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1st Edition

A Constraints Led Approach to Baseball Coaching

  • Available for pre-order on March 14, 2023. Item will ship after April 4, 2023
ISBN 9781032228525
April 4, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
184 Pages 66 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description


A Constraints-Led Approach to Baseball Coaching presents a new approach to baseball coaching and practice. Applying a CLA to player development process across the skill spectrum from the beginners to elite, this book uses practical examples to demonstrate the theoretical principles of the Constraints-led coaching style embedded in research showing the numerous benefits of the approach.

This book incorporates cases studies and examples of how constraints are manipulated to develop more adaptable players that can perform at a higher level with a reduced risk of injury, shifting the reader’s view of skill acquisition from the concept of one "correct" solution, acquired through repetition, to the ecological dynamics framework focused on variability, adaptability and self-organization. Individual chapters cover major topics such as hitting, pitching and fielding for players at range of levels form little leagues to the pros and illustrating the underlying principles so that coaches can develop their own practice activities.

A Constraints-Led Approach to Baseball Coaching is key reading for undergraduate students and practising sports coaches, physical education teachers and sport scientists alike as well as practising players and coaches in baseball and related sports.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: The Problems with Traditional Baseball Practice

2. The Alternative, Self-Organization Approach to Skill

3. Constraints & the Constraints Led Approach (CLA) to Coaching

4. Batting

5. Pitching

6. Fielding

7. Extensions to and Things We Can Learn from Softball and other Related Sports

8. A Look at Research Evaluating the CLA to Coaching

9. Epilogue: Concluding Thoughts & Some Coaching Tools

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Rob Gray is an Associate Professor and Program Head of the Human Systems Engineering Program at Arizona State University, USA. He has published 25 research articles on baseball. He is also host and producer of the popular Perception & Action Podcast.

Randy Sullivan is a physical therapist, a baseball coach, and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. He has been the owner and director of the Florida Baseball ARMory training facility and a paid consultant to MLB and collegiate baseball programs for over 25 years.