Ralph and Karen Weekly are head coaches at the University of Tennessee, where they have led the Lady Vols to a staggering 514 wins since 2002. Ralph has coached teams including the U.S. Air Force, Pacific Lutheran University, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and University of Tennessee. She was a national title-winning assistant coach at PLU in 1988 and 1992 and served as a championship head coach at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
The base runner can leave the base when the ball leaves the pitcher’s hand. A runner at second base is in scoring position and should be thinking score on any base hit. The runner at third base should never lead off beyond the positioning of the third-base player.
Coaching Points The best setup is to have two balance beams in a cage, one for right-handed batters and one for left-handed batters. Execution To begin the drill, the coach takes a position in front and 45 degrees to the right of a right-handed batter (opposite for left-handed batters). Coaching Points Balance is important to the loading, striding, and hitting that the batter does in this drill.
The drag bunt is an essential tool for a complete slapper. Slappers can do two things to help deaden a drag bunt: slide their top hand farther up the barrel (see figure 2.9a), and bunt the ball on the top 5 inches of the bat (away from the sweet spot). Create a circle with either cones or field chalk around the area where you want the ball to be bunted; the slappers then work on placing drag bunts in that area.
It costs just about the same amount of energy to run eight miles in 40 minutes as it does to run eight miles in 60 minutes. When it’s time to increase your mileage, add to your weekly total as many miles (or one and a half times as many kilometers) as the number of training sessions you’re doing each week, up to a maximum of a 10-mile (15-kilometer) total adjustment. For example, after at least three weeks of 20 miles per week spread over five training sessions, your maximum increase should...
Scholastic and youth sport coaches on average have 2-4 hours on any given day to focus on their coaching duties, which translates into 14 to 28 hours per week. When he returned 15 years later to coach the St. Louis Rams he delegated more responsibilities to assistant coaches and ultimately won the 1999 Super Bowl. For today’s high school and youth sport coaches the prevailing question is, how can you get the most out of the time that you have committed to coaching?