Play Ball: 100 Baseball Practice Games is the best way to develop players' skills, execution, and on-field team play!
With more than 100 skill-building competitions, Play Ball: 100 Baseball Practice Games covers everything from the fundamentals of fielding, pitching, catching, and hitting to special situations such as rundowns, base stealing, and bunting. You'll even learn how to incorporate the games into team practices to perfect execution and prepare for opponents.
Renowned coach and American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame member Tom O'Connell includes games for individual players as well as group competitions for infielders, outfielders, and pitchers and catchers. Coaching tips and variations also allow the developmental games to be used with beginning, intermediate, and advanced players and teams alike.
From outfielder to catcher, from player to coach, Play Ball: 100 Baseball Practice Games is your guide to more productive and engaging practices, focused play, and on-the-field excellence.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Throwing Games
Chapter 2. Infield Games
Chapter 3. Outfield Games
Chapter 4. Pitching Games
Chapter 5. Catching Games
Chapter 6. Hitting Games
Chapter 7. Situational Games
Chapter 8. Team Games
Chapter 9. Practice Planning
"Amateur baseball has been waiting for a book like Play Ball. Tom O'Connell has done a magnificent job in laying out the practice-to-game concept for the readers."
Assistant Baseball Coach, University of Alabama at Birmingham
"Tom O'Connell, one of the most respected baseball coaches in the world, has hit a home run with Play Ball: 100 Baseball Practice Games. It should be required reading for every baseball coach on all levels of the game.”
Editor, Collegiate Baseball newspaper
"Coach O'Connell has assembled learning, teaching, and playing all in one book. Play Ball is a must-have for any baseball library, and I have never seen a more comprehensive book that can be used by coaches, parents, and players at all levels and all ages. You will use this book over and over."
Dublin Coffman High School
2000 USA Baseball Developmental Coach of the Year
Ohio High School Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame Member
“Making kids comfortable with competing, giving them that feeling that they must do their best and accept the result is the coach’s job. This phenomenon is the subject of Tom O’Connell’s excellent new book Play Ball: 100 Baseball PracticeGames.”
Coach and player for the Brussels Kangaroos