11.22 Update

Steal Start Variations I wanted to add a blog update before our big break.  Today we will condition for the last time and we were actually able to be outside more this fall than ever before. About 3 weeks ago we started to run more steal starts.  We would draft teams and take the average

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Fall World Series

Fall Season Recap In my last update we discussed motivating the players to actually continue their progress in our fall series because it is the closest thing to a “game-like” feeling.  Generally players tense up and don’t want to be the guy to make an out.   My strategy was to pull the players together

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No look pitchers from second

Know WHEN you need to get your footwork This topic came up in our scrimmage last weekend.  Our pitchers are getting much better at making us work to steal off of them.  One of the methods a lot of pitchers use is to stop looking at the plate while they pitch with a runner on

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The Curve

The Curve I often talk about the cycles of learning the system.  Typically we start our fall games on a high, then get to a low, then we start to figure it out again.  This is when you have it… the players who can get out of this hole are the ones who will have

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Week 2 Scrimmage Summary

After having a good opening weekend I was interested to see the adjustments our pitchers made against us.  Usually the second weekend is interesting.   For the most part we maintained pressure on the bases with low risk.  This is both good and bad. It is good because: We are very confident We are actually

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First scrimmage week

This week’s focus shifted toward game preparation.  This means a lot less speed & agility technique with more emphasis on getting jumps.  We played a scrimmage on Thursday, Friday and Saturday but those were pretty light due to pitch counts.  We really only practiced Tuesday and Wednesday so our focus was new school jumps at

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Fall Week 3

Sprint Technique This week we went back to a sprint technique focus to prepare for the fall season.  In the fall season we will not focus on this as much so I wanted to be sure to emphasize key points before entering the season. Throughout this week we focused on a technique drill then had

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Fall Week 2

After seeing my first few days of work with our players you can see I clearly separate building speed technique and base stealing. Somewhere in week 2 I will begin to actually add in base stealing work. If you do not have the same amount of time I would simply stick with the base stealing and use the warm up to touch on technique.

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Fall 2016 Day 2

Day 2 of the fall
Goal 1: revisit all Old School Acceleration drills
Goal 2: Get players excited about base stealing through video
Goal 3: Get everyone on the same page as far as our expectations for both success and failure

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2016 Fall Day 1

Day 1 of the fall
Goal 1: Introduce players through our warmup + (6 minute daily routine)
Goal 2: Introduce players to mechanics of lateral acceleration
Goal 3: Introduce our "go to" drills for speed training

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August – January

What happened before spring practice? When I took the job in the fall I had work to do: Convince the coaching staff to be on board Get the players excited about the chance to become a base stealer Begin implementing technique Positives of the situation – I may work for one of the most open-minded

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Feb. 23rd – After the first series

Feb. 23, After the first series Summary of the pitchers we saw and how we dealt with them.  After some serious downs we figured it out a bit.  It is all about not forcing the stolen base and finding the weakness. We are leading the nation after the first 4 games. Our SS has already

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March 7th – After extended road trip – NC State, High Point, Georgia

March 7, After the long road trip – NC State, High Point, Georgia We have cleaned some of the sloppy base running but still up and down.  This was a serious road trip with the length of time gone and the competition played.  I am learning that our team is generally safe when they go.

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March 9th – Post Xavier Game (home opener)

March 9, Post Xavier game (home opener) Dealing with a tough pitcher and catcher combination. Plans for practice future practice as well.  Practice seems to go great but they are a little tentative in the games. Use video to show guys how they look.  At second you cannot get momentum with the pitcher looking right

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March 13th – Flyer Classic Weekend

March 13, Flyer Classic weekend Recovering from seeing great pitcher catcher combinations… We have a few guys going really well.  It should not be our goal to “not get thrown out.”  For my teams I don’t want getting thrown out to be a bad thing.  If you go an entire year without getting thrown out

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March 21st – Conference Opening Weekend

March 21, Conference opening weekend Our fastest guy is really struggling.  This documents the communication and struggle with getting him a break....

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March 23rd – New Practice Ideas

March 23, New practice ideas Continuing with our fastest guy.  He ran numerous steal starts vs. a pitching machine....

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April 4th -After NKU Weekend

April 4, After NKU weekend Dealing with a runner whose confidence is hurting… Starting to get some guys to start to run.  Won a game largely because base stealing creativity late....

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April 13th – UC and Milwaukee Weekend

April 13, UC and Milwaukee weekend Half way mark we reach 50 stolen bases.  At this point we have two players with 15.  All stolen bases don’t count the same.  Often, it is more valuable for a run and hit situation that pays off.  This happened twice vs. Milwaukee. When we work on stealing at practice

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April 18th – The Nux Tournament and Toledo Weekend

April 18, The Nux Tournament and Toledo Weekend Making the third out at third is a rule that has been around forever.  I always tell our players the biggest part of the rule is to not be OUT.  Stealing third against Miami with 2 outs won us a ball game. Don’t force steals.  At times

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April 26th – Youngstown and NKU Double Headers

April 26, Youngstown and NKU double headers Communication from the first base box is critical.  The first base coach should communicate with the runner at second while the runner at first should react on his own. The trail runner of a double steal always anticipates the throw to come to second base. I’m hoping to

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May 4th – Oakland Series

May 4, Oakland Series Have two players with 20 stolen bases. Dealing with new levels of attention – certain players have never been base stealers. Know the difference of running of the pitcher vs. the catcher.  A pitcher usually feels in rhythm.  Running on the catcher doesn’t feel great. 72 stolen bases this year.  The

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May 9th – Valpo and Oakland Double Headers

May 9th, Valpo and Oakland double headers Knowing counts to run on.  This requires you to know the pitcher.  If the pitcher pitches backwards often (meaning 3-1 off speed, 1-0 off speed, etc.) then you have to gamble a bit more in fastball counts. Create a culture of players who think!...

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May 15th – UIC and Mil Double Headers

May 15, Double header Clinched conference title. Why we always watch for tips in our leadoffs.  Catchers will often show you pitches with poor signal stances and pitchers will often show you the inside of their glove....

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May 23rd – UIC Weekend Update

May 23, UIC Weekend Update Ended the regular season with 92 stolen bases. UIC shows how you defend this at second. Getting ready for the tournament at practice....

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May 30th Part 1 – Conference Tourney

May 30, Conference Tourney Two guys reach 25 bases Seeing success with OSU and other teams I’ve presented to Some guys just take a bit more time...

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Final Blog 2016

Louisville Regional Tournament The best teams can play loose and free in intense situations...

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