Top collegiate coaches from the American Baseball Coaches Association team up to present Practice Perfect Baseball, the ultimate guide to organizing, running, and evaluating baseball practices. Their invaluable advice will help coaches from youth leagues up through college prepare players in the field, on the mound, at the plate, and on the bases.
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Successful seasons don’t begin on opening day. They begin long before, in the cages, gym, locker room, and practice field. There, consistency, execution, and teamwork form the foundations of powerhouse programs and championship titles. While most coaches understand the importance of practice, far fewer have perfected it year after year, team after team.
In Practice Perfect Baseball, the game’s premier collegiate coaches share their approaches, experiences, and philosophies on every facet of practice. This authoritative guide goes beyond the stretches and drills straight to the heart of winning—effort and attitude. From structuring sessions to evaluating practice performance, the vast information allows you to choose what you wish to implement in your program. You’ll find unique insights and invaluable advice from the all-star roster of contributors:
In Practice Perfect Baseball, you‘ll identify and establish a practice ethic, learn to assess team strengths, and develop players’ skills in the field, on the mound, or at the plate. You’ll also learn to make the most of indoor practices, incorporate technology to perfect skills and evaluate performance, and prepare your team for upcoming opponents.
Developed by the American Baseball Coaches Association and edited by Bob Bennett, Practice Perfect Baseball is essential reading for every coach at every level of the sport.
Chapter 1. Establishing a Practice Work Ethic
Chapter 2. Planning Productive Practices
Chapter 3. Assessing Team Strengths
Chapter 4. Developing and Motivating the Total Player
Chapter 5. Building a Pitching Staff
Chapter 6. Maximizing Batting Practice
Chapter 7. Perfecting Positional Play
Chapter 8. Fine-Tuning Team Fielding
Chapter 9. Preparing for Every Game Situation
Chapter 10. Focusing on the Forthcoming Opponent
Chapter 11. Taking Practice Indoors
Chapter 12. Using Equipment and Technology
Chapter 13. Incorporating Competitive Drills and Games
Chapter 14. Evaluating Practice Sessions
Pete Dunn and Bob Bennett
ABOUT THE ABCA
The American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) is the largest baseball coaching organization in the world. The association’s mission is to improve the level of baseball coaching worldwide while promoting the game of baseball and acting as a sounding board and advocate on issues concerning the game. In addition, the ABCA promotes camaraderie and communication among all baseball coaches from the amateur to the professional levels. The ABCA also gives recognition to deserving players and coaches through several special sponsorship programs. It is an organization that has grown steadily in membership, prestige, and impact in recent years. The ABCA’s headquarters is located in Mount Pleasant, Michigan.