The tips and strategies outlined in Survival Guide for Coaching Youth
Baseball will help any new coach plan a season full of terrific
practices and successful games. Lighthearted and humorous, it’s a
terrific resource for coaches who simply wish to help 5- to 10-year-old
kids have fun and learn a few things along the way.
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You volunteered to coach the local baseball team, but are you ready? How will you teach the fundamental skills, run effective practices, and harness the energy of your young team? Fear not: Survival Guide for Coaching Youth Baseball has the answers.
In Survival Guide for Coaching Youth Baseball, longtime coach Dan Keller shares his experiences and provides advice you can rely on from the first practice to the final game. From evaluating players’ skills and establishing realistic goals to using in-game coaching tips, it’s all here—the drills, the strategies, and most important, the fun!
Develop your team’s fielding, catching, throwing, pitching, and hitting skills with the Survival Guide’s collection of the game’s best youth drills that young players can actually use. Best of all, you’ll be able to get the most out of every practice by following the ready-to-use practice plans.
Survival Guide for Coaching Youth Baseball has everything you need for a rewarding and productive season.
Key to Diagrams
Chapter 1. Help! Where do I Start?
Chapter 2. Organizing Your Team
Chapter 3. Developing Fielding Skills with 5 Simple Drills
Chapter 4. Developing Outfield Skills with 5 Simple Drills
Chapter 5. Developing Throwing Skills with 5 Simple Drills
Chapter 6. Developing Pitching Skills with 5 Simple Drills
Chapter 7. Developing Hitting Skills with 5 Simple Drills
Chapter 8. On-Field Execution
Chapter 9. Game Time! What’s My Role Again?
About the Authors
Dan Keller is the president and owner of Lifeletics Sports
Instruction in Huntington Beach, California. A lifelong student of the
game of baseball, with a particular interest in pitching, he started
Lifeletics in 2001 and has built it into a household brand providing
world-class fundamental training with an emphasis on positive character
development and the life lessons learned through athletics.
Keller experienced athletic success from youth baseball through the
collegiate ranks and was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in 1995. Since
2000 he has worked as a private pitching instructor for youth league and
professional athletes. His team coaching resume includes work with
competitive youth teams and teams at all levels of high school play.
Keller’s work has been featured extensively in Collegiate
Baseball Newspaper, Junior Baseball Magazine, and several online
publications. He’s also a frequent instructor for a number of youth
clinics. In his free time he enjoys staying active by hiking and playing
basketball, softball, and golf. Keller lives in California with his
“Survival Guide for Coaching Youth Baseball is a great way to
begin your season. By providing the key essentials, this book will help
you succeed with your players and team.”
—John Savage,UCLA Head Baseball Coach
"Survival Guide for Coaching Youth Baseball is a
must-read for all youth baseball coaches. Using simple practice plans
and fundamental skills sets, Dan Keller makes practice fun for coaches
and players alike."
-Abe Key,President and CEO, PONY Baseball
“Survival Guide for Coaching Youth Baseball takes the
guesswork out of coaching and gets everyone on the same page.”
-David Kloser, Mental Game Coach, Author of Stepping Up to the Plate:
Inspiring Interviews with Major Leaguers