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 > Little League Online > Media > Little League News Archive > 2010 > September - December > Little League International Enhances Its Coach Training Resources with Series of Instructional Clinics Featuring “Big Al” Price

Little League International Enhances Its Coach Training Resources with Series of Instructional Clinics Featuring “Big Al” Price

Little League International Enhances Its Coach Training Resources with Series of Instructional Clinics Featuring “Big Al” Price

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Little League International is pleased to announce an enhancement to its volunteer coaches training programs with the addition of “Big Al Baseball” clinics, along with several  new tools, materials and resources aimed at improving the confidence and skill set of its volunteer coaches and managers.

Al Price, a long-time youth baseball coach and instructor, has developed a coaching clinic series intent on making Little League coaches better teachers and communicators. The “Big Al Baseball” clinics are the latest teaching initiative from Little League International, and are part of Little League’s continuing effort to bring a well-rounded assortment of educational materials to all of its volunteer coaches.

Since Little League’s founding in 1939, educating children on and off the field has been a top priority. While attempting to teach young players the techniques and intricacies of baseball and softball, volunteer coaches have often find themselves challenged to overcome their own limited knowledge of the game, and the daunting task of coordinating a productive practice regiment.

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In 2011, “Big Al” Price and his son, Scott Price, will be conducting a series of coaching clinics for Little League managers and coaches. Big Al has presented coaching clinics and training sessions around the world to more than 150,000 coaches, and has co-authored several training resources that have reached more than one million coaches, managers, players and their parents.

“Volunteers are the backbone of the Little League program,” Stephen D. Keener, President and Chief Executive Officer of Little League Baseball and Softball, said. “Those individuals willing to volunteer as managers and coaches deserve the best training material we can provide to them.

“To this end, the staff at Little League International is constantly exploring different avenues to bring the best coaching practices to as many volunteers as possible,” Mr. Keener said. “Big Al has a proven teaching method and a program that is easily applied by coaches, whether they’re experienced or not.”

In the coming year, many Little League districts and leagues throughout North America will have the opportunity to host or participate in a Little League coaching clinic with Big Al and his son, Scott.

Little League International has teamed up with Big Al and hosts throughout the organization to offer these clinics designed to broaden training and development at all levels of Little League.

“Our goal in 2011 is to impact and educate coaches, managers and coaching coordinators through more than 30 Little League coaching clinics,” Big Al said.

The clinics are organized into two four-hour training sessions. One session targets coaches, managers and parents who have stepped up to work with players from 4-to-8 years old. The other session is for coaches and managers working with players from 9-to-13. The hands-on training is valuable to first-time and experienced coaches, and is designed for baseball and softball coaches.

Individuals attending these clinics will be exposed to a series of fundamental coaching skills and common misconceptions at each age level of play. Participants will be introduced to the complete curriculum that coaches need to cover during a Little League season for each level of play.

Big Al and Scott will introduce pre-game and practice routines that ensure players have fun and get the structured repetitions they need to develop their skills throughout the year.

“Coaches will be more confident on how to plan out their season,” Big Al said. “We will explain practical and effective ways to develop players, and provide detailed plans on how to run effective practices, and show them proven techniques for managing their teams on game day.”

The 2011 clinic schedule is currently being assembled. For those interested in hosting a coaching clinic, contact Big Al via e-mail, at: al@bigalbaseball.com.

A new set of training resources developed by Big Al and Scott incorporate the hands-on training provided at the coaching clinic. Big Al’s comprehensive library of resources include, coaching manuals, matching player instruction handbooks and drills and practice DVDs (covering levels of play from 4-to-18 years of age). The complete set of resources were reviewed and approved by Little League International in the spring of 2010.

Here is what a Little League coaching coordinator had to say:

Al is an educator who not only embodies the Little League values, he helped define them for our coaches. If you want your coaches to help develop character in their players, while teaching the skills of baseball in a team atmosphere then this is the clinic for your coaches. The resources Big Al and Scott have developed for each level are absolutely the best available. You will learn a lot from Big Al at the clinic and his set of resources reaffirm what you learn.”

Ned Kern (Coaching Coordinator - San Diego, Calif.)

For more information on Big Al’s training resources, log onto: www.bigalbaseball.com; or the Little League online store, at: www.LittleLeagueStore.net.

Locations and details on scheduled coaching clinics will be listed on our Little League's website and www.bigalbaseball.com/clinics.

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About the instructors
Al and Scott Price bring a rich set of experiences and strong backgrounds to the program. As a baseball player, Al Price competed locally, provincially, nationally and at the world championship level.  Big Al has been a professional high school educator, athletic director, principal and high school baseball coach for more than 20 years. He has presented coaching clinics and training sessions around the world to more than 150,000 coaches, and has co-authored several training resources that have reached more than one million coaches, managers, players and their parents.

Scott Price brings a fresh perspective to the program. As a player, Scott has competed at the local to national level and played in the Senior Little League Baseball World Series in 2003. His recent college baseball experience, a background in kinesiology and teaching, and practical experience in running player camps, are valuable additions to the program. To learn more about the instructors and the program go to www.bigalbaseball.com/about-the-program.

Other Little League Manager/Coach Training Materials
In 2008, Little League International introduced its free online Coaches Resource Center - www.LittleLeaguecoach.org. This year, the resource center, highlighted by video instruction, coaching tips and practice drills, is now available to all local Little League volunteers without the need for an access code.

This year, Little League International announced a relationship with PowerChalk, which has created a web-based video product called “Little League Connect.” Available through the Coach Resource Center, Little League Connect is an on-line video analysis and coaching system, which features slow-motion and mark-up tools.

Other teaching resources available to all Little League coaches include the monthly “Coach’s Box” newsletter, Little League Road Shows, softball clinics hosted by two-time Olympic Softball Champion Michele Smith, and access to Little League rulebooks.