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Little League Education Program


Volume 2, No. 3


April 2007


Al and Al and the Little League Education Program a Hit in San Diego!

“On Sunday, Jan 28. 2007, some 560 coaches, managers, and players were treated to a special event in District 33. One half of the world famous Al and Al little league trainers put on a coach’s clinic at Helix High School. Veteran and rookie coaches alike all took something away from this event.

"This was a once in a lifetime event that will impact our local baseball community for years to come. There are many new managers and first-time coaches. Big Als laymen terms laid out how to plan and effectively run a practice. Not only did he instruct, but also had the audience participate in the drills. Just going to show that learning is a three-part process. He spoke on every vital aspect of today’s Little League game - hitting, pitching, defense, strategy and working with players of different skill levels. We thank Big Al for sharing his some 30 years of baseball knowledge with our community.” - Christopher Smith, DIO

California District 33 implemented the Al and Al Little League Education Program across their district for the third year in a row by providing the clinic and instructional materials to all coaches and managers. Ned Kern and his district coaching committee of volunteers focus their energies on developing coaches to help create a positive and fun Little League experience for all of the players across their district. This year several other neighboring districts and leagues participated in the training program and helped make it an even greater success.

Major League Baseball’s San Diego Padres are always looking for ways to support the grassroots baseball communities in the San Diego area. This year the Padres stepped up to host an Al and Al training event for Little League coaches and managers at Petco Park.

Over 200 Little League coaches took advantage of the event from the eight districts in the San Diego area. The Padres sponsored the event, hosted the hands-on training with Al Price, and provided all the coaches with Education program training materials. The Padres hope to offer the program again next spring.

Way to go San Diego! Thanks for stepping up to help support the most important volunteer in Little League Baseball and Softball - the coach. Through the 750 Little League coaches you will impact over 9,000 players this season.

Al Herback and Al Price, authors and instructors of the Little League Education
Program, authored this coaching tip. The training materials they have put together
include hundreds of drills, competitions and fun activities. They also include
progressions to help you teach the fundamental skills and guidance on how to
 plan practices for all levels of play. Please go to www.alandalbaseball.com for more
information on the complete program library and to order your own set of training
materials. To date, thousands of leagues and over one million coaches, managers,
players and parents have taken advantage of the training materials.

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