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Coaching Clinics

Coach and Parent Clinics

The winter/spring of 2019 marks the eighth year of the Play Ball! Minnesota Coach and Parent Clinics program. Created by Play Ball! Minnesota Ambassador Brian Raabe, the program serves as a way for Play Ball! Minnesota to help increase coaching skills and promote the importance of coaching youth.

The Play Ball! Minnesota Coach and Parent Clinics are free for communities to host and free for coaches to attend. These clinics are excellent for coaches of all experience levels; there are three levels of clinics based on the age range of players.

Funding for the Play Ball! Minnesota Coaches' Clinics is provided by the Twins Community Fund. Play Ball! Minnesota provides all the instruction equipment needed.

Hosting a clinic is free and easy! Host communities/organizations do the following:

  • Collaborate with Play Ball! Minnesota on clinic date and time;
  • Secure a venue large enough to accommodate the number of attendees;
  • Promote the clinic to the coaches and parents in their organization or community.

Play Ball! Minnesota Coach and Parent Clinics are designed to teach coaching techniques in all of the key aspects of the game. We urge parents to attend the clinic as well as coaches, so that parents can understand the techniques and drills that their kids are practicing. While it is not possible for every coach or parent to know everything about the game, it is a responsibility to have general fundamental knowledge to be an effective teacher and mentor.

Play Ball! Minnesota is currently seeking host communities for the 2019 season.

Coach and Parent Clinic Levels

Three levels of clinics are available for organizations/communities to host, and communities may host more than one level:

  • Beginner Player Level: coaching ages 5-8
  • Developmental Player Level: coaching ages 9-12
  • Advanced Player Level: coaching ages 14-18

Beginner Player Level
Player Ages: 5-8
Clinic time: 1.5 hours

Position Awareness
As coaches, we cannot assume every player knows the positions on the field. Coaches will be taught how to teach the different positions and make it fun for the players to know where to go.

Practice and Game Organization
Running a practice or game can be difficult. Coaches will be taught how to create and run a practice plan to cover skills and keep athletes moving in a fun way. Coaches will be given advice on what should be emphasized at practice and games to create a positive experience.

Hitting
Coaches will be taught how to teach the most basic fundamentals of hitting including how to stand and hold the bat. In addition coaches will be taught how to show players where to be in the batter's box to maximize success. Coaches will also be taught how to encourage hitters and how to pitch to them in coach-pitch formats.

Throwing
Coaches will be taught how to teach the basic fundamentals of how to hold a ball and the proper throwing motion. Coaches will be given hints on how to make a game of catch successful and fun. 

Fielding
Coaches will be taught how to teach players to get ready to field the ball in a proper fielding position, and how to catch the ball. Coaches will also learn how to teach players where to throw the ball on defense. 

Coaching Hints
Coaches will be taught how to involve and empower parents in the coaching process at this level. We will show you ways to make the game fun for the players. The goal is to have coaches and players wanting to come back for another season.


Developmental Player Level
Player Ages: 9-13

Clinic time: 2 hours

Practice and Game Organization
Running a practice or game can be difficult. Coaches will be taught how to create and run a practice plan to cover skills and keep athletes on schedule and moving in a fun way. Coaches will be given advice on what should be emphasized at practice and games to encourage success and create a positive experience.

Hitting
Coaches will be taught how to teach the mechanics of the swing including stance, head position, hand position, load, swing, and follow through. Coaches will also be taught how to communicate philosophy as well as ways to encourage success and deal with failure.

Throwing
Coaches will review the basic fundamental grips of the ball and proper throwing motion. In addition coaches will be given hints on how to increase accuracy with throws and strengthen the arms of their players.

Fielding
Coaches will be taught how to teach players to get ready to field the ball in a proper fielding position. Coaches will be shown drills on different fielding techniques for both infield and outfield, throwing arm angles, and turning a double play in the infield.

Coaching Hints
Coaches will be taught how to communicate more efficiently with parents and umpires to create a positive atmosphere. Coaches will be taught ways to communicate with players to encourage success in all facets of the game as well as deal with the difficulty of the game. The goal is to have coaches and players wanting to come back for another season.


Advanced Player Level
Ages: 14-18
Clinic time: 2.5 hours

Practice and Game Organization
Coaches will be taught how to develop an advanced practice plan to maximize skill development. Coaches will learn how to run an advanced practice with emphasis on timing, tempo, and rhythm. Coaches will be given advice on what should be emphasized at practice and games to encourage success and create a positive experience.

Hitting
Coaches will be taught how to teach the mechanics of the swing including stance, head position, hand position, load, swing, and follow through. Coaches will learn how to incorporate advanced thinking and mental training into a hitting approach. Coaches will also be taught how to communicate philosophy as well as ways to encourage success and deal with failure.

Throwing
Coaches will review the basic fundamental grips of the ball and proper throwing motion. In addition coaches will be given hints on how to increase accuracy with throws and strengthen the arms of their players. Coaches will learn how to incorporate different arm angles in throws.

Fielding
Coaches will be taught how to teach players techniques on maximizing their ready position and range while emphasizing proper fielding techniques. Coaches will be shown advanced drills on different fielding techniques for both infield and outfield, throwing arm angles, and turning a double play in the infield. Coaches will learn how to instill confidence in their fielders.

Coaching Hints
Coaches will be taught how to communicate more efficiently with parents and umpires to create a positive atmosphere. Coaches will be taught ways to communicate with players to encourage success in all facets of the game as well as deal with the difficulty of the game. The goal is to have coaches and players wanting to come back for another season.