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Baseball Coaching and Player Development

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The list author says: "Here are some books that I have found helpful."
The Double-Goal Coach: Positive Coaching Tools for Honoring the Game and Developing Winners in Sports and Life (Harperresource Book)
The Double-Goal Coach: Positive Coaching Tools for Honoring the Game and Developing Winners in Sports and Life (Harperresource Book)
"A great book by Positive Coaching Alliance founder Jim Thompson.  If you can only buy one book about coaching, this is the one to get."
Way to Go, Coach!
Way to Go, Coach!
"This is a short, practically oriented book that is a must read for the youth coach to improve coaching effectiveness."
Coaching Youth Baseball the Ripken Way
Coaching Youth Baseball the Ripken Way
"This is a good, baseball focused coaching book to read after you read "The Double Goal Coach.""
Positive Coaching: Building Character and Self-esteem Through Sports
Positive Coaching: Building Character and Self-esteem Through Sports
"Another book by Jim Thompson of the Positive Coaching Alliance.  Read his book, "The Double Goal Coach" first."
Coaching Youth Baseball: A Baffled Parents Guide (Baffled Parent's Guides)
Coaching Youth Baseball: A Baffled Parents Guide (Baffled Parent's Guides)
"I am not crazy about this coach's style, but this is a good all-in-one book for the novice coach to get you through the season."
Winning the Mental Way: A Practical Guide to Team Building and Mental Training
Winning the Mental Way: A Practical Guide to Team Building and Mental Training
"This is a concise and practical sports psychology book."
Intelligence and How to Get It: Why Schools and Cultures Count
Intelligence and How to Get It: Why Schools and Cultures Count
"This book is a compelling refutation of "The Bell Curve."  For the youth coach interested in developing the player as a person, it is a worthwhile read since it will help you understand factors that lead to higher achievement."
The Cambridge Handbook of Expertise and Expert Performance (Cambridge Handbooks in Psychology)
The Cambridge Handbook of Expertise and Expert Performance (Cambridge Handbooks in Psychology)
"This book is packed with gems of information on how to develop expert performance.  It is long, dense reading, so read it in the offseason."
The Cheers and the Tears: A Healthy Alternative to the Dark Side of Youth Sports Today
The Cheers and the Tears: A Healthy Alternative to the Dark Side of Youth Sports Today
"This is a great book about problems in youth sports.  I wish every coach (and sports parent!) would read this.  I would recommend reading this before reading "Just Let the Kids Play.""
Just Let the Kids Play: How to Stop Other Adults from Ruining Your Child's Fun and Success in Youth Sports
Just Let the Kids Play: How to Stop Other Adults from Ruining Your Child's Fun and Success in Youth Sports
"Great stories and a prescription for change in youth sports.  Bigelow examines the many ways that kids' fun in youth sports is fouled by the mis-applied authority and over-involvement of adults."
Play Baseball the Ripken Way: The Complete Illustrated Guide to the Fundamentals
Play Baseball the Ripken Way: The Complete Illustrated Guide to the Fundamentals
"Good guide to baseball fundamentals.  The Ripken baseball book series is really first rate."
The Science of Hitting
The Science of Hitting
"Essential reading to understand Williams and his rotational hitting system."
Mike Epstein on Hitting
Mike Epstein on Hitting
"This is a practical and informative book on rotational hitting by Ted Williams' protege Mike Epstein.  Read the Williams book and this book to understand rotational hitting.  Epstein holds back some, so you may have to buy his instructional products to understand how to implement the ideas."
Mike Schmidt Study (Youth Version)
Mike Schmidt Study (Youth Version)
"This is a must-read book on hitting systems.  Schmidt covers all of the hitting systems and compares the rotational hitting system and the weight shift hitting system, and proposes that a combined hitting system (weight shift + rotation) is best.  There are two versions of this book (Youth Version & regular version)--- you should get both."
Lau's Laws on Hitting: The Art of Hitting .400 for the Next Generation; Follow Lau's Laws and Improve Your Hitting!
Lau's Laws on Hitting: The Art of Hitting .400 for the Next Generation; Follow Lau's Laws and Improve Your Hitting!
"This is a great book on the weight shift hitting system.  If you only buy one book on weight shift hitting, this is the one to get."
The Art of Hitting .300
The Art of Hitting .300
"This as a great book on the weight shift hitting system.  Charlie Lau developed this hitting system and George Brett made it famous (Lau was Brett's hitting coach).  Read Lau's Laws on Hitting before reading this book."
You Can Teach Hitting: A Systematic Approach for Parents, Coaches, and Players
You Can Teach Hitting: A Systematic Approach for Parents, Coaches, and Players
"This is a good basic guide for coaches of young players.  It is an older book so you can pick up a used copy for cheap.  Ignore the "squish the bug" stuff.  The fence drill detailed in the book is advocated by Mike Epstein (but not detailed in the Epstein book).  This is a worthwhile book to buy, even if you only get a couple of drills from it."
Hitting For Excellence - Entire 6 DVD Set
Hitting For Excellence - Entire 6 DVD Set
"This is an outstanding series with many practical ideas you can put to work at practices.  You can probably rent it from Netflix."
The Hitting Edge
The Hitting Edge
"This book is focused on the rotational hitting system.  Read the Mike Epstein and Ted Williams books first."
Progressive Plyometrics for Kids
Progressive Plyometrics for Kids
"Here is a kid-safe guide to using plymetric conditioning.  The intensity of the exercises is graduated in three levels so you can start with easier/less intense plyometric movements, and increase the vigor of the movements when the athletes are ready."
Athletic Fitness for Kids
Athletic Fitness for Kids
"This is a good, multi-sport, conditioning book with kid appropriate exercises."