MASON DISTRICT LITTLE LEAGUE. Coaches Clinic Single A and T-Ball Spring 2012 Barry Leopold firstname.lastname@example.org 703-402-6145. MASON DISTRICT LITTLE LEAGUE CORE VALUES Have fun!! Improve baseball skills Build character Gain a better appreciation and understanding of the game
Single A and T-Ball
Improve baseball skills
Gain a better appreciation and understanding of the game
Teach and enforce good sportsmanship and safety at all times
Standards of Achievement
What Parents Expect from Coaches
Team & Practice Organization
Throwing and Catching
Teaching How to Catch a Thrown Baseball
Stress catch and cover
Fingers up for balls above the waist, fingers down for balls at or below the waist. Tell players to use the "catch and cover" technique (NOT "2 hands"). After catching the ball in the glove, cover it with the throwing hand. Two basic reasons: (1) Helps ensure the ball is secured in the glove, and (2) the next action will be to throw the ball somewhere, having the hand there makes that faster and easier.
Proper ready position to receive a throw
The bat should be gripped in the fingers, not the palms of the hands, the "door knocking knuckles" (middle knuckles) should be aligned.
Note: Most people tend to want to grip a bat with their "punching knuckles" (knuckles nearest the wrist) aligned. This tends to slow the bat speed by hindering the follow-through motion.
Load: (Step 1) Twist torso away from the pitcher and pull hands slightly back as if coiling a spring.
Pivot: “Squish the bug!”(Step 2) Just as with the throwing motion, start to rotate the hips toward the pitcher before starting the hands (“hips, then hands”). All 10 toes should pivot to face the pitcher “Squish the bug!”. The hitters weight should stay back, with the front leg straight and the back leg bent (the L position). The hitters upper body should be centered over the back knee. Hands should stay back in the load position!
Contact: (Step 3) Establish the swing plane to equal the plane of the pitch. Both elbows should still be bent at contact (front elbow high, back elbow low and tight to ribs). Maintain that “Box”.
Extension and Follow Through: (Step 4) After contact, extend arms through the swing plane. Finish high – only now are wrists rolled over.