Coach's Box - June/July
Volume 4, No. 6 - June/July 2009
Star Throwing Drill
This is an excellent drill to teach catching and receiving fundamentals. The players will exchange throws creating a “star” as the throws are made through the circle.
Gaining Good or Better Arm Action
In baseball and for pitchers, the term arm action is the movement of a players arm when making a natural throwing motion toward the plate. When referring to arm motion, many coaches generally refer to the terminology of arm angles, arm slots, or release points. Quite frankly, these terms sound foreign to a parent, new coach and most importantly a young player that just wants to get out and play.
More Tips for a Top-Notch Tournament Team Experience
To help prepare for Little League tournament season, our last Coach’s Box article addressed how to handle tournament team selection, and now it’s time for tips on managing your tournament team as a Little League Double-Goal Coach®.
Bunting is an important element of softball and a effective weapon for managers if done correctly. In my years of traveling to the College Softball World Series and doing analysis for ESPN at the various Little League Softball World Series, I realized it’s time for a refresher course on the basic skills necessary to properly executive a bunt.
Round Tripper: Coach, Players from Czech Republic Enjoy Opportunity to Experience Little League Camp
Soccer and ice hockey are the typical youth sports in the Czech Republic city of Bruno, but it may soon be buzzing with baseball fever if Little League coach David Winkler has his way.
Mr. Winkler, 29, an assistant coach with the Czech Republic’s National Team and a Little League Coach in the Draci Bruno Little League, asked for, and received, permission to travel from the Eastern European country to the United States for a 10-day stay. The purpose of the visit – attend Little League camp.
Stump the Umpire Q&A
MYTH - “On that throw to home, the catcher was blocking the base path before he/she caught the ball. Call Interference!”
Managing Pitchers: A Catcher’s Most Important Job
There are a lot of times when catching is fun. When we get to throw runners out, when our pitcher is rolling through the opposing team’s lineup, when we get to catch a pop-up behind the plate. However, being a catcher is a very invisible and selfless job.