Skills Classes

(Baseball & Softball)

 

Baseball Positive’s comprehensive pitching and batting instruction programs are 15 sessions each; divided into 3 parts:

The full program does not need to be completed in one season.  After each part, a player walks away prepared to put the instruction into use with no gaps in their learning.  Each successive part builds off the previous instruction.  The most important factor in developing these skills is repetition.  A player can benefit a great deal from repeating the same segment of classes in successive years.

Prior to each workout, and between workouts, players are emailed information supporting the class content (written info, pictures, videos).  Drill work is assigned between each class, so the players are developing their skills each day throughout the program.  At the end of each set of five classes, players are given a manual with all content taught, along with drills, pictures, and video.

All Baseball Positive programs are designed for parents and coaches to participate.  The adults are incorporated into the teaching process during the classes, get the teaching notes and all supporting documentation (Coaching Manual).  The participating adults learn ‘How to Teach the Skills to Kids’.

A primary objective of Baseball Positive instruction is for the participants to walk away with the knowledge, experience and information to continue teaching and development process.

 

2018 Indoor Skills Classes

Jan 7, 21; Feb 18, 25 - SUNDAYS @ Wallingford Boys & Girls Club, 1310 N 45th St, Seattle     Ages 8-12  Registration 

Batting, Part 2 and Pitching, Part 2   ...see class descriptions below

 

('Part 1' is a prerequisite for 'Part 2'...all instruction and terminology in Part 2 builds off the content of Part 1)                -

230-330pm   Batting, Part 2     Sundays, Jan 7, 14, Feb 18, 25      -    $117          REGISTER       limited to 15 participants

330-430pm   Pitching, Part 2    Sundays, Jan 7, 14, Feb 18, 25      -    $117          REGISTER       limited to 12 participants

                      ---> Pitching requires an adult catcher to attend in order to catch the player's pitches; All players pitch at the same time.

 

PLEASE READ........These classes are 4-session programs.  There is a break between sessions two and three because of limited space in the Baseball Positive calendar.  During this break, players are given, via email, periodic workout plans to follow at home.  Included in these plans are pictures and video to aid in the players' learning.

***You are strongly encouraged to participate in the class with your child (Pitching requires an adult to attend to catch pitches - all players pitch at the same time) The classes are designed to train adults 'How to Teach' the skill to kids.  Prior to each class we email you the content that will be taught for you to preview.  At the conclusion of the program, each participant receives a comprehensive 'Coaching Manual' that includes all content taught in the class.  The manual includes drills, pictures and video.

Questions?  Want more info?  call Mark @ 206 714 5276   /   email: marklinden20@gmail.com 

  

     

 

CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

 

BATTING

Overview

The titles of the classes ‘I-III’ do not refer to a player’s level of skill or experience.  They refer to the steps in Baseball Positive’s Comprehensive Batter Development Program.  Even an experienced and accomplished player begins with Batting I, which teaches the entire swing (see details in Class Descriptions below).

 

Batting, Part 1 - The Swing  (Classes 1-5)

Comprehensive teaching of the swing.  Covers all aspects of an efficient, powerful and productive swing.  Players with years of experience, as well as novice batters, start with Batting, Part 1.  It is critical for players to master the skills taught in this clinic in order to be prepared to advance to Batting II. 

Clinic teaches fundamentals that lead to sound body control and balance throughout the swing.  Unnecessary movement in the swing is eliminated and players are trained in simple and efficient swing actions.  Players learn to utilize the strength of their entire body in the swing and to direct that energy to, and through, contact with the baseball/softball.  A major component of the class is gaining a sense of how their body works to produce the swing. 

It is strongly suggested that players who took Batting I in the past repeat the program to retrain their muscle movements.  (It is important to understand that learning physical skills is much different than cognitive learning.  The brain retains information fairly well, while muscles need to be constantly retrained.) 

Novice players would benefit from taking Batting I more than once; mastery of the swing does not come in five weeks (but they’ll get a great start!)

 

Highlights of what the batters learn:

  • Balance and posture throughout the swing
  • Anchoring the swing
  • Controlling the lower body turn to maximize power, bat speed and accuracy in the swing
  • Path of the hands in the swing - a key to a quicker swing and greater acceleration through contact.  Mastery of the path of hands is critical for advancing to Batting, Part 2.
  • Applying the swing to hitting a live pitch and making consistently solid contact with the ball
  • A simple, easy to follow and comprehensive set of drills, for work at home, is provided during the program in an illustrated handout.  Videos are also provided to support the principles taught.

 

Batting, Part  2 - Driving  The Ball to All Fields (Classes 6-10)

Introduction to hitting the ball to all fields.  Strike zone awareness and recognition of pitch location is taught.   Advanced drills are added to the foundational drills learned in Batting, Part 1.  Players are introduced to the concept of having an ‘approach’ to live batting.  An additional focus of this phase is extension through contact point to maximize power and consistency of contact (‘staying through the ball’).  Swing discipline during the batting workout is also a major emphasis.  Fear of the ball is addressed as well as how to get hit by a pitch safely. 

 

Batting, Part 3 -  Mental Approach, Advanced Drills, Swing Mastery and Maintenance (Classes 11-15)

Mastery of driving the ball to all fields is the primary emphasis.  The fundamentals of the swing are further ingrained.  Greater discipline is demanded of all participants in their work habits and approach  Translating a disciplined and consistent swing from drill work to live pitches is a major focus.  The mental and emotional aspects of the batter-pitcher confrontation are addressed.

 

Batting Workout

Maintenance and Fine Tuning in a ‘batting workout’ format.  Players learn how to work on their swing and to have a purpose for each swing during a workout.  Each player receives a detailed handout with drills and direction for focused and productive batting workouts, on their own, away from the team practice setting.

 

 

FIELDING

Fielding , Part 1^ (Classes 1-5)

  • Throwing mechanics and footwork
  • Receiving throws
  • Groundball footwork and fielding technique
  • Fly ball footwork and skills
  • Skill Building Drills

 

Fielding , Part 2^ (Classes 6-10)

  • Infield arm action
  • Intermediate ground ball footwork, including:
  1. Transfer technique (from fielding to throwing)
  2. Corner infielder footwork
  3. Footwork around the base: tag plays
  4. Throwing on the run
  • Relay Footwork and Communication
  • Rundowns
  • Skill Building Drills

 

^Fielding, Part 1 and Part 2 can be modified to better accommodate specific age groups i.e., ages 8-9 and ages 10-12

 

Fielding, Part 3 (Classes 11-15)

  • Advanced ground ball footwork, including:
  • Reading Hops
  • Backhands
  • Slow rollers
  • Footwork around the base: force plays
  • Double Plays
  • Cuts-Relays: positioning, communication, advanced footwork
  • Defensive tactics and concepts: Bunt situations; 1st & 3rd situations

 

Fielding, Part 4 (Fielding Workout)

Fast paced with massive reps and fine tuning instruction.  Players and coaches learn the structure of highly effective and efficient drills, while establishing objectives and focus points of each activity.   A clear and effective approach to teaching is central to all activities.  (Content to be discussed in a direct conversation.)

 

Other Topics for Specialized Fielding Clinics

  1. First Basemen - position specific
  2. Pitchers Defensive Responsibilities & Drills
  3. Team Defense & Communication

 

 

PITCHING

PITCHERS must bring their own adult catcher with them to each session (All players pitch simultaneously). This should be their coach, parent or an adult they work with at home.

 

Pitching, Part 1 - The Baseball Pitching Delivery (Classes 1-5)

Covers all aspects of an efficient, powerful and accurate delivery.  Participants learn the three components of the delivery and gain an awareness of the 'feel' of an effective and sound delivery.  The pitcher also starts on their way to establishing a consistent Release Point, which is the foundation for throwing effective off-speed pitches and eliminating the possibility of ‘tipping’ their pitches to their opponents. 

A central focus of the instruction focuses on techniques to reduce pressure on the shoulder and elbow, minimizing the potential for sore arms or injury.  The Change-up and Two Seam Fastball are introduced.

A simple, easy to follow, and comprehensive set of drills for work at home is provided during the program in an illustrated handout.

 

Pitching, Part 2 - Change up and Two-seam Fast Ball (Classes 6-10)

These  are taught in detail, including grip variations.  The Cutter (a breaking pitch that is a safe alternative to the curve ball) is introduced.

The fundamentals of the delivery continue to be a focus in this class.  Pitchers develop a greater understanding of the delivery and develop greater discipline in their actions.  Advanced teaching, for maximizing power and accuracy, is taught.

Warm-up, stretching and a pre-game/pre-pitching routine are taught.

 

Pitching, Part 3 - Advanced Breaking Pitches: Curveball and Slider (Classes 11-15)

 Also:

  • The Change-up, Cutter and 2-Seam Fastball are developed further with an emphasis on location mastery
  • Advanced teaching and drills for maximizing power and accuracy
  • Fundamental fielding skills for the pitcher position  
  • Mental approach to game competition
  • Pitching Plan for attacking a batter and an entire line-up
  • Shoulder (rotator cuff) strengthening and maintenance exercises are taught
  • Conditioning program for the pitcher - simple and age appropriate

 

Pitching Workout

Maintenance and fine tuning in a ‘bullpen’ setting.  Players learn warm-up and stretching drills to properly prepare their bodies prior to picking up a ball to pitch.  Each player receives a detailed handout with instructions for a productive bullpen session. 

 

Attn: COACHES

These classes are FREE for any coach who wishes to attend and participate....a coach does not need to have a child in the class. A cornerstone of the Baseball Positive mission is to help All coaches increase their knowledge, improve their teaching skills and to take this knowledge to the field and expose the greatest number of kids to simple, but sound instruction. 

 

Attn: PARENTS

Our youth leagues need greater participation from parents. There are many parents who consider coaching or helping out, but hold back thinking they do not have the knowledge or skill to help the kids. 

Teaching these skills to kids is not complicated. The Baseball Positive teaching approach demystifies the swing and how to teach it. 

You Can make a difference in your child's development, you Can help their team during practices in the spring, and your league Will become stronger when you and other parents take the knowledge from this program to the field.

 

Parents and coaches are encouraged to participate and learn 'How to Teach' the skills. , even if they don't have a child in the program. A core component of Baseball Positive's mission is to increase the knowledge and skills of anyone who works with youth baseball and softball players
.....call me for details and to let me know you are going to join in - Mark, 206 714 5276

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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