Coaching Youth Baseball the Ripken Way

Coaching Youth Baseball the Ripken Way

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By (author) Jr. Cal Ripken, By (author) Bill Ripken, By (author) Scott Lowe

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  • Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
  • Format: Paperback | 264 pages
  • Dimensions: 183mm x 262mm x 23mm | 567g
  • Publication date: 1 February 2007
  • Publication City/Country: Champaign
  • ISBN 10: 0736067825
  • ISBN 13: 9780736067829
  • Illustrations note: 24 black & white illustrations, 65 black & white halftones
  • Sales rank: 1,164,967

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Coaching young players, developing their skills and cultivating a love for the sport may be the most rewarding experience baseball can offer. Cal and Bill Ripken understand this like few others. From their father, Cal Sr., a legend in the Baltimore Orioles organization for 37 years, they learned to play the game the right way. Those lessons, paired with their combined 33 years of big league experience, helped develop the Ripken Way, a method of teaching the game through simple instruction, solid explanations, encouragement, and a positive atmosphere. In "Coaching Youth Baseball the Ripken Way", Cal and Bill share this approach to coaching and development. Whether you're teaching your children at home, managing the local travel team, or working with high school-level players, "Coaching Youth Baseball the Ripken Way" will help you make a difference both on and off the field. More than 50 drills covering defense, hitting, pitching and baserunning are featured and age-specific practice plans for players ranging from 4 to 15+. The book will benefit teams through strategies for setting goals and reasonable expectations for your players and team advice on communicating with parents, players and staff. Also a feature of the book are methods for creating a positive and fun environment in which kids can learn the skills and strategies of the game. Bill Ripken was once voted by his peers as one of the big league players most likely to become a manager. Cal Ripken, Jr., known as baseball's Iron Man, is a member of the game's All-Century Team and a future Hall of Famer. Together, they are proof that the Ripken Way is the right way to teach the game of baseball.

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Cal Ripken Jr is one of only eight players in history to achieve 400 home runs and 3,000 hits. His philosophy of working hard, playing with passion and enjoying the game has made a tremendous impact on the sport and on fans across the world. In 1999, Babe Ruth League Inc. named its largest division (5-12 year-olds) Cal Ripken Baseball. Currently, over 700,000 youths play Cal Ripken Baseball worldwide. Bill Ripken is currently the co-owner and executive vice president of Ripken Baseball, founded in 1999 and based in Baltimore. He is involved in running youth camps and coaching clinics. Through his work with these programmes, he has become recognised as one of America's top baseball instructors. Scott Lowe is manager of amateur baseball development for Ripken Baseball. He co-ordinates youth and adult baseball programmes and oversees the creation and distribution of Ripken Baseball instructional products.

Table of contents

Part I. Coaching the Ripken Way; Chapter 1. Responsibilities of Coaching; Chapter 2. Realities of Coaching; Chapter 3. Reasonable Expectations; Chapter 4. Baseball Practice Basics; Part II. Teaching the Ripken Way; Chapter 5. Hitting Drills; Chapter 6. Baserunning Drills; Chapter 7. Pitching and Throwing Drills; Chapter 8. Infield Drills; Chapter 9. Outfield Drills; Part III. Practicing the Ripken Way; Chapter 10. Practice Particulars: Ages 4-6; Chapter 11. Practice Particulars: Ages 7-9; Chapter 12. Practice Particulars: Ages 10-12; Chapter 13. Practice Particulars: Ages 13-14; Chapter 14. Practice Particulars: Ages 15+.