Resources

Updated Saturday January 19, 2019 by Ithaca Babe Ruth.

We have put together resources that we think are most critical to becoming a successful youth baseball coach.

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Self-Education

Ripken Baseball created a series of videos with useful approaches to teaching fundamental skills to your players:

Practice Plan

Nothing is more boring that sending 9 kids to the field and then hitting baseballs to each player. To engage your players, draw on your parent volunteers and set up at least 2 and preferably 3 drill stations that players rotate through to build the skills they need. At the bottom of this page is a guidebook with sample practice plans and drills, as well as a practice plan checklist to help you plan your pre-season with a focus on building all the fundamental skills your team will need.

Parent Communication

We highly recommend holding a parent meeting early in the season to set expectations and engage them to take on a volunteer role with the team. See the Parent Meeting Communication document below for more information about the meeting and communicating with parents.

Gamechanger

Gamechanger is a free scorekeepig app that is easy to use for scoring games, keeping track of pitch counts, and sharing your team’s progress live across the internet to friends and family. We encourage all teams to use this app for scorekeeping (engage a parent to do the scorekeeping so you can focus on coaching). Visit http://gamechanger.io for more info.

Cal Ripken Parent Meeting Communication
Practice Checklist
Coaches Practice Drills and Plans