, but always a result. Complete concentration on the job to be done automatically guarantees the desirable physical results, with the exception of human error. Physical hustle, although desirable and necessary, does not remotely suggest an outstanding mental game.A baseball player that will keep himself in good physical condition and give 100% mentally- will be a winner. If his teammates do likewise, he will play on a winner. This is “paying the extreme price,” and applies to every member of the team--to the man playing only occasionally, as well as the .350 hitter. A chain is only as strong as its weakest link--a baseball team is only as strong as the weakest mental link on its entire roster.Demands upon baseball players in “our” program are few in number, but exact. Quite simply, it’s a matter of self-discipline and confidence. Off, as well as on the field, an athlete should “walk tall,” “talk tall,” and “stand tall.” Most assuredly the athlete, of all students, should be a gentleman and a good sport. “Bushiness” will not be tolerated.The name of the game is Mental Hustle. Of this phase of the game, we expect 100% from those connected directly with “our” program. The reason is a simple one. We like to win.In this manual is an outline of the different fundamental phases of the game of baseball, as well as a comprehensive set of team defensive situations. As a member this , it is hoped that this will not only facilitate your familiarity with how we cope with the different aspects of the game, but will expedite the things with which we are most concerned -- your Mental Game.
13 A Great Teaching Philosophy… “I’ve come to a frightening conclusion. I am the decisive element in the classroom. It’s my personal approach that creates the climate, it’s my daily mood that makes the weather. As a teacher I possess tremendous power to make a child’s life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration. I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal. In all situations it is my response that decides whether a situation will be escalated or deescalated, a child’s life humanized or dehumanized.”An excerpt from the book:BETWEEN TEACHER AND CHILD by Haim Ginott