Tip #1:

In today’s baseball world, new information is consumed at an exponentially growing rate. Finding more information, right or wrong, is very easy. Thus, accumulating information is not the true game-changer; accurately discerning the validity and then, more importantly, correctly prioritizing its impact, now that’s the big needle-mover!

Tip #2:

If we’re not questioning and vetting the information we consume, our path to success will be much longer. We must ask ourselves: To what degree does this information impact the achievement of optimal results come game time?

Tip #3:

Players should all have a simple list that prioritizes each aspect of their game. The top 3-5 items should get approx—80% of their training time. Prioritize your process. Be the best at the super-important things, not average at everything.

Tip #4:

Easy practices or easy games? If we avoid challenging practices, we’ll surely avoid being a champion.

“During a game, players don’t rise to the occasion; they fall to the level of their training.”*

*A paraphrased Brandon Webb quote.

Tip #5:


The easier our practices/training are, the more difficult the games will be, and vice versa. Stay disciplined, delay gratification, and embrace the struggle of a challenging practice so we can later embrace an abundance of game-time success.

Tip #6:


Try this ratio/allocation when designing your drill/practice or when setting up your training session. I’ve found it to be a very effective blend.

20% of reps - easier than game action.

40% of reps - same difficulty level as normal game action.

40% of reps - more challenging than age-level game action.

Tip #7:

COACHES: High-quality drills are far more valuable than a high volume of coaching pointers. Players learn best by feeling it out rather than thinking it out. Be strategic with oour coaching pointers. Say less, rep more.

Tip #8:

Having a process allows us to measure/assess more effectively and more accurately. Having a process/system inherently reduces variables, thus allowing us to make more efficient and effective course improvements. Variables are an assessment kryptonite!

Tip #9:

The book “The 80/20 Principle” by Richard Koch is a game-changer. This should be required reading in all schools. Just because we're training doesn’t mean we’re improving. 10-20% of the training drills I see out there are more impactful than the other 80-90+% combined.

Tip #10:

If you haven’t already read ‘The Checklist Manifesto’ by Atul Gawande, it’s a quick, worthwhile read. Using the core message of the book will help us coach up the key things without getting distracted or forgetful.

Tip #11:

As the baseball training community continues to add and add and add… more and more info/opinions, the winning difference will be who does the following steps the best:

Tip #12:

Be non-partisan. Avoid being a “new-school guy” or an “old-school” guy. Don’t be the “new-school” person who thinks things can only be figured out with Rapsodo, Trackman & HitTrax, and don’t be an “old-school” person who’s stuck in your ways with a hardened ego. Just be a “better baseball” person.

Tip #13:

6 absolutes of a great practice environment:

1. Praise.

2. Enforced standards/rules/expectations.

3. Healthy competitions.

4. A high volume of quality reps.

5. Individualized skill improvement.

6. No long speeches. (5 minutes max)

Tip #14:

Conventional practice is to first focus on perfecting the swing, which is definitely important, but it is not the top priority. Teaching hitters to swing at the correct pitches is priority #1.

Tip #15:

A hitter’s job is to help the team produce runs. Scoring runs is the only ‘stat’ that matters for an offense in baseball. All other stats are, at best, just incomplete measurements.

Tip #16:

Players (hitters, fielders, & pitchers) need to fix and improve the technique/mechanics from the GROUND UP. Start by assessing/improving the feet, and move up from there. WORK ‘LOW-TO-HIGH’ WITH ALL TECHNIQUE ASSESSMENTS AND IMPROVEMENTS.

Tip #17:

I hear old-school baseball people riffing on the use of technology/data within player development, and it surprises me that they don’t just learn how to use it and thus become the gold-standard coach. Time is on their side... it’s much faster to learn tech/data than to acquire decades of experience.

Tip #18:

The paradigm shift with regard to the pickoff’s purpose:

An ‘out’ is the icing on the cake, not the cake.

For pitchers, developing a good pickoff move is as much, or more, about slowing the runner’s arrival at the next base(s) as it is about getting an ‘out’ right then and there.

Tip #19:

A runner @ 3B & zero outs makes for a perfect time to pick to 3B. Whether that’s a Pitcher pickoff or a catcher back-pick.

The offense has ultimate leverage in this situation, but the defense’s risk/reward ratio will also never be better.

“No risk it, no biscuit.” -Bruce Arians

Tip #20:

Before designing any drill, the 2 first important questions we must answer are:

1. What specific skill is this drill improving?

2. And more importantly, how much will this drill/skill impact the level of success come game time?


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