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Product Details

  • Series: Baffled Parent's Guides
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: International Marine/Ragged Mountain Press; 1 edition (April 19, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071358226
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071358224
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.4 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,416,324 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Novice coaches will find instant relief for Opening Day jitters in this all-encompassing how-to primer. Includes everything from ordering uniforms to planning practice activities and development teamwork. (USA Today)

From the Back Cover

Coach Thurston is a teacher of proper baseball skills and fundamentals. Youth coaches and players will benefit from the individual skill instruction and drills."--Dan Duquette, General Manager, Boston Red Sox

"Always remind yourself that your goal is to provide a fun and rewarding experience for you and your team."­­Bill Thurston

Coach. You thought you were just going to sign up your child for the youth league. But here you are, a newly appointed coach. You didn't ask for it, but it happened anyway. Now you need help.

Don't despair. This complete guidebook will not only get you through it but will help you become the coach you'd like to be--the coach who can give those kids the sports experience they deserve. You've already taken a big step: you said "yes" to this important commitment. Congratulations. You'll have a great time, and Bill Thurston is here to help.

  • Survive your first practice and game
  • Win over problem players and parents
  • Know what to do in a game situation
  • Reach all your players
  • Work with girls and boys
  • Match your drills and strategies to age and ability
  • Make it fun and rewarding
  • Be the coach you never had
  • Generate enthusiasm
  • Improve your players and your team

Coaching Youth Baseball also helps novice coaches determine:

  • How to get uniforms and arrange for practice time
  • What drills are best to teach basic skills like catching, throwing, and batting
  • Some of the safety concerns specific to baseball
  • The 5 tips to being a good coach
  • And much more!

"This book is a great source of information for youth coaches and players."--John Cerutti, former major league pitcher, Toronto Blue Jays

Here's what coaches have said about The Baffled Parent's Guides:

"Essential reading."--Jim Sheldon, Executive Director, National Soccer Association of America, on Coaching Youth Soccer

"An excellent guide to teaching kids about the game."--Larry Bird, basketball legend, on Coaching Youth Basketball

"A tool I would recommend to all youth coaches."--Jill Kearney, recreation director, on Coaching Youth Basketball

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 7, 2000
Format: Paperback
This was the first "Coaching" book I have purchased. The book provides excellent insight into what is truly involved in coaching a youth baseball team. The practice planner section was a big help in conducting an organized and effectice practice. I highly recommend this book to beginning coached like myself or seasoned veterans.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J OBryan on March 2, 2002
Format: Paperback
A Well Organized book, as a rookie coach last season, it gave me what I needed to know. I particularly liked the overview of safety presented up front -- too many people take this for granted and stupid injuries can result.
Be Advised though that the rest of the Baffled Parents Series doesn't necessarily live up to the standard set by this book - I found the Basketball book very average.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Coach Rob on September 10, 2004
Format: Paperback
I bought this book after I had volunteered to coach a Pinto League (7-8 yr old) team that my son was on. This book provided a good starting point for getting organized and creating a good practice worksheet. Sound baseball fundamentals, being organized and having fun in a supportaive environment lead to a successful and happy Little League experience.
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By W. Mackenzie on June 1, 2008
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I am one of those parents that played a limitted amount of Baseball when I was a kid then never played again. Faced with a child in kindergarten that wanted to play on a pee-wee team that needed a coach, I volunteered. This book has not only helped me coach, but also helped the kids be better players. Thanks to Amazon's extensive selection, I once again was able to bail myself out.
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