This unique handbook for coaches captures word-of-mouth tips, advice, and ideas from America's most extraordinary community youth coaches. Advice is provided on how to quickly create an atmosphere of pride, fun, excitement, and teamwork while continuing to teach kids the mechanical aspects of baseball and promoting excellence on the field. Lessons learned by coaches are passed along through organised sections of coaches' tips, coaches' favourite drills, and classic anecdotes of the trials and triumphs of leading groups of young players. A tips & advice section offers proven strategies for organising a team, holding preseason parent meetings, conducting fun and effective practices, coaching and motivating players during games, managing parents, working with umpires, and making it all fun.
David A. Ham has been involved with baseball for more than 37 years a first as a youth player, then as a high school and college player, then as a youth coach for his son's teams. His knowledgeable command of the sport and his genuine love of the game help bring to life the comments of the hometown hero coaches interviewed for this book. Janice Sibley's 20+ years of professional expertise as a developer and writer of instructional materials, along with her firsthand experience as a baseball parent, join to create a well-structured, personality-rich, and easy-to-use road map for coaches everywhere."