In this text, the author shows readers 68 offensive drills. These drills help players develop important offensive skills, like maintaining proper body and bat control, hitting to the opposite field with a runner on first, deciding when to take the extra base, and more. The book includes drills that coaches can use in practice and athletes can use to practice on their own, including 35 hitting drills, 20 baserunning drills and 13 team drills. Each drill features a full-page explanation of the drill's purpose, equipment needs and proper procedures as well as coaching points. The facing page has either a photo that shows the key skill in the drill being performed correctly or a diagram of the field that shows how to set up and conduct the drill. In the last section are the five keys to using drills effectively and information on how to incorporate them into practice. The section also includes sample practice, plans for youth, intermediate and advanced players.
Rod Delmonico became head baseball coach at the University of Tennessee in 1989. In his first six seasons he led the Vols to three consecutive Southeastern Conference (SEC) Eastern Division titles, two consecutive SEC overall titles, and a 1995 trip to the College World Series (the school's first in 44 years). His many coaching honors include SEC Coach of the Year (1994 and 1995), American Baseball Coaches Association's South Region Coach of the Year (1995), and Baseball America's Coach of the Year (1995).Rod also was associated with two of the nation's top collegiate programs, spending six seasons as assistant coach at Florida State University and two seasons as a graduate assistant at Clemson University.Rod earned a master's degree in administration and supervision from Clemson University (1983).A popular figure at coaching clinics throughout the nation, Delmonico was recently the featured speaker at the American Baseball Coaches Association Clinic. He is a contributing author to numerous coaching periodicals. His articles have been published in "Scholastic Coach" and "Collegiate Baseball" magazines and his first instructional book, "Hit and Run Baseball," is now in its second printing.