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Things You Need To Know If You Are Considering Coaching Baseball

Jan 23, 2008
So you have decided to become a baseball coach, maybe because your child had a team but no one was willing to step up to coach or maybe you just have a passion for working in this field. Whatever the reason is really is not the important factor. Every coach wants a winning team and every player wants the same thing but this all lies within the overall effectiveness of the team as a whole, including the coach. A coach is a teacher and like any good teacher you should always be looking for ways to improve. These are the things that you want to share with your team. You may not even have much, if any experience in coaching but just familiarizing yourself with the basics is a great way to start.

There are actually some benefits to being a coach that is just starting out. As long as you know the basics of baseball and the rules of the game, the coaching skills are one that can be developed with your team and common sense will let you know what it is that everyone needs. It is your own personal style developed with your ethics and morals that will fill in the blanks as to which style of coach you will end up being. Of course the extreme basics of baseball require that a pitcher knows how to accurately throw a ball and a batter knows how to connect with that pitch and hit the ball into the outfield.

In an actual game of baseball a person will be in charge of measuring what each batter has accomplished. The measurement is done by using averages which are later used to measure a player's effectiveness. Once the batter has hit the ball, it is then up to the opposing team to make sure that within the legal limits of the game of baseball that they make their best attempt to intercept the ball and tag the batter out before he reaches home plate. The opposing team may catch a fly ball, which is one that the batter hits into the air or perhaps the batter hit what is called a line drive or a grounder. In any event the players on the other team want to get the ball and tag the runner out before he clears the four bases and makes it home.

These are the basics of the game except for the fact that the batter could also do one of the following, strike out, which means that he missed the ball when it was pitched to him three different times. He could also walk, which is a baseball term for the pitcher throwing four attempts to a batter that were unable to be hit by error of the pitcher.

In this case the batter would advance to first base automatically. Of course do not forget the homerun either. This is the thing that all players strive for, the ability to hit the ball that is pitched to them outside of the perimeters of the playing field, hence resulting in a home run. This means that the batter automatically gets to advance from first base
to home plate and not only score a run but bring in anyone else who was on base waiting to score too.
About the Author
Gregg Hall is an author living with his 18 year old son in Jensen Beach, Florida. Find more about coaching baseball as well as baseball equipment at http://www.nsearch.com
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