Mercer Island Little League 2010 Coaches Handbook



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Mercer Island Little League
2010

Coaches Handbook




www.MercerIslandLittleLeague.org
Inform – Instruct - Inspire!

Mercer Island Little League Calendar



Please regularly check the MILL Website
February

27 Coaches’ Orientation/Clinic Player Pitch & 89’ers B&G Club Gym
March

2-5 Equipment Distribution Player Pitch B&G Club

3-2 AA / 3-3 Majors / 3-4 AAA

6 Estimated Start of Practice Player Pitch & 89ers Various Fields

6 - 7 Tom Dedin Coaching Clinic All Baseball Woodinville Comm. Ctr

tbd First Aid CPR Training All Coaches B&G Club

13 Coaches’ Orientation/Clinic T-Ball, Sluggers, Rookies, Minors B&G Club Gym

20 First games Player Pitch
March 27 – April 6: Spring Break – No games or practices
April

7-11 First micro-clinics Co-ed T-Ball, Sluggers Island Park Elementary

Tbd First practice Minors, Girls T-Ball Island Park Elementary

10 Opening Day Ceremony All Divisions South Mercer

10 First Games Rookies, 89ers Various Fields
May

15 End of regular season games Player Pitch BB

AND practices



17-27 League Playoffs Player Pitch BB

28-31 Memorial Day Weekend No Player Pitch games

June

7 Final regular season games Rookies, 89ers, Minors, T-Ball (no games Sat. the 5th)

~15 End of City Tournament Player Pitch BB

15 All-star tryouts begin Player Pitch BB/SB All-Stars

Table of Contents



TAB 1: General & Reference Information 5

League Guiding Principles 5

Coaches’ Responsibilities 7

General League Policies and Procedures 9

Equipment Information 9

Private Clinics Policy 9

Mercer Island Little League Code of Conduct 9

Fan Behavior/Etiquette 10

Field Etiquette 10

Protest Filing 10

Other Violations 11

Mercer Island LL Alcohol, Tobacco and Weapons Policy 11

Safety 11

General Safety Rules for Coaches and Managers 11

Accident Reporting Procedures 12

Important First Aid Do’s and Don’ts 14

General Health of Athletes 14

Contact Information 15

Little League of America 15

Mercer Island-High School Teams 16

Coaching Resources 17

Coaches/Players Conventions, Seminars and Associations 17

Books 18

Videos/DVDs 19

Advanced Baseball Books & Manuals 19

Advanced Softball Books & Manuals 20



TAB 2 : Coaches Guide 21

Introduction 21

Your Overall Goal 21

Some Fundamentals to Remember 21

Getting Started 22

Start of Season Checklist 22

Example Letter to Families (from the Manager) 23

Identifying and Understanding Player and Parent Expectations 24

Team Volunteer Duties 25

Skill Development Goals 27

T-Ball: Boys & Girls 27

Sluggers/Minors Softball 27

Rookies/89ers Softball 27

AA 27


AAA/Coast Softball 28

Majors/Majors Softball 28

General Practice Guidelines 28

Teaching without Fear 28

What to Do With Talent Imbalances 29

Getting the Most Out Of a Practice with Kids 29

Making Sure Your Players Respect (and Obey) You 30

Use of Competition and Incentives 30

Equipment Choices and Lost Equipment 30

Throwing vs. Hitting Practice Balls 31

Single Team vs. Two Team Practices 31

Running an Efficient, Productive Practice 33

Plan Before You Practice 33

Get to Practice Early 33

Finish Practices on Time 33

Set Up the Stations in Advance 33

The Secret to Getting Kids to Show Early 33

Keeping the Team Together 33

Keeping Station Transitions Seamless 33

Suggested Practice Template (Rookies/89ers level and up) 35

Pre-practice 35

Warm-up/Stretching Exercises (10 min) 35

Throwing and Catching the Ball (10 min) 35

Station Based Drills (40 min) 35

Strategy Talk (5 min) 35

Simulated Game (25 min) 35

Proper Techniques and Drills 37

Stretching and Warm Up 38

Cardio Warm Up (30 reps for each exercise, fewer with younger kids) 38

Stretch Legs (30 sec interval): 38

Stretch Arms (30 sec interval): 38

TAB 3 : Throwing & Catching 39

Throwing the Ball 39

Proper Throwing Technique 39

Suggested Drills 39

Coaching Tips 40

Catching The Ball 40

Proper Technique 40

Suggested Drills 40

Coaching Tips 41

TAB 4 : Infield & Outfield 42

Fielding a Ground Ball 42

Suggested Drills 42

Coaching Tips 43

Outfield 43

Suggested Drills 44

Coaching Tips 45

TAB 5 : Hitting 46

Proper Technique – Preparation 47

Suggested Drills 48

Coaching Tips 48

Proper Technique – Lower Body 48

Suggested Drills 48

Coaching Tips 49

Proper Technique – Upper Body 49

Suggested Drills 50

Coaching Tips 51

Bunting 51

Suggested Drills 52

Coaching Tips 52

TAB 6 : Pitching 53

Proper Technique 53

Pitches & Grips: 56

TAB 7 : Catching 59

Stances (Half the battle!!) 59

Receiving (Centering) 60

Blocking 61

Throwing 61

Tag Plays 62

Bunts 63

TAB 8 : Baserunning 64

Proper Technique 64

Suggested Drills 64

Coaching Tips 65



TAB 9 : Situational 66

Skill Development Path 67

Offense 67

Defense 67



TAB 10 : Standard Signs 70

Skill Development Path 70

Batter/Baserunner Signs 70

Pitcher Signs 71

Catcher to Pitcher and 2B/SS Signs 71

TAB 11 : Softball Specific Section 72

Outfield Drills 72

Bounce Throw Competition 72

Relay Competition 72

Blind Drill 72

Two Ball Drill 72

Timed Release Competition 72

Softball Olympics: Fun Game for Practice 72

EVENT: INFIELD THROWS: SS TO 1ST BASE: 73

EVENT: RUNNING TIME: HOME TO 1ST BASE: 73

EVENT: OUTFIELD THROWS TO HOME PLATE: 73

EVENT: TEE HIT FOR DISTANCE: 73

EVENT: CATCHER THROWS: HOME TO 2ND BASE: 73

EVENT: PITCHING ACCURACY: 73

EVENT: AROUND THE HORN: 73

EVENT: BUNTING TO TARGET: 73

EVENT: THROWING RELAY: 73

EVENT: RUNNING TIME: HOME TO HOME: 73

Hitting Drills & Tips 74

Front Barrier Drill: Compact Swing 74

Rear Barrier Drill: Hand Position 74

Basketball Drill: Follow through 74

Beam Drill: Balance/Stride 74

Drop Drill: Reaction/Bat Speed 74

Objects Drill: Eye on the ball 74

Miss/Miss/Hit Drill: Eye on the ball 74

Name that Number Drill: Eye on the ball 75

Knee Hitting Drill: Hands 75

Tennis Ball Drill: Compact Swing 75

Hitting Game: Fielding & Hitting 75

Hitting Tip: Hand Position 75

Hitting Tip: Overstriding 75

Bunting Drills & Tips 75

Bunting Tip 75

No Man’s Land 76

Baserunning 76

RELAY RACE: Footwork and speed 76

Home to First: Reaction 76

Pitching Drills 76

A-B-C’s of Pitching: 76

1. Hip Snaps - Good warm-up drill. 77

2. Knee Drills - Isolates arm and upper body. 77

3. Super Ks - Builds towards strong leg drive and acceleration. 77

4. Triples - Promotes arm speed, timing & keeping arm path on line of force. 77

5. Walk Thru’s - Promotes velocity and timing. 77

6. Long Toss - Promotes strength development & identifies problem areas 77






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