MajorLeagueBaseball

An MLB Coaching Clinic

This instructional baseball coaching clinic teaches young players from age 8 to 14 and up the basic skills as well as some advanced skills to master the game. Each lesson features 3-D animations and video footage from actual MLB games to illustrate and demonstrate each skill. Also included are playbooks, practice plans, and advice for parents of young players.

In addition to the course content, we recommend you check out the following websites:
www.mlb.com - The Official Site of Major League Baseball
www.usabaseball.com - The Official Site of USA Baseball
www.imsports.com - Immersion Media Animated Sports Instruction

Beginning Skills
1 Catching: Catching a Ball 00:12
2 Catching: Catching a Ball (Footage) 00:14
3 Catching: Catching a Fly Ball 00:26
4 Catching: Catching a Fly Ball (Footage) 00:11
5 Catching: Receiving 00:36
6 Catching: Receiving (Footage) 00:11
7 Catching: Fielding a Grounder 00:31
8 Catching: Fielding a Grounder (Footage) 00:05
9 Throwing: Basic Throwing - Left 00:22
10 Throwing: Basic Throwing - Left (Footage) 00:05
11 Throwing: Basic Throwing - Right 00:22
12 Throwing: Basic Throwing - Right (Footage) 00:07
13 Pitching: Fastball - Left 00:58
14 Pitching: Fastball - Left (Footage) 00:10
15 Pitching: Fastball - Right 00:58
16 Pitching: Fastball - Right (Footage) 00:14
17 Hitting: Basic Hitting - Left 00:55
18 Hitting: Basic Hitting - Left (Footage) 00:04
19 Hitting: Basic Hitting - Right 00:55
20 Hitting: Basic Hitting - Right (Footage) 00:13
21 Hitting: Sacrifice Bunting - Left 00:43
22 Hitting: Sacrifice Bunting - Left (Footage) 00:05
23 Hitting: Sacrifice Bunting - Right 00:43
24 Hitting: Sacrifice Bunting - Right (Footage) 00:04
25 Base Running: Home to First 00:22
26 Base Running: Home to First (Footage) 00:12
27 Base Running: Rounding Bases 00:20
28 Base Running: Rounding Bases (Footage) 00:13
29 Base Running: Sliding 00:13
30 Base Running: Sliding (Footage) 00:11
Advanced Skills
31 1st Base Skills: Footwork 00:23
32 1st Base Skills: Footwork (Footage) 00:07
33 1st Base Skills: Holding Runners 00:17
34 1st Base Skills: Holding Runners (Footage) 00:06
35 Pitching: Change Up 00:11
36 Pitching: Change Up (Footage) 00:18
37 Pitching: Curve Ball 00:18
38 Pitching: Curve Ball (Footage) 00:13
39 Catching: Blocking 00:30
40 Catching: Blocking (Footage) 00:07
41 Catching: Throwing Out Base Stealers 00:37
42 Catching: Throwing Out Base Stealers (Footage) 00:09
43 Base Running: Taking Leads 00:28
44 Base Running: Taking Leads (Footage) 00:05
45 Base Running: Stealing 00:24
46 Base Running: Stealing (Footage) 00:08
Baseball Playbook
Coaching Materials
47 Practice Plans: 8-10 Year Olds - Short Practice
48 Practice Plans: 8-10 Year Olds - Long Practice
49 Practice Plans: 11-14 Year Olds - Short Practice
50 Practice Plans: 11-14 Year Olds - Long Practice
51 Parental Involvement: Checklist for Success
52 Parental Involvement: Responsibilities
53 Parental Involvement: Code of Conduct

MajorLeagueBaseball Major League Baseball

Major League Baseball (MLB) is a professional baseball organization, the oldest of the four major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada. A total of 30 teams play in the National League (NL) and American League (AL), with 15 teams in each league. The NL and AL were formed as separate legal entities in 1876 and 1901 respectively. After cooperating but remaining legally separate entities beginning in 1903, the leagues merged into a single organization led by the Commissioner of Baseball in 2000. The organization also oversees Minor League Baseball, which comprises about 240 teams affiliated with the Major League clubs. With the World Baseball Softball Confederation, MLB manages the international World Baseball Classic tournament.

Baseball's first professional team was founded in Cincinnati in 1869. The first few decades of professional baseball were characterized by rivalries between leagues and by players who often jumped from one team or league to another. The period before 1920 in baseball was known as the dead-ball era; players rarely hit home runs during this time. Baseball survived a conspiracy to fix the 1919 World Series, which came to be known as the Black Sox Scandal. The sport rose in popularity in the 1920s, and survived potential downturns during the Great Depression and World War II. Shortly after the war, Jackie Robinson broke baseball's color barrier.

The 1950s and 1960s were a time of expansion for the AL and NL, then new stadiums and artificial turf surfaces began to change the game in the 1970s and 1980s. Home runs dominated the game during the 1990s, and media reports began to discuss the use of anabolic steroids among Major League players in the mid-2000s. In 2006, an investigation produced the Mitchell Report, which implicated many players in the use of performance-enhancing substances, including at least one player from each team.

Today, MLB is composed of 30 teams: 29 in the United States and one in Canada. Teams play 162 games each season and five teams in each league advance to a four-round postseason tournament that culminates in the World Series, a best-of-seven championship series between the two league champions that dates to 1903. Baseball broadcasts are aired on television, radio, and the Internet throughout North America and in several other countries throughout the world. MLB has the highest season attendance of any sports league in the world with more than 73 million spectators in 2015.

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