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Sports Books

There are many books on each sport which outline rules, gameplay, and strategy for the game. They range from instructional and youth levels to college and pro style. Below you'll find a list of the ones I've found interesting and helpful. 

The value of print, whether you choose a physical book or an e-reader of some sorts, cannot be overstated. Since I began reading books, I feel like I have a much broader understanding of the concepts, and I cherish the time I can crack open a book and learn something. 

Hopefully you can find something that helps below.




FOOTBALL

Football

The Football Coaching Bible

The Football Coaching Bible features many of the game's most successful coaches. Each shares the special insight, advice, and strategies they've used to field championship-winning teams season after season.

The 27 chapter contributing coaches span six decades of the sport and reach into every corner of the United States. The impressive list of contributors from highly successful high school, collegiate, and NFL coaches. 

They cover every aspect of the game: coaching principles, program building, player motivation, practice sessions, individual skills, team tactics, offensive and defensive play-calling, and performance evaluation.

Developed by the American Football Coaches Association, this coaching guide establishes a new standard of excellence in the sport.

The USA Football Youth Coaching Handbook

The USA Football Youth Coaching Handbook is a compelling resource designed to assist youth coaches of all levels and backgrounds. The book addresses everything a youth football coach might need or want to know, either on or off the eld, as someone who is committed to making a difference in the lives of young athletes. Written by one of the most successful and respected coaches in the sport, the book is a must-have addition to the personal library of every youth football coach.

Topics Covered include:
SECTION I: LAYING THE FOUNDATION FOR SUCCESS
SECTION II: PLANNING FOR SUCCESS
SECTION III: DEVELOPING THE SKILLS AND TECHNIQUES FOR ON-THE-FIELD SUCCESS
SECTION IV: PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER FOR SUCCESS
SECTION V: ENHANCING LIFE SKILLS FOR SUCCESS

Coaching High School Football

Coaching High School Football gets back to teaching the fundamentals of football basics such as player positions and assignments, play names, whole numbering, interior line play, practice sessions, in-game situations/strategies, game day preparation and coaching philosophy.  Included are numerous, tidbits, insights and coaching tips; plus examples of excellence and standards from a few college and pro football notables. 

However, not just a book of  X's and O's, CHSF engages in topics particularly germane to teen and preteens such as sportsmanship, grades and citizenship; and also touches on handling off-the-field issues and distractions that may arise.  CHSF is an honest approach to coaching football without the hype and hoopla or the false hope of playing big time college football or having a career in the NFL.  For 95% of high school seniors, high school is the furthest they will advance in organized tackle football.  CHSF helps coaches to help players get the most of their brief football experiences.

Defensive Coordinator Handbook

Defensive Coordinator's Football Handbook is a complete guide for football coaches. The information contained in the book has been compiled by Leo Hand during 47 years of coaching championship teams at both the high school and collegiate levels. Numerous topics are covered that will enable any coach to successfully understand and defend modern offenses. Including:

An overview of contemporary offensive trends
A system for identifying offensive formations and personnel groupings
A system for creating multiple defensive fronts and secondary coverages
The base reads, reactions, and techniques for defensive linemen and linebackers
Synopses of the responsibilities and techniques necessary to install different odd and even eight-man and seven-man fronts
Run responsibilities and techniques for both three-deep and four-deep secondaries
Strategies and tactics necessary to stop 19 of today s most potent running plays
An explanation of the adjustments and techniques necessary to install variations of man-to-man pass coverages as well as variations of zone and combo pass coverages versus different contemporary offensive formations
Different stunt strategies that enable your defense to actually attack the offense
Sample pass coverage/stunt menus for: the 3-3-5, 4-2-5, bear 46, 3-4, 4-3, and weak eagle defenses

How to Read a Football Defense

Coach Renner has called plays for 30 years, 23 years as a head coach. He finished his 30-year coaching career with a consecutive game touchdown scoring streak of 141 games, a span of 13-years. During that time his offenses averaged 31.1 points per game and 6+ wins per season. These things were achieved at four different high schools in two different states. And, all four teams became winning playoff teams. Coach Renner used the same method of reading a football defense to call his plays during those 13-years. In this book, How to Read a Football Defense, Coach Renner explains the process of dividing the defense into three parts to read the best area to attack. He uses over 75 diagrams and pictures to show you the common defensive alignments that you must know to be able to read a defense. He explains the role your choice of formations has on how the defense aligns and how that contributes to easily reading the defense. Coach Renner gives you a clear and concise order of how to read a defense to determine the best run or pass play to attack a defender. He details how to read the defensive line, the linebackers, the corners, and the safeties. He gives you specific alignment clues that tell you when to expect a linebacker blitz, a corner blitz or a safety blitz. He also explains how to determine the first level, second level and third level of the defense and what changes in those give you indicators of stunts and blitzes. When you finish reading Coach Renner’s book you will have a good understanding of how to simplify reading a football defense. It will make you feel comfortable reading, calling and designing plays on game day that take advantage of a defender’s and a defensive alignment.

Defensive Football Strategies

They say that defense wins championships. If so, this book is your formula for winning a title with a solid defensive football team.

Defensive Football Strategies is a complete collection of tactics, teachings, and insights from some of the best defensive minds in the game. Readers will find winning strategies from 90 top coaches—legends of both the past and the present—including Bob Stoops of the University of Oklahoma, Bo Schembechler of the University of Michigan, Charlie McBride of the University of Nebraska, and R.C. Slocum of Texas A & M.

Inside are 73 detailed presentations on many of football's most successful defensive systems used during the past 40 years. With the help of 600 X-and-O diagrams, the book covers these areas:

- Philosophies, fronts, and schemes
- Run defenses
- Pass defenses
- Formation and down-and-distance adjustments
- Goal line defenses

Defensive Football Strategies was developed in cooperation with the American Football Coaches Association. It's an expert resource that coaches can use to build a defense that will win it all.

Strength Training for Football

Absolute strength. Sharp acceleration. Explosive power. The modern era of football demands that athletes in all positions are exposed to quality strength training programs that translate strength gains into better performance on the field and limit athlete vulnerability to injury.

Developed with the expertise of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), Strength Training for Football shows you how to design resistance training programs that will help athletes excel on the field. The book will help you understand the specific physical demands of the six groups of positions—offensive and defensive linemen; tight ends, fullbacks, and linebackers; wide receivers and running backs; defensive backs; quarterbacks; and kickers and punters.

Each resistance training exercise consists of a series of photos and a detailed list of primary muscles trained, beginning position and movement phases, breathing guidelines, modifications and variations, and coaching tips to guide you in selecting the right exercises for a program. You’ll also learn how to structure those programs based on the goals and length of each season and for each position.

Backed by the NSCA and the knowledge and experience of successful high school, college, and professional football strength and conditioning professionals, Strength Training for Football is the authoritative guide for creating football-specific resistance training programs to help your athletes optimize their strength and successfully transfer that strength to the field.

100 Football Situations

Situational Football awareness seems to be something that separates the average coaches from the good coaches. Coaches at all levels should understand situations to help give your team the best chance to win. It is with that in mind that I compiled this resource of 100 football situations that all football coaches should know.

This book is designed to give you the following about each situation: Things to consider, data/statistics, and a few recommendations. Regardless of what schemes you run, you will find yourself in all 100 of these situations if you coach long enough. Educate yourself on them and come up with your plan for scheme, practice, and scouting for each situation.

Youth Football Skills and Drills

One of the NFL's leading coaches helps you improve your players' techniques and your team's performance

Building on the phenomenal success of the Baffled Parent's series, this comprehensive resource helps you expand your teaching skills and improve your players' performance and enjoyment. It's equally indispensable for parents thrust into coaching, former players taking on their first coaching assignments, and veteran coaches.

This great guide features:

  • Tackling and catching drills for the entire team

  • Group and team drills for offensive, defensive, and special team situations

  • A unique system of paired drills and instruction for wide receivers and defensive backs; linemen and tight ends; and running backs and linebackers

  • Photographs and diagrams that simplify the coaching process

Coaching Football: Principles and Practices

In Coaching Football: Principles and Practices, Tom Olivadotti shares his ideas and insights on several key aspects of coaching football. While the book is targeted specifically at football coaches, the observations and concepts in it have wide application to all sports.

Chapter 1: So You Want to Coach?
Chapter 2: Motivation
Chapter 3: Coaching and Teaching in the Classroom
Chapter 4: On-the-Field Coaching
Chapter 5: Evaluating Everything
Chapter 6: Finding Players
Chapter 7: Learning Essentials
Chapter 8: Relationships
Chapter 9: Game Planning and Game-Day Preparation
Chapter 10: A Year-Round Job
Chapter 11: Interviewing Essentials
Chapter 12: Accountability
Chapter 13: The Coaches Spouse
Chapter 14: 101 Hallmarks of a Successful Coach

First Time Coach: Youth Football

You have agreed to coach a youth football team. You have enthusiasm, work ethic, charisma — and no experience. Where to start? In First-Time Coach: Youth Football, a veteran youth football coach takes you through the ins and outs of guiding a team. In these pages you will find guidance on preseason planning, preparing and running efficient practices, designing an offense and defense, managing your team on game day, and more. You will also find sample depth charts, call sheets, scouting forms, and practice planning templates. And if you need help coming up with an offense, we have included six runs and six passes to get you started. First-Time Coach: Youth Football will help you navigate this challenging, rewarding journey. Designed for coaches of players 8 to 12, First-Time Coach: Youth Football is intended for new coaches who enjoy football and may have helped out with intramural sports – soccer, tee ball, flag football, etc. – and whose organized football playing experience ended in high school if not earlier; and coaches who have served as an assistant football coach at a higher level like college or high school, but are unfamiliar with the idiosyncrasies of coaching little kids.

Survival Guide for Coaching Youth Football

You volunteered to coach the football team, but are you ready? How will you teach the fundamental skills, run effective practices, and harness the energy of your young team? Fear not: Survival Guide for Coaching Youth Football has the answers.

Longtime coach Jim Dougherty teams up with Brandon Castel to share experience and advice you can rely on from the first practice to the final game. It’s all here in the drills and the plays: evaluating players’ skills, establishing realistic goals, offering in-game coaching tips, and making the practices fun!

Develop your team’s offensive and defensive skills for all positions with the Survival Guide’s collection of the game’s best youth drills. For plays that young players can actually run, flip to the Survival Guide’s offensive playbook and defensive alignments. And to get the most out of every practice, follow the ready-to-use practice plans.

Turn to the series that has already guided thousands of first-time coaches in basketball, soccer, and softball to rewarding and productive seasons. With Survival Guide for Coaching Youth Football, you’re already well on your way.

150 Football Drills for Coaches

Football drills are the foundation of football practice. Creating game-like situations and scenarios throughout practice will help your players thrive under the lights. 150+ Football Drills For Coaches helps you improve your practices and save you time. Each drill takes less than 30 seconds to set up and can be executed by your players soon after. Coach Chris Haddad, the founder of the football education platform vIQtory Sports, cumulated these drills to help coaches worldwide. Chris has coached nearly every position on offense and defense. After searching for countless hours on the internet for drills, Chris decided it was time to make a complete guide for coaches. Everything that you'll need for the position that you coach is in this book. Along with detailed explanations and pictures, we've also included a free video library with each purchase! The drills are the practice, and the practice is the game. Use these drills to master your position and take back your practice time!

The Art of Smart Football

Masterfully blending thought provoking analysis with engrossing storytelling, The Art of Smart Football examines football’s most innovative and enduring strategies and ideas, through the lens of the sport’s best coaches and players. The Art of Smart Football is an eye-opening, fascinating and accessible contribution to our understanding of America’s favorite sport.

The Art of Smart Football features analysis of football's top strategists and schemes, including:

 

  • Pete Carroll's aggressive defense

  • Chip Kelly's spread offense and new-school methods

  • The roots of Bill Belichick's defensive genius

  • Gus Malzahn's up-tempo offense

  • The strategies Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, and Aaron Rodgers use to shred defenses

  • Art Briles and Baylor's wide open attack

  • Nick Saban's defensive evolution

     

    The book also includes explorations of the newest trends in football, including "packaged plays" that combine runs and passes into one play, "pattern match" defenses that blend man-to-man and zone pass coverages, how defenses are responding to the spread offense, and much more.

The Complete Handbook of Clock Management

Have you ever tried squeezing in a next-to-the-last play, before a field goal kick, and had time expire before you could kick? Or have you tried kicking and missed, from too far away, when you had time to get closer?

Squeezing in a next-to-the-last play, while protecting time for a last play, is one of a football coach's most difficult tasks and the one with the most potential for criticism. You need a system for approaching a moving clock, multiple variables, necessary barriers, ever-changing relativities, and demanding decisions. You need a system with structures, reference points, procedures, and warnings. You need a system for thinking ahead. The Complete Handbook of Clock Management describes such a system in detail.

Confessions of a High School Football Coach

Coaching on the high school level is not what it seems. There are pitfalls, foibles, drama, stories of failure and redemption from great games coached, to devastating mistakes made along the way, Mike DiMatteo attempts to tell how it really is, and was, during his fifteen year head coaching career. This is a book for anyone who coaches at any level of athletics. Coach DiMatteo is plain spoken and honest in his successes as well as failures in an attempt to inform and help others who wish to embark on a the journey of becoming a head coach. From taking a team to its first state title game in school history to dealing with the death of a player who was a rock in the community, Coach DiMatteo details it all in an engaging and interesting way. If you're a coach of any sport, you will be able to take away something from this book and apply it to help you in your coaching journey.

How to Scout the Offense of Your High School Football Opponent

Coach Renner has coached high school football for 30 years, 319 games to be exact. He has made an offensive scouting report for all 319 games. He was a head coach for 23 years at four different high schools in two different states, Virginia and North Carolina. His 10-step offense scouting process will get you the information you need to know about your opponent’s offensive tendencies. It is not designed to predict what your opponent will do on down and distances. It is designed for you and your players to recognize formation and running back set keys so you can know what play your opponent can or will run from that formation or running back set. That is the key to playing effective defense regardless of the talent you have. Coach Renner provides you with his naming and labeling terminology for 27 tight end formations, 12 no tight end formations and 10 running back sets. It is a complete list that you need to name and be prepared to play against. He gives you a diagram for each step in his scouting process so you know exactly what that step should look like. When you’re finished you will have an idea of what a simple comprehensive offensive scouting report will look like. If you want to insure your players are prepared for your opponent’s offense Coach Renner’s simple but comprehensive plan will help you.

Coaching High School Special Teams

Coaching High School Special Teams is a book that details each phase of special teams, punt, punt return, kickoff, kickoff return, extra point/field goal and extra point/field goal defense. Each phase has specific coaching details on the type of players to select for that special team with detailed techniques for coaching each player on that team. Diagrams and illustrations denote alignments and assignments and can be used to teach players with. Goals and objectives for each special team are discussed and presented. A special teams organizational chart with coaches responsibilities, pre-season installation and a practice plan organizing the special teams part of practice are part of this comprehensive special teams system. Coach Bill Renner is a veteran high school coach of 28 years. He has been a head high school coach for 23 years at four high schools in Virginia and in North Carolina. His special teams have always been an integral and consistently outstanding part of his program. His special teams have won games via last second field goals and a punt return for a touchdown with 13 seconds left. He has produced a punt team that gave up .8 yards per opponent punt return in a season, had a string of 10 years with never having a kick or punt blocked and a kicker that had 119 touchbacks in two seasons. Coaching High School Special Teams shows you schemes that have been tried, tested and proven to help teams win. These schemes are easy to install and teach. And the coaching details of each special team from a successful veteran high school football coach will put you at an advantage over your opponent.

Total Football Program Plan

For several years I served at the district office of the Pickens County Schools System in Georgia as the District Athletic Director and the Head Football Coach for Pickens High. After the 2018 Football Season, I was given the opportunity to move to the district office full time and resigned from coaching. Less than a year later, I moved from District Athletic Director to Director of Human Resources for the district. This move has been great, and I really enjoy the job. The only issue with the job is for the first time in decades, I was not involved with Athletics. I started sharing the things I did over the years. I have been blown away at how much it has helped people. This book is unique. It is not something I wrote for you. This is the program manual I kept up with and edited annually to run the football program. Since I worked for many, many years on this and do not use it now, I wanted to share with people that could use it. In no way, shape, or form am I saying this is the “right” way. I just wanted to share our way in hopes it could provide you with an idea or two to help your program.

7 Simple Tips to Increase Your High School Football Program Participation

Successful football teams become long term successful programs because there is a plan to draw the athletes in the building to want to become part of the team. The plan also has a means for the parents to contribute to the program’s success. Coach Bill Renner shares with you 7 simple tips to implement in your football program and build a program that athletes in your school will want to become part of and parents will be your best asset. By implementing these 7 tips the athletes will see a way for them to get better, have an opportunity to contribute, receive recognition of their contributions, feel important as a member of the team and have consistent encouragement from the coaches. The coaches will get a player that is committed to the team, loyal to his teammates, respectful to his coaches and appreciative of the football program. In one of his 7 tips Coach Renner details how to give your parents a positive venue to support the players and coaches in practical ways that a good program needs. Coach Renner has 30-years of coaching high school football and 23-years as a head coach. He developed these tips as a head coach who took over losing programs and transformed them into thinking, acting, working and becoming winners. These are tips that have been used to successfully increase player participation, player improvement, parent support, administration support and to achieve long term success. If implemented, they will have the same results for your program.

How to Plan and Implement a Positive Culture in a High School Football Off-Season Program

A cohesive, communicating and close-knit team develops in the off-season not during the pre-season or in-season. It is too late by then. During Head Football Coach Bill Renner’s 30-year high school coaching career, he was able to change three losing high school football programs into disciplined, winning state playoff teams. The change started with a detailed, structured off-season training program that did not just include the typical off-season training protocol of weightlifting, agilities, running, speed and plyometric training. It included core 4 football specific drills, Gut Check Friday workouts, a plan for recruiting the school for players, and GRIT training that taught players to have passion, perseverance, and self-discipline. Each of these areas is detailed in this book, How to Plan and Implement a Positive Culture in a High School Football Off-Season Training Program. Coach Renner tells you what he did to change the mindset of the players, and, how he trained them to become better football players in the off-season, not just to become bigger, faster, and stronger. Coach Renner gives you the off-season goals that drove player and program improvement. He details the training structure that he used to physically and mentally train the players. This structure includes his training calendar, weightlifting cycle program, agility training, speed and plyometric training, the core 4 football position specific drills and how he incorporated GRIT training in each. He details how he taught players to be position leaders with leadership responsibilities. He describes how he used off-season film review meetings, awards, and lifting clubs to teach passion, perseverance and self-discipline, the GRIT traits. In this book you will learn how Coach Renner built his team’s physical stature, mental toughness, and team culture in the off-season so that it carried over to team and player success during the season. This book shows you how to create a positive team culture and improve the football ability of a team in the off-season.



























































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How to be a High School Football Offensive Coordinator

No position in football, player, coach or administrative, is more important than the offensive coordinator. He is responsible for the plan that enables his team to score enough to win. When a team cannot score the players, coaches, and fans lose hope of winning. When hope of winning is lost then the team begins a downward spiral. Coach Renner has called plays for 30 years, 23 years as a head coach. He finished his 30-year coaching career with a consecutive game touchdown scoring streak of 141 games, a span of 13-years. During that time his offenses averaged 31.1 points per game and 6+ wins per season. These things were achieved at four different high schools in two different states. And all four teams became winning playoff teams. Coach Renner used the same offensive coordinator process to coach different offenses to accomplish turning around those high schools. In this book, he details the year-round offensive coordinator responsibilities and process he used to achieve consistent offensive scoring results. He presents topics like “Responsibilities Unique to the Offensive Coordinator”, “Establishing an Offensive Philosophy”, “Deciding to Huddle or Not to Huddle”, “Run Play Organization and Schemes”, “Post-Season Self-Evaluation”, etc. It is not about a particular offense. It is about how to be effective with the design, planning, teaching and coordinating the implementation of an offense. Being able to draw plays and knowing schemes are not enough to score points. Neither is copying someone else’s offense or plays. An offensive coordinator has to have a system that fits his personnel and must be able to attack different opponents without having to change from week to week. Coach Renner shares with you a proven process for an offensive coordinator to follow and plan an offense that can score consistently.

How to Scout the Defense of your High School Football Opponent

Scouting a football defense is vital to the preparation and coaching of offensive football players for a game. Coach Bill Renner outlines a simple and efficient 10-step process to follow when scouting a football defense. The information gathered will provide the coaches and players with a confidence they need to have to play their opponent. Coach Renner has prepared high school offensive game plans for 30 years. He finished his football coaching career with a span of 13 straight years, 142 games, without the offense he was coaching being shutout. Following this simple 10-step process will help a coach in obtaining the knowledge to call offensive plays and know how and why the defense is aligned versus their formation. Play calling becomes more efficient and easier because you are calling plays to attack a player's technique in a defensive alignment you are certain of. If you want to be certain that you are scouting your opponent's defense the right way, getting the right information to help your offense, this book, How to Scout the Defense of Your High School Football Opponent, will give you that plan.

Using Offensive Formations to Dictate Defensive Alignment

I do not believe in calling an offensive play where you don’t know how, why and where the defense will be aligned. The alternative is to call offensive plays hoping the defense will be aligned where you want them to be. But hope is not a strategy. And it does not have to be if you understand that the offensive play caller determines how and where the defense aligns by his use of offensive formations. Using Offensive Formations to Dictate Defensive Alignment is a book that details how to use your offensive formations with no tight ends and tight ends versus various defensive fronts to make a defense align where you want them to. 2x1, 2x2, 3x1 and 3x2 formations with and without tight ends are diagrammed versus 4-3, 3-4, 3-3-5 and Bear defensive fronts. Coach Renner gives you over 70 specific diagrams that detail where each defender in these defense will align. He points out the run weaknesses and pass weaknesses for each defense versus the formations as well. Every defensive alignment detailed in this book was taken from practically applying these formations in game conditions, studying the film and confirming it. Coach Renner details how a change in formation affects a defensive player’s responsibility to your advantage. He shows you the ways to use your formations to the boundary or field with a tight end or without a tight end to manipulate defensive alignment. He also shows you the advantage of having an unbalanced formation as part of your offense. Over a span of 10 years, using this formation philosophy Coach Renner’s offense has passed for 27,117 yards, rushed for 14.022 yards with 255 passing touchdowns and 177 rushing touchdowns. These results were achieved at 4 different high schools in 2 different states, Virginia and North Carolina. This diversity demonstrates that using formations as Coach Renner explains can have the same effect on a defense no matter where it is coached. If you strive to understand how your offense cannot be held captive to a defensive alignment or attack this information is what you need.

How to Read a Football Defense

Coach Renner has called plays for 30 years, 23 years as a head coach. He finished his 30-year coaching career with a consecutive game touchdown scoring streak of 141 games, a span of 13-years. During that time his offenses averaged 31.1 points per game and 6+ wins per season. These things were achieved at four different high schools in two different states. And all four teams became winning playoff teams. Coach Renner used the same method of reading a football defense to call his plays during those 13-years. In this book, How to Read a Football Defense, Coach Renner explains the process of dividing the defense into three parts to read the best area to attack. He uses over 75 diagrams and pictures to show you the common defensive alignments that you must know to be able to read a defense. He explains the role your choice of formations has on how the defense aligns and how that contributes to easily reading the defense. Coach Renner gives you a clear and concise order of how to read a defense to determine the best run or pass play to attack a defender. He details how to read the defensive line, the linebackers, the corners, and the safeties. He gives you specific alignment clues that tell you when to expect a linebacker blitz, a corner blitz or a safety blitz. He also explains how to determine the first level, second level and third level of the defense and what changes in those give you indicators of stunts and blitzes. When you finish reading Coach Renner’s book you will have a good understanding of how to simplify reading a football defense. It will make you feel comfortable reading, calling and designing plays on game day that take advantage of a defender’s and a defensive alignment.

You have 25-seconds to get the correct formation, motion, play, and adjustment into your offense. It is 4th down with the game, and the season, on the line. On top of all of this, your Quarterback was knocked out of the game, along with your starting Right Guard. There also happens to be 10,000 “assistant coaches” in the stands shouting what they think you should do.

Being an offensive coordinator is difficult. Spending the time needed to ensure your team is ready for any situation is imperative. You need to have enough ready, but not too much. It is important that you have all the “If-Then” scenarios played out before the game begins.

The Offensive Coordinator Workbook is the place to go to help you work through all that goes into:

Building a system, Scouting opponents, Deciding on a plan of action, Organizing your staff and practice schedules, Calling a game, Making in-game adjustments, And more…

This workbook is filled with templates and examples to help any offensive coordinator work through the thought process of installing and implementing an Offensive System, not just a collection of plays.

The Offensive Coordinator's Football Handbook

You have just been appointed offensive coordinator for your school. What now? It is extremely important for a potential offensive coordinator to clearly and specifically understand what his role will be as a team's offensive coordinator. The underlying basis of this statement is to help a coordinator, or would-be coordinator, be sure that he is fully aware of his role as that team s offensive coordinator, as designated by the head coach. Without question, the best time to do this is before the would-be offensive coordinator accepts the all-important position. In other words, it is essential that he knows what he is getting into when he accepts the position. This is the definitive handbook for the coach in that scenario. This book goes in-depth to deliver the comprehensive handbook the football coach is looking for in order to be successful from day 1.

Offensive Football Strategies

By American Football Coaches Association

Use strategies straight from many of football's all-time greatest coaches! Offensive Football Strategies offers you special access to the sharpest football minds in the game's history. Pick and choose portions to use to optimize your game plan each season.

Offensive Football Strategies is the most comprehensive and detailed book of its kind, containing the most popular and effective offensive philosophies, systems, formations, and plays over the past 40 years. This extensive collection includes 73 articles written by many of the greatest coaching strategists in football history, including Bob Devaney, Bear Bryant, John McKay, Joe Paterno, Tom Osborne, Marv Levy, Hayden Fry, LaVell Edwards, Steve Spurrier, and many more.

The articles are organized into the following sections:

- Developing a System
- Attacking the Defense
- Building Backfield Excellence
- Running the Wing-T
- Running From the I
- Running the Wishbone
- Running the Veer
- Running an Option Offense
- Establishing a Passing Scheme
- Passing From Sets and Formations
- Keeping the Defense on Edge
- Incorporating Play-Action
- Creating Quality Quarterback Play
- Protecting the Passer
- Gaining Key Yardage
- Dominating the Red Zone

Developed in cooperation with the American Football Coaches Association, Offensive Football Strategies is loaded with instructional points, experienced insights, and more than 700 X-and-O diagrams. Whether you are seeking another option for your running or passing attack or looking for that sure-fire scoring play in the red zone, this book offers a wealth of winning strategies for your game plan.

The Offensive Coordinator's Football Handbook

Play calling is one of the most important parts of having a successful offense. Every team has a playbook, but how do you use those plays in the right situations to maximize your offensive production? This book covers topics including: The difference between P & 10 and 1st & 10-The Trinity of Game Planning (Matchups, Leverage, & Grass) and how they make preparation easier:

-Scripting your openers

-Calling plays in the Red Zone

-Specific plays for Specific Down & Distances

-And more!

This book is a one-of-a-kind look at the processes and patterns behind Rich Hargitt's game planning and play calling tendencies, as well as the specific plays Coach Hargitt likes in each situation.

Baseball

Baseball Playbook

If you’d like a simple plan for running a program that covers literally everything… from specific drills and practice schedules to signaling to caring for team uniforms… that will save you a ton of both time and energy… then here’s how College Coaching Legend Ron Polk did it.

And why you can too with the information inside The Baseball Playbook.

Written for the busy coach that has it all to do with limited help and resources, there simply isn’t another product out there that’s as in-depth or complete around coaching baseball.  You could literally never have coached baseball before in your life and use this guide to run a baseball program starting today.  In fact, many coaches would say…

Reading This Book Is Like Getting A PhD In Coaching Baseball!

You're the Umpire

Divided into three sections, this unusual handbook, now in its third edition, offers Routine Calls, which deal with scenarios and rules that typically come up in games and deal with clear-cut rules—fair and foul, strike zone questions, and the like.

The next section, Basic Situations, deals with umpiring matters and rules that are just a bit more unusual or, for the casual fan, obscure. Interference and obstruction calls, for example, don’t come up too often, but they remain standard stuff involving rules that umps and many fans know quite well.

In the final section, Obscure Rules and Situations, you will be presented with what many baseball people call “knotty” problems. Here, you will be asked questions involving the complex infield fly rule and other arcane matters. This section, then, is the ultimate test of your umpiring skills and knowledge.

Most of the situations in You’re the Umpire come from real games, such as the time a fastball from Randy Johnson killed a bird in flight and what the umps did regarding that pitch, but some scenarios are made up to illustrate specific points or rules. Test yourself against your friends or against the iconic baseball rulebook. It’s a challenge and it’s fun.

The Baseball Coaching Bible

Much more than a book on skills, strategies, or drills, The Baseball Coaching Bible represents a landmark work for the sport. Many of the greatest coaches the game has ever known—including Coaches of the Century at the high school, junior college, NAIA, and Division I, II, III levels, as named by Collegiate Baseball—combine to cover all aspects of coaching. The 27 contributing coaches share their keys to championship baseball, something they know well, having won 50 national titles and nearly 25,000 games.

The Baseball Coaching Bible covers every facet of coaching, with each coach addressing the subject he knows best. From Bobby Winkles' chapter on instilling hustle and Ron Polk's chapter on organizing a winning program, to Ed Cheff's chapter on innovative practices and Rod Dedeaux's chapter on establishing pride and tradition, The Baseball Coaching Bible transcends the Xs and Os.

The book's varied and vast amount of information allows you to pick and choose what you implement in your program in any particular season, but you will learn from and be entertained by it all. The wit and wisdom of baseball's sharpest minds shine through in their memorable stories and valuable insights.

Jerry Kindall and John Winkin organized and edited the contents. “The Impact of a Coach” by Dave Keilitz is a strong and fitting introduction. From there the book flows logically and swiftly through six sections:

- Coaching Priorities and Principles with chapters from John Scolinos, Chuck “Bobo” Brayton, Hal Smeltzly, Bob Smith, and Winkles.
- Program Building and Management with entries from Ken Schreiber, Mark Marquess, Ron Fraser, and Polk.
- Creative and Effective Practice Sessions composed of works by Ed Cheff, Danny Litwhiler, Winkin, Gary Pullins, and Tom House.
- Individual Skills and Team Strategies taught by Charlie Greene, Gary Ward, Jack Stallings, Bob Bennett, and Cliff Gustafson.
- Player Motivation and Leadership includes Skip Bertman, Gordie Gillespie, Andy Lopez, and Dedeaux.
- Off-the-Field Opportunities, Challenges, and Pressures, includes chapters from Glen Tuckett, Richard “Itch” Jones, and Kindall.

Endorsed by the American Baseball Coaches Association, The Baseball Coaching Bible is sure to be a staple in every serious baseball coach's library. And like coaching and the game itself, the book's appeal will keep drawing you back again and again.

The Art of Catching

An aspiring baseball catcher could do himself no greater favor than acquiring this manual. Whereas the techniques of hitting, pitching, and other baseball positions are well covered by valuable instruction books, the techniques of catching arguably the most difficult and most crucial position of all have not been covered well at all.
Brent Mayne s The Art of Catching: The Secrets and Techniques of Baseball s Most Demanding Position changes all that in a single stroke. The book s lucid, concise but comprehensive, and highly readable approach puts at your fingertips the wisdom and skills of a successful pro.
Brent Mayne played major league ball for sixteen seasons (1989 2004), most of them with the Kansas City Royals. He earned a reputation for his handling of pitchers, effective plate blocking, and strong arm. Enjoying success both behind the plate and at it, he batted .301 in two consecutive seasons (1999 2000). Mayne caught a no-hitter pitched by Bret Saberhagen in 1991, and he also has the distinction of being the only catcher in the twentieth century to have won a game as a pitcher.
A hard-working, consummate pro, Mayne knows his position like the back of his hand and has a gift for communicating his knowledge and experience enthusiastically.
The Art of Catching begins by sketching a quick, informative evolution of the position and its all-important glove, along with offering some illuminating personal history. After these preliminaries, Mayne turns his attention to the heart of the matter: the fundamentals of catching. Stressing the absolute importance of posture, he covers a variety of stances and body positions. Important techniques such as glove mechanics, blocking, throwing to bases, back picking, and pitchouts are also covered in detail. Mayne offers concise summaries of proper methods, such as: Pitchout footwork with a right-handed batter is: jab with right foot (before pitcher releases the ball), step left, catch the ball, then right step, left step, throw. By practicing such mechanics until they become second nature, catchers will master their craft.
Subsequent chapters of The Art of Catching cover crucial topics such as calling games, working with pitchers, handling pop flies, making plays at the plate (without injuring one s self!), and drills. For Mayne, it is practice and experience, above all, that distinguish professional-caliber players from wannabes. As he points out: One trait common to all the players at the top is that they've played a ton of baseball, more baseball in fact than about 99.9 percent of the population.
For catchers, Mayne sees the bullpen as the best place for productive drills. Instead of viewing time there as tedious, catchers should use it productively to hone their skills and to assess the strengths and weaknesses of their pitching staff. Mayne s overview of drills does, however, come with some wise cautionary words that, again, place the emphasis on correct mechanics: Practice does not make perfect; practice makes permanent. In other words, if you have poor technique when you practice, that is what you will take out to the game. Readers of this book will learn the right techniques.
Each chapter of The Art of Catching concludes with a section of key points for handy reference. In addition, the book features numerous invaluable illustrations and photos, which clearly reinforce the teachings of the text, thought-provoking quotations, and a handy index. For coaches and those who want to distinguish themselves as baseball catchers, The Art of Catching: The Secrets and Techniques of Baseball s Most Demanding Position is an essential, self-recommending title.

Baseball Strategies

Some books teach coaches and players what to do; this also explains why. Developed by an all-star cast of coaches selected by the American Baseball Coaches Association, Baseball Strategies is the most comprehensive resource ever written on the tactical aspects of the game. Providing the content are 18 of the game's top strategists, including several coaches whose teams have totaled more than 1,000 wins and have won national championships.

Meet every decision-making challenge, from setting the most effective lineup at the plate and in the field to deciding what play to call and when to call it in tight game situations. Should a runner be sent on a 2-2 pitch with one out? Should a hitter be walked to allow for a force-out even if the next batter is an RBI leader? When should a pitcher hold a runner on base from the stretch position or pitch from a more comfortable full windup? The analyses and answers to all of these questions and many more can be found in this book.

In part I, you'll learn the specifics of offense, from determining the hitting lineup to studying the strengths and weaknesses of the opposing pitcher and defense. The contributors to the offensive side of the game include Itch Jones, Mike Gillespie, Danny Hall, and Mark Johnson. In part II, experts such as Bob Bennett and John Winkin explore pitching from every angle, including strategies for shutting down hitters, stopping baserunners, and fielding the position.

 

In Parts III and Parts IV, you'll learn better defensive strategies for fine-tuning your strategic approach from George Horton, Jim Morris, and Bobo Brayton, just to name a few.

Take a big tactical lead on your opponent. From position-specific responsibilities to situation-specific options to adjusting to the level of competition to altering your game plan in the middle innings, Baseball Strategies covers all the bases to give you a winning advantage in thinking the game.

The Science of Hitting - Ted Williams

“Baseball’s last .400 hitter share[s] his secrets in this primer still used at all levels of the game.” —Paul Dickson, author of Bill Veeck: Baseball’s Greatest Maverick

Now fully revised with new illustrations and diagrams, the classic—and still the greatest—book on hitting from the last baseball player to break the magic .400 barrier, Ted Williams.

Ted Williams was arguably the greatest pure hitter who ever lived. A lifelong student of hitting, he sought advice from every great hitter—and pitcher—he met. Drawing on that advice, as well as his own legendary life in baseball, Williams produced the all-time batting classic, The Science of Hitting. Using its detailed illustrations, anecdotes, and concise coaching, players of all skill levels will learn how to improve their fundamentals and gain keen insights into the finer points of hitting, including:

-How to Think Like a Pitcher and Guess the Pitch
-The Three Cardinal Rules for Developing a Smooth Line-Driving Swing
-The Secrets of Hip and Wrist Action
-Pitch Selection
-Bunting
-Hitting the Opposite Way

The Science of Hitting is a must-read for all baseball players looking to improve their turn at bat and for all coaches and parents teaching the sport.

Youth Baseball Bible: Definitive Guide to Coaching and Enjoying Youth Baseball

Youth baseball instruction guide by former MLB player Dan Gray who was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers as a catcher. Includes praise from numerous baseball luminaries including Joe Girardi and Bernie Williams.

Currently, Dan is the owner of the ProSwing Baseball & Softball Training Center in Mount Kisco, NY which opened in 2002. “The daily mission is to create a comfortable learning environment that enhances knowledge and passion for the game and accelerates personal satisfaction and growth. Every day I use baseball as the vehicle to improve each player’s self-esteem in helping become the best player and person possible,” says Dan. To date, Dan has been quoted in many outlets such as The New York Times, The Westchester Business Journal and The Journal News. In addition, he has been a featured guest speaker on CNN, WFAN, ESPN radio, WXRK and New York 1. These outlets, along with his involvement in over 200 coaches clinics, have highlighted several of Dan’s favorite topics, such as player development, youth sports and parental involvement, youth baseball issues, steroids in baseball—youth perspective, off season baseball training routines, and many others.

Play Baseball the Ripken Way: The Complete Illustrated Guide to the Fundamentals

Every year, hundreds of thousands of children play “Cal Ripken Baseball” in the largest division of Babe Ruth League, Inc. Play Baseball the Ripken Way is the ultimate guide to playing the game, by one of the sport’s living legends.

Baseball is America’s national pastime, but that doesn’t mean we’re all born naturals. Kids of all ages (and their parents) are eager to improve specific skills, and now they can learn from one of the most respected baseball families in history. Cal and Bill Ripken have written a thoroughly illustrated instructional book that clearly explains proper baseball fundamentals—hitting, fielding, baserunning, pitching, and much more.

Based on the teachings of the late Cal Ripken, Sr., a player, coach, manager, and scout in the Baltimore Orioles system for thirty-seven years, Play Baseball the Ripken Way shows players just what they need to do to be their best while maintaining a sense of fun and accomplishment with every new lesson. The Ripken Way consists of the following principles:

*Keep It Simple: Teaching that is too complicated is difficult to remember and can result in frustration.

*Explain Why: A teacher who cannot explain why is not truly teaching. Lessons that make sense will stick with players.

*Celebrate the Individual: No two players are alike, so why treat them as if they are?

*Make It Fun: The game gets serious enough quickly enough on its own. Drills and instruction should be structured so that players can enjoy themselves while learning.

The book also includes tips for parents and coaches, practice workouts, and drills for players of every level.

The Tools of Greatness: A Complete Catching Guide

The Tools of Greatness is an in-depth, easily accessible, catching instructional book that details the most important position on the diamond. With fundamental, mechanical, and developmental insight, players and coaches alike have a definite guide to enhance catching ability. Coach Humphrey takes his experience as a player, coach, and scout and provides secrets and disciplines to help catchers reach their potential. With instructional excerpts and guidance from major college and professional coaches, the book is appropriate for youngsters as well as high-level athletes and coaches looking to improve one or all areas. Leadership, receiving, blocking, throwing, and defensive plays around the plate are highlighted in detail with drills and progression. Also included are a coaching plan, note to bull pen catchers, and a chapter detailing what college and pro scouts look for. With Mario Garza (New York Yankees), Jeff Ware (New York Yankees), Randy Mazey (West Virginia University), and Jim Thompson (New York Mets).

Baseball Hitting Mastery: Art of the Line Drive Swing
You have been sitting the bench for eight innings, waiting for your opportunity to show coach your skills at the plate. With a tie game during the final inning, coach spits out his sunflower seeds and looks your direction: “grab a bat, you are hitting next!” A wave of excitement strikes: finally, a moment to compete. The player in the starting lineup (the player who coach chose to start over you today) had a difficult couple of games in a row. Now, coach has given you the opportunity to play. The pressure begins to mount. A big hit in this at-bat could lead to your joining the starting lineup next game. Most importantly, today’s game is on the line and the team needs a victory. After the initial wave of pressure and excitement, you regain your mental focus. You are strong minded, mentally prepared for the opportunity. You analyze the competing pitcher while warming up in the batting box. Finally, with the winning run on second base, two outs, you step to the plate. Are you ready to compete or will the moment overwhelm you?

This is the book that GETS REAL about hitting. No fluff. No smoke. Have the right approach and be the hitter you want to be.
Baseball Hitting Mastery Will Teach You How To Hit Line Drives!
Learn How to Hit Line Drives in 4 Phases...1) Find Balance and Rhythm Pre-Pitch 2) Establish Timing and Launch Position 3) Proper Hand Path and Finding the Contact Point 4) Full Extension and Finishing Your Hit

Learn How To Have Quality At-Bats and a Winner's Mindset. This is a must-have gift for baseball players.

The Baseball Drill Book

Seventeen of the game's top collegiate coaches have teamed up with the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) to bring you the game's most comprehensive assortment of practice activities.

The Baseball Drill Book features 198 drills proven to improve individual and team performance. Former Fresno State coach Bob Bennett, Ripon College's Gordie Gillespie, Lewis-Clark State's Ed Cheff, Wichita State's Gene Stephenson, and South Carolina's Ray Tanner are among the greats who present their best practice drills and insights for improving these skills:

-Conditioning and warm-up

-Throwing and catching

-Base running and sliding

-Hitting and bunting

-Pitching

-Fielding

-Offensive and defensive tactics
Each drill follows a concise format. First, the primary skill or tactic to be enhanced is identified, then procedure and setup details are provided. Illustrations for proper technique are also included, followed by coaching insight to help you sharpen players' understanding of the game's finer points. Glean tactical advice such as how to get a teammate home from third when a key run is needed and how to “sit on” certain pitches while at the plate. Drill modifications are included so that each drill can be modified to fit specific needs.

Additional chapters explain how to effectively and efficiently incorporate drills in practice sessions and to simulate game situations. In all, The Baseball Drill Book provides the essential link between initial skill learning and winning performance on the diamond.

Pitching. Isn't. Complicated.

The perfect pitching book for coaches and players who want high-level pitching knowledge that's easy enough for beginners to understand.

Pitching Isn't Complicated is a book of advanced pitching drills, concepts and strategy, explained in simple, easy-to-understand terminology.

If you're a young player to learn or a coach trying to do better for his players, this book will teach you everything you need to know, and nothing that you don't.

In the Book You'll Learn:

  • Stretch and windup mechanics used by the pros

  • How to assess and correct pitching mechanics

  • The most effective pitching drills to fix problems and form a routine

  • Pitch grips and action for the fastball, curveball, two-seamer, cutter and changeup

  • Command basics and how to improve control

  • Mental training techniques for pitchers

  • Situational pitching

  • Pitch-call and pitch sequencing strategy

  • How to form a good routine

  • Professionalism and dealing with failure

  • Advice on strength training, arm care and injury prevention

Pitching Isn't Complicated is a concise, simple explanation of the pitching maxims that every pitcher must have to pitch at an elite level. It is both practical and appropriate for players of all ages and coaches of all experience levels.

The Complete Guide to Pitching

There is more to becoming a great pitcher than sound mechanics, a blazing fastball, and a live arm. A pitcher must know how to pitch—what to throw, when to throw it, and where to locate it. He must have a me-versus-you mind-set, that unique blend of confidence and determination that fuels a passion to set the tone of the game, own the mound, and shut down the opponent.

The Complete Guide to Pitching is the most comprehensive pitching resource available. Derek Johnson, one of the game’s premier pitching coaches, takes you inside the art and science of pitching. You’ll discover these strategies:

• Upper- and lower-body pitching mechanics

• Most effective arm and shoulder strengthening workouts

• Shutting down the opponent’s running game

• Developing a potent pitching arsenal, including the splitter, curve, and changeup

• Creating a pregame pitching plan

• Situational strategies and recognizing hitters’ weaknesses

• Fielding the position

• In- and off-season conditioning programs

• Windup, stretch, and follow-through

From pregame warm-ups to cultivating the pitcher–catcher relationship, it’s all here in this one-of-a-kind book and DVD package. Featuring skill instruction, development drills, exercises, personal insights, and instruction on every aspect of pitching, The Complete Guide to Pitching is a must-have for every pitching coach, pitcher, and baseball fan.

Baseball Hitting Drills for a Batting Tee

20 baseball hitting drills, accompanied by 20 streaming videos - one to describe and demonstrate each drill in the book. Illustrated with full color diagrams and includes bonus material. Written by professional baseball player. 

All good hitters perfect their craft using a tee. While many coaches mistakingly try to make mechanical adjustments for young players during live pitching, on the tee is where those swing modifications should be made. These drills are explained in depth and will provide ways to help nearly every young player. 

The Baseball Player's Guide to Hitting Like a Pro

Every good hitter is fighting a battle… Do you know what yours is and how to turn it to your advantage on the field?

3 out of every 4 appearances at the plate result in an out. You probably know this… so why are you doubting your skills?

Self-doubt is natural in any sport, but in baseball, it can be detrimental to getting out of a hitting slump -- yet it affects so many players -- pros and weekenders alike.

Former Colorado Rockies pitcher Jason Marquis knew this only too well. “You’re out on the mound not trusting your stuff, waiting for the next bad thing to happen, instead of going out there and grabbing the bull by the horns,” he said.

And the same issue affects hitters: as soon as you start to doubt yourself, your approach is shaken, and you’re stuck in a cycle of misses.

You’re focusing on what you’re doing wrong rather than what you can do to improve your game -- and that isn’t going to help you.

Perhaps you think you need to work on your mechanics. Perhaps you’re doubting your fitness or worrying that you should be training more.

But more likely than not, none of this is true.

In this book, you'll find a clear guide to improving hitting techniques without focusing on mechanics. 

Mind of a Superior Hitter: The Art, Science, and Philosophy

Inspiration for the film "THE MENTAL MASTERY OF HITTING IN BASBALL", Mind of a Superior Hitter: The Art, Science, and Philosophy takes an in-depth look into the key aspects of becoming a great hitter from a psychological, emotional and strategic perspective. The book is designed to enhance the intelligence of hitters in both baseball and softball on a level that is unprecedented. It includes quotes and advice from some of the top hitting coaches in the world, former professional players and prominent minds that have contributed to today’s leading hitting ideologies. Throughout, players and coaches are provided valuable information on what it takes to become a better all-around hitter. Hitters of all ages will learn how to: - MENTALLY DEAL WITH SLUMPS - DEVELOP IMPROVED FOCUSED IN THEIR TRAINING- BECOME A BETTER SITUATIONAL HITTER- CUSTOMIZE THEIR SWING TO FIT THEIR STRENGTHS- BE MORE CONFIDENT AND POSITIVE IN THEIR APPROACH Input from master teachers of hitting such as: Steve Springer, former professional player and hitting coach· C.J. Stewart, former professional player and private hitting coach for pro players· Laura Berg, 4-time All-American softball player, 4-time Olympian and Olympic Hall of Famer· Jacob Cruz, former MLB player and professional hitting instructor

The Louisville Slugger Complete Book of Hitting Faults and Fixes

For a baseball player, there is nothing more frustrating than struggling at the plate. Hitters--no matter how accomplished--experience hitting slumps, for both mechanical and mental reasons. Their challenge--and yours--is to contain them for a short period of time. The Louisville Slugger Complete Book of Hitting Faults and Fixes identifies the sources of fifty distinct hitting faults that lead to problem swings and includes drills specifically designed to help you correct them.

The step-by-step approach starts from the ground up, including:

  • Problems in the stance: hot feet, poor positioning in the box

  • Pre-swing movements: no coil in torso, overstriding, hitching before swinging

  • Hip rotation and weight transfer: little or no weight transfer, over-rotating

  • The swing: uppercutting, casting your hands, pulling your head off the ball

  • Mental approach: fear of failure, poor judgment of the strike zone, failing to recognize pitch patterns

The instruction behind each fault also features unique insight from a major league hitter or professional coach. These tips also allow you to get inside the best minds in the business and apply their wisdom to your own game. By applying the book's systematic approach, including lots of practice, you will be able to dissect your swing, identify mistakes, and put yourself on the correct path to recovery and success, becoming a true student of the swing.

Baseball Coach's Survival Guide

By Jerry Weinstein and Tom Alston

Here is a comprehensive, practical resource that makes building a successful baseball program considerably easier for both the new and the experienced coach. Included are proven techniques and ready-to-use materials for virtually every aspect of the coach s job, from recruiting to training talent for each position.

The Mental Keys to Hitting

A must-have book by acclaimed author and expert H.A. Dorfman that highlights the crucial mental components involved in hitting a baseball and playing the game, components that are as important, if not more so, than the intense physical regimen of an athlete."...helpful to hitters in little leagues or in the big leagues. The information is clear and to the point..." -- Charles Johnson, former catcher, Florida Marlins

High Scoring Baseball

What is the definition of a high-scoring offense? How do you measure a player’s offensive productivity? How do you keep your team on track throughout the course of a long season?

High-Scoring Baseball is the definitive guide for establishing an aggressive, opportunistic, and disciplined offense. Inside you’ll find detailed coverage of the four offensive team goals and the six ways to create offensive pressure that gives every team a chance to be high scorers.

Then go inside the numbers for an in-depth analysis of run production. Discover the most common predictors for achieving a big inning, the importance of getting the lead-off hitter on, and the importance of collecting free bases. You’ll identify the most effective strategies based on specific game situations as well as the proper mental approach and physical adjustments to execute in those situations.

Offense is more than a player’s batting average or a team’s ability to hit the long ball. It’s all about run production. It’s a player’s ability to achieve a high-quality at-bat and a team’s ability to create a big inning. High-Scoring Baseball will change the way you see and play the game.

Baserunning

Smart, aggressive baserunning will change a game, a series, and even a season. It sets the philosophy and mind-set of the coaches, trainers, and players. It becomes instinctual and contagious. It translates to pressure and, most important, wins.

Baserunning is the most complete and authoritative guide on this critical yet often-overlooked offensive skill. You’ll go inside today’s game to learn the techniques and strategies for ruling the basepaths. Discover the secrets to leading off, detecting pick-off attempts, improving first-step speed, avoiding tags, and determining the best counts and situations for success in stealing bases.

But the art of baserunning is more than just speed and swiping bags—it is effortlessly and efficiently rounding the bases, taking the extra base, tagging up, reading defensive positioning, scouting strengths and weakness, forcing errors, and ultimately scoring runs. Only Baserunning covers it all.

With major league advice, skill assessment, the best player and team drills, expert instruction, detailed photo sequences, and proven exercises and routines for speed, agility, and quickness, Baserunning is a must-have for every coach, player, and student of the game.

Youth Baseball Drills

Coaches know the importance of drills. The cornerstone of most practices, they are essential in developing player skills and team execution. For younger players, however, the best drills go one step further. They engage the player, promote teamwork, and establish a lifelong love of the game.

Youth Baseball Drills is a comprehensive collection of more than 100 of the very best team drills for young players and their coaches. Developed specifically for players aged 6 to 18, the drills teach and reinforce fundamental skills such as Hitting, Bunting, Fielding, Catching fly balls, Throwing, Pitching, and Base running. 

Easy to understand and easier to implement, each drill is accompanied by step-by-step instructions, equipment needs, field diagrams, and key coaching points. And the ready-to-use 30-, 60-, and 90-minute practice plans help coaches put them to use and create enjoyable and productive practices.

With variations and progressions for difficulty, Youth Baseball Drills has something for every coach and every player. It is a must-have guide for anyone wanting to teach youngsters how to play, and enjoy, the game of baseball.

Applied Technology in Pitching: Metrics, Development, and Strategies

This book is written for the advanced college to pro level pitcher, coach and scout. It refers to advanced techniques for understanding and applying the latest in Doppler radar ball tracking technology, and advanced pitching strategies. This isn’t meant to be a physics book or a research paper. The focus of this book is on real world applications using Doppler metrics for player development and scouting, not outcome results statistics.

Topics center on pitch analysis, development and design, batter and batted ball analysis, Magnus spin, Bullet spin, Seams Imbalance Laminar break, Seams Imbalance Turbulent break, sequencing, advanced strike zone analysis, and more. Many of the charts and images in this book are a few of the basic charts generated from Pitchgrader ™ software. With over 3 years of development and real-world use, Pitchgrader has hundreds of charts, graphs, heatmaps, and more advanced metrics and 3D baseball analysis software that is currently used by MLB teams and top D1 college baseball teams to interpret and apply their ball tracking data.

Sabermetrics generally describes results. The new type of data analyzed today is more of process than results. It’s not “stats”, but interrelated data for multiple viable combinations. Kinematics, kinetics, kinesiology; we call this process data, Kinemetrics.

There is a tendency for many to evaluate pitching and batting in terms of absolute measured values. This is understandable given all the absolute values the machines generate. But numbers can be deceiving if you focus only on numbers, especially a single metric, a small group of metrics, or worse, the wrong metrics. This book helps you avoid those pitfalls and helps you learn how to apply this data towards better player development, advance scouting, and amateur scouting.

The Art & Science of Pitching

Noted authors, coaches, and consultants Tom House, Gary Heil, and Steve Johnson present this update on objective medical, exercise, and coaching pitching research. The Art & Science of Pitching provides current information on skills and drills for coaches, players, and parents. The book contains four sections: pitching biomechanics; building skills with drills; pitching goals, strategies, and tactics for competition; and functional fitness, mental/emotional management, nutrition, and arm care for health and performance. Each chapter describes in detail learning points and teaching applications of help improve the health and performance of pitchers from Little League to the Major Leagues. Large format and features over 250 clear pictures and images. Produced in cooperation with the National Pitching Association.

Nolan Ryan's Pitcher's Bible

by Tom House

At forty-three years old, Nolan Ryan is a marvel. He is still blowing his fastballs by hitters at an age when most pitchers have long since retired—or have learned to depend on guile instead of power. But the Ryan express keeps chugging on, getting more unhittable, not less.

Nolan Ryan's Pitcher's Bible tells us the secrets of Ryan's success. Drawing on Ryan's practical experience and Tom House's research expertise, it shows how the right combination of exercise and motivation can help a pitcher develop to his greatest potential.

Nolan Ryan's Pitcher's Bible includes:

-Nolan Ryan's complete fitness program for pitchers—including weight training, aerobic exercise, and diet—based on the latest scientific research and his twenty-four years of experience as a major leaguer.

-The most up-to-date methods for preventing arm injuries by establishing proper mechanics, a conditioning base, and throwing workloads.

-A timetable for keeping a pitcher in top shape year-round, including specific exercise intervals to meet the individual strength demands of each pitcher's throwing motion, maximum velocity, and maximum weekly number of pitches.

-An in-depth presentation of Ryan's pitching strategy—how he prepares himself mentally for a game, an analysis of his pitch selection for different types of hitters, and how he applies his training regimen to improving his effectiveness on the mound.

Illustrated with black-and-white photos of Ryan in action, along with photos and line drawings of the recommended exercises, Nolan Ryan's Pitcher's Bible is the ultimate book on pitching, by the ultimate pitcher.

Arm Action, Arm Path, and the Perfect Pitch: Building a Million-Dollar Arm

By Tom House

The pages in this remarkable resource, Arm Action, Arm Path, and the Perfect Pitch: Building a Million-Dollar Arm, offer a perfect blend of medical science, exercise science, and coaching science. The book clarifies conventional wisdom about pitching and quantifies three-dimensional motion-analysis research on the mechanics of a pitcher's delivery. House and Thorburn wrote this book with the hope that it will become the science-based guide to pitching health and performance for baseball coaches, parents, and athletes at all competitive levels with chapters covering the setup, lift-off, stride and momentum, release-point efficiency, and looking ahead. The book includes online access to a 90-minute video on functional rehab for pitchers.

Fastball Fitness: The Art and Science of Training to Throw with Real Velocity

By Tom House

Fastball Fitness presents an in-depth but easy-to-apply look at velocity and how it can be safely developed. Details how to condition the total body to maximize a pitcher's genetic potential. Topics covered include rotational and directional momentum, timing, and fastball velocity, the biomechanical derivation of real velocity, how the legs, hips & shoulders, and spine & torso contribute to the mechanics of real velocity, prehabilitation training regimens, as well as conditioning protocols for real velocity from the National Pitching Association, the Titleist Performance Institute, Elite Baseball Academy, Beacon Orthopedics/Champion Sports, Victorian Institute of Sports Conditioning, and much, much more. Large format with over 180 clear photographs and illustrations.













BASKETBALL

Baseball Psychology: The Gray Matter Factor

"Baseball Psychology, the Gray Matter Factor," concerns methods for the young player, little league through college, to combat the mental turmoil that the game of baseball can create. Young players and their coaches spend endless hours in the development of physical skills while spending very little time or effort in the development of the mental fundamentals. This book attempts to give ideas for both players and coaches to assist in the "gray matter" growth of the athlete. To become a proficient athlete, it will need to acquire both physical and mental skills.

 

This book, "The Second Inning," is a continuation of the original book, and should be a great compliment to what can be found there. The young athlete can learn ways to fend off fear of a situation, to combat complex developments that the game will create suddenly, and the importance of using the mind to advance to the next level. The importance of having a plan of attack, talking yourself through adverse situations, and seeing yourself follow that plan to a successful conclusion is a highlight that this book looks for. The ability to dream of a success, walk yourself through it by talking yourself through it can become a major advantage to an athlete's rise to the top performance.

 

Fear in sports, becomes he biggest block toward the young athlete's progress. In this book, you will find methods to combat and overcome this fear and earn to develop respect for each difficult challenging moment.

Catching-101: The Complete Guide for Baseball Catchers

CATCHING-101: The Complete Guide for Baseball Catchers is the most comprehensive book ever written for baseball catchers. It contains tips, drills, and proper mechanics that will help every catcher or coach better understand the most difficult position on the field. This book contains information on EVERY aspect of catching that Coach Barksdale has learned through his years of experience from coaching nationally ranked NCAA teams and playing at almost every level from Little League to professional baseball. A few of the topics covered in CATCHING-101 are: Receiving, Blocking, Catching Pop Flies, Throwing, Fielding Bunts, Plays at Home Plate, Drills, Pitchouts, Pass Balls/Wild Pitches, Giving Signals, And More! If you have been searching for a source with lots of high-quality information about catching, this is the book for you! CATCHING-101 was written by Coach Xan Barksdale who is currently an NCAA Division I baseball coach and an ex-professional baseball player. Coach Barksdale played in the Atlanta Braves organization and has been a featured speaker at the prestigious ABCA (American Baseball Coaches Association) national convention.

Basketball

Complete Guide to Basketball Defense

Are you looking for an easy to learn and effective defensive system? With so many options out there, how do you know which is best for your team? Choosing a defensive system should depend on critical decisions about how you wish to defend. Every system has weaknesses, and you must choose what you are willing to give up in order to get an advantage.

- Do you force middle or force baseline?

- Do you want your players to crash the offensive boards?

- What happens when you miss/make a shot?

- Where do you want to pick up the ball handler on a fast break?

- Do you give up threes or penetration?

- Will you force your opponent to go left?

This book will break down the core principles for choosing the right defense for your team along with detailed breakdowns and drills for implementing them with your team. Based on our popular blog read by thousands of coaches, I've written this guide to help coaches choose and implement a successful defensive program.

Basketball Skills & Drills

Before you can make that winning buzzer beater, you need to master fundamental skills in all phases of the game. The fourth edition of the best-selling instructional resource Basketball Skills & Drills provides the perfect blueprint for building the foundation that all well-rounded players and championship teams need.

With complete coverage of individual skills and team play, you’ll find 103 developmental drills covering everything from stance and footwork to scoring plays and transitions. Enhanced with an online video library featuring 42 clips demonstrating the drills in action, you’ll have the optimal guide for mastering these fundamental skills:

• Player positioning

• Footwork

• Moving without the ball

• Ballhandling and court vision

• Shooting

• Perimeter moves

• Post moves

• Rebounding

• Team offense

• Team defense

Recognizing that individual skills are effective only when used within the team concept, the book also covers team principles for both ends of the court. Tactics for offense, including special situations for out-of-bounds plays, will improve spacing, ball and player movement, shot selection, and scoring. Defensive tactics emphasize positioning, pressure, and various systems to apply in each zone of the court.

At all levels of basketball, success comes with mastery of the basic skills. Basketball Skills & Drills is your best-selling guide to becoming that dominant force on the court.

Thinking Basketball

Are top scorers really the most valuable players? Are games decided in the final few minutes? Does the team with the best player usually win? Thinking Basketball challenges a number of common beliefs about the game by taking a deep dive into the patterns and history of the NBA. Explore how certain myths arose while using our own cognition as a window into the game's popular narratives. New basketball concepts are introduced, such as power plays, portability and why the best player shouldn't always shoot. Discover how the box score can be misleading, why "closers" are overrated and how the outcome of a game fundamentally alters our memory. Behavioral economics, traffic paradoxes and other metaphors highlight this thought-provoking insight into the NBA and our own thinking. A must-read for any basketball fan -- you'll never view the sport, and maybe the world, the same again.

Coaching Basketball: 30 Set Plays

Why the 1-4 High? Why run all of your set plays, quick hitters or entry plays from a 1-4 high set? Good question. Here are the reasons this alignment is great for all set plays: Less is more. This one set keeps things simple for your players. It creates excellent spacing. Offense is all about good spacing. This alignment creates good scoring opportunities for every position. It is easy to create plays for any type of shot necessary from this alignment. The plays can be run to either side of the court simply by running the mirror image of the play. It is very easy to get into from a numbered fastbreak system. It denies the defense from establishing its defensive priorities, making this alignment difficult to defend from the onset. What are defensive priorities? Regardless of the type of defense run, most traditional defensive systems want to establish the following priorities: Be able to apply tremendous pressure on the ball and provide help to the on-the-ball defender. Be able to provide help in any situation. Protect the rim and low post areas. Force the ball out of the middle to one side to establish a ball side and help side, allowing the defense to outnumber the offense 5-3 by virtue of the two help defenders. Defend two offensive players with one defender if possible (usually a zone defense). Establish good inside positioning for defensive rebound coverage. Clog the lane area with help defenders to prevent lane penetration via pass, cut or dribble; low post entry passes; backdoor cuts for lay-ups. Some of the ways the 1-4 high alignment prevents the defense from establishing its priorities include preventing the defense from being able to establish a help side defense, forcing the defense away from the lane area and rim, opening the area up for penetration of one form or another, and requiring the defense to guard each offensive player, including the ball, with only one defender, and operating the offense from the middle of the court to initiate the attack. In addition to the advantages the 1-4 high set denies the defense, it is versatile due to the fact all of the plays can be run as mirror images. Any play depicted being run to the right-hand side of the court can be run in its mirror image on the left-hand side of the court. This short book contains 30 plays to attack man-to-man defenses, zone defenses, to obtain 3-point shots, low post shots, and on-the-ball screens to create penetration opportunities. These simple plays are an excellent way to score after a time out, a dead ball or as an entry to motion or other offenses.

Basketball Mechanics

The primary objective of this book is to examine basketball movements from the game’s top performers in competition. To the author’s knowledge, this is a novel concept in that no book has ever used match-play to investigate the mechanical demands imposed on athletes in the sporting activity of basketball. Hopefully, after this book the reader will be equipped with the knowledge to create models for movement expressions around tactical situations in basketball.

This information can be extremely useful for multiple parties involved in the development of basketball athletes. The first objective of the book will be a brief overview of biomechanical principles and how this pertains to basketball. The second objective of the book will dissect specific game situations and examine common denominators among the game’s best movers. The ultimate goal of this is to bridge the gap between athletes and coaches for the overall improvement of our sport.

Best Basketball Drills: The Drill Book for Winning Basketball Teams

Success on the practice court paves the way for success on the scoreboard. Every great basketball player is built through great preparation.

From fundamentals to advanced strategic scenarios, the Best Basketball Drills book equips players and coaches with the basketball drills, tips, and techniques needed to plan and execute successful basketball practices.

The skills developed in these drills will send players into the game with confidence to let the shots fly and light up the scoreboard.

Great drills lead to great practices.
Great practices lead to great games.
Great games lead to great teams.
Build a great basketball team with the drills found in this book.

Basketball Referee 101: 101 Tips to Start, Grow, and Succeed as a Basketball Official from A to Z

There are many reasons to officiate basketball, but how do you do it?

Officiating is about the sport, but it is also about the journey. Sure, you can do things that are easy in life, but what fun is that? Officiating is just plain hard to do, but the rewards you’ll receive are worth it!

In this book, you’ll learn what it takes to be an official and how to learn. You can take these tips and use them in any facet of life, but here you’ll learn the true secrets to becoming a great basketball referee.

What do you do with all that extra income from being a referee? Unfortunately, it isn’t as easy as walking away with a check and taking it to the bank, but you can learn to manage your extra income and make it work for you!

If you want to learn the ins and outs of being a successful referee, start here! Having a mentor and bringing home an extra paycheck aren’t the only things you need to know. Use these tips to help you start your journey to success.

Lockdown Defense: Developing Elite Basketball Defenders

"A must read for any coach looking to improve his or her defensive approach and training." - Steve Lanpher : Head Coach at Randolph College

"If you're looking for help building and thinking about all things defense, you've gotta check out this book. Coach Jagacki is one of the best defensive minds out there." - Stu Hartenstein : Assistant Coach at Dension University

"This is the revolution that defense has been waiting for." - Lee Deforest : Head Coach at Florida Coastal Prep

Lockdown Defense is a book focused on developing elite defenders. More than just data points and coaching cliches, this book offers advanced techniques, new fundamentals, training cues, in-depth nuance and multiple drills to help develop Lockdown Defenders.

In an era dominated so much by offensive spacing and 1v1 schemes, individual on-ball defenders have become crucial to team defensive success. Lockdown Defense is the ultimate book on developing this critical aspect of defense. The book contains 200 pages with over 60 techniques and 28 drills expanding across 10 chapters of individual defense: on-ball, closeouts, post defense, gap defense, rim protection, ball screen defense, recovery techniques, team scheme and toughness.

It's time defense had a revolution.

Survival Guide for Coaching Youth Basketball

You volunteered to coach the basketball team, but are you really ready? How will you teach the fundamental skills, run effective practices, and harness the energy of your young team? Fear not: Survival Guide for Coaching Youth Basketball has the answers.

Yes, the wildly popular and entertaining coaching guide is back in a new, updated, and expanded second edition. Longtime coaches Keith Miniscalco and Greg Kot return to share their experience and provide advice you can rely on from first practice to final shot. From evaluating players’ skills and establishing realistic goals to using in-game coaching tips, it’s all here—the drills, the plays, the fun.

Develop your team’s dribbling, passing, shooting, and rebounding skills with the Survival Guide’s collection of the game’s best youth drills. For plays and sets that young teams can actually run, flip to the Survival Guide’s offensive and defensive playbook. And to get the most out of every practice, follow the ready-to-use practice plans.

So, worry not, coach. Survival Guide has helped countless coaches have rewarding and productive seasons—and a lot of fun along the way!

Complete Guide to Motion Offense

Are you looking for an easy to learn and effective offensive system for your team? Do you also need complete practice plans and drills to implement it? Motion offense is a great offensive system for all ages. Complete guide to motion offense breaks down 4 out, 5 out and dribble drive motion offense into easy to understand concepts combined with practice plans and hundreds of drills.

- What are the key differences between 4 out, 5 out and dribble drive?

- What kind of personnel is best suited for each type of motion offense?

- What are the key, simple to remember concepts to teach?

- What are the drills to build up the concepts in 2 practices or less?

Based on our popular blog read by hundreds of thousands of coaches. We’ve written this complete guide that’s proven to help you implement motion offense.

The Complete Guide to Coaching Girls' Basketball

"Coach Hatchell's book is a must-read for every girls' basketball coach. She is fantastic in every phase of the game, and I love watching her teams play."―Roy Williams, head men's basketball coach, University of North Carolina, and Associated Press Coach of the Year, 2006

What does it take to turn a good coach into a great one? You need to be a teacher, a motivator, a guru of X's and O's. Coach Sylvia Hatchell shows you how she manages all these roles and gives you her winning advice to creating a team of champions.

Head coach of the University of North Carolina's women's team, Coach Hathcell combines the Tar Heels' longstanding tradition of basketball greatness with her personal dedication to guiding young women as she teaches you how to:

  • Communicate effectively to get peak performances from 11- to 18-year-old girls

  • Teach all the fundamentals of the game and run a productive, high-energy practice

  • Develop a formidable offense and tenacious defense

  • Master 75 of her favorite drills, ranging in difficulty from beginner to advanced

Basketball Drills, Plays, and Strategies: A Comprehensive Resource for Coaches

The Only Resource You Need for a Standout Season

All basketball coaches can use some fresh ideas for practice drills, game plays and strategies. Whether you are coaching beginners who need a place to start, or a successful team that just needs polish, Basketball Drills, Plays, and Strategies is a resource you can trust to produce positive results on the court.

With over 160 drills and plays, this book covers every aspect of your season. It will help you run efficient and effective practices and improve your game in live competition. Step-by-step instructions, accompanied by diagrams and illustrations walk you and your players through every step of the way. Areas of the game that are covered in detail include:

  • Fundamental skills like dribbling, shooting, passing, and rebounding
  • Offense and defense
  • Inbound and tip-off plays
  • Presses and press breaks
  • Conditioning drills


Because each drill and play includes adjustments to make things easier for beginners and more difficult for advanced players, you will be able to rely on this resource throughout your coaching career no matter what level you are working with. So don't let time run out—start preparing for your next season today!

201 Drills for Coaching Youth Basketball: Planning Effective Practices

Coaching Youth Basketball is challenging in many ways for the adults who undertake the task. While many club and youth league coaches have a good understanding of how to play the game of basketball, these same coaches often struggle to find ways to teach the skills, tactics and strategies need to have success in the sport of basketball. 201 Drills for Youth Basketball provides the solution to this challenge. Included in this 400+ page manual are drills for: --Man-to-Man Defense --Competitive Rebounding --Lay-ups --Free Throws --Shooting Drills --Fast Break Drills --Drills for Essential Fundamentals Illustrated with extensive diagrams, each drill is described in as concise a manner as possible. Use the drills as described in the book, adapt the drills to your own specific team and the requirements of the players or use the drills as a basis to design your own drills. Eight-time Coach of the Year award winner Kevin Sivils has shared many of his favorite drills that helped his varsity teams win nearly 500 games in 22 seasons. Also included in the book are brief suggestions for planning practice, selecting drills and guidelines for planning to develop shooters.

Coaching the System: A Complete Guide to Basketball's Most Explosive Style of Play

"If you are interested in Coaching the System, you must be either desperate or crazy!" At least that's what people told authors Gary Smith and Doug Porter when they began investigating this revolutionary style of play almost a decade ago. Ignoring the critics, they went on to coach the two highest scoring teams in men's and women's college basketball history: the University of Redlands, California (132.4 ppg), and Olivet Nazarene University in Illinois (104.1 ppg). From its origins as the Sonny Allen Numbered Fast Break, to Paul Westhead’s Loyola Marymount up-tempo game, the System has been around for decades. But when Grinnell College’s David Arseneault added platoon substitution patterns and hockey-style short shifts, placing a priority on creating three-point looks for his “preferred shooters,” the System truly came into its own. Smith and Porter learned the Grinnell version of the System from Arseneault himself, adapting it to fit their situations coaching men’s and women’s programs. In the past decade their teams set 32 NCAA and NAIA records between them, including most 100-point games in a season (Redlands-23; Olivet-24). Olivet also holds national records for defensive turnovers (36.3 per game) assists (23.8 per game), and three pointers made in a season (509, 15.6 per game). Redlands owns college basketball records (all levels) for field goal attempts (110.3 per game), and three-pointers made (23.8 per game). Now you can learn every detail of this devastating full court run-and-press attack that allows you to dictate tempo and force your opponents out of their normal game plan, capturing the imagination of your players and community, and making coaching fun again! You’ll learn exactly how and why the System works, how to adapt it to fit your personnel, suggestions for conditioning players, organizing System practices, and even ways to respond to the inevitable criticisms that come with playing the game this far “outside the box.” Other chapters offer complete descriptions of the Redlands Attack (Coach Smith’s variation of the Grinnell offense), the LMU Attack (which Westhead popularized and used to advance to the NCAA regional finals in 1990), and the Olivet Attack (Coach Porter’s hybrid version of the LMU and Dribble-Drive offenses). Finally, you'll learn System defensive principles, terminology, and how to cover every conceivable press attack and press-breaker alignment. Also included are 57 drills and over 300 diagrams to illustrate System offense and defense, providing you with a complete blueprint for “Coaching the System!”

Coaching from the Base Up

Are you a beginner coach looking for drills for your next practice? Or a time-strapped volunteer parent coach? Coaching from the base up consults experts such as Dell Curry, Brian McCormick, Bob Bigelow and more to share paradigm-shifting ideas, drills and practice plans including:

- Why your players are spending most of their time waiting in line and how to fix it

- Why your players can't perform the same practice skills in a game

- Why your players are bored of practice

- Why your players are afraid to shoot

 

Coaching from the base up is a practical guide filled with:

- Over 100 curated drills for shooting, dribbling, passing and conditioning separated by categories such as age, team drills, individual drills and game-based drills.

- Ready to use practice plans by our coaching experts - Interviews that will stimulate your thinking about your coaching philosophy.

From AAU player development to how to develop future NBA players. Contributing experts in our book include:

• Bob Bigelow, former NBA player and author of Just Let the Kids Play.

• Brian McCormick, author of The 21st Century Basketball Practice.

• Chris Oliver, OUA champion coach and creator of Basketball Decision Training and Zero Seconds.

• Don Kelbick, NBA skills coach for Joe Johnson, Omri Casspi, Carlos Arroyo and Raja Bell, and the creator of the attack and counter system.

• Ryan Holiday, SMAU and AAU basketball champion and founder of the Next Level Basketball Academy.

• Dell Curry, former NBA player and father of Steph and Seth Curry.

• Steve Collins, three times Wisconsin state champion and founder of Coach Market.

• Joe Riley, Spanish basketball expert and former assistant at Club Estudiantes.

 

This book is a compilation of our most popular drills and interviews from our blog which has been viewed by hundreds of thousands of coaches. It's the book I've always wanted as a volunteer coach with drills, practice plans and ideas I can immediately apply to my next practice.

Basketball Skills & Drills

Before you can make that winning buzzer beater, you need to master fundamental skills in all phases of the game. The fourth edition of the best-selling instructional resource Basketball Skills & Drills provides the perfect blueprint for building the foundation that all well-rounded players and championship teams need.

With complete coverage of individual skills and team play, you’ll find 103 developmental drills covering everything from stance and footwork to scoring plays and transitions. Enhanced with an online video library featuring 42 clips demonstrating the drills in action, you’ll have the optimal guide for mastering these fundamental skills:

• Player positioning

• Footwork

• Moving without the ball

• Ballhandling and court vision

• Shooting

• Perimeter moves

• Post moves

• Rebounding

• Team offense

• Team defense

Recognizing that individual skills are effective only when used within the team concept, the book also covers team principles for both ends of the court. Tactics for offense, including special situations for out-of-bounds plays, will improve spacing, ball and player movement, shot selection, and scoring. Defensive tactics emphasize positioning, pressure, and various systems to apply in each zone of the court.

At all levels of basketball, success comes with mastery of the basic skills. Basketball Skills & Drills is your best-selling guide to becoming that dominant force on the court.

Coaching Basketball Successfully

Legendary UCLA coach John Wooden once said, “People say Morgan Wootten is the best high school basketball coach in the country. I disagree. I know of no finer coach at any level—high school, college, or pro.”

 

Morgan Wootten has retired from coaching, but his knowledge of the game remains unsurpassed and keen as ever. Coaching Basketball Successfully contains a wealth of Wootten’s timeless wisdom. And, in this third edition, Wootten adds even more value—the coaching experiences, methods, and tactics of his son Joe, a successful high school coach himself.

 

Loaded with insights, instruction, drills, and Xs and Os, Coaching Basketball Successfully is the best single resource on making the most of your program, team, and players each season.

Coaching High School Basketball: A Complete Guide to Building a Championship Team

From a 40-year veteran, the only book available devoted to coaching high school basketball

In Coaching High School Basketball, Hall of Famer Bill Kuchar presents an indispensable instruction manual for experienced and rookie coaches alike. A combination of classic tactics and new, cutting-edge strategies, this one-of-a-kind handbook provides easy-to- read diagrams and instructions, plus dozens of practice drills to reinforce fundamentals and teach innovative moves. Readers will learn how to:

  • Master Kuchar's "double motion offense"

  • Locate, protect, and infiltrate zones

  • Defend against the fast break

  • Use last-second plays for when the game is on the line

  • Make the most of out-of-bounds plays

  • Scout and evaluate junior high school talent

  • Get college coaches to scout their games


SOFTBALL

Softball

The Softball Coaching Bible, Volume I

Now, for the first time in the sport of fastpitch softball, you can learn from successful coaches and apply their approaches to your own program. In The Softball Coaching Bible, 28 of the top U.S. coaches share their principles, insights, strategies, methods, and experiences to help you enhance the experience and development of your own athletes.

Developed in cooperation with the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA), The Softball Coaching Bible was written by the greatest assembly of college and high school softball coaches ever. The text provides the finer points of coaching softball, presented in an engaging manner that makes the contents easy to apply to your own ball club. The topics range from teaching the best skills and drills to subjects rarely written about, such as developing responsible athletes and building character and loyalty in players.

Find out how Mike Candrea develops productive hitters at the University of Arizona and follow the advice of Fresno State University's Margie Wright for competing in tournaments and playoffs. This landmark work covers all the bases, from recruiting players to attracting fans. The Softball Coaching Bible also contains information on professional development: moving through the coaching ranks, making use of other coaches and professional organizations, avoiding coaching burnout, and attending and running camps and clinics. Chapter after chapter, this book provides the game plan for building a winning program.

The Softball Coaching Bible is filled with insights and expert advice to help you learn and grow. Soak it up, enjoy the stories, and discover the wisdom of the sport's finest mentors.

The Softball Coaching Bible, Volume II

For more than a decade, coaches have relied on one classic resource for their every coaching need. Featuring the advice, wisdom, and insights from the sport’s legendary coaches, The Softball Coaching Bible, Volume I, has become the essential guide for coaches at every level worldwide.

The Softball Coaching Bible, Volume II, picks up where the first volume left off, providing more instruction, guidance, recommendations, and expertise for every aspect of the sport.

The NFCA has put together another stellar lineup of coaches who share the guidance that helped them establish such well-respected softball programs.

It’s all here—developing players, building a winning program, assessing and refining essential skills and techniques, and incorporating the most effective strategies for any opponent or in-game situation.

If you coach the sport and want a competitive edge in today’s game, The Softball Coaches Bible, Volume II, is the must-have resource for every season.

Throw Like a Girl: How to Dream Big & Believe in Yourself

The evidence is overwhelming: sports help girls grow into strong women. Both scientific studies and anecdotal evidence confirm that athletic girls not only grow up to be healthier; they learn teamwork, gain inner confidence, and grow into society's leaders. Sports help preteen and teenage girls make the right choices in a society that is sending them incredibly mixed messages about who they are supposed to be. Yet no one is speaking directly to these girls. Jennie fills the role of girlfriend, big sister, team captain, and mentor. A smart, credible, and accomplished voice from an athlete who is strong and feminine, fiercely competitive, and fashionably cool, Jennie is someone young women will listen to and take to heart. Jennie's message: Believe in yourself. Go for it, girls.

The Softball Pitching Edge

Throw faster, improve your technique, learn new pitches, lower your ERA, and experience the thrill of winning more often with The Softball Pitching Edge.

This book offers an in-depth look into the art and science of softball pitching that will help you develop elite-level fastpitch skills through drills and expert technical advice. As the owner and pitching instructor at Club K, author Cheri Kempf has been teaching and training thousands of fastpitch softball players since 1987 and is widely recognized as one of the best softball pitching coaches in the country.

The Softball Pitching Edge shows the correct way to deliver the ball from the rubber to the plate to maximize effectiveness and minimize the risk of injury. It's the first book on fastpitch softball to dissect the pitching motion through pictures and drawings of the correct mechanics. It also explains how to master those mechanics so that you can throw with greater control and speed.

The text covers all the essentials: presentation, feet, legs, arms, posture, sequence, timing, consistency, location, and speed. You'll find a breakdown of the fundamental mechanics, with details of common mistakes and plenty of drills to help develop the proper mechanics. You'll also find specific instruction on developing a variety of pitches, including the drop, the change-up, the rise, the curve, and the screwball. And the special tips for coaches provide insight into the pitcher's psyche, background, mental make-up, and motivation.

The Softball Pitching Edge presents the best information based on the most modern technology and resources available. Use this book to improve your technique and add new pitches to your arsenal for more strikeouts and greater success on the mound.

Softball Skills & Drills

Looking for the ultimate book to help you learn and master softball’s essential skills? Look no further than the guide that has helped develop the game’s top players and most successful teams. This new edition of Softball Skills & Drills is completely updated with more skills, more drills and strategies, and more of the stellar instruction that have made it the top-selling title on the sport.

Judi Garman, one of the winningest coaches in NCAA history, teams with Cal State Fullerton’s Michelle Gromacki to share their secrets to developing and mastering every aspect of the game.

With step-by-step instruction, full-color photo sequences, technique tips, and unique insight into the game, you’ll learn every fundamental skill:

•Hitting

•Bunting

•Slap Hitting

•Baserunning

•Sliding

•Fielding

•Throwing

•Pitching

•Catching

And with over 230 of the game’s best drills, coverage of team offense and defense, pitch selection, pitch recognition, and in-game strategies, Softball Skills and Drills is simply the most comprehensive and practical guide on the sport.

Whether striving to become a complete player or preparing your team for another championship run, Softball Skills &Drills is the one book you cannot be without.

The Softball Drill Book

Packed with 175 drills straight from the practice sessions of the game's most successful programs, The Softball Drill Book will add variety to your practices and precision to your game-day performances.

The comprehensive collection covers every aspect of the game. From warm-up to conditioning, throwing to hitting, bunting to base-running, you'll find drills to improve position skill and team execution—all from college coaches and programs that have won 13 NCAA Women's College World Series titles and dozens of NCAA regional tournament titles.

Contributors include:

  • Louie Berndt, Florida State

  • Carol Bruggeman, Louisville

  • Yvette Girouard, Louisiana State

  • Michelle Gromacki, Cal State Fullerton

  • Deanna Gumpf, Notre Dame

  • Carol Hutchins, Michigan

  • Kelly Inouye-Perez, UCLA

  • Jay Miller, Mississippi State

  • Jennifer Ogee, Nebraska

  • Kim Sowder, Long Beach State

  • Heather Tarr, Washington

  • Michelle Venturella, Iowa

  • Kirk Walker, Oregon State

  • Margie Wright, Fresno State

One look at the names above and it is clear, The Softball Drill Book is your blueprint for championship practices.

Survival Guide for Coaching Youth Softball

You volunteered to coach the softball team, but are you ready? How will you teach the fundamental skills, run effective practices, and harness the energy of your young team? Fear not: Survival Guide for Coaching Youth Softball has the answers.

Longtime coaches Robert and Tammy Benson share their experiences and provide advice you can rely on from the first practice to the final game. Establishing realistic goals, in-game coaching tips, drills, strategies, and fun—it's all here.

Develop your team's fundamental skills—fielding, catching, throwing, and hitting—with the Survival Guide's collection of the game's best youth drills. Included is a section on pitching instruction, and the ready-to-use practice plans will help you get the most out of every practice.

Survival Guide for Coaching Youth Softball has everything you need for a rewarding and productive season. So, step up and enjoy the experience. It will be one that you won't forget.

Practice Perfect Softball

The road to a championship season begins long before the first pitch of the opening game. It begins before a player even steps onto the field.

In Practice Perfect Softball, the game’s premier coaches share their approaches, experiences, and philosophies of every aspect of practice. This authoritative guide goes beyond the stretches and drills, straight to the heart of winning—effort and attitude. From structuring sessions to evaluating practice performance, you’ll find proven and practical recommendations from the all-star lineup of contributors.

Inside, you’ll identify and establish practice ethics; assess team strengths; and develop players’ skills in the field, on the mound, and at the plate. Developed by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association, Practice Perfect Softball is your guide to developing champions on and off the field.

Coaching Softball: Drill Your Way to the Top

More than just the same old drill format, each drill has three levels ranging in difficulty from little league to Division I. The coach is given the opportunity to evaluate where the team level is but also where each player is. You are given a step-by-step method within each drill to improve your squad and individual players. Learning is a progress activity and I believe that this format allows for progression. It is uniquely different from the "Here's a drill, work your squad, and repeat until executed correctly." I have been fortunate enough to have started coaching in junior high school, high school, elite travel teams, DIII, DII, and DI. In this "meat and potatoes" drill book, I share with you my teaching approach and how I succeeded on all levels. Enjoy!

Softball Coaching Books: How to Learn Softball Skills and Drills in 60 Minutes

Don't you simply hate it when you take up an excellent sports hobby like softball and you don't know the rudimentary basics of it?

Can you really master the key softball skills and drills in sixty minutes and lead the path of success?

What are the best and most helpful softball steps to success?

Well, Your Ultimate Softball Guidebook Is Here!

This is a brilliant guidebook that will help you become a successful softball player. It covers every important aspect that you must know if you're completely new in this game. 

Nevertheless, if you have some basic experience in softball, then also do not hesitate to follow this book in order to excel your skills and drills. Also note, this guidebook is widely regarded to be one of the best softball coaching books. 

Starting from the brief introduction about softball to the important steps to success, every chapter of this book has covered all key fundamentals. So, if you really aspire to be a perfect softball player, then there can't be any better option than this guidebook.

Blatantly follow every rule, tip, trick, and technique that's revealed in the book to acquire, garner, and excel your skills. In this context, now take a look at the key topics that you will learn through this book.

You Will Learn the Following Topics with In-depth Details...

• The brief overview about the Softball game

• The major aim of the game

• Different types of Hits that you must know

• Various Terminologies

• How to select the right Bat for a perfect grip

• Comprehensive details about Pitching  

• Information on Softball rules

• Information on batting rules

• Learn about player conducts

• Other miscellaneous information about this game

Coaching Fastpitch Softball Successfully

Field a winning fastpitch softball team year after year with the knowledge and insights of a coaching legend! Coaching Fastpitch Softball Successfully provides the guidance and technical expertise you need in order to build and maintain a competitive team, covering every facet of leading a squad on the field and developing a program off of it.

Hall of Fame coach Kathy Veroni, who has won more than 1,250 fastpitch games in her career, and pitching expert Roanna Brazier share their insights and experiences in this authoritative, comprehensive guide to coaching fastpitch softball. From developing a coaching philosophy and planning for the season to teaching the skills and tactics of the game, you will find proven formulas for success within these pages.

With practice and conditioning plans, administrative forms, sample scouting charts, tactics for dozens of game situations, and more than 130 drills, Coaching Fastpitch Softball Successfully is the most complete resource available for aspiring and experienced coaches alike. Take advantage of the authors' expertise to gain a winning edge over your competition.

Fastball Fitness: The Art and Science of Training to Throw with Real Velocity

By Tom House

Welcome to the Complete Softball Coaches Manual Version 2.0!! . What's new in version 2.0?? I've added a ton of information on fastpitch pitching mechanics and hitting mechanics. I have also updated the throwing mechanics and added a great throwing warm up! There are also 30 brand new hitting drills, most of which you can do on your own! And everything that you loved about version 1.0 is still there! What will you find inside and how should you use this complete manual? This manual covers mostly softball related topics (and I use the term softball throughout), but much of what’s inside can be used for baseball too. Other than the major differences in pitching, and the things you have to change with 60’ bases vs. 70’-90’ bases, much of the two sports can be taught the exact same way. Inside you will still find a list of all of the defensive positions and a complete list of all of the responsibilities that position has. Some are the same, but many are very different and unique. And some are very different if the player is left or right-handed. All of that is covered in great step by step detail. Everything from a First basemen fielding a bunt or scooping a bad throw, to a Shortstop’s double play footwork at Second base, to an Outfielder playing a ball off the fence or making a Do or Die Crow Hop throw home to stop the winning run. There’s also a complete guide to playing Catcher that covers everything from framing to blocking to throwing runners out. And it goes way beyond the mechanics of each position’s responsibilities. I also cover things like Sprinting mechanics, Pitching and Throwing mechanics, Position based throws, Catching a throw, Fielding fly balls and ground balls. I cover Hitting, slapping and bunting mechanics too, along with the mental approach to hitting. There’s great pitch calling advice, a bat size chart, some great examples of signs and signals for offense and defense and more! Consider it a complete guide to everything you need to need to know to teach the game of softball (and most of baseball too!). And these aren’t just my opinions either. It’s a list compiled of what’s been proven to work based on my 19 years of coaching competitive youth softball (up to High School varsity) and competitive youth baseball. I have also taken many tips and tools from World Champion College Softball Coaches and Major League Baseball Players/Coaches. What’s the best way to use it? Well in the front you will find a table of contents that is also an outline of everything inside the manual. You can use that to find what you’re looking for inside, or just use it as a reminder of things you want to cover at practice or a private lesson. Then inside, everything is broken down into a very detailed step by step checklist that is easy to follow and explain to your players. This manual is great for coaches of any experience level, whether you just volunteered to help out with the coach pitch team or you’re the head Varsity Coach. And it’s great for kids of any skill level too. If you think your players aren’t ready to learn about the ideal bat speed or attack angle, then skip it until they’re older. But it’s in there when they’re ready. But if you want to teach your 10-year-old player how to slap hit or how to dive and get up, it’s in there with easy-to-follow step by step directions. I’ve even included about 40 drills and games that I’ve come up with and borrowed over the years to help keep practice interesting!!If your heart is in the right place, you can’t go wrong coaching. This guide will help you let the players reach their fullest potential.

The Complete Softball Coaches Manual

Welcome to the Complete Coaches Manual. What will you find inside and how should you use this complete manual? This manual covers mostly softball related topics (and I use the term softball throughout), but much of what’s inside can be used for baseball too. Other than the major differences in pitching, and the things you have to change with 60’ bases vs. 70’-90’ bases, much of the two sports can be taught the exact same way. Inside you will find a list of all of the defensive positions and a complete list of all of the responsibilities that position has. Some are the same, but many are very different and unique. And some are very different if the player is left or right-handed. All of that is covered in detail. Everything from a First basemen fielding a bunt or scooping a bad throw, to a Shortstop’s double play footwork at Second base, to an Outfielder playing a ball off the fence or making a Do or Die Crow Hop throw home to stop the winning run. There’s also a complete guide to playing Catcher that covers everything from framing to blocking to throwing runners out. And it goes way beyond the mechanics of each position’s responsibilities. I also cover things like Sprinting mechanics, Pitching and Throwing mechanics, Position based throws, Catching a throw, Fielding fly balls and ground balls. I cover Hitting, slapping and bunting mechanics too, along with the mental approach to hitting. There’s a pitch calling chart, a bat size chart, some examples of signs and signals for offense and defense and more! Consider it a complete guide to everything you need to need to know to teach the game of softball (and most of baseball too!). And these aren’t just my opinions either. It’s a list compiled of what’s been proven to work based on my 16 years of coaching competitive youth softball (up to High School varsity) and competitive youth baseball. I have also taken many tips and tools from World Champion College Softball Coaches and Major League Baseball Players/Coaches. What’s the best way to use it? Well in the front you will find a table of contents that is also an outline of everything inside the manual. You can use that to find what you’re looking for inside, or just use it as a reminder of things you want to cover at practice or a private lesson. Then inside, everything is broken down into a very detailed step by step checklist that is easy to follow and explain to your players. This manual is great for coaches of any experience level, whether you just volunteered to help out with the coach pitch team or you’re the head Varsity Coach. And it’s great for kids of any skill level too. If you think your players aren’t ready to learn about the ideal bat speed or attack angle, then skip it until they’re older. But it’s in there when they’re ready. But if you want to teach your 10-year-old player how to slap hit or how to dive and get up, it’s in there with easy-to-follow step by step directions. I’ve even included some drills and games that I’ve come up with and borrowed over the years to help keep practice interesting. If your heart is in the right place, you can’t go wrong coaching. This guide will help you let the players reach their fullest potential.

Fastpitch Advanced Softball Techniques: How to Win at Girls Softball

"Fastball Advanced Softball Techniques is the ultimate guide to becoming a better softball player."

Introducing the only book on softball techniques you will ever need to buy.

F.A.S.T. was written by a platinum division national softball champion and veteran coach of women’s softball for 20+ years, Fastball Advanced Softball Techniques is a must-read for anyone who wants to gain a competitive edge in softball.

This book goes beyond Fastpitch softball and includes advice on how to respond to every play & improve every position in the game, including:

  • Batting techniques & how to respond to batting styles, hits, bunts, etc.

  • Base running hacks & knowing when to steal

  • Advanced Strategies for Outfield, Shortstop, First, Second and Third Base

  • Defensive & Offensive rules to live by

  • Coaching drills, basic to advanced plays, trick plays

  • Make the right call every time!

Hone your softball skills with Fastball Advanced Softball Techniques, the perfect book for both coaches and players.

F.A.S.T. - Fastball Advanced Softball Techniques makes a great gift for coaches & softball girls!

Women's College Softball on the Rise: A Season Inside the Game

Sidestepping the inflated egos and scandal that have infiltrated many men's sports, college female softball players exhibit power and grace on the field as well as camaraderie, high achievement and vulnerability off the field. This balance not only makes the game compelling to watch, but it also elevates women's softball as an aspirational model for other sports. Focusing on the 2018 season, this book explores gender performance and sexuality in softball, how the influx of money from the sport's growth has reshaped expectations of success, and traditional media coverage of women's sports.

Learning to Pitch Softball

Basics of learning and fundamentals of fastpitch pitching; advanced descriptions of grips, releases, spins of all pitches; problem solving and strategy of speed and control; and inspirational accounts for coaches and pitchers, both beginner and advanced.


VOLLEYBALL

Voleyball

The Volleyball Coaching Bible, Volume 1

Now, for the first time in the sport of volleyball, you can learn from the most successful U.S. coaches and apply their approaches to your own program. In The Volleyball Coaching Bible, 24 of the top U.S. men's and women's volleyball coaches share their principles, insights, strategies, methods, and experiences to help you learn new and better ways to coach the game and develop your players.

From Mike Hebert's chapter on setting goals to Russ Rose's chapter on productive practices and Mary Wise's chapter on serving, this book provides the full-court coverage you've been looking for. The vast amounts of new information– spanning more than three decades–are divided into five sections, making it easy to choose what to implement in your program:

ï¿œ“Coaching Principles and Priorities” by Mark Pavlik, Mike Hebert, and Jona Braden
ï¿œ“Program Building and Management” by Doug Beal, Terry Pettit, John Dunning, Dave Shondell, and Tom Pingel
ï¿œ“Innovative and Effective Practice Sessions” by Russ Rose, Mary Jo Peppler, Bill Neville, and John Cook
ï¿œ“Individual Skills and Team Tactics” by Mary Wise, Steve Shondell, Teri Clemens, Paula Weishoff, Jim Stone, Rudy Suwara, Fred Sturm, Peter Hanson, and Taras Liskevych
ï¿œ“Game-Winning and Tournament-Winning Strategies” by Pete Waite, Jim Coleman, and Al Scates

Each time you open this book you'll learn something new from some of the most respected names in the game. Whether you need guidance on conditioning, coaching, scouting, or scoring, The Volleyball Coaching Bible provides you with the game plan for building a winning program.

The Volleyball Coaching Bible, Volume II

Building on the success of the first volume of The Volleyball Coaching Bible, the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) brings you The Volleyball Coaching Bible, Volume II. Featuring contributions from 20 of the top volleyball minds in the game today, this resource will help you build your program, shape and improve your team, and sharpen your coaching skills in key areas. 

The Volleyball Coaching Bible, Volume II presents the drills top coaches use for developing players at each position and offers insights on in-game strategies for various match situations, including strategic serving, defensive schemes, and on-the-go decision making.

In addition to on-court Xs and Os, you’ll learn what it takes to establish a successful high school, college, and beach volleyball program. Setting program expectations and tactics, building a positive and winning culture, recruiting the right way, and running camps are all keys to sustained program success shared in The Volleyball Coaching Bible, Volume II.

Endorsed by the AVCA and edited by volleyball coaching legend Cecile Reynaud, The Volleyball Coaching Bible, Volume II covers the entire court in describing and coaching the nuances of the game and shaping a successful program. It’s a practical and motivational resource that you’ll refer to season after season in your coaching career.

Volleyball Fundamentals

Learning to play volleyball has never been more effective—or more fun—than with Volleyball Fundamentals, Second Edition. Parents, coaches, and instructors of volleyball skill courses will immediately benefit from the solid foundational information and practical tips on how to teach every aspect of the sport. Players will enjoy using this resource because they will learn by doing—spending less time reading and more time engaged in playing the game.

Volleyball Fundamentals begins by teaching the basics that get players ready to take the court. The book covers positioning and the importance of reading the opposing players, communicating with teammates, and preparing for movement on the court. The guidance on formations and rotations will help students get an immediate sense of where they belong on the court. Clear instructions, accompanied by illustrations, for drills help players master specific skills such as serving, receiving a serve, setting, attacking, blocking, and digging. Each skill is introduced through a simple four-step sequence:

• You Can Do It: The skill is introduced with sequential instructions and accompanying photographs.

• More to Choose and Use: Variations and extensions of the primary skill are covered.

• Take It to the Court: Readers learn how to apply the skill in game play.

• Give It a Go: These sections provide direct experiences—such as drills, small-sided games, and six-versus-six gamelike activities—for the reader to use to gauge, develop, and hone the skill.

Throughout the book, teaching cues offer advice for avoiding common mistakes. New to this edition is a chapter on how to effectively use the libero position (defensive specialist) in game play. Sections on offensive and defensive tactics, scoring systems, rules, and modified games have also been updated to make the game as easy for you to teach as it is for your students to learn.

As part of the Sports Fundamentals Series, Volleyball Fundamentals will help you teach the basic skills and tactics of the game so that your players can compete on the court in no time at all.

Thinking Volleyball

To be a successful volleyball coach, you need to know more than just how to teach the basic skills and implement a plan. In such a fast-paced game, not only do you need to outperform your opponent, but you must outthink him as well. Thinking Volleyball has you covered!

Hall-of-fame coach Mike Hebert spent years learning the secrets to success—among the most important is that you should never stop learning. In Thinking Volleyball, he goes beyond the development of motor skills to provide a unique cerebral look at how athletes learn. Hebert also introduces the strategies behind his reading defense approach, which will give your team an advantage against any opponent. Regardless of how talented your players are, a positive environment that includes a solid mutual trust among everyone involved with the program is vital for your program both on and off the court.

To take your program to the next level, step inside the mind of a legendary coach and never stop learning. Thinking Volleyball is your resource to developing your program, your players, and yourself.

Fastball Fitness: The Art and Science of Training to Throw with Real Velocity

By Tom House

THE ONLY SPORTS PSYCHOLOGY WORKBOOK THAT’S EXCLUSIVELY DESIGNED FOR VOLLEYBALL PLAYERS TO BUILD MENTAL TOUGHNESS AND BOOST THEIR ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE 

Players hear it all the time… 

"Volleyball is 90% Mental, and 10% Physical” 

"It's All in Your Head" 

"The Only One that Can Stop You is You" 

"You have to be Mentally Tough!"

But what exactly do those sayings mean??? Without something concrete, it's difficult for players to understand what it specifically takes to have a mental approach primed for success. 

And rather than have a debate with someone who knows nothing about mental training or sports psychology... or read about theories and mental hacks that may or may not work off some random website...why not use a detailed, interactive, and engaging workbook that shows and teaches athletes how specific Sports Psychology concepts directly impact their performance on the volleyball court? 

That's exactly what you've found here! 

Through 10 Dynamic Exercises... we take athletes on a journey through the Most debilitating Mental and Emotional Obstacles faced by the Vast Majority of Competitors including: 

-Decreased Levels in Motivation 

-Lack of Goal-Setting Capability

-Suppressing Unwanted Thoughts

-An Inability to get "In a Zone"

-Experiencing Overwhelming Pre-Game Jitters, Nerves, and Anxiety

-Overcoming Serious and Debilitating Injuries

-Zero Formal Education of Necessary Mental Skills such as Mental Imagery and Self-Talk

-Playing without Confidence

-Not Being Able to Focus when it Matters Most 

When Athletes Suffer and become Victim to one or multiple issues mentioned above...it becomes Incredibly Difficult for them to maintain a positive frame of mind not only in sports but in life in general. And unfortunately, in society today all athletes are under the spotlight as they are judged by many of their friends, family, and peers by the level of success they have on the court, which makes it absolutely crucial for athletes to be mentally tough and resilient. 

Thus, after completing our workbook athletes will undoubtedly be equipped with the Mental Tools to: 

1. Develop Supreme Confidence in their Skills and Abilities to Flourish 

2. Build Mental Toughness and Resilience to Overcome Obstacles 

3. Learn to Handle Intense Pressure and Paralyzing Adversity 

4. Conquer their Crippling Fears and Severe Anxiety 

5. Be Mentally Ready to Compete and Dominate their Competition 

6. Come Back from Injury Better and Stronger than Before 

7. Be Overflowing with Motivation and Surpass their Athletic Goals 

Whether you’re a male or female athlete looking for ways to improve your skills and ability (middle school, high school, or collegiate skill level)…A coach or trainer in search of avenues to improve your teams performance…or a parent trying to help your son or daughter accomplish their goals and dreams…THIS IS THE WORKBOOK YOU'VE BEEN SEARCHING FOR! 

Choking Under Pressure During Crucial Moments of a Game, Sitting on the Bench Game after Game despite All your Hard Work and Effort, Becoming accustomed to Losing Over and Over, not Stepping Up when the team Needs it Most, and being Unable to see any Progress toward Improving and Reaching Success can be EXTREMELY PAINFUL, DISAPPOINTING, and DISCOURAGING. This STOPS TODAY! Fulfill your Potential, and Finally Play Great the way you've Always Envisioned. 

The Volleyball Drill Book

With drills covering every facet of the sport, The Volleyball Drill Book is the most comprehensive resource for today’s players and coaches. Inside you’ll find the game’s most effective drills for these and many other aspects of the game:

- Warming up

- Ball handling

- Passing

- Serving

- Receiving

- Team building

- Situational play

- Offense

- Defense

- Transition play

Complete with detailed diagrams, illustrations, coaching tips, variations, and practice advice, The Volleyball Drill Book provides you with everything you need to master essential skills, sharpen execution, and improve on-court performance.

Whether you wish to develop new skills or fine-tune your game, rely on the drills that have produced the sport’s top players and most dominating teams. The Volleyball Drill Book is the one and only drill book you’ll ever need.

Coaching Volleyball

The most complete and indispensable collection of volleyball writings available. Coaching Volleyball, a unique reference tool for coaches of one of the world's fastest growing sports, touches on every aspect of the game. Never before has so much information by so many renowned volleyball authorities been collected in one volume. Includes articles from Terry Liskevych, PhD, former head coach, U.S. women's national team; Marilyn Nolen, head coach, Saint Louis University and former U.S. women's national team member; Doug Beal, PhD, head coach, 1984 U.S. men's Olympic gold medal team and current head coach of the U.S. men's national team; and Geri Polvino, PhD, head coach, Eastern Kentucky, University and certified FIVB instructor.

Winning Volleyball for Girls

Succeed on the court with this in-depth guide! More than 14 million girls and women play volleyball, making it the number one woman's participation sport in the United States. Volleyball continues to grow in popularity among female athletes, attracting more and more spectators each year. Covering the history of the game as well as exercises for training and conditioning, "Winning Volleyball for Girls, Third Edition" provides chapter-by-chapter coverage of all aspects of the game, from putting a team together and planning practices to serving, blocking, and spiking on the court. This guide now features 113 full-color photographs with real high school athletes demonstrating proper playing techniques, as well as full-color diagrams, new exercises and drills, and updates to reflect current terminology and rules. The chapters include Training; The Serve Receive or Forearm Pass; The Set or Two-Hand Overhead Pass; The Serve; The Spike; The Block; Offense; Individual Defense; Defensive Play; and Transition.

Coach Your Brains Out: Lessons on the Art and Science of Coaching Volleyball

Whether you are a first-year coach or a lifelong learner...

...this is the book for you.

Hone your craft with lessons from top coaches and professional players. Topics include Principles, Mindset, Motor Learning, Culture, and so much more.

Based on the hit coaching podcast, this book is an essential guide to leaders in any sport.

Get it now!

 

"The book really makes the research more understandable, which helps coaches actually use and apply it!" –Trevor Ragan, Train Ugly

"You have something that will make lots of people better. I definitely got 2% better reading this book!" –Tom Black, University of Georgia

Youth Volleyball: The Guide for Coaches & Parents

Youth Volleyball offers you everything you need to understand both boys' and girls' volleyball, whether you are a coach, parent, athlete, or fan. Author Sharkie Zartman, former national team member and an inductee to the Beach Volleyball Hall of Fame, guides you through the ins and outs of the ultimate team sport, covering new serving rules, the rally scoring system, the libero position, the fundamentals, and more.

The book also includes:

  • basic and new terminology, rules, and positions

  • drills that are practical and fun

  • tips for communicating with kids and parents

  • instruction on how to properly train and prevent injuries

  • advice on how to teach sportsmanship and nurture self-esteem

  • beach volleyball and its popularity and unique rules

With advice on everything from communicating with parents and referees in an appropriate manner to balancing discipline with fun, Youth Volleyball is a sure guide to making a difference in the lives of young athletes.

Coaching Volleyball: A Survival Guide for Your First Season

Here’s the thing--coaching a volleyball team is pretty straightforward. ONCE YOU KNOW WHAT YOU’RE DOING. 

If you’ve got to muddle through your first season, trying tactics you read about online and switching up your coaching style halfway through the season, I’ll tell you right now… you’re not going to enjoy it as much as you could have.

If you’ve signed up to coach, it’s likely that you’ve researched drills, serve receive formations, and rules. But I’ve got to tell you something…

It’s not the drills that you run which will make or break your season! It’s how you manage your team.

This is NOT a volleyball drill book. There are tons of volleyball drills online (most are for free) that you can refer to throughout your season as you’re planning practice.

This book is about running a team in a way that seems like you know what you’re doing (even if you have no idea).

Inside you’ll learn:

  • What your coaching philosophy is.

  • The main roles and responsibilities for both head coaches and assistant coaches.

  • How to run tryouts (including skills to test for and how to let players know they made the team).

  • The practice design template I use for 85% of my season.

  • How to keep stats and then USE the data to improve performance.

  • How to plan for an end-of-season party.

  • Getting ready for year two (because after a successful first season, you’ll be hooked)!

Throughout the book I also share personal stories to help you understand what you might encounter… whether that’s players bonding over their favorite color, or how to recognize burnout before it turns your athletes away from the game.

I wrote this book because it was the information I wanted when I was getting started, but couldn’t find anywhere! I’ve coached all over the United States and can tell you that while playing styles differ, rules change, techniques and tactics evolve… being a prepared coach is one thing which will NEVER go out of style!

Volleyball Playbook: Volleyball Training and Game Planning Notebook for Coaches

If you are looking for an effective tool to improve your team’s training results- this planner will meet your needs!

The Volleyball Playbook will surely help you in:

• planning every training session

• analyzing and making a strategy for games

• writing down reflections for future work

• keeping all valid information in one, always-available place.

Inside the planner you can discover:

✓ the first page with the most important data about you and your team

✓ schedules of your training sessions and games

✓ contact list for all your players

✓ attendance sheets

✓ 78 two-page session plan sheets with comfortable space and diagrams to create your own training plans with notes and drawings

✓ 26 match strategy/analysis sheets to help you plan or reflect on your team performance

✓ enough space for your notes.

This playbook will make your work even more intentional and well thought out!

We did our best. We believe it will meet your expectations as well!

Volleyball Systems & Strategies

Build a successful team around the strength of your players. Volleyball Systems & Strategies is your guide to implementing the world's top systems and strategies for consistent execution and superior team play.

With this special book and DVD, you'll identify the offensive and defensive systems best suited to your team's talents, in-game situations, and your opponent's style of play.

Go on the court and see the game's best serve, serve-receive, offensive, and defensive systems and strategies in action. Compare each system's advantages and limitations, then master their on-the-court execution with over 80 practice drills—complete with variations and coaching tips.

If you're ready to maximize your talents, ace the competition, and step up to championship play, let Volleyball Systems & Strategies be your guide to bringing home the gold.

SOCCER

Soccer

The Soccer Coaching Bible

With The Soccer Coaching Bible, you can draw from the expertise and experience of 30 of the game's most successful coaches, learning new and better ways to coach the game and develop your players.

The National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) assembled an all-star lineup of 30 coaches to tackle every important aspect to coaching the sport. On- and off-field duties are covered in detail, and the material in each chapter is rich with the voice of experience. From Anson Dorrance's chapter on organizing and orchestrating a winning program to Lauren Gregg's chapter on creating the ideal training environment, this book provides the answers you've been looking for. Steve Sampson explains the technical and tactical nuances of controlling the ball, and Tony DiCicco encourages and informs mentoring developing players and coaches. The vast coaching expertise is divided into six sections, making it easy to choose what to implement into your program:

-Priorities and Principles by Cliff McCrath, Joe Bean, Layton Shoemaker, and George Perry

-Program Development and Management by Anson Dorrance, Charlie Slagle, John Rennie, Mike Jacobs, and Joe Morrone

-Optimal Training for Learning and Performance by Lauren Gregg, Jeff Tipping, Barry Gorman, and Ron McEachen

-Technical and Tactical Insights for Competitive Success by Steve Sampson, Jim Lennox, Peter Mellor, Tony Waiters, Jay Hoffman, and Schellas Hyndman

-Player and Team Development and Motivation by Al Miller, Tracey Leone, Jay Martin, Miller Bugliari, Tim Schum, Chris Petrucelli, and Colleen Hacker
-Growth Opportunities in the Coaching Role by Jeff Vennell, Peter Gooding, Tony DiCicco, and Glenn Myernick

Each time you open this book you'll learn something new and useful for your next practice, game, or season. Whether you coach at the club, high school, or college level, The Soccer Coaching Bible is an essential addition to your coaching library.

Basic Soccer Drills for Kids: 150 Soccer Coaching and Training Drills, Tactics, and Strategies

Soccer is the most popular team sport in the world. It is perfect for kids to play. It is safe, simple and the skills required can be easily acquired. Becoming an expert player requires high levels of dedication, natural athleticism and innate skills. Any girl or boy can take to the sport and find enjoyment at their own level.

It is for this reason that the game is escalating to such a rapid extent in the US. And it is why the need for coaches and players is growing continuously and rapidly. After all, who would not turn down the chance for their kids to keep physically fit, to allow their natural competitiveness to be channeled in an organized way, to be kept busy in a manner that is both productive and worthwhile? In addition to this, soccer develops dexterity, problem solving, collaboration, friendship, respect, self-discipline, team spirit and sportsmanship. All of which are life skills that are best acquired young.

But there is so much to learn for youngsters who wish to become soccer players at a good club level. Shooting, defending, pressing, passing, controlling the ball, the laws of the game (even professionals struggle at times with the offside law as do, it sometimes seems, the referees themselves). And more important than all of these, children must learn about the spirit of soccer. Fair play and the sportsmanship mentioned above. This is especially so for today's youngsters facing all the pressures of growing up in a challenging world driven by the twin pressures of consumerism and social media.

Soccer Coaching: A Step-by-Step Guide on How to Lead Your Players

There are complimentary YouTube videos to help you follow along for several chapters in this book.

Ever get a little overwhelmed by trying to think of what to teach your team in practice?

Wish you had a book that was quick to read that doubled your confidence by pointing out the most important things to focus on with your team?

Want to learn the #1 thing to build the bond between you and a player that takes less than 5 seconds.

Ever have difficult players or parent(s) of a player and wish you knew the steps how to handle them in a way that is a win-win for both parties?

If any of these situations describe where you are at, you are not alone. Working with the directors of your club, managing the expectations of your players’ parents, and making an enjoyable experience for the players while also wanting to win is not an easy feat. I am impressed that you are taking up this sometimes-thankless position as you are making a difference in your players’ lives, even if they do not verbally tell you.

As the coach, you are the leader of the team and should lead by example. The harder you work, the harder your team will work. There is not a perfect way to coach and it normally takes time to find the style that works best for you and motivates your players. This book will help you in that process.

The Soccer Sessions Book: 87 Prepared Practice Sessions for Coaching Youth Players

With this book, soccer coaches need not scramble to prepare their practice sessions because they will find a wide variety of training sessions for developing their youth players right here. And the sessions are all adaptable, making them suitable for players ages 10 and up, at any playing ability.

In the book, the reader will find coherent, structured 60-to 90-minute sessions plans. The work of constructing training sessions has already been done. The clearly defined session titles enable the reader to quickly identify the ideal training session, its purpose, and its proposed outcomes.

All the sessions facilitate progressive learning, enabling coaches to develop their players successfully. Also included with each session are questions and challenges meant to help the coach monitor and assess players’ progress.

Deliberate Soccer Practice: 50 Passing & Possession Soccer Exercises 

The ‘Deliberate Soccer Practice’ series shows coaches how to evolve their coaching sessions. It aims to ensure that players are ‘cognitively engaged’, with all players involved all of the time. It is about offering exercises which have players actively making regular contact with the ball, making decisions, changing decisions depending on what is happening, and moving to adapt to what the ball and other players are doing. That is the real game after all!

Aimed at football coaches of all levels, but with a particular emphasis on coaches who work with youth players, 50 Passing & Possession Football Exercises to Improve Decision-Making is comprised of 20 Technical Practices and 30 Possession Practices. They are carefully designed to be adaptable to suit the needs of the players you work with; to challenge them and give them decisions to make. The sessions look to make soccer complex and realistically difficult – no passing in queues from one cone to the next with no interference. Crucially, the exercises offer a means to accelerate player development effectively and enjoyably.

About the Author.
Ray Power is one of the bestselling soccer authors in the world. With over a decade of experience working in soccer and education, coaching players from non-league to Premier League levels, and internationally, he is the author of the "Deliberate Soccer Practice" series, "Making the Ball Roll: A Complete Guide to Youth Football for the Aspiring Soccer Coach", and its 2020 follow-up: "Coaching Youth Soccer: What Soccer Coaches Can Learn From The Professional Game".

As a coach developer and educator, Ray has worked for, and consulted with, numerous national FAs, as well as governing bodies from other sports, including the NBA. He also works as a consultant - mentor - educator on a freelance basis, working with grassroots coaches all the way to professional teams.

Coaching Kids to Play Soccer: Everything You Need to Know to Coach Kids

COACHES AND PARENTS OF SOCCER PLAYERS OF ALL LEVELS, THIS IS THE BOOK FOR YOU!

Revised and updated with new information, drills, diagrams, and photos, this friendly, easy-to-use, fully illustrated guide shows coaches how to run a successful soccer team -- no matter how much experience they have or what level of soccer they coach. From building a roster to making sure everyone has a ride home at the end of the game and everything in between:

• SETTING UP THE FIRST PRACTICE
• TEACHING THE BASICS
• DEVELOPING SKILL THROUGH DRILLS AND EXERCISES
• LEARNING THE RULES
• ENCOURAGING FAIR PLAY AND HEALTHY COMPETITION

Emphasizing that kids should have fun, stay active, and learn about team spirit and competition, win or lose, the authors detail every step of building a soccer team that plays well and plays healthy, while having a great time.

Whether you're a seasoned professional or new to the game, Coaching Kids to Play Soccer has the answers to every coach's questions. Don't start the season without it!

The Complete Book of Coaching Youth Soccer

This is the definitive manual for coaching America's fastest-growing sport for kids aged 8-19. Written for both beginning and seasoned coaches, The Complete Book of Coaching Youth Soccer shows you--in concise, easy-to-understand terms--how to organize, motivate, and lead your youth soccer team to success on the field. Included are:

  • Step-by-step teaching points

  • Rules and strategies of the game

  • More than 100 illustrative diagrams

  • More than 75 practice and competitive drills

  • Complete 10-week season plans for each of three separate age groups

Designed for easy, on-the-field reference, author Simon Whitehead's proven practice drills are designed progressively to develop maximum skills for both individual and team play. Simon Whitehead lives in Minneapolis and has coached high school and college soccer in England and in the United States for more than ten years. Using proven European teaching methods, he shows the soccer coach how to maximize each young player's enthusiasm, involvement, and personal success in soccer.

Developing Skill: A Guide to 3v3 Soccer Coaching

As soccer players develop, they need to become truly confident with the ball, and the best way to achieve mastery is by maximizing their touches on the ball. So, how can we offer lots of interactions with the ball and learn the key principles of the sport? Through triangles – a shape at the heart of football, in both attack and defense, and which is comprised of three players.

In this book, coaches of all levels, working with players across all age groups and abilities, will learn to utilize the 3v3 method to develop skillful individuals and effective teams. The book builds up from 1v1 to 3v3 through technical exercises that improve individual skills. Then, it moves beyond 3v3, adding in more players (including goalkeepers), as situations demand it.

With a core 3v3 training foundation, players will be able to explore and cement numerous key parts to their games, with depth and width, unlocking the various combinations – such as overlaps, one-twos, third man runs, and more – which are used at all levels of the sport. At the same time, players will have ample opportunities to develop and perfect creative dribbling moves.

Developing Skill: A Guide to 3v3 Soccer Coaching outlines how you can use and incorporate the 3v3 method in your training and provides more than 90 ready-to-use, illustrated practices. It also details how best to run warm-ups, how to work with different pitch sizes and shapes, and much more.

Soccer Smarts for Kids: 60 Skills, Strategies, and Secrets

Everything kids ages 8 to 12 need to know to play smarter, more enjoyable soccer

As a youth soccer coach for more than twenty years, Coach Andrew Latham sets kids up for success in Soccer Smarts for Kids with his no-fluff, easy-to-understand strategies and cover-to-cover tips―from goal setting and staying fit to pre-game prep and mental motivation.

Coach Latham preps young players to be their best by sharing soccer secrets, exercises, and tricks for kids to develop their skills on the field, with:

  • Basic to advanced techniques so kids can move at their own pace

  • Player profiles highlighting six superstar soccer players (including Lionel Messi and Alex Morgan)

  • Playbook essentials featuring color photos and custom diagrams

  • Need-to-know terms to crack the code of fundamental soccer definitions

 

Soccer fans will improve their game, play smarter, and have more fun with Soccer Smarts for Kids.

Coaching Elementary Soccer: The easy, fun way to coach soccer for 6, 7, 8, 9, & 10-year-olds

Coaching elementary kids at soccer is a little more complicated than coaching preschoolers, but with the approach detailed in this book, any caring adult can do it well. Building on the approach in his popular “Coaching Little Kid Soccer,” Coach Bryan Gilmer sets out his step-by-step method for leading teams of kindergarten through third-grade soccer players in a volume slim enough to be read in a single sitting but with enough ideas to keep your team growing at its own pace over several soccer seasons. Coach Bryan takes you step by step through running practices and managing games, all with an emphasis on age-appropriate activities and strategies that keep children continuously engaged and cooperative­ -- and help them win. His approach ensures that time on the soccer field is fun and challenging for the kids while teaching them the underlying principles of dribbling, shooting, teamwork, and offensive and defensive soccer strategy. The focus on helping each player make sound decisions in every role on the team helps children develop as well-rounded players and achieve success now. And the concepts they learn will continue to serve them well if they choose to advance to higher levels of soccer. Coach Bryan’s sensitivity to the developmental abilities and needs of this age group sets this guide apart from the dozens of other general youth soccer coaching guides. You’ll learn how to manage behavior, injuries, and frustration and to encourage resiliency, positive perseverance, cooperation, sportsmanship, and a healthy lifelong love of exercise. 

Coaching Soccer: The Official Coaching Book of the Dutch Soccer Association

This book is used throughout Holland as the foundation for coaching soccer.
Chapters include: What is Coaching?, Reading the Game, The Dutch Concept, Teaching Techniques, What is 4v4?, Why 7v7?, Goalkeeper Training
The emphasis throughout is on the creation of optimal learning situations.

Soccer Awareness Age Group Specific Awareness Developmental Training

With this 94-page Book, we are taking the Soccer Awareness thinking process to the next level by identifying what is relevant at each age group. That said, you the coach, will decide perhaps a 9 year old team can cope with the 11 year old sessions and perhaps a 12 year old lower level team will need to use younger age group session plans. We hope you enjoy these sessions and as always our Soccer Awareness training material is simple to understand, user friendly and we try to offer a great attention to detail. Table of Contents 6 TO 9 YEARS OLD AWARENESS DEVELOPMENT TRAINING Clinic 1: Objective: Improving Basic Dribbling And Awareness With Lots Of Touches In Possession Of The Ball Clinic 2: Awareness Concept Introduction On The Ball With Few Touches; Using A One And Two Touch Maximum (Example) Clinic 3: Objective: Encouraging Dribbling And Turning Through Quick Transition Play Clinic 4: Objective: A Fun Awareness Possession Game For Improving Peripheral Vision 10 TO 11 YEARS OLD AWARENESS DEVELOPMENT TRAINING Clinic 5: Objective: Testing Players Awareness Clinic 6: Objective: Teaching Awareness In Three’s Or Fours Developing Movements Off The Ball To Receive Clinic 7: Objective: Improving Awareness Of Spacing And Movement “Off” The Ball Clinic 8: Objective: Development Of Awareness And Of Movement “Off” The Ball 12 TO 13 YEARS OLD AWARENESS DEVELOPMENT TRAINING Clinic 9: Specific Peripheral Vision Coaching Sessions Clinic 10: Receiving, Turning And Angled Passing Developing Awareness On And Off The Ball Clinic 11: Objective: Switching Play As A Team Clinic 12: Objective: Improving One And Two Touch Play Using The Awareness Three Team Game Focusing On Quick Thinking, Quick And Early Foot Positioning; Support And Finishing Clinic 13: Objective: Pressurizing Game Working On Attacking Transitions Clinic 14: Objective: Developing The Players Ability To Switch The Play, Be Aware Of Teammates And Opponents Positioning; Before Receiving; And Then Changing The Point Of Attack Clinic 15: Using A Non – Competitive Numbers “Game” With Teams Passing In Sequence To Improve Awareness On And Off The Ball (Part One) Clinic 16: Using A Non – Competitive Numbers “Game” With Teams Passing In Sequence To Improve Awareness On And Off The Ball (Part Two) Clinic 17: Objective: A Transition Clinic Developing The Players Ability To Recognize The Immediate Changes From Defense To Attack And Attack To Defense And To Act On It Quickly Clinic 18: Changing The Point Of Attack Through The Directional Four Goal Switching Play Game 14 TO 18 YEARS OLD AWARENESS DEVELOPMENT TRAINING Clinic 19: Objective: Quick Transition Directional Play Target Game Developing Movement Off The Ball Clinic 20: Objective: Teaching Movement “Off The Ball” Through The Transition Directional Target Game Clinic 21: Directional Awareness Training (Part One) Clinic 22: Directional Awareness Training Game Situation (Part Two) Clinic 23: Objective: Development Of A Finishing Game Using Two Goals Increasing The Amount Of Decisions Able To Be Made Clinic 24: The Three Team Awareness One Touch Game

TRACK & FIELD

Track & Field

Track & Field Coach's Survival Guide: Practical Techniques and Materials for Building an Effective Program

Provides practical tools for building effective programs and winning teams. This guide offers techniques and strategies with scores of drawings and photos. It also includes over 100 reproducible letters, forms, diagrams, and training schedules.

Coaching Track & Field Successfully

When it comes to building a top-notch track and field program, performance is only part of the picture. From training and motivation on the field to planning and organizing behind the scenes, Coaching Track & Field Successfully offers a comprehensive guide to getting your program up to speed.

Season planning. Event coaching. Meet preparation. Postmeet analysis. Athlete–coach communication. This book covers all the issues a coach must effectively address in building and maintaining a championship program. How do you motivate players? What's your philosophy of coaching? How can you communicate your vision to athletes, parents, and critical members of the coaching team? With Coaching Track & Field Successfully, you'll learn all of that and much more from someone who's been through it all.

Since 1986 Mark Guthrie has coached the University of Wisconsin at La Crosse teams to 17 Division III national championships. Before that he was a high school coach with the skill, insight, and drive to lead his school to three consecutive state cross country championship victories. Now he presents proven techniques to pack more power into your program.

Guthrie teaches the essential techniques of the sport, provides simple training programs, and presents a wealth of vital information required for building a quality team. His teaching progressions, event-specific technical instruction, and tips on planning for big events make Coaching Track & Field Successfully the critical resource coaches need to take their teams to the top.

Track & Field Coaching Essentials

Coaching track and field is a unique challenge. The number of events, the specific technical skills to teach in each one, the event- and athlete-tailored training programs required for performing at a high level, and the planning and organization needed for practicing and competing effectively as a team can be difficult for even the most educated and experienced coaches.

Track & Field Coaching Essentials provides the information and direction to make your first, or twenty-first, season a success. Starting with the fundamentals, moving on to the sport sciences, and then detailing each of the events, this is the most comprehensive and authoritative coaching resource in the sport.

Experts such as Vern Gambetta on biomotor training for speed and power events, Joe Vigil on endurance events, and Jeremy Fischer on the jumps ensure the book contains the best and most current knowledge on each topic. Common technical faults and their corrections, as well as progressive performance drills, are included for every event, including relays.

This primary text in USA Track & Field’s coaching education program is also a go-to reference for veteran coaches. Be it races, jumps, or throws, Track & Field Coaching Essentials has what coaches need to know to help their athletes achieve their performance potential.

I WANT TO RUN: The Olympic Development Training and Nutritional Guide

Do you want to be a star on your school track team?


Well, here’s the perfect runner’s blueprint for you, your coaches, and your parents!

You want to be on one of the athletic teams at school. What sport grabs your attention?

Track & field seems to be the most popular activity on campus and there are a lot of different events to try. You hurry to find the coach and sign up!

I Want To Run: The Olympic Developmental Training and Nutritional Guide for Young & Teen Track Runners Ages 10 to 18 by Olympic Coach Sue Humphrey is the book for you.

Explaining all running, relays, and hurdles, Humphrey provides a general description and basic workout ideas for young athletes ages 10-18. Other vital sections include to get better “off the track” with nutrition ideas, how to warm up and warm down, and how important sleep is to an athlete.

Humphrey has over 50 years of coaching experience track and field with male and female athletes of all ages. She began her career working with elementary school and high school age girls in Phoenix, AZ. When Title IX became law, Arizona State University approached Humphrey about coaching their new women’s program. After success at ASU, she went on to coach collegiately at California State University-Long Beach and The University of Texas at Austin.

Peak When it Counts: Periodization for American Track and Field (4th ed)

Comprehensive treatment of periodized training (or how to peak for the big meets) for the American coach. All event groups covered. Essential reading for coaches. Includes many tables and figures.

Complete Book of Throws

From the basic biomechanics of throwing to in-depth information on the discus, javelin, hammer, and shot put, Complete Book of Throws brings it all together to improve your techniques—and your distance!

Complete Book of Throws takes the techniques and conditioning programs of the most accomplished coaches in each event and presents them in a way that athletes can understand, and coaches can adapt to create a winning program. Whether you're just starting out in the event or preparing your team for competition at the highest level, you'll find the conditioning and training specifics you need to strength your body, improve your form, and push your performance to the edge.

Four-time Olympian and six-time discus world-record holder Jay Silvester covers specific strength training and conditioning techniques, including training for athletes in multiple throwing events. World-class coaches complete the picture with in-depth coverage of each throw technique. Sport-specific strength conditioning, periodization, and effective energy transfer are all covered in this practical guide, along with detailed illustrations that walk you through every phase of each throw.

In addition to serving as the Olympic throws coach for Team USA 2000, Silvester has coached five NCAA discus champions. Now he leads a team of top-notch coaches in creating the ultimate resource for athletes and coaches alike. If you are seeking to enhance your coaching technique, refine your athletes' technique, or improve their throws, the Complete Book of Throws has the details and instructions you need.

Run Fast: How to Beat Your Best Time Every Time

Achieve a personal best at any distance

Are you looking for better race times, whether you run 5Ks or marathons? Searching for that ultimate, exhilarating moment when you're running faster than ever before? Or do you just want to have more fun when you run?

You can run faster, and this book will show you how.

Run Fast is a comprehensive guide for runners of all abilities to improve your speed and achieve a personal best at any distance. Hal Higdon is one of the most experienced and trusted experts in running, and this classic volume is completely revised and updated with new workouts, race distances, and advice for runners of every level. Run Fast spells out a complete program to help you increase your speed, build your endurance, improve your times, and motivate yourself to achieve your running goals.

New training plans for novice runners make getting started easy. More experienced runners will discover refreshing workouts that both improve their speed and make training fun. And, if you've taken an exercise break, you'll see how to get back in shape while staying injury free.

Packed with stories and tips from coaches, record-holders, and average runners alike, Run Fast is brimming with inspiration. Experience the thrill of better race times, the satisfaction of running strong, and the sheer joy that comes from running faster than ever before.

Anatomy for Runners: Unlocking Your Athletic Potential for Health, Speed, and Injury Prevention

Tired of getting the same treatments from doctors that didn’t heal his joint and muscle pain from running, Jay Dicharry decided to combine different fields of clinical care, biomechanical analysis, and coaching to help you avoid common injuries and become the best runner you can be.

Running has become more and more popular in recent years, with thousands of people entering marathons, buying new running shoes with the latest technology, and going for a daily jog, whether on the track or on a treadmill. Unfortunately, with running comes injuries, as a result of wrong information and improper training.

Along with clear and thorough explanations of how running influences the body, and how the body influences your running, this book answers many of the common questions that athletes have:

  • Do runners need to stretch?

  • What is the best way to run?

  • What causes injuries?

  • Which shoes are best for running?

  • Is running barefoot beneficial?

  • And much more


The mobility and stability tests will assess your form, and the corrective exercises, along with step-by-step photos, will improve your core and overall performance, so that you can train and run with confidence, knowing how to avoid injuries!

Running Injury Free: How to Prevent, Treat, and Recovery from Runner's Knee, Shin Splints, Sore Feet, and Every Other Ache and Pain

Running Injury-Free by Dr. Joseph Ellis, DPM uses anecdotal examples from Ellis' own patients and experiences in order to discuss injury-prevention, treatment, and recovery. He implements a clinical approach toward treating the most common running-related injuries, as well as providing detailed background situations to describe how each injury can happen, so the reader can recognize poor habits or compare training and running practices in his or her own experience.

In this updated version, content relating to shoes and shoe selection, "over the counter" treatments, orthotic techniques and materials, Piriformis Syndrome, chiropractic medicine and acupuncture, stretching techniques, nutrition and supplements, injuries related to minimalist runners, as well as running issues for women, children, and endurance runners will be updated to reflect timely practices and research.

The Throws Manual, 3rd Edition

The most comprehensive manual ever written on the four throwing events. ABCs of technique, how to teach beginners, drills, correction of faults, basic mechanics, training theory and much more. Profusely illustrated. This should be your #1 resource on the throws.

Cross Country

CROSS COUNTRY

Developing a High School Cross Country Program: A Guide for Coaches and Runners

Developing a High School Cross Country Program: A Guide for Coaches and Runners has been a work in progress over a lifetime of coaching. During Coach Power's years working at North East High School with Pennsylvania Hall of Fame Coach, Ted Miller, both coaches dreamed of writing a book to share with other coaches and runners explaining the distance program they created. After 25 years at North East, Coach Power struck out on his own moving to Pawling, New York where he brought his knowledge of distance running to a school that had not had a running program in over 20 years. While at Pawling Coach Power led his teams to numerous championships including a State Title. He also developed two individual State Champions. The system created by Power and Miller proved to be successful. "Over the years," Coach Power says, "I have been blessed to work with incredible athletes, confide with gifted assistant coaches, and discussed my thoughts with other successful head coaches. All of these interactions helped Coach Power develop a positive high school cross country coaching philosophy. This book is geared to those who push the limits and to those who ask their athletes to push the limits. It is primarily a book about how to build a running program in a small school setting but certainly even coaches from large schools may be able to glean some important suggestions which can apply to large school settings as well. The book will address the "X's" and "O's" of conditioning, but the central message concerns building a program from the ground up. The last section of the book traces a championship season with the intent of giving readers an inside look at how one team achieved their ultimate dream, a State Championship Title.

101 Developmental Concepts & Workouts for Cross Country Runners

101 Developmental Concepts & Workouts for Cross Country Runners provides sound training advice for runners of all levels. Divided into two parts; Part 1 presents 30 training concepts to help guide the cross country runner and coach. These concepts lay the groundwork for the 71 workouts included in Part 2, which include variations and coaching points where appropriate. In this book, Dr. Karp has done a fantastic job of connecting the research with the practical application for cross country runners, explaining the basics of the science of distance running in a language that everyone can understand.

Coaching Middle School Cross Country and Track & Field: Practical Guidance and Sample Workouts for Beginner Coaches

In Coaching Middle School Cross Country and Track & Field, Practical Guidance and Sample Workouts for Beginner Coaches, author and coach Timothy Rayle focuses on helping coaches new to the sports navigate with administrative guidance and sample workout plans for successful coaching at the middle school level. The thorough yet simple presentation provides coaches helpful information to be utilized starting from the first day on the job through the end of the season, all while keeping the interest of the athlete in the forefront.

Coaching Cross Country Successfully

In Coaching Cross Country Successfully, Pat Tyson shares his secrets to building one of today’s elite cross country programs. While there are many instruction books on running, only Coaching Cross Country Successfully provides a blueprint to building a successful team:

• Establishing and communicating a coaching philosophy

• Tailoring training to individual and team needs

• Teaching running techniques and improving performance

• Preparing for meets and competition

• Evaluating individual runners and your entire program

• Working with assistant coaches, volunteers, and the community

As one of the winningest cross country coaches in the United States, Pat Tyson developed his philosophies of training and competition by associating with legendary runners and coaches. He was a teammate and roommate of Steve Prefontaine while he was running at the University of Oregon for Coach Bill Bowerman. Coaching Cross Country Successfully draws on this breadth of experience, showing you how to inspire your athletes and create your own tradition of excellence.

Coaches Guide to Cross Country and Track & Field: Training Cycles

This user-friendly resource outlines a comprehensive system for developing a united cross country and track and field program. The emphasis is on a program that is organized around the efficient utilization of coaching staff, athletes, and facilities. The book offers a detailed description of a typical yearly coaching cycle, starting with pre-cross country in the summer, moving through the school year, and culminating with the state track and field meet in June.

The Art of Coaching High School Cross Country

THE ART OF COACHING HIGH SCHOOL CROSS COUNTRY was written to help coaches. However, it is not simply a manual of workouts and training methods. Coach Willems emphasizes the human interaction that shaped the development of this highly successful program as he describes the fundamentals of his coaching, the organization of his program, the training, the traditions, and more. Willems illustrates these things through anecdotes about colleagues, athletes, and competitions. Coaching high school cross country is more than just teaching young people to run fast. At its best it is an art form.

Training Young Distance Runners

As the best-selling guide in the sport, Training Young Distance Runners has helped countless runners achieve their best times, avoid injuries, and improve their performance progressively from season to season. Updated, expanded, and enhanced, this new edition further solidifies its standing as a must-have for athletes and coaches in cross country, track and field, and road racing.

Running experts Larry Greene and Russ Pate combine the latest research with training, development, and conditioning plans from the most successful high school and college programs in the world. You’ll learn to optimize performance through tempo running, interval training, and technique work to improve form. You’ll gain a competitive advantage with expert advice and strategies for event-specific training, avoiding injuries, and overcoming setbacks.

With guidelines for designing customized daily, weekly, and seasonal programs—as well as coverage of hot topics including nutritional supplements, barefoot running and minimalist shoes, and gearing training to the specific needs of girls and boys—Training Young Distance Runners is the most complete and current training guide for the sport. Essential reading for coaches, parents, and young runners, this book has everything you need to get and stay ahead of the pack.

The Youth and Teen Running Encyclopedia: A Complete Guide for Middle and Long Distance Runners Ages 6 to 18

The Youth and Teen Running Encyclopedia is the first ever complete guide for middle and long distance runners ages 6 to 18, their coaches and parents. It shows the proven formula of Mick Grant, who produced Hershey's North American Final qualifiers 12 consecutive years, multiple Footlocker Finalists and National Champions several years in a row, including Hershey's North American Final, USATF Junior Olympics, USATF Youth Athletics Nationals and National Scholastic Indoor Championships. All this from a group of ordinary local kids, near Mick's home in Northeast Massachusetts. The book lays out in detail how youth and teen athletes can achieve successively higher levels, year after year after year, following the proven success of Mick's training program. What differentiates this program and this book from other programs and books is that it is a unique blend of building endurance and improving basic speed throughout the year, so that the athlete is much better next year than they are this year. The program uses a FUN FIRST approach, making sure the athletes enjoy what they are doing and stay healthy, to allow consistent training. It is the first such book to cover every topic imaginable for the youth and teen middle to long distance runner, jammed packed with almost 200 pages of vital information. This book is a must read for all youth runners age 6 to 18, and anyone helping youth runners starting on the way to a lifelong enjoyment of running, and a successful running career. While this book is geared to youth runners, it is a valuable resource to all middle and long distance runners and coaches, regardless of age or level, because the same basic principles apply to all middle and long distance events..

Coach, Run, Win: A Comprehensive Guide to Coaching High School Cross Country, Running Fast, and Winning Championships

Coach, Run, Win creates a roadmap for coaches and runners to navigate an entire high school cross country season.

 

The first half of Coach, Run, Win focuses on how to run fast and provides details of training methods and workout details that produced teams and individuals with nationwide success. Any runner (high school or not) can improve by following the workout and training techniques covered. The second part of Coach, Run, Win takes coaches through the details of organizing and implementing a championship program from working with parents and administrators through setting up a summer program, designing courses and managing races and conducting end of year awards banquets. Coach, Run, Win takes the guess work and experimentation out of designing individual and team programs to achieve running success. It is laid out in a clear and concise way that avoids overly scientific explanations and instead talks about what worked and works from the experience of Ken Sayles.

HowExpert Guide to High School Cross Country Coaching: How to Coach High School Cross Country from A to Z

For coaches that want to evolve and learn new tricks about coaching cross country, then HowExpert Guide to Cross Country Coaching is the book for you. The author Kyle Daubs is a young coach that started a cooperative, cross country program between two schools. In its four year existence, the boys and girls rose to the top of their conference standings.

The author not only brings five years of coaching cross country experience but also brings a youthful approach to the game. The author received his bachelor’s and master’s degree in special education. He has taught special education the last four years. During this time, he started the cross country cooperative for Lowpoint-Washburn-Roanoke-Benson in 2016. During his time, he guided the girls cross country team to a conference championship in his second year of coaching and took the team to the IHSA Sectional meet.

He has also coached track since 2015. Since 2015, he has sent 22 athletes to state competition, including coaching three all-state relays and three all-state individuals.

As mentioned in the book, he claims that he does not know all methods to be successful, but has built a program that has sustained competitiveness among small schools. The author states that this book is great for first-time coaches, and even older coaches who want to learn a few new tricks.

The book is divided up among seven chapters. The chapter topics range from coaching philosophy, keys to motivation, planning, improving race performance, preparing, and reflection. The book also contains training plans that can range for beginning runners to the advanced.

The book also talks about how to handle the behind the scenes work. This includes working with parents, media, other coaches, and the administration. If there were a complete guide on how to coach a sport, this book is a must read.

About the Expert
Kyle Daubs is a 2011 graduate of Charleston High School and a 2015 graduate of Eastern Illinois University. He received his degree in special education. He has taught special education the last four years. During this time, he started the cross country cooperative for Lowpoint-Washburn-Roanoke-Benson in 2016. During his time, he guided the girls cross country team to a conference championship in his second year of coaching and took the team to the IHSA Sectional meet. He has also coached track since 2015. Since 2015, he has sent 22 athletes to state competition, including coaching three all-state relays and three all-state individuals.

HowExpert publishes quick 'how to' guides on all topics from A to Z by everyday experts.

The Warrior Way: A 10-Week Summer Training Guide for High School Cross Country Runners

This is a summer training guide designed for high school cross country runners to assist them in their off-season (summer) training. It can actually be adapted to any time of the year for off-season training, but the focus is for runners of all levels as they prepare over the summer for their upcoming cross country season. It was developed over the 24 year career by Dr. Mike Collins, the head coach at Lewis-Clark State College. In that period of time his program and athletes produced over 270 All-Americans, 20 cross country conference titles, six national champions and three Olympic Trials Qualifiers including the #4 ALL-TIME for the UK in the 10k, Sam Atkin, who uses a variation of this training for his own pre-season. The guide includes information about stretching, weight training, nutrition in addition to the 10-week training guidelines. It has been developed to meet the needs of a beginner runner as well as the more advanced of all levels of mileage. Coach Collins has a Master's degree in exercise physiology and a Ph.D. in sport science and he as applied that education into developing one of the best collegiate programs in the country and the start of their success is with their summer training. Now their routine can be yours.

Daniels' Running Formula

Train for your next race with the man who has been called “the world’s best running coach.” With more than 55 years of experience, Jack Daniels is a legendary figure in the running community. Named the National Coach of the Year by the NCAA and honored as the Division III Women’s Cross Country Coach of the Century, Daniels has mentored some of the greatest names in running, including Jim Ryun, Ken Martin, Jerry Lawson, Alicia Shay, Peter Gilmore, Magdalena Lewy-Boulet, and Janet Cherobon-Bawcom. In Daniels’ Running Formula, he has shared training advice with hundreds of thousands of runners. Now in this updated—and definitive—fourth edition, he again refines his methods and strategies to help you run faster and stronger.

Building upon his revolutionary VDOT system, Daniels incorporates new insights gained from studying participants in his unique Run SMART Project. You’ll be guided through the components that make the training formula work and then learn different types of training—including treadmill training, fitness training, and training at altitude or in other challenging environments—along with age-related modifications for runners from ages 6 to 80.

Everything comes together with expert advice on event-specific training ranging—for runs ranging from 800 meters to ultradistance events and triathlons. You will find advice on setting up your own seasonal plan, or you can follow one of Daniels’ 31 proven training plans and workouts. You’ll even find four fitness running plans, from novice level to elite level, to get in shape or regain conditioning after injury.

Join the thousands of runners who have relied on Jack Daniels to help them reach their peak running performance. Using the programs outlined in Daniels’ Running Formula, you too can achieve the results you seek every time you train and race.

WRESTLING

Wrestling

Choice: The Most Underutilized Asset in Wrestling (Train Your Brain)

Question:
Who would win in a fight between a lion and a shark?
Some would say the lion as he rules the land.
Some would say the shark, the predator of the sea.
Answer:
It would depend on where the fight would take place - either on land or in the sea.
Imagine if the shark chose to fight the lion on land.
Or if the lion chose to fight the shark in the sea?
Sounds silly right.
But it happens in almost every wrestling match.
Take that same thought process and apply it in every wrestling match that you wrestle.
You have qualities, moves, and positions where you rule.
Your opponent will have different qualities, moves, and positions where he will dominate.
The victor will be the wrestler who was able to wrestle in the environment which best suits him, be it land or sea.
If you rule the land, wrestle on the land.
If you rule the sea, wrestle in the sea.
Get to your best position and wrestle there.
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"Choice" is written true to length approximately 40 pages.
It is purposefully designed to be written short, concise and on point.
Also, check out "Dominate - Become a Point Scorer and Get the Little Voices to Talk"

The Wrestling Drill Book

Wrestling’s leading drill book is back. With new chapters, drills, coaching advice, and practice planning, The Wrestling Drill Book, Second Edition, is bigger, better, and more comprehensive than ever.

The Wrestling Drill Book features match-tested drills from the top high school and college wrestling coaches in the sport. From takedowns, escapes, and reversals to riding and pinning combinations, each contributor breaks down a technique, tactic, or facet of wrestling for which he is renowned.

Chapters unfold sequentially, moving from simple to more complex drills, each including setup requirements, descriptions of the action, and key coaching points for maximizing the value of every drill. Detailed descriptions provide thorough instruction for proper execution of each move.

Discover the best-seller that has helped wrestlers become champions. The Wrestling Drill Book, Second Edition, is a must-have for every wrestler and coach.

The Ultimate Wrestling Coach's Nutrition Manual to RMR: Learn How to Prepare Your Students for High Performance Wrestling Through Proper Eating Habits

The Ultimate Wrestling Coach’s Nutrition Manual to RMR will teach you how to add lean muscle mass in order to increase your RMR and accelerate your metabolism. Eating complex carbohydrates, protein, and natural fats in the right amount and percentages as well as increasing your RMR will make you faster, stronger, and more resistant. By adding lean muscle mass, you automatically increase your RMR which can lead to improved performance with long lasting results. If you want to make a serious change on your body and how it performs on a daily basis, you need to read this book and start applying it in your daily life. When you increase your RMR you will find you: - Have more energy before, during, and after training or competing. - Add more lean muscle mass. - Reduce injuries and muscle cramps. - Have more focus and are better able to stay concentrated for longer periods of time. - Reduce fat at an accelerated rate. - Look better and stronger. - Can outlast the competition.

101 Wrestling Drills and Games

Focuses on fundamental drills every coach can use with his wrestlers, so they avoid position mistakes, improve their strength and stamina, and enhance their athleticism. The 100+ drills and games are thoroughly explained with locations, descriptions, and coaching points, and cover: warm-up and flexibility, agility, neutral position offense, neutral position defense, top position, bottom position, endurance, stamina, and strength, resistance training, competitive wrestling drills, and more. Contains nearly 80 photographs.

Wrestling Drills: For the Mat and the Mind

Dr. Dennis Johnson’s Wrestling Drills: For the Mat and the Mind, is not your run-of-the mill wrestling drills and skills book. It builds off the latest sport science and best practice literature to show you how to help young people become all they are capable of being through wrestling.

ELITE YOUTH WRESTLING: Your Blueprint for Helping Your Child Win on the Mat - And in Life

Wrestling is the world’s oldest sport, and yet it’s one of the least understood; misconceptions and stereotypes abound. Today, wrestling is also the fastest growing sport, thanks in part to the meteoric rise in popularity of mixed martial arts and the UFC.
Guiding your child through the sport of wrestling—when done right—can be one of the most rewarding journeys you embark on together. When pursued as a team, it will not only prepare them for the challenges of life, but it will arm you with the knowledge that you helped them become a resilient young man or woman.
When it comes to helping your child achieve their goals on the mat, multi-generational wrestling families have a clear advantage because of their institutional knowledge. Elite Youth Wrestling aims to level the playing field by giving you the tools to help your child achieve success at the highest level of this sport and in life.
An honest, easy-to-read blueprint complete with case studies and expert interviews, this book will help you understand the many facets of wrestling, such as strength training, flexibility, terminology, off-season training tips and so much more. Get your son or daughter started on the right foot with Elite Youth Wrestling.

Coaching Wrestling Successfully

Dan Gable redefined the term wrestling champion, setting a new standard of excellence for athletes and coaches. Defeated only once throughout his high school and college wrestling careers and unscored upon in his 1972 Olympic gold medal performance, Gable didn't just win on the mat, he dominated his opponents in a relentless, physical style.

Gable brought that same competitive toughness and determination to mastering coaching-and the championships came, year after year. In the 21 seasons he was head coach, his University of Iowa teams won 15 national championships and 21 Big Ten championships.

Now, in Coaching Wrestling Successfully, Gable presents the blueprint to becoming a wrestling champion. He covers every facet of his formula for success-a guiding philosophy, proven motivational tools, guidelines for proper nutrition and weight control, daily and year-round practice plans, effective instructional methods, correct wrestling technique, and winning match strategies.

Coaches will find fascinating Gable's formula for success and anecdotes involving his handling of teams and individuals. Athletes will benefit from the folkstyle, freestyle, and Greco-Roman moves and drills. Wrestling fans will enjoy the stories involving Gable and many of the greatest names in the sport. And every reader will marvel at how the master of motivation pushed himself and his wrestlers beyond their perceived potential.

Gable made sure that Coaching Wrestling Successfully achieved the same standard of excellence that he demanded of himself as a wrestler and a coach. The result is a championship effort, full of lessons from the legend, from cover to cover.

A Season on the Mat: Dan Gable and the Pursuit of Perfection

For twenty-one years, Dan Gable's Iowa Hawkeyes dominated wrestling to an extent rarely seen in any sport: twenty-one consecutive Big 10 titles and fifteen national championships. In A Season on the Mat, award-winning reporter Nolan Zavoral explores Iowa's storied wrestling program and Gable's record of excellence in an unprecedented, intimate look at the man and his methods during his final season as a head coach.

A Season on the Mat chronicles the dramatic 1996-97 season, in which Gable led his team -- far from his most talented -- to a record-breaking performance at the national championship, at which it scored the most points in collegiate wrestling history. Zavoral takes the reader behind the scenes into the stifling heat of the wrestling room, where young men from places like Rock Falls, Illinois, or Philip, South Dakota, sacrifice everything they have just to be a part of the Hawkeye program.

From his difficult upbringing, interrupted by the tragedy of his sister's brutal murder, through the single defeat that haunts him to this day, to the ups and downs of his phenomenal coaching career, Gable has come to symbolize to many all that is special about this demanding, elemental sport. Part biography, part chronicle, part portrait of this unique subculture, A Season on the Mat is the best and most thorough look at one of the most important and most overlooked figures in American athletics.

The Wrestling Drill Book

A wrestler's ability to execute his moves quickly and instinctively is often the difference between winning and losing a match. Drills are the most effective practice activities to use to ingrain the instinctive actions and reactions essential for wrestling success.

The Wrestling Drill Book includes match-tested drills, carefully chosen by coaches who are experts in the specific techniques and tactics they cover. Each drill is described in detail with illustrations, modifications, and coaching points for maximum effectiveness. Beginning with essential movement drills and progressing to takedowns, escapes, reversals, rides, and pinning combinations, the book addresses each fundamental that wrestlers must hone in order to become champions. A customizable practice plan demonstrates how drills can be combined and sequenced for the ultimate wrestling workout.

Make practice time productive time. The Wrestling Drill Book is an essential manual for success on the mat.

Winning Wrestling Moves

With more than 700 detailed photographs illustrating moves and countermoves, this book shows how to handle any opponent in virtually any situation. Winning Wrestling Moves provides high school and college wrestlers and their coaches with all the fundamentals and latest refinements in wrestling techniques. Never before have so many wrestling moves been described and illustrated in one volume. Three former All-Americans from the University of Iowa—Mark Mysnyk, Barry Davis, and Brooks Simpson—team up to share the techniques that made them champions:

- Proper stance, movement, penetration, and lifting technique
- Breakdowns, rides, and pins
- 200 takedowns featuring variations based on the opponent's reaction
- Escapes and reversals
- Valuable counter techniques
- Freestyle turns for freestyle and scholastic wrestling

Winning Wrestling Moves is a generously illustrated guide that shows wrestlers at the high school and college levels how to come out on top in every match.

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Fastball Fitness: The Art and Science of Training to Throw with Real Velocity

By Tom House

Fastball Fitness presents an in-depth but easy-to-apply look at velocity and how it can be safely developed. Details how to condition the total body to maximize a pitcher's genetic potential. Topics covered include rotational and directional momentum, timing, and fastball velocity, the biomechanical derivation of real velocity, how the legs, hips & shoulders, and spine & torso contribute to the mechanics of real velocity, prehabilitation training regimens, as well as conditioning protocols for real velocity from the National Pitching Association, the Titleist Performance Institute, Elite Baseball Academy, Beacon Orthopedics/Champion Sports, Victorian Institute of Sports Conditioning, and much, much more. Large format with over 180 clear photographs and illustrations.

Fastball Fitness: The Art and Science of Training to Throw with Real Velocity

By Tom House

Fastball Fitness presents an in-depth but easy-to-apply look at velocity and how it can be safely developed. Details how to condition the total body to maximize a pitcher's genetic potential. Topics covered include rotational and directional momentum, timing, and fastball velocity, the biomechanical derivation of real velocity, how the legs, hips & shoulders, and spine & torso contribute to the mechanics of real velocity, prehabilitation training regimens, as well as conditioning protocols for real velocity from the National Pitching Association, the Titleist Performance Institute, Elite Baseball Academy, Beacon Orthopedics/Champion Sports, Victorian Institute of Sports Conditioning, and much, much more. Large format with over 180 clear photographs and illustrations.

Fastball Fitness: The Art and Science of Training to Throw with Real Velocity

By Tom House

Fastball Fitness presents an in-depth but easy-to-apply look at velocity and how it can be safely developed. Details how to condition the total body to maximize a pitcher's genetic potential. Topics covered include rotational and directional momentum, timing, and fastball velocity, the biomechanical derivation of real velocity, how the legs, hips & shoulders, and spine & torso contribute to the mechanics of real velocity, prehabilitation training regimens, as well as conditioning protocols for real velocity from the National Pitching Association, the Titleist Performance Institute, Elite Baseball Academy, Beacon Orthopedics/Champion Sports, Victorian Institute of Sports Conditioning, and much, much more. Large format with over 180 clear photographs and illustrations.

Fastball Fitness: The Art and Science of Training to Throw with Real Velocity

By Tom House

Fastball Fitness presents an in-depth but easy-to-apply look at velocity and how it can be safely developed. Details how to condition the total body to maximize a pitcher's genetic potential. Topics covered include rotational and directional momentum, timing, and fastball velocity, the biomechanical derivation of real velocity, how the legs, hips & shoulders, and spine & torso contribute to the mechanics of real velocity, prehabilitation training regimens, as well as conditioning protocols for real velocity from the National Pitching Association, the Titleist Performance Institute, Elite Baseball Academy, Beacon Orthopedics/Champion Sports, Victorian Institute of Sports Conditioning, and much, much more. Large format with over 180 clear photographs and illustrations.

Fastball Fitness: The Art and Science of Training to Throw with Real Velocity

By Tom House

Fastball Fitness presents an in-depth but easy-to-apply look at velocity and how it can be safely developed. Details how to condition the total body to maximize a pitcher's genetic potential. Topics covered include rotational and directional momentum, timing, and fastball velocity, the biomechanical derivation of real velocity, how the legs, hips & shoulders, and spine & torso contribute to the mechanics of real velocity, prehabilitation training regimens, as well as conditioning protocols for real velocity from the National Pitching Association, the Titleist Performance Institute, Elite Baseball Academy, Beacon Orthopedics/Champion Sports, Victorian Institute of Sports Conditioning, and much, much more. Large format with over 180 clear photographs and illustrations.

Fastball Fitness: The Art and Science of Training to Throw with Real Velocity

By Tom House

Fastball Fitness presents an in-depth but easy-to-apply look at velocity and how it can be safely developed. Details how to condition the total body to maximize a pitcher's genetic potential. Topics covered include rotational and directional momentum, timing, and fastball velocity, the biomechanical derivation of real velocity, how the legs, hips & shoulders, and spine & torso contribute to the mechanics of real velocity, prehabilitation training regimens, as well as conditioning protocols for real velocity from the National Pitching Association, the Titleist Performance Institute, Elite Baseball Academy, Beacon Orthopedics/Champion Sports, Victorian Institute of Sports Conditioning, and much, much more. Large format with over 180 clear photographs and illustrations.

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