Reggie Smith Baseball Coaching Fundamentals • Volume 1
This is the definitive text for teaching baseball coaches how to effectively teach the game to players from youth level, through high school and beyond. Professional concepts and techniques have been adapted to instructing young players. Topics include the fundamentals of proper throwing, hitting, baserunning, pitching, catching, infield and outfield play. Includes complete team practice plans, defensive strategies and discussions of baseball terminology and jargon, that set this book apart from all others.
Baseball’s rich history stretches back nearly 200 years in America. Wholly unique, baseball combines aspects of team play with individual responsibility and achievement. If players are to develop and prosper, it is critical that they are taught and practice sound fundamentals from an early age.
As difficult as baseball is to play, it’s immensely more arduous to coach. Unfortunately, the fundamentals of the sport, and proper coaching, are being lost to poor, foundationally unsound techniques and a focus on the game’s statistical aspects that dominates the current narrative. Fortunately, baseball is grounded in the laws of physics, geometric principles and human biomechanics and provides the path forward.
Reggie Smith Baseball Coaching Fundamentals • Volume 1 provides a structure grounded in these principles for coaches in the proper teaching and development of baseball players from Tee Ball into high school and beyond. Professional concepts and techniques have been adapted for teaching the game to players of all ages.
Baseball Coaching Fundamentals has been developed from the course materials for our comprehensive coaches’ training seminars, presented across the United States and abroad. There is no substitute for in-person training, where concepts, techniques and questions can be demonstrated and discussed in the moment. We welcome your participation.
– Reggie Smith & Randy Hipke