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The Play Ball Baseball Coaching and Teaching Philosophy

At Play Ball Academy we believe baseball is not just a game, rather it's a way of life. We teach the game much in the same way that we run our everyday lives; instilling values such as respect, honor, commitment, and class. Players come in all different shapes, sizes, and abilities, therefore, we do our best to teach baseball skills and techniques that are best suited for the individual and not force feed our own personal routines or opinions.

We don't think our teaching methods are better than others and don't claim to know everything there is to know about baseball. What we can guarantee is, decades of playing and coaching experience which we love to pass along to baseball coaches, players, and parents all over the world. What you'll find at PlayBallAcademy.com is an old school approach to the game with additional new and fresh techniques that are proven to be effective for the young baseball player.



Hitting: Target Tee Drill
Coach TJ Johnson
Play Ball Academy Hitting: Tall Back Side Drill . . . lesson continued

Hitting Lesson: The Lower Half
Coach Steve Rau
Coach Rau demonstrates using the lower half to hit . . . lesson continued

Hitting: Tall Back Side Drill
Coach TJ Johnson
Play Ball Academy Hitting: Tall Back Side Drill . . . lesson continued

March 2012 Coaches Clinic: Hitting with hips
Coach Steve Rau
The Play Ball March 2010 Coaches Clinic- Mental Side of Pitching . . . lesson continued

March 2012 Coaches Clinic: Dynamic Warm Up
The Play Ball March 2010 Coaches Clinic- Pitching release and drills . . . lesson continued



FEATURED ARTICLES
The Tigers Just Got Smarter
Coach TJ Johnson
Last month, after eight seasons with the Detroit Tigers Manager Jim Leyland stepped down. On November 8 the Tiger's franchise announced 18 year MLB veteran catcher Brad Ausmus to manage the club for t . . . lesson continued

Define Practice & The Six Tools
Coach TJ Johnson
Too many coaches are forgetting what is right in front of them. The definition of practice is, Condition arrived at by experience or exercise. What condition do you want your players at for . . . lesson continued

Pitchers, Get Your Groundball
Coach TJ Johnson
The pitcher is the most difficult position in any team sport. With a runner on first and second base the pitcher will have four tasks that he must execute and multiple decisions to make prior to the r . . . lesson continued

Coaching For Right Now
Coach TJ Johnson
The St. Louis Cardinals are playing in their fourth World Series in the past 10 seasons. Only seven players on the Cardinals World Series roster in 2011, appear on the 2013 fall classic roster. An . . . lesson continued

Finding the Right Catcher's Mitt
Coach Blake Barthol
Choosing a catcher's glove is a very individual thing. Be sure to try many different models on before you make a decision. Whenever I was choosing a glove, I always tried to stay away from the reall . . . lesson continued

Coaching Lesson- Managing your pitching staff in practice.
Description: In this audio clip, Coach Rau discusses what to do with your pitching staff during practice, especially for those teams that have pitchers who play multiple positions. . . . lesson continued

Hitting: Target Tee Drill
Coach TJ Johnson
Play Ball Academy Hitting: Tall Back Side Drill . . . lesson continued

The Tigers Just Got Smarter
Coach TJ Johnson
Last month, after eight seasons with the Detroit Tigers Manager Jim Leyland stepped down. On November 8 the Tiger's franchise announced 18 year MLB ve . . . lesson continued
Pitchers, Get Your Groundball
Coach TJ Johnson
The pitcher is the most difficult position in any team sport. With a runner on first and second base the pitcher will have four tasks that he must exe . . . lesson continued
Hitting Lesson: The Lower Half
Coach Steve Rau
Coach Rau demonstrates using the lower half to hit . . . lesson continued

Hitting: Tall Back Side Drill
Coach TJ Johnson
Play Ball Academy Hitting: Tall Back Side Drill . . . lesson continued

Hitting: Tall Back Side Drill
Coach TJ Johnson
Play Ball Academy Hitting: Tall Back Side Drill . . . lesson continued

March 2012 Coaches Clinic: Hitting with hips
Coach Steve Rau
The Play Ball March 2010 Coaches Clinic- Mental Side of Pitching . . . lesson continued

March 2012 Coaches Clinic: Mental Side of Pitching
Coach Steve Rau
The Play Ball March 2010 Coaches Clinic- Mental Side of Pitching . . . lesson continued

March 2012 Coaches Clinic: Throwing Routine
Coach Steve Rau
The Play Ball March 2010 Coaches Clinic- Pitching release and drills . . . lesson continued

March 2012 Coaches Clinic: Dynamic Warm Up
The Play Ball March 2010 Coaches Clinic- Pitching release and drills . . . lesson continued

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