TRAVEL BASEBALL COACHES
How To Prepare For The Fall Baseball Season
Addison Maruszak, AMP Pro Training
25 August 2016
As much as we want to say that travel baseball in the fall should be about development and not winning, we have to be real. Travel baseball is super competitive. We don’t want you to lose games, but we don’t want you to WIN-AT-ALL-COSTS. There needs to be a healthy balance of developing and trying to win. If you focus on the process, it is typically accompanied with winning in the long run.
Travel baseball has some very nice benefits that leagues are unable to offer. You can create your own schedule and you can have controlled games with other travel teams. With that being said, here are three main tactics we recommend you accomplish when planning your fall travel baseball season:
- Fill your schedule with less games/tournaments than you had in the spring.
- Practice more. This will be simple with fewer games.
- Schedule controlled double headers with similarly skilled teams.
Number one is self-explanatory and leads us directly to point number two. True development happens at highly focused and intense practices. If you have more time to practice, UTILIZE IT! This is the perfect opportunity to practice players in new positions as they continue to grow, gain arm strength, running speed, bat speed, etc.
Example: Spending some time with less skilled pitchers could benefit everyone in the long run. We all know how quick these kids grow, so don’t label them at 8 years old as an outfield only who can’t pitch. Teach them how to pitch. Throw them in a game. What do you have to lose? It’s ONLY a youth baseball game.
This directs us perfectly in to point number three: Schedule controlled double headers with similarly skilled teams.
YOU NEED TO DO THIS!!!!
Schedule these controlled games where winning doesn’t really matter. YOU CAN STILL COMPETE! These games are great, especially with the pitching example above. You can put a player in to pitch, and if he struggles and reaches his inning pitch count, you just roll the inning!
**Roll the inning means even though you don’t get three outs you switch sides. This keeps the game moving fast, you play more innings, it protects player’s arms, and more players get at-bats. This is done in professional baseball during spring training/instructs.**
As a coach, you should schedule one or two of these games per month, especially in the fall season. You can start each inning with a man on first and work on bunting. The beauty of this is that while you practice bunting, the other team is practicing bunt defense! You can clear the bases after a successful/unsuccessful bunt or play the inning out. The possibilities are endless.
If you want some more coaching tips check out our online platform called The Dugout. It is a great tool for coaches where we have taken our professional experiences and organized them into highly informative videos and plans.
If you implement what we have recommended above for your fall season, you will come out of it with better coaches and players. That makes you a better TEAM.
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