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H. W. Broido

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Jan. 28 2003 Baffled Parent's Guides

Each spring, Tee-ball introduces millions of boys and girls to "America's pastime" --and introduces their parents to the joys (and nightmares) of coaching first-time players. Filled with expert advice and tips on creating order from chaos, Coaching Tee-Ball is the solution to every baffled parent's predicament, offering the new coach a total approach to keeping kids involved, motivated, and having fun.


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"I love this book and will recommend to all my future coaches."--Carl Crooks, President, Bolingbrook (Illinois) Tee Ball Association

"This book is thorough, user-friendly, informative, and right on the money. There is nothing else like it, and it is sorely needed. Kudos on a fabulous work!--Wanda Rutledge, President, National Council of Youth Sports

Coach. You just volunteered to coach your child's tee ball team, and now you realize you're not sure how tee ball differs from baseball, or how to help these 4- to 8-year-olds on the road to improvement while also ensuring that they feel safe and have fun. Don't despair--Coaching Tee Ball is here to help.

Coaching Tee Ball gives you the basic rules and procedures of the game, sample practices, and advice and tips from experienced tee ball coaches and organizers (and parents). Also included are activities that introduce basic hitting, throwing, running, and fielding skills in an atmosphere that emphasizes fun and participation. Along the way, you'll learn a thing or two about coaching style and how to make improvement--rather than winning or losing--the goal of your season.

  • Survive your first practice and game
  • Reach all your players
  • Improve your players and your team
  • Create a positive attitude and build team spirit
  • Be the coach you never had
  • Make practices fun, safe, and rewarding

"This is the type of book every parent and coach should read. The insights, information, and instruction are invaluable. I know I will refer to it often."--Roy Nelson, President, Canyon Creek Little League, San Ramon, California

"This book is an easy-to-follow road map for success. It should be required reading for parents, coaches, and league directors."--Tom McClure, Coach, Northside Youth Organization, Atlanta, Georgia

"It is great to see a book on tee ball that covers all the aspects of the game and how to run a team."--Carl Crooks, President, Bolingbrook (Illinois) Tee Ball Association

About the Author

Bing Broido is cofounder and president of the T•BALL USA Association, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the development of tee ball. He works directly with administrators, coaches, and parents to enhance their tee ball programs. A lifelong sports enthusiast, he is the author of The Book of Rules, a guide to the official rules and playing procedures of fifty sports, and The Official T•BALL USA Family Guide to Tee Ball.

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The perception of you as a competent and experienced coach can mask the reality of your "rookie" status if you project an image of confidence, authority, and control right from the beginning of your coaching career. Read the first page
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good T-Ball Reference March 26 2005
By J. Whealton - Published on Amazon.com
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This was one of the books I chose for my inaugural season as a T-ball coach. In my search for reference material I've found that for as many books as there are out there for all manner of sports, books on T-ball are in short supply... good ones anyway. This book runs through coaching T-ball from beginning to end. Not just on the field stuff but pre-season, pre-game, post-game, parent relations, etc. I doubt just one book will contain all the information that a new coach needs but this one comes pretty close. If your a new coach I'm sure you will find alot in this book that will help to prepare you for the upcoming season. The reason for only 4 stars though is that I would like to see the drills and exercise section enlarged (surely the author, who is the co-founder and president of the T-ball USA association, can come up with more drills or ideas for creative learning than what is presented in this book). Overall... probably the best choice for T-ball reference I could recommend at this time.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Buy for 1st Timers! May 31 2009
By Clinton Andersen - Published on Amazon.com
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I am a first timer T-Ball coach. I volunteered to be the assistant coach and they were short on individuals so I had to step up and be full blown coach. I knew nothing. This book has helped out tremendously with everything from drills to running a game. I would definitely recommend this book to anybody. Of course, there are some things you're going to have to learn on your own and some things that you will be able to explain better to children (for instance, on how to hold the ball they explain it by keeping the thumb and pinky low and the other three fingers on top holding the ball on the pads of the fingers. Instead of telling 4, 5, and 6 year olds this it's easier to tell them to make a "tiger claw" and that's how they hold the ball) but overall this book will get you to where you need to be!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Guide for First Time Coaches June 29 2008
By Joe - Published on Amazon.com
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As a first time coach I had little idea what to expect when preparing for coaching a T ball team. This was a perfect guide to organize with and prepare the team for a season. I have worked through the five practices now and have gained confidence in running the team based on the guidelines presented in this book. I would recommend it to anyone who needs to coach a team. It truly is a step by step guide so is invaluable for a first time coach.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First Season Head Coach's Best Friend March 11 2013
By Josh Walker - Published on Amazon.com
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I am giving this book five stars because the information goes right with the title. I signed up to be an assistant coach this season. I was asked to step up and be a head coach instead. I was excited, but this would be my first season. This book gives so much insight a first time coach. The drills to run during practice make sense and the author explains why they work. There is also a ton of information about things you wouldn't think about, such as how to work with parents. If you are coaching or assistant coaching, this is the book for you!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Huge Help! Sept. 28 2012
By Dahlia - Published on Amazon.com
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My favorite part of this book was the Introduction: So You Said You'd Be the Coach, Huh? Because that is EXACTLY what happened to my husband and I.
And we were most definitely "Baffled Parents". Especially me. I love baseball but this was a whole new ballpark to me. These kids were young and I had no idea where to start. I downloaded this book about a week before our first practice and by Practice Day, I was definitely tons more confident.
Awesome! We completely recommend this book to anyone who finds themselves as coaches.

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