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 > Little League Online > Media > Little League News Archive > 2012 > September-December > “Big Al” Price to Host Clinic Series Designed for Rookie, Veteran Little Leagues Coaches

“Big Al” Price to Host Clinic Series Designed for Rookie, Veteran Little Leagues Coaches

“Big Al” Price to Host Clinic Series Designed for Rookie, Veteran Little Leagues Coaches

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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 live coaching clinic series and a complete library of matching resources designed to assist in teaching the fundamentals of baseball. Over the past two seasons, Big Al has worked with more than 15,000 coaches and managers from hundreds of leagues throughout North America.

Little League and Big Al both recognize that the coach has a 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.”

“Our goal in 2013, 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 at the district or league level. 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.

  • TRAINING SESSION - for coaches and parents of players 4-8 years of age
    • Learn how to introduce the skills of the game in a creative, fun and effective way. Experience Big Al`s complete practice planning approach that your players and their parents will love. Training for coaches, managers & parents “rookies” and “veterans.”
  • TRAINING SESSION - for coaches and managers of players 9-13 years of age
    • Learn how to teach the fundamental skills of the game and plan fun and effective practices. Experience Big Al`s “Teach it. Try it. Game it!” approach. Includes drills, games and fun activities focused on engaging and developing all the players on your team. Training for baseball and softball coaches and managers; “rookies” and “veterans.”

“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 2013 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. This year, league presidents and coaching coordinators can contact Big Al directly to receive two passes to any Big Al clinic across North America.

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).

Locations and details on scheduled coaching clinics are listed, at: http://www.littleleague.org/leagueofficers/clinics.htm and http://www.bigalbaseball.com/clinics.

For more information on Big Al’s training resources, log onto: Little League online store, at: www.littleleaguestore.net.

To read testimonials from coaches who have experienced the Big Al Coaching Clinics, click here.

About the instructors and the program:

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 more than 220,000 coaches and has co-authored training resources that have reached over 1.2 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.