Saturday Tips for Great baseball Coaching
Baseball Simulation Coaching Tips
Baseball simulation is practice without full game play, but rather focusing on one certain play and repeating that game scenario. I recall many times having baseball practices when the coach had our team practice one play, and only one play, the whole two hour practice. Of course, this was at the higher levels of baseball, but it stressed the importance of practicing one little thing, until performed correctly.
Bottom of the ninth, two outs, three and two count, is the most famous of baseball simulations that baseball players dream of being at-bat in. Visualizing the outcome of that scenario is common in ball players’ minds, too. Good coaches use such situations to coach the game by putting players in those type game situations during practice on either offense or defense. Baseball simulation practice should be a key ingredient in every coaches practice regimen.
Based on teams’ needs from previous games and in preparation for expected game scenarios, coaches have players reenact certain situations repeatedly, until execution improves, or at least until more experience comes for ballplayers. Baseball simulation practice allows teams to reenact the same situation many times in a short period, thus giving great player experience at performing those plays.
Most Common Baseball Simulation Practice Plays
* Pitchers throwing to batters with no fielders – in this way, batters get work as in a game, as do pitchers. Many variations of this simulation practice is possible, as starting with a count on the batter or working on hit and runs, or having pitchers work on throwing with a two strike count, etc…
* Infield, outfield practice with actual base runners – coaches hit balls and the defense and base runners act according to the batted ball, as in games.
* Run Downs – this common baseball simulation takes a good amount of practice, as it is one of the toughest defensive plays, especially with other runners on base.
First and third, double steal situations – another defensive play that has many options and takes good baseball acumen to do correctly.
Bunt defenses and bunt offensive practice is another “must cover” game situations.
As mentioned, coaches have endless possibilities and the baseball simulation coaching method of devoting a great amount of time to little aspects of the game help build a well-coached team, the desired goal of all coaches. Neglecting the practice of any of these plays often leads to losing baseball games.