Coach Sullivan's Reading Lists
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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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
-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
-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
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.
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.
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.
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
• Moving without the ball
• Ballhandling and court vision
• Perimeter moves
• Post moves
• 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.
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.
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.