Coaching Youth Baseball The Ripken Way

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Coaching Youth Baseball The Ripken Way

by Bill Ripken, Cal Ripken, Jr., Scott Lowe

Human Kinetics | December 15, 2006 | Trade Paperback

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Coaching young players, developing their skills, and cultivating a love for the sport within them may be the most rewarding experience baseball can offer. Cal and Bill Ripken understand this like few others. From their father, Cal Sr., a player, coach, and manager in the Baltimore Orioles' organization for 37 years, they learned to play the game the right way. Those lessons, paired with their combined 33 years of big league experience, have helped them develop the Ripken Way, a method of teaching the game through simple instruction, solid explanations, encouragement, and a positive atmosphere.

In Coaching Youth Baseball the Ripken Way, Cal and Bill share this approach to coaching and development, the same approach they have used in camps and clinics held all over the United States since 1999.

Whether teaching your children at home, managing the local travel team or working with high school-level players, Coaching Youth Baseball the Ripken Way will help you make a difference by exploring topics and providing resources for use both on and off the field, including:

More than 50 drills covering defense, hitting, pitching, and baserunning
Age-specific practice plans for players ranging from 4 to 15+
Setting goals and reasonable expectations for your players and team
Communicating with parents, players, and staff
Creating a positive and fun environment in which kids can learn the skills and strategies of the game


Bill Ripken was once voted by his peers as one of the big league players most likely to become a manager. Cal Ripken, Jr., known as baseball's Iron Man, is a member of the game's All-Century Team and a future Hall of Famer. Together, they are proof positive that the Ripken Way is the right way to teach the game of baseball.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 264 pages, 3.94 × 2.76 × 0.24 in

Published: December 15, 2006

Publisher: Human Kinetics

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0736067825

ISBN - 13: 9780736067829

Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18

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Coaching Youth Baseball The Ripken Way

by Bill Ripken, Cal Ripken, Jr., Scott Lowe

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 264 pages, 3.94 × 2.76 × 0.24 in

Published: December 15, 2006

Publisher: Human Kinetics

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0736067825

ISBN - 13: 9780736067829

About the Book

With Cal and Bill Ripken leading the way, "Coaching Youth Baseball the Ripken Way" is the perfect guide to coaching success. This all-inclusive guide stresses simplicity, perfect practice, and fun. In addition to providing more than 50 practice drills, topics include coaching responsibly, goal setting for youth, and effective practice planning.

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Coaching young players, developing their skills, and cultivating a love for the sport within them may be the most rewarding experience baseball can offer. Cal and Bill Ripken understand this like few others. From their father, Cal Sr., a player, coach, and manager in the Baltimore Orioles' organization for 37 years, they learned to play the game the right way. Those lessons, paired with their combined 33 years of big league experience, have helped them develop the Ripken Way, a method of teaching the game through simple instruction, solid explanations, encouragement, and a positive atmosphere.

In Coaching Youth Baseball the Ripken Way, Cal and Bill share this approach to coaching and development, the same approach they have used in camps and clinics held all over the United States since 1999.

Whether teaching your children at home, managing the local travel team or working with high school-level players, Coaching Youth Baseball the Ripken Way will help you make a difference by exploring topics and providing resources for use both on and off the field, including:

More than 50 drills covering defense, hitting, pitching, and baserunning
Age-specific practice plans for players ranging from 4 to 15+
Setting goals and reasonable expectations for your players and team
Communicating with parents, players, and staff
Creating a positive and fun environment in which kids can learn the skills and strategies of the game


Bill Ripken was once voted by his peers as one of the big league players most likely to become a manager. Cal Ripken, Jr., known as baseball's Iron Man, is a member of the game's All-Century Team and a future Hall of Famer. Together, they are proof positive that the Ripken Way is the right way to teach the game of baseball.

About the Author

Cal Ripken, Jr., is baseball's all-time Iron Man. He retired from baseball in October 2001 after 21 seasons with the Baltimore Orioles. His name appears in the record books repeatedly, most notably as one of only eight players in history to record more than 400 home runs and 3,000 hits. In 1995, Ripken broke Lou Gehrig's record for consecutive games played (2,130) and voluntarily ended his streak in 1998 after playing in a world-record 2,632 consecutive games. Among his other on-field accolades are American League Rookie of the Year (1982), two-time American League Most Valuable Player (1983, 1991), two-time Gold Glove recipient (1991, 1992), two-time All-Star Game MVP (1991, 2001), and 19 All-Star Game selections. He also was named to Major League Baseball's All-Century Team in 1999. Ripken has made a tremendous impact on the sport and on fans everywhere. In 1999, Babe Ruth League, Inc., changed the name of its largest division (5- to 12-year-olds) from Bambino to Cal Ripken Baseball. Currently, more than 700,000 youths play Cal Ripken Baseball worldwide. He is using the platform that baseball has provided him to construct a baseball complex in his hometown of Aberdeen, Maryland. The one-of-a-kind facility consists of Ripken Stadium, a state-of-the-art 6,000-seat minor league ballpark that is home to the hugely successful Class A Aberdeen IronBirds. Adjacent to the minor league ballpark is the Ripken Youth Baseball Academy consisting of eight youth fields, including a youth-
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