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“Big Al” Price to Host Coaching Clinic Series for Little Leagues

“Big Al” Price to Host Coaching Clinic Series for Little Leagues

Big Al Price

Little League International and “Big Al” Price have partnered for another season of Little League Coaching Clinics.

Al Price, a long-time youth baseball coach and instructor, has developed a coaching clinic series and a complete library of matching resources designed to assist teach the fundamentals of baseball. In 2011, Big Al worked with more than 8,000 coaches and managers from hundreds of leagues across North America.

Little League and Big Al both recognize that the coach has the most significant influence on the success of the team, the nature of the experience for each player, and most importantly, is an influencing factor in maintaining a player’s interest in baseball.

“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. “Al Price 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.

“Our goal in 2012 is to impact and educate thousands of 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 volunteered to work with players from 4-to-8 years of age. The other session is for coaches and managers working with players, ages 9-to-13. The hands-on training is valuable to first-time and experienced coaches, and is designed for baseball and softball coaches.

“Coaches will be more confident on how to plan out their season,” Big Al said. “Players will have fun right through the lineup, and will be amazed at how much they learn.”

The 2012 clinic schedule is currently being assembled.  Districts or leagues interested in hosting a coaching clinic, contact Big Al via e-mail, at: al@bigalbaseball.com.

A matching set of training resources developed by Big Al and his son, 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).

For more information on Big Al’s training resources, log onto: Little League online store, at: www.littleleaguestore.net.  Locations and details on scheduled coaching clinics are listed, at: www.littleleague.org/leagueofficers/clinics.htm and www.bigalbaseball.com/clinics.

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.  Mr. Price has been a professional high school educator, athletic director, principal and high school coach for more than 20 years.  He has presented coaching clinics and training sessions around the world to over 160,000 coaches and has co-authored training resources that have reached over 1 million coaches, managers, players and their parents.

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