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Coaching a Little League team can be fun and rewarding. Coaching a Little League team can also be extremely difficult for those who underestimate the importance of preparation and education. This is not only true for those who have little experience with baseball. Those who are former players and avid MLB fans also need the proper preparation and education to be a successful Little League coach. Success should not be measured in wins and losses but rather the overall experience that can be provided to the team.
This is part three of a three part post on observations from the 2012 World Series.
I’m not much of a pitching guru, but it caught my eye when I saw in super slow motion during the World Series what a pitcher’s hand actually does after release of the ball. As a right-handed thrower, the hand actually turns hard to the left after release (pronation) on a fastball. Follow the link below to see what I mean with Tim Lincecum. Does your pitching coach teach this? Does he have to or is it a natural reaction? Food for thought. Consult your local pitching professional.
We have talked several times about the bat path and its importance. It is one of the hardest parts of the swing to master because it is a reaction and hard to control. There a several moving parts that all need to be coordinated to optimize it. If one or more breaks down, the bat gets “offline” with the pitch and leads to inconsistent contact. It must be practiced over and over again to perfect.
Once your team has gotten used to being outdoors, it’s now time to focus on getting them game ready, that means going over game situations and scenarios. Depending on the age of your team will determine the different types of scenarios that you will want to practice. The older the team, the more intricate you can get.
Different types of game situations are:
If your team has been practicing indoors for the past few months, chances are you have done a ton of drill work to get your team in shape: Ground balls, throwing drills, pitching drills, hitting drills. Your space was limited, so you made the best of it, in perfect conditions. Outdoor practices now need to prepare your team for game situations and imperfect conditions.