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Play Baseball the Ripken Way
Cal Ripken, Jr.
0812970500
Mar 2005
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
This book is the next best thing to a personal lesson with the man who broke Lou Gehrig's record of playing in 2,632 consecutive games; it's a comprehensive look at all aspects of how to play baseball that will benefit young players and adult weekend warriors. Assisted by his brother Bill, who also is a Major League veteran, and Sports Illustrated baseball editor Burke, Ripkin presents the training philosophy taught to him by his father, a legendary scout for the Baltimore Orioles. The book's nine chapters, or "innings," offer clearly detailed, precisely illustrated (by photographer Bill Wood) and incredibly helpful advice on all aspects of batting, base running, infielding and outfielding. The best are the chapters on catching, where Ripkin provides numerous insights into how a catcher can be "a true on-field...


Little League Baseball Guide to Correcting the 25 Most Common Mistakes : Recognizing and Repairing the Mistakes Young Players Make

0071408878


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Book Description
The authoritative sourcebooks for parents, players, and coaches Baseball is a complicated game to learn, particularly for a 9- to 12-year-old's attention span. Bewildered managers, coaches, and parents of the more than 2.5 million Little League Baseball players need all the help they can get. Filled with fun and easy-to-follow instructions and advice on teaching the fundamentals of baseball, the bestselling Little League Baseball series is sure to score with coaches and kids alike. THE LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL GUIDE TO CORRECTING THE 25 MOST COMMON MISTAKES For young players (and their coaches) there's nothing more frustrating than struggling with baseball fundamentals. With the systematic approach in this user-friendly guide, coaches will learn to recognize and repair the most common faults that young players...


Clemente: The Passion and Grace of Baseball's Last Hero
David Maraniss
0743217810
April 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. If ever a baseball player were deemed worthy of canonization, right fielder Roberto Clemente might be the one. Jackie Robinson may have suffered greater hardships during his career, but Clemente's nobility, charity and determination make him far more appropriate for a postage stamp than a Nike commercial. After 18 distinguished seasons, the Pirate star with the astonishing throwing arm died in a 1972 plane crash while en route to deliver relief supplies to Nicaraguan earthquake victims. Considering the potential for hagiography, Washington Post staffer and Clinton biographer Maraniss sticks to the facts in this respectful and dispassionate account. Clemente is a deceptively easy subject for a biographer: his acquired halo tinges past events and the accounts of his colleagues (although close...


The Act of Pitching
John Bagonzi
1930770197
Jan 2002
Paperback
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Lennie Merullo, former director of the Major League Scouting Bureau
"John is probably the finest pitching coach in the East, a pro's pro."

Book Description
Pitchers, coaches, and fans will enjoy this fun, informative, and accessible guide to the art of pitching. The specifics of grips, arm angles, and finger pressure, as well as many variations of different pitches, are all explained in detail. This book teaches skills required for pitching, such as mental toughness, preparedness, and strategy. Those involved in any competitive activity will discover useful tools for developing focus and the energy of mind necessary for winning.

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The Baseball Coaching Bible
Jerry Kindall
0736001611
February 2000
Paperback
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Book Description
...contributors are a Who's Who of baseball coaching greats...stories and insights and hundreds of years in combined wisdom and success in a highly readable style...like being at a coaching clinic with an all-star coach.

From the Publisher
“The Baseball Coaching Bible is a must read for any person serious about the game of baseball. I especially found the pitching section to be outstanding and informative.” Ed Lynch Chicago Cubs General Manager “The years of experience assembled in one book is simply an invaluable asset for coaches, players, and parents.” Marty Bystrom Former National League pitcher Philadelphia Phillies New York Yankees

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The Little League Guide to Tee Ball : Helping Beginning Players Develop Coordination and Confidence

0071410783


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Book Description
The authoritative sourcebooks for parents, players, and coaches Baseball is a complicated game to learn, particularly for a 9- to 12-year-old's attention span. Bewildered managers, coaches, and parents of the more than 2.5 million Little League Baseball players need all the help they can get. Filled with fun and easy-to-follow instructions and advice on teaching the fundamentals of baseball, the bestselling Little League Baseball series is sure to score with coaches and kids alike. THE LITTLE LEAGUE GUIDE TO TEE BALL This illustrated, easy-to-follow guide covers all the Tee Ball basics, explaining the skills that help rookie players develop coordination and confidence, preparing them for future Little League play.

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The authoritative sourcebooks for...


Coach: Lessons on the Game of Life
Michael Lewis
0393060918
May 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Lewis (Liar's Poker; Moneyball) remembers his high school baseball coach, Coach Fitz, a man so intense a room felt "more pressurized simply because he was in it." At the New Orleans private school Lewis attended in the late 1970s, Coach Fitz taught kids to fight "the natural instinct to run away from adversity" and to battle their way through all the easy excuses life offers for giving up. He was strict, but he made such an impression on his students that now, 25 years later, alumni want to name a new gym after him. But the parents of today's students aren't as wowed by Coach Fitz's tough love. They call the headmaster with complaints, saying Coach Fitz is too mean to their children and insisting on sitting on his shoulder as he attempts to coach. A desire to set these new parents straight may be the underlying...


Nolan Ryan's Pitcher's Bible
Nolan Ryan
0671705814
Apr 1991
Paperback
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Book Description
How does Nolan Ryan still do it?At 43 years old, Nolan Ryan is a marvel. He is still blowing his fastballs by hitters at an age when most pitchers have long since retired -- or have learned to depend on guile instead of power. But the Ryan express keeps chugging on, getting more unhittable, not less.Nolan Ryan's Pitcher's Bible tells us the secrets of Ryan's success. Drawing on Ryan's practical experience and Tom House's research expertise, it shows how the right combination of exercise and motivation can help a pitcher develop to his greatest potential.Nolan Ryan's Pitcher's Bible includes:* Nolan Ryan's complete fitness program for pitchers -- including weight training, aerobic exercise, and diet -- based on the latest scientific research and his 24 years of experience as a major leaguer.* The most up-to-date...


Baseball Strategies
American Baseball Coaches Association
0736042180
Dec 2002
Paperback
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Book Description
Text explains the game of baseball: what to do, when to do it, and why; in all facets of the game. Focuses on the offensive attack, provides insights on selecting and locating pitches, holding base runners in check, and fielding the position. Provides defensive tactics, and explains how to fine-tune strategic approaches. For coaches. Softcover. DLC: Baseball--Coaching.

About the Author
The American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) is the largest baseball coaching organization in the world, including coaches from every state in the country and hundreds of international members. The association’s mission is to improve the level of baseball coaching worldwide. The ABCA assists in the promotion of baseball and acts as a sounding board and advocate on issues concerning...


Baseball Clinic: Skills and Drills for Better Baseball - a Handbook for Players and Coaches
John Stewart
1580800734
April 1999
Paperback
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From School Library Journal
Grade 6 Up-Written by a former Triple A minor league player and current major league scout, this handbook of baseball skills is crammed with information for young players. Included are chapters on pitching, hitting, base running, and catching. Separate chapters on fielding cover middle-infield, first and third base, and the outfield. There's even a brief section on coaching strategies. The information is detailed, yet succinct. Unfortunately, the drawings that are supposed to demonstrate the principle under discussion are sometimes confusing; it's hard to tell what exactly they are showing. The diagrams, on the other hand, are more helpful. A thorough 14-page glossary covers almost every baseball term imaginable. This book fills the bill for fairly advanced players who want to delve into the fine points of...


Little League Drills and Strategies
Ned McIntosh
0071410775
Mar 2003
Paperback
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Book Review
When signing his eldest son up for Little League baseball, Ned McIntosh was told he'd have to find a coach if he wanted his son to play. So McIntosh stepped up to the plate and, with little guidance, began coaching. That's probably how most people become Little League coaches, and they often feel at a complete loss as to where to start. Written by a father/coach for other parent/coaches, Little League Drills and Strategies teaches coaches how to help their players enjoy the game--as well as develop the skills they need to win. Well-illustrated drills focus on the essentials--batting, base running, fielding, etc.--while other chapters teach novice coaches how to deal with competition and overbearing parents. An excellent resource for coaching neophytes as well as seasoned managers. --Sunny Delaney --This text refers to an...


Science of Hitting
Ted Williams, John Underwood
0671621033
April 29, 1986
Paperback
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Book Review
As a boy, all Ted Williams wanted was to be the best hitter there ever was. Through his storied tenure with the Red Sox, he pretty much got his wish. He not only hit, he knew how to hit; there was no keener, more devoted, more articulate student of the art. The Science of Hitting is his comprehensive book of wisdom and anecdote, a baseball bible that offers clear, concise, well-illustrated, fundamental information on how to hit a baseball and, just as important, how to think about hitting a baseball. Williams's first commandment is "Get a good pitch to hit," and, in one of baseball's most dramatic teaching tools--a photograph that divides his strike zone into 77 baseballs, seven wide by 11 high--Williams projects what he would hit at each pitch location, from .230 on the low-outside strike to...


Coaching Youth Baseball
American Sport Education Program
0736037160
February 1901
Paperback
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From Library Journal
These two slender books provide advice to coaches and parents on how to teach baseball skills to young athletes. Coaching Youth Baseball offers instructional programs and drills for successful development. House, who also wrote The Pitching Edge (LJ 2/1/94), concentrates on a training regimen to maximize performance and avoid injury. Both titles are recommended for large public and high school libraries.Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Book Description
Coaching Youth Baseball is an excellent introduction to youth coaching and teaching young baseball players valuable skills. It provides all the information you need to coach effectively and help 8- to 14-year-old athletes learn and enjoy...


Baseball Skills & Drills
John Winkin
0736037381
Apr 2001
Paperback
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Book Description
Baseball Skills & Drills is both a comprehensive instructional guide and a useful practice tool for coaches and players at all levels. Written by three of baseball’s top teaching coaches-Pat McMahon of Mississippi State University, Mark Johnson of Texas A&M University, and Jack Leggett from Clemson University-and developed in cooperation with the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA), this is a book that you’ll use as often as your favorite bat. Master all the fundamentals through the book’s expert instruction, numerous photographs, and essential drills. The 17 chapters cover all the bases in teaching the best techniques for • hitting,
• baserunning,
• fielding,
• pitching, and
• catching. Winning baseball teams are solid in all facets of the game,...


Coaching Youth Softball: A Baffled Parent's Guide
Jacquie Joseph
0071368256
February 26, 2001
Paperback
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Book Description
Coaching Youth Softball is written especially for the unprepared parent thrust into the role of coaching his or her 8- to 12-year-old child's softball team. Upbeat and inspirational, it schools new coaches in the fundamentals of controlling, motivating, and encouraging a disparate group of kids in the art and science of softball. Parents learn the logistics of running a youth team and the specifics of coaching softball. They learn how to match drills to a player's skills and motivation level and gain a wealth of detailed instructions on such specifics as how to run a successful practice and manage during a game. Takes a drill-based approach to teaching basic skills Reviews softball fundamentals for inexperienced parents

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"Jacquie Joseph conveys...



Coaching Youth Baseball: A Baffled Parents Guide
Bill Thurston
0071358226
March 2000
Paperback
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Review
USA Today : Novice coaches will find instant relief for Opening Day jitters in this all-encompassing how-to primer. Includes everything from ordering uniforms to planning practice activities and development teamwork.

Book Description
The quickest way to become an experienced coach. You thought you were going to sign your kid up for the local youth league. Now, here you are, a newly appointed coach. Part of the successful Baffled Parent's series, Coaching Youth Baseball has everything you need to manage, motivate, and encourage an eight to twelve -year-old ball team. Written by a four-time New England Coach of the Year, it shows novice coaches exactly how to go about building skills, developing teamwork and sportsmanship, and creating an experience that both kids and coach...


Coaching Tee Ball : The Baffled Parent's Guide
H. W. "Bing" Broido
0071387382
January 7, 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
Each spring, Tee-ball introduces millions of boys and girls to "America's pastime" --and introduces their parents to the joys (and nightmares) of coaching first-time players. Filled with expert advice and tips on creating order from chaos, Coaching Tee-Ball is the solution to every baffled parent's predicament, offering the new coach a total approach to keeping kids involved, motivated, and having fun.

From the Back Cover

"I love this book and will recommend to all my future coaches."--Carl Crooks, President, Bolingbrook (Illinois) Tee Ball Association

"This book is thorough, user-friendly, informative, and right on the money. There is nothing else like it, and it is sorely needed. Kudos on a fabulous work!--Wanda Rutledge, President, National Council of Youth...



Coaching the Little League Pitcher
Randy Voorhees
0071408061
Feb 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
The authoritative sourcebooks for parents, players, and coaches Baseball is a complicated game to learn, particularly for a 9- to 12-year-old's attention span. Bewildered managers, coaches, and parents of the more than 2.5 million Little League Baseball players need all the help they can get. Filled with fun and easy-to-follow instructions and advice on teaching the fundamentals of baseball, the bestselling Little League Baseball series is sure to score with coaches and kids alike. COACHING THE LITTLE LEAGUE PITCHER This book provides Little League coaches and parents with valuable information on how to help their pitchers improve, covering everything from the kinds of pitches and the strategic aspects of pitching to tips for keeping players healthy and fit.

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Heads-up Baseball: Playing the Game One Pitch at a Time
Tom Hanson
1570280215
February 1995
Paperback
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Book Description

"This book provides practical strategies for developing the mental skills which help speed you to your full potential."---Dave Winfield

What does it mean to play heads-up baseball? A heads-up player has confidence in his ability, keeps control in pressure situations, and focuses on one pitch at a time. His mental skills enable him to play consistently at or near his best despite the adversity baseball presents each day.

"My ability to fully focus on what I had to do on a daily basis was what made me the successful player I was. Sure I had some natural ability, but that only gets you so far. I think I learned how to focus; it wasn't something that I was necessarily born with." -- Hank Aaron

"Developing and refining my mental game has played a critical role in my success in baseball. For years...



Coaching the Little League(r) Hitter
John J. Monteleone
0071417915
Feb 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
INTRODUCING THE LATEST ADDITIONS TO THE BEST-SELLING LITTLE LEAGUE GUIDES Packed with valuable information on how to help their players improve at the plate, this guide takes coaches and parents step by step through: Correct techniques of hitting Developmental practice drills Skills kids need to bat .300 And how to have fun along the way

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INTRODUCING THE LATEST ADDITIONS TO THE BEST-SELLING LITTLE LEAGUE GUIDES Packed with valuable information on how to help their players improve at the plate, this guide takes coaches and parents step by step through: Correct techniques of hitting Developmental practice drills Skills kids need to bat .300 And how to have fun along the way

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Blackboard Strategies: Over 200 Favorite Plays From Successful Coaches For Nearly Every Possible Situation (Winning hoops)
Eric Sacharski (Editor)
0944079318
August 30, 1999
Paperback
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Book Description
This compilation of "Blackboard Strategies" from 13 years of our popular Winning Hoops issues offers just what it says: over 200 tried-and-true offensive plays used by 120 basketball coaches at all levels of play. Coaches found these strategies so useful they had to write us about them, so you're bound to love them too.

From the Back Cover
Over 200 Plays For Nearly Every Possible Situation...From Winning Coaches At Every Level Of Competition! Make this copy of Blackboard Strategies your extra coach along the sideline this year. These 200-plus special plays may make the difference for you between another win or loss during the coming season. Winning plays in this book include: Sideline out-of-bounds plays, baseline out-of-bounds plays for 3-point shots, plays vs. zones and...


2006 Official Rules of Major League Baseball
Manufactured by Triumph Books
1572437804
October 2005
Paperback
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Coaching Baseball Technical and Tactical Skills
American Sport Education Program
0736047034
Dec 2005
Paperback
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The Baseball Drill Book
Bob Bennett
0736050833
Jan 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
Features 198 drills porven to improve individual and team performance. Additional chapters explain how to effectively and efficiently incorporate drills in practice sessions, and to simulate game situations.

About the Author
The American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) is the largest baseball coaching organization in the world and includes coaches from every U.S. state and hundreds of international members. The association’s mission is to improve the level of baseball coaching worldwide. The ABCA assists in the promotion of baseball and acts 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 professional levels. The ABCA also gives recognition to...


Ball Four
Jim Bouton, Leonard Shecter (Editor)
0020306652
July 12, 1990
Paperback
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Book Review
As a player, former hurler Jim Bouton did nothing half-way; he threw so hard he'd lose his cap on almost every pitch. In the early '70s, he tossed off one of the funniest, most revealing, insider's takes on baseball life in Ball Four, his diary of the season he tried to pitch his way back from oblivion on the strength of a knuckler. The real curve, though, is Bouton's honesty. He carves humans out of heroes, and shines a light into the game's corners. A quarter century later, Bouton's unique baseball voice can still bring the heat.

Review
A book deep in the American vein, so deep in fact it is by no means a sports book" —David Halberstam

"Ball Four is a people book, not just a baseball book." —Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, The New York Times



The Mental Keys to Hitting : A Handbook of Strategies for Performance Enhancement
H.A. Dorfman
1888698381
May 16, 2001
Paperback
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Merv Rettenmund, hitting coach, Atlanta Braves
"...promotes and focuses on a consistent and effective approach to hitting and the game of baseball. Not on the result."

Charles Johnson, catcher, Florida Marlins
"...helpful to hitters in little leagues or in the big leagues. The information is clear and to the point..."

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