Baseball Drills for Young People

More Than 180 Games and Activities for Preschool to High School Players, 2d ed.

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About the Book

Written for coaches, this work presents more than 180 baseball games and activities for young children and adolescents, focusing on teaching, improvement of skills and enjoyment. Games emphasizing baserunning, bunting, catching, fielding, hitting, throwing and pitching are covered. Each section reviews fundamentals, introduces creative skills and drills for group practice, and details the age group, objective, equipment and rules for each activity.

About the Author(s)

Worcester State University head baseball coach Dirk Baker was an adjunct professor at the university for 15 years. He previously coached at Harvard and Boston University as well as in the Cape Cod Baseball League. He lives in West Boylston, Massachusetts.

Bibliographic Details

Dirk Baker
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 195
Bibliographic Info: photos, index
Copyright Date: 2008
pISBN: 978-0-7864-3725-2
eISBN: 978-1-4766-0660-6
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      v

Foreword by Bill “Spaceman” Lee      1

Preface      3

CHAPTER 1. RUNNING A BASEBALL CAMP, CLINIC, CLASS OR PRACTICE: TIPS FROM A TO Z      5

CHAPTER 2. BASERUNNING      23

The Basics      24

Team Baserunning Drills      25

Baserunning Games and Activities      26

CHAPTER 3. BUNTING      41

The Basics      42

Team Bunting Drills      43

Bunting Games and Activities      43

CHAPTER 4. CATCHING      49

The Basics      50

Team Catching Drills      51

Catching Games and Activities      52

CHAPTER 5. FIELDING      55

The Basics      56

Team Infield Drills      57

Team Outfield Drills      58

Fielding Games and Activities      58

CHAPTER 6. HITTING      87

The Basics      88

Team Hitting Drills      89

Hitting Games and Activities      89

CHAPTER 7. THROWING AND PITCHING      141

The Basics      142

Team Throwing Drills      144

Team Pitching Drills (Overhand)      144

Team Pitching Drills (Underhand)      145

Throwing and Pitching Games and Activities      146

CHAPTER 8. CLOSING WORDS      175

Index of Games and Activities      183

Book Reviews & Awards

Reviews of the first edition: “informative…will please its intended audience…recommended”—Library Journal.