|About the Book|
This straightforward, easy-to-understand book helps prepare coaches and players to meet the challenges of tough competition. New revised, Play Better Baseball is the state-of-the-art source for baseball fundamentals and mechanics, illustrated withMoreThis straightforward, easy-to-understand book helps prepare coaches and players to meet the challenges of tough competition. New revised, Play Better Baseball is the state-of-the-art source for baseball fundamentals and mechanics, illustrated with hundreds of photographs and accompanied by helpful new drills. Based on actual team situations drawn from author Bob Clucks 20-plus years of coaching, this reader-friendly handbook emphasizes the fundamentals that produce winning baseball teams and offers a wealth of advice on: Coaching baseball at all levels Developing winning playersUsing videotape and high-speed filmUsing practice time efficientlyThe psychology of coachingPitching: the foundation of every team Pitching mechanicsThe pitches: Tools to get hitters outSetting up hitters: The game within a gameFirst-pitch strikes, from Little League to the MajorsPlaying the infield Using the right gloveThrowing with strength and accuracyThe game situation and positioningFielding mechanics for infieldersThe catcher: team leader The tag at homeBlocking pitches in the dirtPop-ups, bunts, and cutoffsHelping the pitcher get hitters outPlaying the outfield Backing up playsThrowing from the outfieldBalls hit in the gapsOutfield positioningPlaying the sunBaserunning The steal and the hit-and-runEffective and safe sliding techniquesRunning the basesHitting Bats and gripsStancesStride and weight transferTracking the ballBuntingSituational hittingThe playbook Defensive assignmentsInfield pop fliesBunt defensesThe athletic machine Weight training for baseball playersConditioning for baseballBob Cluck is a major league pitching coach and scout and the founder of the San Diego School of Baseball.