Listen to my Conversation with the American Baseball Coaches Association Podcast
Interview with John Madden about my new book, Baserunning
I am the former baseball coach at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and UNC-Asheville, and current head coach of the Cotuit Kettleers in the Cape Cod Collegiate Summer Baseball League the past 10 seasons. My son, Brian, has played for the Baltimore Orioles the past 12 seasons and is a 2 time MLB All Star. I have authored two books (You Can't Steal Second Base and Keep Your Foot on 1st, 2008; and Baserunning, will be published Nov. 2013) and provide instructional videos, all available in my store below.
I am an old fashioned "Playground or Backyard" style coach. Some people ask me what that means: players must have fun practicing and playing the game as if participating in a game of Wiffle Ball in the yard, and practice fundamentals, fundamentals, fundamentals! Baseball players should learn to practice baseball fundamentals on their own. Team practices will never provide individuals enough attention and work to truly polish their skills.
Self-Motivation is critical for improvement in any area of life. A baseball player, no matter what age, must have a desire to polish personal skills through practice and should spend at least twice as many hours practicing as playing games.
Please read Nick Solari's article on our recent championship.