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In the early eras of baseball, the home run was not held in the esteem that it is today. Players were encouraged to bunt, steal, and hit and run—techniques considered to require more skill than hitting a ball 400 feet.
The game between the hitter and the pitcher is like a game of cat and mouse, with each player trying to gain the edge over the other. Given this framework, you need to arm your pitching staff with enough information to approach a game productively.
Numerous coaching books cover the bases on the skills and drills of baseball. But very few hit on the tactical skills of the game: the situational decisions players and coaches make that often determine the outcome of games. That's where Coaching Baseball Technical and Tactical Skills stands out in the lineup of baseball titles available today.
Written by the American Sport Education Program (ASEP) in conjunction with Tom O’Connell, a 30-year veteran coach and 2004 American Baseball Coaches Association Coach of the Year, Coaching Baseball Technical and Tactical Skills prepares you to be a better teacher and tactician of the game. Technical skills—such as hitting, throwing, and fielding—are examined in depth, as well as the tactical skills—such as hit-and-run, double-steal, and double-play defenses—that so many other books pitch around.
Nearly 180 photos and illustrations bring the basic to intermediate technical skills to life, while sample season and practice plans help you in your preparation. With Coaching Baseball Technical and Tactical Skills, you have a resource you can rely on to take you down the base paths to coaching success.
Endorsed by the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA), the book serves as a companion resource for the Coaching Baseball Technical and Tactical Skills online course, which, along with Coaching Principles, Sport First Aid, and CPR certification, make up the curriculum for ASEP’s Bronze Level coaching certification program.
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Part I Teaching and Evaluating
Chapter 1 Teaching Sport Skills
Chapter 2 Evaluating Technical and Tactical Skills
Part II Teaching Technical Skills
Chapter 3 Offensive Technical Skills
Chapter 4 Defensive Technical Skills
Part III Teaching Tactical Skills
Chapter 5 Offensive Tactical Skills
Chapter 6 Defensive Tactical Skills
Part IV Planning for Teaching
Chapter 7 Season Plans
Chapter 8 Practice Plans
Part V Game Coaching
Chapter 9 Preparing for Games
Chapter 10 During and After the Game
Coaching Baseball Technical and Tactical Skills was written by the American Sport Education Program (ASEP) with the assistance of Tom O'Connell, a 30-year veteran coach and 2004 American Baseball Coaches Association Coach of the Year.
ASEP has been developing and delivering coaching education courses since 1981. As the nation's leading coaching education program, ASEP works with national, state, and local youth sport organizations to develop educational programs for coaches, officials, administrators, and parents. These programs incorporate ASEP's philosophy of "athletes first, winning second."
"Coaching Baseball Technical and Tactical Skills is truly superb! It is a must for young and old coaches alike. I sincerely feel that it is one of the five best baseball books on the market. It is a great guide in practice planning, the illustrations are excellent and it is outstanding in the presentation of fundamentals. Congratulations to Tom O'Connell and to ASEP; it's as good as it gets."
Gordie Gillespie Head Baseball Coach University of St. Francis