The Dugout Captain Library contains hundreds of baseball information videos, coaching instruction, and drill details to make a complete coach. For the purpose of understanding skills… and then teaching those skills to young players… videos in the DC Library are broken down into four categories:
- Fundamentals – The purpose of fundamental videos is an explanation of the skill. Think: “What actually happens during this movement?” As an example, the ground ball is comprised of four main steps: (1) Ready position, (2) approach, (3) fielding triangle, and (4) exit footwork (right / left / shuffle / throw). This isn’t necessarily the order in which we will instruct a young player to field a ground ball, but this IS what happens. DC believes that a thorough understanding of any skill is a necessary component to being a great coach.
- How To Coach – These videos are the training plan. “Now that you know what actually happens, here’s how you teach it.” Take pitching for example. The first step to coaching pitcher’s is to instruct the balance point (position #1). Next, move to the finish (position #3). And finish by instructing the power position (position #2).
- Drills – Now, drill the skill! Get creative. Beg, borrow, and steal information from others. Drill skill fundamentals in fun and novel activities.
- What Is – These are explainer videos that help to describe the DC practice planning philosophy. There is a What Is video on every segment of the DC practice plan. There’s even a What Is video that describes the DC Drill Library. Wait…
Not all skill categories have a thorough training plan. That means, you may not find a How-To-Coach series of drill videos for cuts and relays, bunting, or pick offs. However, you will find a HTC series on the four major skills: hitting, pitching, infield, and catching.
- FUNDAMENTAL VIDS = HOW TO EXECUTE
- HOW TO COACH = TRAINING PLAN
- DRILLS = ACTIVITIES TO TRAIN A SKILL
- LEARN THE SKILL --> FUNDY VIDS
- HIT / PITCH / CATCH / INF --> HOW TO COACH VIDS
- DRILL THE SKILL --> DRILL VIDS