Teaching the Game: Fielding Skills and Drills for Youth Baseballby Marc Rardin
Iowa Western Community College Head Coach Marc Rardin shares some of his favorite drills to help youth baseball players become more efficient in the field. Coach Rardin runs players through numerous drills that work on breakdowns, recovery, feel, fielding stance and more. Rardin's unique practice perspective focuses on cutting dead time and packing as much drill time into two hours as possible.
Throughout the course, Coach Rardin shares nuggets of baseball wisdom that will help you run better practices and improve your team athletic ability. Running practice on your own? Learn how to run drills using cones as "assistant coaches."
Get simple tips for overcoming errant throws that will keep drills moving and maximize practice time. Discover how small adjustments can improve players' chances of fielding the ball cleanly. Coach Rardin fills each drill with teaching points, cue words and baseball wisdom. Coach Rardin's practice drills will help your youth players improve their fundamentals and get in as much training as they can during every practice. If you're organized and ready to coach a practice, your players will know it and will respond!
During Marc Rardins 13 seasons as the Head Baseball Coach at Iowa Western Community College, his teams have rewritten the record books in every facet of the program and made junior college baseball history by winning the Junior College World Series in 2010, 2012 and 2014. Rardin's Reivers are the first Northern District representative to ever win the Junior College World Series title. All in all, in 13 seasons at Iowa Western Rardin’s Reivers have participated in 9 Junior College World Series, and have won 11 consecutive Regional Titles, and 9 Northern District Titles. That’s a total of 23 Post Season Titles, more than any other Division I junior college program in the country in the past 13 years alone.
Rardin has also been recognized by the National Junior College Athletic Association and the Baseball Coaches Association and has twice (2008 & 2010) been assistant coach on the NJCAA USA National Teams. This past summer Coach Rardin was the Head Coach of the USA Junior College Team that participated in the 80th year of the NBC Tournament in Wichita, KS. After being together as a team for only 21days the NJCAA team finished the tournament with a 3rd Place finish. In June, Coach Rardin also has been invited to Cary, North Carolina and the official training base for USA Baseball Organization. Rardin has twice (2014,15) managed one of the teams and helped with organization, practices and evaluations with the ages 18 & under tryouts for Tournament of Stars.