Teaching Hitting

A Guide for Coaches


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About the Book

Explanation, demonstration, correction and repetition are essential to the activity of teaching. Successful coaches must be able to effectively and consistently incorporate each of these teaching methods into lessons for their teams. Ideal for any age group, the concepts in this guide help coaches to master these basic principles as they focus on the most important elements of how to teach hitting.
Introduced with the author’s own teaching-coaching philosophy, this work offers 21 chapters covering a hitting coach’s every need. When to Start, Bat Size, Grip, Stance, Swing, Drills and Station Work, Bat Speed, Mental Preparation and Confidence, Pinch Hitting and Running a Hitting Clinic are a few examples of the many specific instructional sections included here. There are 137 photographs that supplement the text.

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
Foreword by Mike Easler
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 216
Bibliographic Info: 137 photos, index
Copyright Date: 2005
pISBN: 978-0-7864-2049-0
eISBN: 978-1-4766-0659-0
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Foreword (Mike Easler)      1

Introduction to Teaching and Coaching      3

1. When to Start      13

2. Bat Size      17

3. Grip      23

4. Stance      29

5. Swing      39

6. Drills and Station Work      59

7. Strategy      84

8. Bat Speed      91

9. Mental Preparation and Confidence      95

10. Common Mistakes      106

11. Switch Hitting      115

12. Pinch Hitting      119

13. Pitcher and Strike Zone      124

14. Bunting      145

15. Inside Pitch and Getting Hit      154

16. Making a Lineup      158

17. Batting Practice      164

18. Signals      171

19. Work Ethic, Attitude and Winning      175

20. Dealing with Failure      182

21. Running a Hitting Clinic      188

Index      203