This course walks parents and coaches through how to get their athletes ready for the upper league. Coach Byrd and Coach Grant show us how to run a solid defense, control the offense, arm actions, catching stances, and youth catching. They also demonstrate that kids are tougher than we think and with the right preparation can be taught how to take a ball to the back and control the fear.
Bob Byrd has coached amateur baseball for over 18 years and is one of the founders of Baseball Excellence. Bob says, "I believe a coach has a responsibility to do his best to teach the game. In fact, the permanence of the game of baseball relies on its good coaches. A coach should become a teacher and a student of the game. He should place a great deal of importance on continuing education. His role should be one of instruction and development. Bob has a 22 year-old son Stephen, a college pitcher.
"Coach" Jack Grant played baseball at Florida State and has coached for over 30 years. The majority of his players who began and remained with his program the last 10 years have gone on to play in college or professional baseball. Clinton Johnston was drafted #1 by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1998 and Jack has coached several players who went on to become college All-Americans. "Coach Grant is simply one of the finest amateur baseball coaches in Florida." In addition Coach Grant has worked as a Professional Scout.