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.