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Baseball Direct brings you an comprehensive selection of instructional books, video and software that you can use to improve your performance as a player or a coach. The more you know and the more you do, the more you'll enjoy the game.

With more than 40 products to choose among, we've organized this page by general skills. In each section, you'll find books and videos focused on specific areas of the game. Some books may cover more than one topic, and these will be grouped according to their main focus. Some items are parts of sets. Please see the Collections section for an overview of each.

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Officiating Baseball

Based on National Federation of State High School Associations rules, this book covers officiating procedures and responsibilities, plate and field umpire mechanics, and rules application. Learn pre-game and post-game duties and equipment and safety regulations.
Paperback. 160 pages.
#1440 $15.95


Baseball Skills & Drills

Expert instruction from top college coaches and drills to improve performance in every facet of the game. This comprehensive program includes the following segments: Hitting and Baserunning with Texas A&M's Mark Johnson; Pitching and Catching with Florida's Pat McMahon; and Fielding with Clemson's Jack Leggett.
120 mins.
#1232 $49.95
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Play Ball! Official Rules & Regulations

Dusty Baker guides ballplayers through the basic rules and regulations of Little League Baseball, including equipment, scoring, age groups, and conduct. Also features the history of Little League Baseball, narrated by Vin Scully.
30 mins.
#1215 $19.95

Good as Gold, by Frank White with Matt Fulks

Eight-time Gold Glove second baseman White stresses his fundamental approach to every aspect of baseball—defense, hitting, baserunning and throwing. There are also chapters on conditioning and the mental side of the game.
Paperback. 162 pages.
#1060 $19.95
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Backyard Baseball Drills

Coach Marty Schupak's video includes over 30 fun drills that can be done in one's own backyard. For beginners as young as 4. Also includes advanced drills for ages 8-14.
#1036 $19.95

The Mental Game of Baseball

A must for any player or coach who wants to play the game right and smart. Theory and applications are illustrated by anecdotes and insights from major and minor league players, who at some point discovered the importance of mastering their inner game to achieve peak performance.
Softcover. 340 pages.
#869 $19.95

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Conditioning and Training

Baseball Training

Ten of Major League Baseball's biggest names and their expert trainers share the proven techniques they have used to hone their bodies. Step-by-step instruction—generously illustrated with photographs of the stars in action—outline dozens of exercises proven to increase speed, strength, agility, flexibility and stamina. Whether you want the strength of Derrek Lee, the stamina of Jimmy Rollins, the flexibility of Johan Santana or are just looking for ways to enhance your workout routine, Baseball Training is the perfect resource.
Paperback. 166 pages.
#2171 $16.95

Complete Conditioning for Baseball

This book contains a wealth of exercises, drills and program designed to improve strength, power, speed, agility and quickness. A companion DVD furthers the explanation of individual exercises and conditioning programs. Author Steve Tamborra is a respected strength and conditioning coach who has trained 16 first-round draft picks.
Paperback. 254 pages. DVD
#1779 $24.95
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T-Ball University

Designed for coaches and parents of Tee-ball players, this DVD is designed to teach 4-10-year-olds the right techniques from the start. The video includes catching, throwing, fielding, and base-running drills along with tips on running the first practice and game situations. "Even if a parent has never coached before, this system provides everything they will need to be comfortable the first time they step on the field for practice," says David Kalb, co-producer of the video.
#1938 $29.95

Coaching Pitchers, by Joe "Spanky" McFarland

How can you improve pitching mechanics? When should pitchers hold runners and pitch from the stretch? What are the keys to developing pitcher-catcher chemistry? This book by James Madison's head baseball coach has the answers to these questions and every other aspect of the pitching position.
Softcover. 191 pages.
#872 $19.95

Weaver on Strategy, by Earl Weaver with Terry Pluto

Earl Weaver led the Orioles to four pennants and one World Series title in 17 years of managing. In this book, Weaver explains some of his more unusual tactics, outlines his approach to the game, and offers tips on everything from when to pull your starting pitcher to when and how to argue with umpires.
Paperback. 196 pages.
#867 $17.95

Maximizing Baseball Practice, by John Winkin

Maximizing Baseball Practice will help you field the most competitive team possible. You'll find everything you need to set priorities and plan practices, improve player skills, and develop teamwork. Learn from the master, John Winkin, who has racked up more than 900 wins by preparing his teams for optimal game performance even when practice conditions were far from ideal. Fifty nine illustrated drills and more than 160 photos show you how.
Softcover. 130 pg. B&W photos.
#849 $17.95 Sale Price: $14.95 (Save 17%)

Coaching Youth Baseball the Ripken Way

Cal and Bill Ripken learned to play baseball the right way, in large part thanks to the lessons learned from their father, Cal Ripken Sr. Those lessons, paired with their combined 33 years of big league experience, helped develop the Ripken Way, a method of teaching the game through simple instruction, solid explanations, and encouragement. In this book, Cal and Bill share this approach to coaching and development. Includes more than 50 drills, practice plans, advice on communicating with parents and players, and methods for creating a positive and fun environment.
243 pages. Paperback.
#1587 $16.95
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The 59 Minute Baseball Practice

This innovative video was made to help coaches and parents run a productive, efficient youth baseball practice in just under an hour. Coach Marty Shupak has drawn on his 12 years of experience to develop a highly effective practice routine. Learn over 30 easy and productive drills, how to practice without a field and much more.
#868 $24.95

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 Baseball The Ripken Way Collection

Baseball The Ripken Way Collection

Bill Ripken and Cal Ripken Jr. have developed a method of baseball instruction based on their combined 33 years of big league experience and the teachings of their father, Cal Ripken Sr. An essential instructional tool for coaches, parents and youth baseball players. 3-DVD set includes videos on hitting, pitching and defense. This collection includes the following three titles:

  • Baseball the Ripken Way: Hitting -
  • Baseball the Ripken Way: Pitching -
  • Baseball the Ripken Way: Defense

#1563 $59.85
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Play Ball! Training Pack

This four-DVD collection gives the Little Leaguer all the basic skills, drills and techniques to improve his game and better understand the rules of Little League Baseball. Includes DVDs on hitting, pitching, fielding, and rules & regulations. Expert advice from Dusty Baker, Rex Hudler, Bud Black and Reggie Smith.
150 mins., 4 DVD's
#1216 $59.95

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