Teaching the Game: Game Situations and Drills for Youth Baseballby Marc Rardin
In this youth baseball drills course from Iowa Western Head Coach Marc Rardin, you'll learn to train your players to become better hitters and fielders,
Coach Rardin shares drills to help you read the pitcher while you have a leadoff on first base. Youll also learn how to make reads on balls hit to the shortstop when you're the base runner on second. Finally, you'll get various drills that give players reps at the plate while the rest get game-like experience in the field.
In the "Total Team Relay Drill," your players learn all aspects of the game. Create scenarios with runners on certain bases and teach your players what to do if a ball is hit to the outfield. Coach Rardin provides an example of a ground ball hit to the outfield with a runner on second. The outfielder uses good fundamentals by fielding through the ball and hitting the cutoff man on the way to home plate.
Coach Rardin's emphasis on fundamentals and teaching players all aspects of the game are key reasons his teams are so successful. His offensive and defensive drills reflect those values and are a valuable asset to any coach's library.
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.