THE 80/20 BASEBALL PODCAST
By COACH BO
The 80/20 BASEBALL PODCAST is a weekly, 30-minute (ish) podcast, built specifically for youth coaches. We discuss the best wisdom and top strategies, from all around the baseball community.
- The 80/20 principle.
- Solid team-culture.
- Strong mental game.
- Efficient practices.
- High-quality training reps.
- Repeatable, winning results.
Note: The podcast is designed for youth coaches, with that said, the discussion does go to an advanced level at times.
- The 80/20 principle.
- Solid team-culture.
- Strong mental game.
- Efficient practices.
- High-quality training reps.
- Repeatable, winning results.
Note: The podcast is designed for youth coaches, with that said, the discussion does go to an advanced level at times.
#141 - A FLAW WITH USING Z-SWING %, ADDING UNDERVALUED PLAYERS TO YOUR TEAM, & AN OFF-SEASON LOWER BODY STRENGTH TIP.
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August 03, 2022
#140 - THE FULL INTERVIEW W/ COACH DAVID KLEIN, FOUNDER OF SPEEDBALL!
This interview could very well change your coaching priorities for the better. Visit 8020BASEBALL.com to get the DRILL DESIGN GUIDE so you'll know exactly how to design optimal drills. Follow Coach Klein on Twitter @coachdavidklein, and www.legendsbaseballcamps.com, also follow 8020BASEBALL on Twitter @8020_baseball.
July 27, 2022
#139 - TIPS & OBSERVATIONS FROM THE WEEKEND TOURNAMENT, AND A NEW DISCUSSION ABOUT OPTIMIZING HITTERS.
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July 20, 2022
#138 - THE FINAL PART OF THE COACH RYAN BRUCKER INTERVIEW, IN WHICH WE DISCUSS MULTI-SPORT ATHLETES & PRACTICE LENGTH.
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July 12, 2022
#137 - PART 2 OF THE COACH RYAN BRUCKER INTERVIEW, PLUS A COACHING TIP TO HELP AVOID OVERCORRECTING OUR PLAYERS.
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July 05, 2022
#136 - PART 1 OF THE COACH RYAN BRUCKER INTERVIEW, AND A QUICK DISCUSSION ABOUT AN INSIGHTFUL SPORTS ILLUSTRATED COACHING ARTICLE.
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June 29, 2022
#135 - TRAINING EQUIPMENT TIPS & AN OFF-SEASON CONDITIONING TIP.
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June 22, 2022
#134 - TRAINING EQUIPMENT RECOMMENDATIONS, THE MENTAL GAME BENEFIT PLAYERS GET FROM HAVING A ROUTINE, & HOW WE CAN LEARN FROM THE DODGERS' TEAM HITTING FLAW.
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June 15, 2022
#133 - MARRYING THE RIGHT ONE, PLUS SOME PRO’S AND CON’S OF TRAVEL BALL.
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June 08, 2022
#132 - BETTER PRIVATE LESSONS: 4 USEFUL TIPS TO GET MORE OUT OF PRIVATE LESSONS. PLUS, A BONUS RECOMMENDATION… #1 DIRECTOR. YEP, THAT KIND OF DIRECTOR :)
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June 01, 2022
#131 - 2 TIPS FOR GETTING MORE OUT OF PRIVATE LESSONS. (PART 2 OF 3)
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May 25, 2022
#130 - PART 1 OF A 3 PART SERIES, THAT HIGHLIGHTS THE DO'S AND DON'TS OF PRIVATE BASEBALL TRAINING/LESSONS.
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May 17, 2022
#129 - A SIMPLE/EFFECTIVE POST-PITCHING ROUTINE, AND 2 COMMON HITTING MISTAKES THAT SHOULD BE A RED-FLAG FOR ALL COACHES.
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May 10, 2022
#128 - FLIPPING THE SCRIPT: COACH BO GETS INTERVIEWED BY THE FOUNDER OF PLAYMAKER BASEBALL JOE PACE.
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May 04, 2022
#127 - A COACHING FLAW THAT INVOLVES OVER-TRUSTING "THE PROCESS", & WHY CHIRPING AT THE OTHER TEAM SLOWS DOWN YOUR TEAM'S PROGRESS.
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April 26, 2022
#126 - GETTING BOAT-RACED IN COMPTON, A WET WEATHER TIP, & COACHING UP OUR HITTERS SO THEY DON'T BAIL OUT WHEN THE PITCH IS COMING.
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April 19, 2022
#125 - HOW TO CRITIQUE PLAYERS WHILE MINIMIZING RESENTMENT, & A TIP TO PREPARE PLAYERS FOR WET FIELD CONDITIONS.
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April 12, 2022
#124 - A TIP FOR ALLOCATING PRACTICE TIME MORE EFFECTIVELY, & A STRATEGY THAT CAN HELP COACHES IDENTIFY WHICH PLAYERS ARE BETTER SUITED FOR PITCHING.
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April 05, 2022
#123 - COACHING OUR BASERUNNERS TO BE MORE AGGRESSIVE WHILE ALSO LEARNING THEIR LIMITS, AND A NATIONAL CHAMPION COACH'S TAKE ON WHY CERTAIN PLAYERS DON'T SUCCEED IN HIS PROGRAM.
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March 30, 2022
#122 - DEALING WITH UMPIRES IN A MUCH BETTER WAY, WHAT WE CAN LEARN AS COACHES FROM FREDDIE FREEMAN, & AN EFFECTIVE OUTFIELD DRILL THAT EFFICIENTLY WORKS 3 PARTS OF OUTFIELD PLAY.
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March 23, 2022
#121 - TOP 5 COACHING TWEETS OF THE MONTH, A POSSIBLE FLAW FROM COPYING OTHER COACHES, & AN INTERVIEW WITH JOE PACE, CO-FOUNDER OF THE PLAYMAKER BASEBALL APP.
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March 15, 2022
#120 - A BREAKDOWN OF HITTING PRIORITIES & HOW MOTORCYCLE COPS ARE TEACHING US COACHES A THING OR TWO.
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March 09, 2022
#119 - QUALITY AT-BATS, QUALITY PITCHES, AND A MORE ACCURATE WAY TO ASSESS A HITTER'S OVERALL PERFORMANCE.
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March 02, 2022
#118 - THE PITCHING WEBINAR, PLUS TIPS 7, 8, & 9 FROM THE CLASSIC MENTAL GAME BOOK 'HEADS UP BASEBALL'.
Here is the 8020BASEBALL.com link with more info about our upcoming PITCHING WEBINAR... CLICK HERE Here are the top 5 things that will be learned at the webinar... How to effectively coach the pitching delivery, both the wind-up and from the stretch. How to build a great bullpen practice routine for all your pitchers. How to slow down the opponent’s running game, including a breakdown of our top “pick-off” drill. How to safely and efficiently get pitchers stronger and more athletic, with no extra equipment. How to improve your pitchers’ defensive skills by using our top “pitcher fielding” drill. Can’t make it to the live session? No worries. The full clinic video will be sent to each coach that purchases it. This works well for you great coaches that want to get all the information, but at a time that works better for you.
February 23, 2022
#117 - DON'T MAKE THE COACHING MISTAKE I DID, PLUS, 2 BIG MENTAL GAME TIPS THAT CAN BE IMPLEMENTED WITH YOUR PLAYERS IMMEDIATELY!
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February 15, 2022
#116 - BEST COACHING TWEET I’VE READ, TOM BRADY, & 3 SPECIFIC COACHING STRATEGIES STRAIGHT FROM THE CLASSIC COACHING BOOK ‘HEADS UP BASEBALL’.
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February 09, 2022
#115 - DIVERSIFYING A YOUNG PERSON'S PORTFOLIO, THE MENTAL GAME & THE SCOREBOARD, PLUS PSYCHOLOGICAL SPORTS TRAUMA.
Email Coach Bo if you're interested in attending the 8020BASEBALL Pitching Webinar that will be taking place soon. Visit 8020BASEBALL.com for many more coaching resources! Also, here is Coach Pho's contact info: Psychathletes Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/psychathletes/?hl=en Psychathletes Apple Podcast Link: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/sports-psychology-psychathletes/id1536068585?uo=4 Psychathletes Spotify Podcast Link: https://open.spotify.com/show/02K0HZVV5eASdVxxa7fnGh?si=uj6vJqt-Q-yqL626JK88RQ
February 01, 2022
#114 - BILL BELICHICK ON PRACTICE DIFFICULTY, & PART 2 OF THE MENTAL GAME INTERVIEW WITH COACH RYAN PHO!
Email Coach Bo if you are interested in attending the Pitching Webinar: firstname.lastname@example.org. Head over to 8020baseball.com and take in all the coaching articles and coaching videos! Here are the links to connect with Coach Ryan Pho... Psychathletes Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/psychathletes/?hl=en Psychathletes Apple Podcast Link: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/sports-psychology-psychathletes/id1536068585?uo=4 Psychathletes Spotify Podcast Link: https://open.spotify.com/show/02K0HZVV5eASdVxxa7fnGh?si=uj6vJqt-Q-yqL626JK88RQ Ryan’s OGPS acronym: O - Open G - Grounded P - Priding (Chest up) S - Slow
January 25, 2022
#113 - COACHING THE MENTAL GAME WITH RYAN PHO.
This week's episode is PART 1 of a three part interview with Mental Game Coach Ryan Pho. Ryan is the host of the Psychathletes (https://anchor.fm/psychathletes), and he has joined us here at 8020BASEBALL to share his mental game wisdom so we can use it to help our players achieve more all around success! You can also follow Ryan on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/psychathletes/.
January 18, 2022
#112 - A QUICK SHOUT-OUT TO THE LISTENERS ALL OVER THE WORLD, A TRIP TO WATCH THE GREATEST COACH ALIVE, HIP/SPINE ANGLES FOR HITTERS w/ TIPS TO GET THERE, AND LASTLY, A BASEBALL BOOK RECOMMENDATION.
Some hip/spine-angle resources… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=arr70a0yGn4 https://www.drivelinebaseball.com/2019/10/hitting-concepts-visualizing-the-why-behind-hip-hinge-hip-torso-separation-and-maintaining-spine-angle/ https://www.drivelinebaseball.com/2019/06/evaluating-a-swing-using-k-vest-performance-graphs/ Email Coach Bo if you’re interested in the 8020BASEBALL PITCHING WEBINAR. This is going to be packed with key information that youth coaches can use right away with their pitchers! email@example.com
January 11, 2022
#111 - AVOID THIS COMMON COACHING ERROR, THE TYPE OF COACH THAT PLAYERS WANT VS. THE COACH THAT PLAYERS NEED, & THE 1ST-STEP TO INCREASING YOUR PLAYERS' COACHABILITY.
Visit 8020baseball.com and use the Contact Page to email Coach Bo if you'd like more info about the PITCHING WEBINAR that will be taking place at the end of the month (January).
January 04, 2022
#110 - TOP 3 TIPS FOR MAKING THE HIGH SCHOOL TEAM.
In this episode, we discuss the biggest needle-movers that will help prepare youth players so they have the best chance to make the high school team.
December 28, 2021
#109 - TOP TIP FOR PREPARING PLAYERS FOR THE NEXT LEVEL, A BIG CONGRATS TO AN OLD LITTLE LEAGUE FOE, & IS OVER-COACHING RAMPANT IN YOUTH SPORTS?
Visit 8020baseball.com for a dozen articles, a dozen coaching videos, plus the Fall Coaching Webinar.
December 21, 2021
#108 - A PERSONAL COACHING ERROR INVOLVING LONG TOSS, HELICOPTER COACHING IN BASEBALL, COACHING HITTERS WITH MORE CERTAINTY, & LASTLY, THE TOP 5 TWEETS OF THE MONTH!
HEAD OVER TO 8020BASEBALL.COM FOR A TON OF COACHING GUIDANCE. ARTICLES, VIDEOS, AND MUCH MORE. THANK YOU COACHES FOR ALL THAT YOU DO!
December 15, 2021
#107 - HOW TO SLOW DOWN THE GAME FOR OUR PLAYERS, PLUS, WHAT WE AS COACHES CAN LEARN FROM THE BOOK “TALENT IS OVERRATED”.
It’s not too late to get access to the FALL COACHING WEBINAR. Access the WEBINAR here... https://8020baseball.com/product/fallwebinar/
December 08, 2021
#106 - TEACHING OUR HITTERS THE ART OF THE “AGGRESSIVE TAKE”, AND TRUSTING OUR COACHING IMPACT.
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December 01, 2021
#105 - COACH YOGI TEACHES US ABOUT A KEY STAT THAT WE OFTEN OVERLOOK, & WE DO A QUICK BOOK REVIEW ON "BALLPLAYER" BY CHIPPER JONES.
Even though the FALL COACHING WEBINAR went live last Thursday, you can still order the recording along with the 8 DRILL VIDEOS and 11 PDFs! Here is the link: https://8020baseball.com/product/fallwebinar/
November 23, 2021
#104 - THE SURPRISING TRAINING BENEFITS OF ELASTIC TUBING (J-BANDS), 2 TIPS FOR GETTING PLAYERS READY FOR A BIGGER FIELD, FALL COACHING WEBINAR THIS THURSDAY!
Sign up for the FALL COACHING WEBINAR that will take place THIS THURSDAY EVENING. CLICK HERE to go to the sign-up page on 8020baseball.com.
November 16, 2021
#103 - COACHING WEBINAR, WIN/WIN PLAYER RAPPORT, 80/20 HITTING, 70-ITEM COACHING CHECKLIST.
Here's the link to the upcoming Fall Coaching Clinic/Webinar: https://8020baseball.com/product/fallwebinar/
November 10, 2021
#102 - BOOK RECOMMENDATION, BATTING AVERAGE & PEOPLE’S WEIGHT, & THE 2 THINGS ALL COACHES NEED TO DO BEFORE DIVING INTO SKILL DEVELOPMENT.
Email Coach Bo, firstname.lastname@example.org, to sign-up up for the Fall Coaching Clinic/Webinar. And, help give back to the show by using the link below.
November 02, 2021
#101 - WHAT CAN YOUTH COACHES LEARN FROM THE HOUSTON CHEATERS, WHAT EXACTLY ARE THE “FUNDAMENTALS” IN BASEBALL, & HOW TO KEEP YOU PLAYERS BETTER ENGAGED OUT THERE AT PRACTICE.
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October 27, 2021
#100 - A BIG THANK YOU TO YOU, LEARNING FROM WILMER’S FAMOUS CHECK-SWING, POSSIBLY THE STRONGEST CORRELATION BETWEEN A SINGLE STAT AND SCORING MORE RUNS, AND TRAINING TO WALK OVER AN ACTIVE VOLCANO.
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October 20, 2021
#99 - STEALING HOME, 4-STEP COACHING PROCESS, & LEARNING FROM THE #1 RECRUITING CLASS.
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October 12, 2021
#98 - THE GREAT FRANS BOSCH SAVES COACHES A LOT OF WASTED TIME, COACHING TWEETS OF THE MONTH, & THE TRAINING PRIORITIES FOR OCTOBER/NOVEMBER.
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October 06, 2021
#97 - WHAT WE CAN LEARN FROM NICK SABAN’S TERMINOLOGY, A COACHING MISTAKE MADE EARLY IN THE COACHING CAREER, & A USEFUL TRUTH ABOUT SUCCESSFUL COACHES/PEOPLE.
Up your coaching game by visit 8020baseball.com for even more coaching strategies/tips! Email email@example.com if you are interested in attending the 80/20BASEBALL Fall Coaching Online Clinic.
September 29, 2021
#96 - LEARNING AGAIN FROM OUR GUY MANNY, GARRIT COLE’S SIMPLIFIED GAME-PLAN, THE #1 TIME TO SAC BUNT, & VR HITTING.
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September 22, 2021
#95 - COACH JOHN EMME, HITTING FOR POWER VS. STRIKING OUT, THE MACHADO EFFECT AND THE SD PADRES, AND COACH MURPHY CRUSHES IT IN PART 3 OF OUR INTERVIEW.
IN THIS EPISODE... 1) A tribute to Coach John Emme. A wonderful person and coach. 2) We discuss how hitting for power doesn't correlate with striking out as much as another part of hitting does. 3) We briefly discuss the San Diego Padres and the possible Machado effect on their season. 4) Coach Murphy crushes part 3 of our interview with him. He shares the following wisdom with us: Building autonomy into his practices and ownership into his players. His top-tips for players that will be trying out for their high school team. A top-notch tip for hitters and hitting coaches! A top-notch philosophical tip! Follow Coach Murphy @CoachMurphy14 on Twitter.
September 14, 2021
#94 - AN UMPIRE OF 43 YEARS GIVES COACHES HIS NUMBER ONE RECOMMENDATION, AND WE GET INTO PART 2 OF THE GREAT INTERVIEW WITH COACH PATRICK MURPHY.
In part 2 of our visit with Coach Murphy, he shares some top-notch wisdom that can help every coach develop better player buy-in.
September 08, 2021
#93 - BABE RUTH’S WISDOM, THE SIMPLIFIED HITTING APPROACH OF AN MLB ORGANIZATION, & PART ONE OF OUR TALK WITH COACH PATRICK MURPHY.
In part one of our great discussion with Coach Patrick Murphy, he shares with us some of his vast coaching wisdom. He discusses being a player at the Little League World Series, being a 22-year old coach at one of the top HS in the country, and then winning a national championship in 2019 at Dodger Stadium. Coach Murphy is the perfect blend of a coach that can teach skill-development with the best of them, while always prioritizing a "people first" approach toward his players.
September 01, 2021
#92- TOP 5 COACHING TWEETS OF THE MONTH, UNIV. OF ARKANSAS HITTING APPROACH, & KEY TIPS FROM PART 2 OF THE INTERVIEW w/ COACH TIM MURRAY.
Coach Tim Murray shares the following with us: A common mistake to be aware of that youth and travel ball teams make and how this mistake slows down player improvement. A great tip to dealing with a “problem parent”. How to build solid rapport with the players that spend more time on the bench than others. Lastly, Coach Murray shares out exactly what youth players need to be good at when they show up to HS tryouts.
August 25, 2021
#91 - GARY SHEFFIELD’S PROVEN 3-STEP HITTING APPROACH + COACH TIM MURRAY SHARES GREAT TIPS THAT’LL HELP COACHES GET BETTER PARENT SUPPORT.
PART 1: We discuss the 3-parts to the hitting approach of the great hitter Gary Sheffield. Gary played 22 years in the MLB, had 2700 hits, hit 509 HR, with a .393 OBP. The following sums up just how good a hitter Gary Sheffield was… in his career he had 300 more walks than strikeouts, while hitting 450+ 2Bs and 500+ HRs. He swung at good pitches and he hit the ball hard. PART 2: Part one of our interview w/ Coach Tim Murray. Coach Murray has had a lot of success over the years keeping the parents of his players content and on his side, and he shares key tips that all coaches can use to have better rapport parents.
August 17, 2021
#90 - GREAT TONY GYWNN & TED WILLIAMS QUOTES ON HITTING, RAISING BASEBALL IQ DURING THE OFF-SEASON.
In this episode, we discuss 2 very useful hitting tips from two of the best hitters to ever play the game, and we follow that up with 2 tips to help raise the baseball IQ of our players during the off-season.
August 10, 2021
#89 - JOEY VOTTO’S HR STREAK, TIPS FOR THE YIPS, & AN OFF-SEASON PLAN TO IMPROVE FIELDING SKILLS.
PART 1: We discuss Joey Votto’s HR streak from this past week and also what we can learn from it as coaches and hitters. PART 2: We discuss the infamous YIPS and we break down some key strategies to help work through the dreaded paralyzation that the YIPS infuse into the minds of many athletes. PART 3: We discuss an off-season plan that will improve fielding skills .
August 03, 2021
#88 - THE #1 THING A FIRST BASEMAN CAN DO TO PREVENT RUNS AND A DRILL TO IMPROVE THIS SKILL + 2 SUMMERTIME TIPS FOR IMPROVING HITTERS
In this episode, we discuss an under-coached aspect of playing first base, and we discuss two specific ways to best utilize the summertime to improve hitters. 8020BASEBALL...where we build high-quality baseball practices/drills and then make them super-efficient.
July 27, 2021
#87- A LESSON TO BE LEARNED FROM THIS YEAR'S GOLDEN SPIKES AWARD WINNER, AND A SUMMER STRENGTH & CONDITIONING ROUTINE.
In this week’s episode, we discuss how this year’s Golden Spikes Award winner can teach us something about being a better coach, and in the second part of the episode we dive into a summer strength and conditioning routine that can be done at the field/park with little or no equipment.
July 20, 2021
#86 - THE TOP 4 SUMMER PRIORITIES
In this episode we discuss the top 4 things players and coaches should focus on during the summer.
July 13, 2021
#85 - THE #1 MISTAKE MADE WHEN COPYING GREAT PLAYERS & COACHES.
In this episode, we discuss the biggest mistake the baseball community makes when trying to copy "successful" players and coaches, and we also discuss how to avoid it.
July 06, 2021
#84 - A BONUS BENEFIT OF THE DRAG BUNT & THE #1 EVALUATION METHOD USED TO ASSESS THE QUALITY OF A HITTER'S PLAN.
PART 1: We discuss what we can learn from the great Shohei Ohtani and his use of the 'drag bunt'. PART 2: We discuss an evaluation method that is even more accurate than the commonly used 'quality at-bat' metric. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT OF THE PODCAST!
June 29, 2021
#83 - A+ SWINGS, A QUALITY BASEBALL BOOK RECOMMENDATION, IMPRESSIVE RED SOX STATS SHOWING THEIR GRIT, & CONTAINING THE COACHING EGO.
INTRO: We discuss multiple Red Sox's team stats that clearly show they don't quit no matter the situation. PART 1: We discuss why coaches are not likely as great as their team's best wins and very likely not as bad as their team's worst losses. PART 2: We discuss some improved "Plan A" terminology that comes from a high-level college coach. PART 3: We discuss a book that breaks down the statistical value of various coaching strategies.
June 22, 2021
#82 - HOW TO CONDUCT THE END-OF-THE-YEAR COACHES MEETING & 3 STRATEGIES FOR MOTIVATING THOSE PLAYERS THAT QUIT MID-GAME.
PART 1: We discuss how to conduct the end-of-the-year coaches meeting in which the coaching staff debriefs the season. The pluses, the minuses, and most importantly an improvement plan for next season. PART 2: We discuss 3 specific strategies to reduce the amount of 'mid-game quitting' that can greatly hinder a team's chance of coming comeback to win the game.
June 16, 2021
#81 - AN IMPORTANT END OF THE SEASON TASK & A BETTER PITCHING DELIVERY.
PART 1: An important end of the year task that all coaches (coaching staffs) should ask their players to complete. PART 2: A simple fix to help most pitchers have better timing w/ thier delivery.
June 09, 2021
#80 - SUMMER BALL, HOF COACH BOB HURLEY’S RULES, A DRILL FRANCISCO LINDOR DID AS A YOUTH PLAYER, & DEALING W/ QUIRKY PLAYERS LIKE TREVOR BAUER.
INTRO: Transitioning from spring ball to summer ball. PART 1: HOF Coach Bob Hurley‘s rules. PART 2: We discuss a drill that Francisco Lindor did with his dad when he was a youth player. PART 3: We discuss how to best handle your quirky players like Trevor Bauer.
June 01, 2021
#79 - THE #1 REASON YOUTH BASEBALL PLAYERS LOSE INTEREST, A LESSON FROM ELON MUSK, & HOW HOF COACH BOB HURLEY WON MORE BY COACHING THE 2 BIG NEEDLE-MOVERS
INTRO: The #1 reason youth players lose interest in playing baseball. Not the only reason, but the likely the biggest reason nowadays. PART 1: We discuss a key lesson on 'learning and improving' from Elon Musk. PART 2: We discuss how Coach Bob Hurley Sr. won 26 state championships, and molded his players into much better human beings, by focusing heavily on just 2 things.
May 26, 2021
#78 - COACHING THE CORRECT DETAILS, A COMMON MID-TO-LATE SEASON COACHING MISTAKE, & CREATING MORE TIME TO BUILD RAPPORT W/ PLAYERS
INTRO: The details, the little things, are vital, but make sure to coach up the details that fall into this certain category. PART 1: We discuss a common mid-to-late season coaching mistake that can bring about big consequences. PART 2: We discuss a key element that allows coaches a lot more time to build rapport w/ players.
May 19, 2021
#77 - DESIGNING A BETTER BASE-RUNNING DRILL, THE IMPORTANCE OF BETTER SWING DECISIONS, A 2-STEP APPROACH TO PRAISE & CRITIQUE.
INTRO: 8020BASEBALL.COM is now live. A dozen articles, coaching videos, the Drill Design Guide, etc. PART 1: We dive into an example of a well-rounded base-running drill. PART 2: We discuss a Baseball America article by Matt Eddy, titled: "More Precision, With Decisions". The article discusses the common hitting adjustment of 8 young MLB hitters that all improved production in 2020. PART 3: We discuss a proven 2-step approach to giving players individual feedback. Support the podcast below. Thank you to those coaches that are already supporting the podcast.
May 11, 2021
#76 - AL CY YOUNG PREDICTION AND WHAT WE CAN LEARN FROM HIM, A FAST HITTING ADJUSTMENT THAT WILL PAY DIVIDENDS RIGHT AWAY, THE NFL DRAFT AND WHAT WE CAN LEARN FROM 6 OF THE FIRST 24 PICKS.
PART 1: We discuss what we can learn from this year's favorite to win the AL CY Young and how we can use it to make our youth pitchers better. PART 2: We discuss a simple and fast batter adjustment that will pay dividends right away. PART 3: We discuss what we can learn from 6 of the first 24 picks in the NFL draft.
May 04, 2021
#75 - AN EARLY SEASON WORLD SERIES FAVORITE, A COMPETITION THAT REQUIRES VERY ACCURATE THROWS, & SOME TIPS FOR KEEPING BENCH PLAYERS READY TO GO.
INTRO: My early season World Series favorite, and how they may be able to overcome that talent tease at third base. PART 1: We discuss a competition that requires throwing accuracy and can be a very simple add-on to any throwing routine/program. PART 2: We discuss tips for keeping bench players physically prepared and mentally focused as they wait for their turn to shine.
April 28, 2021
#74 - A SOLID TRAINING METHOD TO HELP HITTERS SQUARE-UP MORE PITCHES, & THE BENEFITS OF HAVING FEWER DRILLS.
INTRO: A brief background synopsis w/ Coach Bo. PART 1: We discuss a very solid, age-old, training method that will help your hitters make more/better contact. PART 2: We discuss the specific benefits of having fewer drills. The optimal minimal.
April 20, 2021
#73 - A 5-STEP PLAN TO MOTIVATING YOUR TEAM ALL SEASON, THE #1 TRAIT ALL GREAT CATCHERS HAVE, THE 3 MAIN REASONS BEHIND BEING NAMED THE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA ‘PLAYER OF THE YEAR’.
PART 1: We discuss a specific 5-step plan for motivating teams. No gimmicks, no fluff, just a plan that will work if the effort is consistently put into it. PART 2: We discuss how catching a Gary Sheffield HR ball highlights what makes for an ideal catcher. PART 3: We discuss a player from my hometown that won the Southern California “Player of the Year’ award, and more importantly, we discuss the 3 main things he did on the field to earn it.
April 13, 2021
#72 - A PROVEN 2-STEP APPROACH TO PRODUCTIVELY HANDLING BAD CALLS, POSSIBLY THE BIGGEST NEEDLE-MOVER OF THEM ALL, AND WRISTBAND SIGNS.
In this episode we discuss.. PART 1: A proven, effective plan, to best deal with an umpire's bad call. PART 2: What is likely the biggest needle-mover when it comes to coaching up our players to win more games. PART 3: Using wristbands rather than giving signs to communicate with our players.
April 06, 2021
#71 - TEAM CELEBRATIONS, AVOIDING THE JACK TRAP, AND AN MLB RECORD WE CAN LEARN FROM.
PART 1: We discuss how much celebrating coaches should allow from their team. PART 2: We discuss why youth coaches tend to coach everything, and how to avoid this costly "jack trap". PART 3: We discuss the greatest odds ever overcome to win an MLB game and how, as coaches, we can learn from it.
March 31, 2021
#70 - A LESSON FROM AN MLB RECORD, A DIFFERENT EXPLANATION OF THE '80/20 PRINCIPLE', AND A "PROCESS VS RESULTS" TIP.
In this week's 80/20BASEBALL MASTERCLASS episode we discuss the following... PART 1: What we can learn from the longest at-bat in MLB history. PART 2: An alternative/useful way of looking at the well-known '80/20 Principle'. PART 3: How to better optimize the 'Process vs. Results' equation.
March 23, 2021
#69 - DAIRY QUEEN, OPTIMIZING THE PITCHER’S TARGET, RICHARD KOCH, & AVOIDING THE EXTREMES.
INTRO: A simple/effective way to build some team connectedness. PART 1: We discuss 4 locations the catcher can set up the glove/target depending on the count leverage. PART 2: A quick book recommendation involving the ‘80/20 Principle’ guru. PART 3: We discuss how to avoid the extremes in baseball and why, in most cases, it’s very important to do so.
March 16, 2021
#68 - SHORTER ARM-PATH FOR PITCHERS, PRAISING MORE CONSISTENTLY, 3 STRATEGIES TO IMPROVE THE PITCHING LINE-UP, & A VERY SIMPLE CHANGE THAT CAN NET 15-30 MINS OF EXTRA FIELD TIME.
PART 1: We discuss the pro’s and cons of shortening the pitcher's arm-path. PART 2: We discuss a specific tip to help build the habit of giving praise more consistently. PART 3: We discuss 3 strategies to better optimize your pitching line-up. PART 4: We discuss a very easy to implement practice tip that can buy your team an extra 15-30 minutes of field time.
March 09, 2021
#67 - ARM CARE TIPS + TIPS TO SPEED UP PRACTICE W/O LOSING QUALITY.
PART 1: We discuss 4 arm-care tips that we can use with our pitchers to reduce arm soreness and injury. Note: When playing baseball there is no way to eliminate 100% of arm-soreness and arm-injuries, but we discuss some tips here to mitigate the risk. At the end of the day, the best resource for an injured arm is a medical expert that specializes in throwing-arm injuries. PART 2: We discuss 2 tips that can speed up any practice without sacrificing any quality. BONUS: We quickly hit on how we can be better coaches by borrowing some wisdom from the book "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People".
March 03, 2021
#66 - 2 PREGAME TIPS + 2 EFFECTIVE THROWING DRILLS.
PART 1: We discuss 2 tips that can help the pregame ‘throwing routine’ better prepare your team for the game. PART 2: We discuss 2 throwing drills that are effective, efficient, and contain an element of competition. Part 3: We finish with a quick discussion about the SB champ Bruce Arians and the amazing Elon Musk.
February 24, 2021
#65 - URBAN MEYER’S 80-10-10 PRINCIPLE, AND STANDARDS VS. RULES.
PART 1: We discuss Urban Meyer’s effective 80-10-10 philosophy, and how we can use it to improve our teams. PART 2: We discuss a simple word change that will likely pay dividends when it comes to player buy-in.
February 17, 2021
#64 - A TEMPLATE FOR BUILDING A ROSTER, AND PARAMETERS FOR CHOOSING ASSISTANT COACHES.
In this episode we discuss and breakdown a flexible plan for building a team, and we also discuss parameters for choosing assistant coaches. Email me your thoughts, and also the topics you'd like discussed on the podcast. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow on Twitter @ 8020_baseball.
February 10, 2021
#63 - AN UNREAL DRAFT STORY INVOLVING ONE OF MLB's BEST CATCHERS, AN MiLB HITTING COORDINATOR SAYS THIS IS THE #1 THING HIS PLAYERS SEEK TO IMPROVE IN-SEASON, & THE COACHING WIDSOM OF URBAN MEYER.
INTRO: The 80/20 Principle. PT 1: An unreal draft story involving one of the best catchers in the world, and how most of MLB world didn't notice him his senior year of high school. PT 2: A well-known MiLB hitting coordinator says this is the #1 thing players seek to improve during the season. PT 3: What we can learn from the coaching wisdom of URBAN MEYER. NEXT EPISODE: We’ll discuss specific strategies that will help coaches improve the likelihood that they put together a better team. Follow on Twitter @8020_BASEBALL, and email your questions to COACHBO@8020BASEBALL.COM
February 03, 2021
#62 - A PROVEN TIP FOR A MUCH BETTER TEAM THROWING ROUTINE, ANOTHER PIECE OF EVIDENCE HIGHLIGHTING WHY THE HITTING APPROACH IS KEY, and WHAT WE CAN LEARN FROM SUPER-BOWL COACH BRUCE ARIANS.
PART 1: We discuss a specific, proven, tip to ensure that your team improves their throwing routine. PART 2: We discuss an interesting way that MLB scouts research a hitter’s approach at the plate. PART 3: We discuss the trademark phrase of the Tampa Bay Bucs coach Bruce Arians, and how all coaches can have more fun and win more games using his approach. Follow on Twitter @8020_BASEBALL Email me COACHBO@8020BASEBALL.COM.
January 27, 2021
#61 - LEARNING FROM JOHN WOODEN, OPTIMIZING THE SET-UP FIRST, BETTER BP & BETTER TEE WORK, ANDREW FRIEDMAN MLB's EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR.
INTRO: A powerful quote by the amazing coach John Wooden. PART 1: We discuss the first thing that should be optimized when it comes to the hitter's swing, the pitcher's delivery, the fielder's ready-position, etc. PART 2: We discuss 2 key strategies to ensure better hitters. First, we discuss the most important part of any batting practice drills, and secondly, we discuss a proven way to use the 'tee' to develop better 2-strike hitters. PART 3: We discuss 2 of Andrew Friedman's main priorities when building a team.
January 19, 2021
#60 - 3 KEY STRATEGIES USED BY THE GREAT NICK SABAN, PLUS A PROVEN 3-STEP ACTION-PLAN FOR EFFECTIVELY COMMUNICATING W/ PLAYERS DURING BOTH PRACTICE & GAMES.
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January 13, 2021
#59 - A WISE COACHING QUOTE FROM TOM LANDRY, THE TRUE RECORD OF A COACH, THE 3 MAJOR BENEFITS OF HAVING A SCRIPTED COACHING SYSTEM, 2 PLAYER NUTRITION TIPS, & HITTING APPROACH EVIDENCE.
INTRO: TOM LANDRY’S COACHING WISDOM & THE TRUE RECORD OF A COACH. PART 1: THE 3 MAJOR BENEFITS OF HAVING A SCRIPTED COACHING SYSTEM. PART 2: TWO 'EASY TO IMPLEMENT' PLAYER NUTRITION TIPS. PART 3: SPECIFIC STATISTICAL EVIDENCE HIGHLIGHTING THE VALUE OF THE 80/20BASEBALL HITTING APPROACH.
January 05, 2021
#58 - A DIVE INTO THE CHANGE-UP, 3-STEPS TO BETTER BASE-RUNNING, A TOP BASE-RUNNING DRILL, & HOW TO USE THE 80/20 PRINCIPLE TO PLAY BETTER BASEBALL.
PART 1: We discuss the 3 main reasons why many youth pitchers struggle to throw an effective change-up. We also discuss specific strategies that will help all pitchers improve their change-up. PART 2: We discuss a specific 3-step training process to improve base-running results. PART 3: We discuss one of my top 3 base-running drills, that will efficiently improve reaction times and decision making skills when running the bases. PART 4: We discuss how to use the 80/20 Principle to coach and play better baseball.
December 30, 2020
#57 - TOP GROUND-BALL DRILL, PROS/CONS OF YELLING, THE 3 LEVELS OF COACHING LEVERAGE, & TRAINING HITTERS TO SWING AT BETTER PITCHES.
PART 1: We breakdown a highly effective, highly efficient, ground-ball drill. PART 2: We discuss the pros & cons of yelling at players, and why there’s a better approach. PART 3: We discuss the 3 levels of leverage that all coaches have, and how and when to use each one. PART 4: We dive into the ‘hitting approach’ all consistently good hitters use. Please, take a few seconds and drop a quick rating/review, and share this episode with your coaching circle. Thank you. Rob Tong’s 80/20 Article: https://www.youthbaseballedge.com/the-80-20-rule-for-youth-baseball-and-how-knowing-it-will-radically-change-how-you-organize-your-practices/
December 22, 2020
#56 - GANG-MEMBERS & HALL-OF-FAME COACHES, GETTING PLAYERS TO LEARN THE SIGNS, SELL WELL, A STUDENT'S MESSAGE TO ALL OF US.
INTRO: I discuss how 2,000+ days leading gang-members, and 8 years of playing for Hall-of-fame coaches, has led me to my current role in the coaching community. PART 1: We discuss one of the best, if not the best, way to get all the players on your team to learn the signs quickly. PART 2: We discuss that many players won't buy-in unless the coach can sell well, and I share a proven 3-step process for selling all your coaching messages. PART 3: I share a comment that I received from a student last week that encapsulates what type of coach our players want and need.
December 16, 2020
#55 - IMPROVING CATCHERS EFFICIENTLY, SUPPORTING PLAYERS THAT GIVE UP QUICKLY, GETTING PLAYERS BETTER AT MORE THAN ONE POSITION, ALLOCATING PLAYING TIME.
PART 1: We discuss how to maximize catcher improvement while not actually allocating a lot of additional practice time to catchers. PART 2: I answer the following 3 questions: How does a coach successfully help the players that give up quickly? What does a coach do with a player that can only play one position? Who sits with a 12+ man roster? NEXT EPISODE: PART 1: I'll being sharing an extremely effective method to get your players to learn, and remember, the team’s signs. PART 2: We will discuss something that is even more important than “building” rapport when it comes to getting player buy-in, yet it is something that is often forgotten. PART 3: I will share a story about a kid that recently shared with me the truth about what kind of coach players really want.
December 09, 2020
#54 - HOW THE DODGERS WIN w/ OLD-SCHOOL & NEW-SCHOOL STRATEGIES, THE WINNING PARADIGM OF BILL WALSH, AND LASTLY, THE PROs & CONs OF THE J-BAND.
PART 1: We discuss how the Dodgers built a winning organization using both “Old-school” and “New-school” methods. PART 2: We discuss how all coaches can become better by using Hall-of-Famer Bill Walsh’s mindset when it comes to the scoreboard. PART 3: We discuss the pluses and minuses of using elastic-tubing to build strength, particularly in the shoulder region.
December 02, 2020
#53 - BETTER CHANGE-UPS, BETTER BASERUNNERS, & AN ALL-TIME GREAT COACH WE CAN ALL LEARN A LOT FROM.
PART 1: WE DISCUSS A PRACTICE STRATEGY THAT WILL EXPEDITE THE IMPROVEMENT OF THE CHANGE-UP. PART 2: WE DISCUSS AN EFFICIENT DRILL THAT PROBABLY SHOULD BE USED AT EVERY PRACTICE TO HELP IMPROVE BASE-RUNNING. PART 3: WE DISCUSS AN ALL-TIME GREAT BASEBALL COACH, AND WE DICUSS WHAT WE CAN LEARN FROM HIM TO HELP US ALL BE BETTER COACHES ED CHEFF ARTICLE BY LOU PAVLOVICH, JR. http://www.baseballnews.com/old/features/stories/ultimate_Practice.htm NEXT WEEK: WE DIVE INTO J-BANDS/ELASTIC TUBING.
November 25, 2020
#52 - A MUST READ COACHING BOOK, HOW A HALL-OF-FAME COACH SUCCESSFULLY USED THE 80/20 RULE, & HOW TO GET PLAYERS TO FOLLOW YOUR RULES.
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November 17, 2020
#51 - THE PITCHER'S STRIDE, THE PITCHER’S #1 OBJECTIVE, STRENGTH & CONDITIONING FOR PITCHERS, AND ARM-TRAINING w/ A FOOTBALL.
PART 1: WE DISCUSS THE PITCHER'S STRIDE, AND THE PITCHER’S #1 OBJECTIVE. PART 2: WE DISCUSS PRESEASON STRENGTH & CONDITIONING FOR PITCHERS PART 3: WE DISCUSS HOW TO TRAIN THE PITCHER'S ARM w/ A FOOTBALL.
November 11, 2020
#50 - 3 TIPS FOR BETTER COLD-WEATHER PRACTICES, 2 TIPS FOR SETTING YOUR LINE-UP, THE 2 BEST BUNT SITUATIONS, HOW TO AVOID THE SHINY OBJECT SYNDROME ASSOCIATED WITH TECHNOLOGY.
PART 1: 3 tips for better cold-weather practices. PART 2: 2 tips for setting your line-up. Plus, the best 2 situations to bunt in. PART 3: How to avoid the shiny object syndrome associated with technology.
November 03, 2020
#49 - IN-N-OUT, TRAINING BETTER 2K HITTERS, EGGS IN ONE-BASKET FALLACY, & FALL-SEASON PRIORITIES.
1. BASEBALL COACHES CAN LEARN FROM BURGERS & FRIES. 2. THE OPTIMAL 2K HITTING PLAN. 3. NO SINGLE BASEBALL RESOURCE HAS ALL THE ANSWERS, AND THAT'S OK. 4. FALL-SEASON PRIORITIES, INCLUDING THE #1 PRIORITY FOR PLAYERS!
October 27, 2020
#48 - AGGRESSIVE HITTING, COACHES FIGHTING, USE THE MATH BUT DON'T STOP READING, & OPTIMAL DRILL DESIGN!
PART 1: WE DISCUSS EXACTLY WHY HITTERS SHOULD NOT STEP INTO THE BATTER’S BOX WITH AN AGGRESSIVE MINDSET, NOR A PASSIVE MINDSET. PART 2: WE DISCUSS HOW TO PLAY THE PERCENTAGES WHILE ALSO CORRECTLY READING THE GAME AS IT UNFOLDS. PART 3: THE FINAL PART OF OUR 8-PART ‘DRILL DESIGN’ SERIES, IN WHICH WE HIGHLIGHT THE 8TH AND FINAL INGREDIENT NEEDED IN ORDER TO DESIGN OPTIMAL DRILLS.
October 20, 2020
#47 - USING ZEN TO PLAY BETTER BASEBALL, WHY PLAYOFF TEAMS STRIKEOUT LESS, & HOW TO USE BATCHING TO INCREASE PRACTICE EFFICIENCY.
PART 1: USING ZEN TO PLAY BETTER BASEBALL: HOW AN OLD-SCHOOL, TIME TESTED, MINDSET IS THE BEST TOOL FOR IMPROVING A PLAYER'S MENTAL GAME. PART 2: KEYS TO REDUCING K%: THE MAIN REASONS AS TO WHY THE HITTERS ON MLB PLAYOFF TEAMS STRIKEOUT LESS, AND SPOILER ALERT, IT'S NOT BECAUSE THEY "JUST PUT THE BALL IN PLAY". PART 3: THE HABIT OF BATCHING: HOW TO USE THE STRATEGY OF BATCHING TO MAKE PRACTICES MORE EFFICIENT, AS MORE EFFICIENT PRACTICES ARE MORE FUN & GENERALLY MORE PRODUCTIVE.
October 13, 2020
#46 - THE 80/20 PRINCIPLE, COPYING MLB PLAYERS, OPTIMAL DRILLS: INGREDIENT #7
PART 1: We discuss how to use the very well-known 80/20 PRINCIPLE to create a better team culture, to have more fun, and to win more games. PART 2: We discuss the huge flaw associated with Youth and HS players/coaches trying to copy all MLB training methods & strategies. PART 3: We break down the 7th ingredient required in order to design an optimal drill.
October 06, 2020
#45 - THE #1 PURPOSE OF YOUTH SPORTS, THE HITTING APPROACH OPTIMIZED, & DESIGNING OPTIMAL DRILLS.
Episode #45 PART 1: We discuss the #1 reason for youth sports, and why it’s so important to always keep it top-of-mind. PART 2: We breakdown the optimal hitting approaches. PART 3: We breakdown ingredient #6, as we continue our elite drills series.
September 29, 2020
#44 - 3 COACHES: 3 GREAT COACHING APPROACHES. THE SINGLE TOP OFFENSIVE STAT. ELITE DRILLS (STEP 5)
PART 1: We discuss 3 different coaches and one key thing we can learn from each. PART 2: We discuss the one offensive stat that truly matters, and why it’s important to measure all offensive strategies using this one stat. PART 3: We continue our ELITE DRILLS SERIES as we discuss ingredient #5.
September 22, 2020
#43 - IDENTIFY TEAM PLAYERS, THE MASSIVE VALUE OF TEAM SYSTEMS, & BETTER DRILLS (STEP 4)
1) ONE SURE WAY TO TELL IF A PLAYER IS A TEAM PLAYER. 2) WHAT YOU NEED TO SYSTEMATIZE & THE BENEFITS. 3) DESIGN BETTER DRILLS (STEP 4) TWITTER: 8020_BASEBALL
September 15, 2020
#42 - COACHING WHAT CAN BE CONTROLLED, AND DESIGNING ELITE DRILLS - STEP 3
PART 1: We are joined by special guest Coach Colter Bostick of Maximized Baseball out of San Antonio, Texas. Coach Bostick shares how he successfully coaches only those things he and his players can control. This is golden advice for baseball as well as life. Follow Coach Bostick on Twitter @MAXIMIZED_BSB PART 2: We discuss STEP 3 of DESIGNING ELITE DRILLS. This step is largely overlooked and leaves a huge competitive advantage for coaches that use it with every drill. Follow Coach Bo on Twitter @8020_BASEBALL If you’re enjoying the podcast please leave a quick review/rating on your podcast app. It would be much appreciated.
September 09, 2020
#41 - BUILDING ATHLETIC PITCHERS & DESIGNING ELITE DRILLS
PART 1: Special guest Coach Colter Bostick of Maximized Baseball out of San Antonio (@maximized_bsb) discusses how he trains pitchers to be more athletic. Colter has had a lot of success building athletic pitchers and he shares with us how he does it. PART 2: We breakdown ‘STEP 2’ of the ‘8-STEP PROCESS’ used to design elite drills.
September 02, 2020
#40 - BUILD BETTER RAPPORT W/ PLAYERS & BUILD BETTER TEAMS W/ THE USE OF SYSTEMS.
PART 1: Coach Colter Bostick of Maximized Baseball out of San Antonio, Texas, shares with us some great strategies that he uses to successfully build rapport with players. And coaches, if you don’t build rapport you won’t build a sustainably successful team/organization. PART 2: We discuss how to implement systems with your team. Systems are rarely discussed in the sports coaching world, but interestingly the value of solid systems is clear to any seasoned person in the business world, and therefore, we discuss how to use efficient, player-carried systems to greatly increase your team’s success, all while greatly reducing the coaching staff’s workload. There is a massive competitive advantage for coaches that take the time upfront to install systems, and a lot of energy to be saved!
August 26, 2020
#39 - EFFICIENTLY BUILD RAPPORT w/ PLAYERS, A BUNTING OS UPDATE, & DESIGNING ELITE DRILLS.
EPISODE #39 PART 1: We’ll discuss recommendations that will help coaches more efficiently build rapport with players. PART 2: We’re going to run an operating system update on your bunting paradigm. PART 3: You great listeners get a sneak peak as I’m going to share with you part of the 80/20 BASEBALL DRILL MASTERY guide.
August 19, 2020
#38 - BETTER PITCHERS & A BETTER APPROACH TO FAILURE.
PART 1: This part is an add-on bonus to episode #37 when we discussed the ‘FEWER PITCHES, BETTER PITCHERS’ strategy, or as I like to call it, the ‘Yu Darvish Effect’. All pitching coaches and pitchers need to hear this. Don’t get caught chasing the shiny object. PART 2: A WINNING APPROACH TO FAILURE. We discuss exactly how coaches should handle the failure of their players. This specified approach will add wins while also facilitating a much better team culture.
August 12, 2020
#37 - THE 'SHORTER ARM-PATH' TREND & THE “YU DARVISH EFFECT”.
Episode #37 A breakdown of 5 aspects related to the “Shorter Arm-Path” trend, evolving within the pitching community, and how pitchers/coaches can optimize the pitcher’s arm-path. Plus, we discuss the “Yu Darvish Effect” and how it negatively affects many pitchers.
August 04, 2020
#36 - A WINNING APPROACH TO TRYOUTS
In episode #36, we discuss specific strategies that’ll give coaches a winning game plan when it comes to getting the most out of the tryout process.
July 25, 2020
#35 - BETTER BATTING PRACTICE (Part 2) + SLOWING DOWN THE OPPONENT’S RUNNING GAME
In this episode, we discuss exactly how to make batting practice much more productive, and in part two of the episode, we discuss exactly what your players can do to slow down the opponent’s running game.
July 23, 2020
#34 - BETTER BATTING PRACTICE, WEIGHTED-BALL TRAINING, and 6 REQUIREMENTS OF QUALITY STUDIES.
PART 1: We discuss how conventional batting practice has been flawed for so many years and why great batting practices avoid this outdated BP format. PART 2A: We discuss weighted-ball training, and we breakdown a recent article, written extremely well by Mike Reinold, that had some interesting findings when it came to studying weighted-ball programs. PART 2B: The 6 questions that must be asked of every study we come across to gauge the validity of the results. (And I apologize for the audio on this episode as it’s a bit off during the second half of the episode)
July 18, 2020
#33 - BOOKS FOR PLAYERS, COACHING VOLUME, GAMIFICATION
PART 1: We discuss some great books for young players to read at the beginning of the season. PART 2: We discuss what the optimal amount of coaching is, and how it is often situation dependent. PART 3: We discuss the huge value of gamification and the various ways this plays out while training/practicing.
July 10, 2020
#32 – REDUCING DEAD-TIME, A BALANCED COACHING APPROACH, 2 COMMON THROWING ROUTINE MISTAKES
EPISODE #32 PART 1: I have a recommendation for you that is super-quick to implement and can speed up the dead-time between pitches while also improving the accuracy of ‘sign’ exchanges. We also discuss why speeding up the pace of play while maintaining authenticity is very important to the future of baseball. PART 2: We discuss exactly how to best balance your approach and actions when coaching your team. PART 3: We discuss the 2 MOST COMMON MISTAKES teams & players make at the beginning of their throwing routine/throwing program. … Read more...
June 24, 2020
#31 – Round 2: Coach Colter Bostick
EPISODE #31 Coach Colter Bostick of Maximized Baseball joins us on episode #31, as he and I break down the topic of “Focus” and the major influence that “Focus” has on player success, coaching success, and life success. Follow Colter on Twitter @maximized_bsb … Read more...
June 18, 2020
#30 – BOOK REVIEW: SWING KINGS, BASEBALL CONDITIONING, YOUTH HITTING STATISTICS
EPISODE #30 PART 1: We start off by discussing one of the newest ‘player development’ related books that recently hit the stores, I mean Amazon, a few months ago. I’ll share my specific take on it, and then I will share with you, as objectively as a I can, whether or not I recommend you read it. PART 2: Secondly, I’ll share with you the key moves to establish effective and efficient baseball player ‘conditioning’, and what I say may surprise some of you. PART 3: Lastly, we will talk about how to accurately judge/assess hitters, and we get into why most offensive stats are distractions from the most useful statistics. We’ll breakdown how we can see through the clutter and more accurately assess a players offensive contribution to the total number of runs produced. … Read more...
June 07, 2020
#29 – #1 BOOK RECOMMENDATION, THE FUTURE OF FRAMING PITCHES, #1 TIP FOR FIRST BASEMEN
EPISODE #29 PART #1: I share my #1 non-fiction book recommendation. This is an author and a book that discusses the biggest game-changer in life, and when the information is applied consistently you’ll optimize yourself as a person, player, coach, etc. Interestingly enough I came across this book after first deeply studying the ‘Zen Master’ himself, Phil Jackson. PART #2: We analyze the value of ‘pitch framing’ moving forward. We discuss how this skill will likely soon become useless at the pro level, and how that should affect the allocation of ‘framing training’ time for amateur/youth players. PART #3: We cover the most useful defensive tip for first basemen. This technique will help to prevent more runs than anything else the first baseman can do defensively, and it’s interesting that very few first basemen are taught it. … Read more...
May 31, 2020
#28 – A HALL-OF-FAME COACH, COACHING BOTH CURRENT & FUTURE TECHNIQUE, COACHING FIRST BASEMEN.
EPISODE #28 PART 1: We talk about one of the best college baseball coaches ever, and we talk about what we can learn from him to help improve our own coaching game. This coach’s operating system is what set him apart. Note, this is not a D1 coach. PART 2: We’ll highlight the importance of not over-coaching our players current technique, while simultaneously coaching-up their long-term movement quality. An important 2-pronged paradigm that is needed to win now and win the future. PART 3: We break down the FIRST BASEMAN’S pre-pitch checklist, plus, we outline the after contact priorities. First base seems to be the most under-coached position on the infield and yet the first baseman is involved in more plays than any other infielder (SS, 2B, and 3B). 8020BASEBALL – Helping coaches & players optimize their game by combining the best of the old-school coaching wisdom with the best recently uncovered baseball knowledge. … Read more...
May 24, 2020
#27 – A WINNING PARADIGM SHIFT
EPISODE #27 A WINNING PARADIGM SHIFT 28 minutes, no ads, no fluff. This episode does a deep-dive into a topic that will save youth coaches so much wasted time and energy. The lessons learned from this episode will definitely increase the chances of you coaching the correct things, which means you’ll win more and your players will have a lot more fun along the way. … Read more...
May 06, 2020
#26 – A GREAT MOVIE, PERFECT DRILL DESIGN, & POSITIVE VISUALIZATION
EPISODE #26 A GREAT MOVIE, PERFECT DRILL DESIGN, & POSITIVE VISUALIZATION 28 minutes, no ads, no fluff. PART 1: A movie recommendation, in which we discuss a solid movie that embeds multiple great coaching strategies into the plot. As coaches we can use these methods to better our craft. An enjoyable movie that teaches, now that’s the kind of win/win we like here at 80/20 BASEBALL. PART 2: A quick tutorial on the first-step to designing perfect drills. PART 3: A very-effective 2 minute pre-game visualization routine for your team/players to do right there in the dugout. … Read more...
May 06, 2020
#25 – w/ Coach Colter Bostick
EPISODE #25 w/ Coach Colter Bostick of Maximized Baseball This episode is full of solid, useful information specifically for baseball coaches and baseball players. Coach Colter Bostick of Maximized Baseball shares out a ton of wisdom in this episode that will elevate the players and coaches that apply it. We discuss the following: 1. A proven plan for coaches and players to develop the ‘whole athlete’ so as to avoid weaknesses in key areas. 2. 3 steps to an optimal ‘Mental Game’. 3. How ‘hard’ & ‘soft’ focus blend together to improve a player’s game. 4. The primary goal of youth baseball. 5. The pros and cons of being a ‘baseball only’ athlete vs. a ‘multi-sport’ athlete. 6. Specific steps to increase a baseball player’s athleticism. 7. Quantifiable ‘Key Performance Indicators’ to help baseball players gauge their current results. And lastly, Coach Bostick shares 2 specific success stories with us, and he lays out exactly what he did with those 2 players to achieve that success. … Read more...
April 26, 2020
#24 – 3 TOP MENTAL GAME BOOKS, INCREASE LONG TOSS PRODUCTIVITY, BETTER TEAM TALKS, PITCHING FROM THE STRETCH
EPISODE #24 PART 1: Three of the top ‘Mental Game’ books + 2 rules that will greatly increase the productivity of your team’s ‘Long Toss’ sessions. Part 2: Coaches will learn one huge strategy that will increase the productivity of the talks they have with their team and players. Part 3: Pitching Coaches & pitchers, will learn a set of 3 movements (from the stretch) that will: 1. Help to increase accuracy. 2. Maintain velocity. 3. Slow the running game. … Read more...
April 23, 2020
#23 – HOW TO COPYING SUCCESSFUL PLAYERS, BUILDING PLAYERS’ TRUST, THE 1ST STEP TO GREAT PITCHING.
EPISODE #23 Part 1: We’ll discuss the one thing to watch out for when copying successful players or successful coaches, and how not knowing this can often lead down the wrong path. Part 2: We’ll discuss why coaches must build a connection and trust with players before players will buy into what the coach has to teach. We will talk about how to do this, and I’ll share an example of a well-known non-baseball coach that does this very well. Part 3: We’ll discuss the first step in developing a great pitching delivery. Hint… it doesn’t take place on a mound. If you enjoy the show it would be really great if you could leave a solid review. It would be much appreciated. Thank you. Coach Bo … Read more...
April 13, 2020
#22 – A MUST READ COACHING BOOK, THE BEST IN-PRACTICE CONSEQUENCE, A SIMPLE HELPFUL HITTING ADJUSTMENT.
EPISODE #22 PART 1: A ‘Top 3’ all-time coaching book that was recently published. I’ll give you a concise take on the book and the author, who by the way, is an absolute stud leader. PART 2: I’ll share with you what I believe to be the single best physical consequence for those times you need to extrinsically motivate your players on those lethargic and unfocused days. PART 3: A simple positioning adjustment for hitters that’s under-used the vast majority of the time in youth and HS baseball. This adjustment immediately gives hitters more of one thing that they can use in the majority at-bats to improve their success rate. Lastly, a word of praise for a top-notch teammate and person, Tim, that passed away way too young, and how we can learn from Tim’s exemplary approach to the game of baseball. … Read more...
April 10, 2020
#21 – WHY ‘GOOD’ IS THE ENEMY OF OPTIMAL, BETTER TRANSITIONS DURING PRACTICE, A MORE DECEPTIVE CHANGE-UP.
EPISODE #21 In this 3 part episode we’ll discuss the following: Part 1: Why ‘Good’ is the enemy of ‘Optimal’, and why it’s important for both coaches and players to avoid the common error of becoming risk adverse, or worse, complacent. Part 2: How to optimize practice transitions & breaks. Part 3: A simple, yet rarely taught, adjustment that can immediately improve the deception of a pitcher’s change-up. … Read more...
April 04, 2020
#20 – THE 2 MOST IMPORTANT STATISTICS, HOW YOUTUBE VIDEOS CAN IMPROVE PLAYER PERFORMANCE, BETTER PRE-INNING ROUTINES.
EPISODE #20 THIS EPISODES TOPICS: Part 1: Every baseball statistic always takes a backseat to 2 numbers & why understanding this is vital. Part 2: How Youtube + player highlight videos can improve player acumen & confidence. Part 3: How to improve the ‘pre-inning defense routine’. Part 4: Why ‘auto-pilot mode’ leads to subpar training. Bonus: I’ll tell you when the exact best time to pick-off is. And interestingly enough, it’s very rarely ever done. … Read more...
March 11, 2020
#19 – HOW COMPLEXITY SLOWS DOWN PLAYER DEVELOPMENT, THE 90/10 RULE, HOW AND WHEN TO USE MIRRORS.
EPISODE #19 This 34 minute episode is packed with 4 useful topics + a bonus tip. Part 1: How complexity is slowing down the baseball community and how to negate it. Part 2: The 90/10 – “Action/Talk” ratio. Part 3: How coaches of old were a lot more “with it” than we may be led to believe and how we can learn from that. Part 4: Lastly, we will discuss how, when, and where mirrors can benefit your training sessions. Bonus: To top it off, at the end, I have an arm-strengthening tip that not only provides players with a fun and safe way to strengthen their arms, but also provides extremely clear feedback on the quality of their throws. … Read more...
March 06, 2020
#18 – A 30,000 FT VIEW OF THE ‘COOKIE CUTTER APPROACH’, EXPERIENCE + TECHNOLOGY = GOLD STANDARD, THE BEST NON-BASEBALL GAME.
“EPISODE #18” Part 1: We’ll discuss how a common statement within the baseball community is absolutely correct, yet can be absolutely wrong, and why understanding context will keep coaches and players from going down the wrong path. Part 2: Why, we move forward, the truly ‘Elite’ coach will have a combination of experience in the trenches, coupled with an extensive knowledge of technology. Part 3: The best (and probably the most fun) non-baseball game that baseball teams can play! … Read more...
February 13, 2020
THE 3 HITTING PLANS: FIELD MANUAL
EPISODE #17 If you’re a coach that works with hitters, or if you’re a hitter, this episode is specifically for you, and listening to this episode will be worth the time. Note: This episode is a follow-up to the “3 Root Hitting Plans” episode that I uploaded a few months back, but it’s fine if you’d like to listen to this episode first, and then work your way back, but I absolutely recommend that you listen to both. After listening to both, you’ll have a solid understanding of ‘Hitting Plans’ / ‘Hitting Approaches’. The information in these episodes will give hitters a complete pre-pitch plan as they step into the box and get ready to compete! … Read more...
February 07, 2020
BASEBALL TECHNOLOGY: BENEFITS & LIMITATIONS
EPISODE #16 This episode covers 7 benefits + 7 limitations of technology in baseball. We look at tech within the baseball world from different angles to give you a clearer understanding of tech’s specific roles in the baseball community. This episode is packed with content. No ads. No fluff. Enjoy. … Read more...
February 05, 2020
TEAM CULTURE: 10 ESSENTIALS
EPISODE #15 This episode crushes through 10 essential steps that will work to create and sustain an elite team-culture. Your team’s culture and your team’s vibe, is the foundation that everything else is built upon so you’d better know exactly how to build and sustain it. … Read more...
January 22, 2020
HEAR LESS, LEARN MORE (Audio Article)
EPISODE #14 Hello baseball community. This here is the audio version of the article ‘Hear Less, Learn More’, in which we discuss the hidden value that comes from watching baseball on TV, from time to time, with the volume off. … Read more...
January 09, 2020
YELLING IS NOT DISCIPLING (Audio Article)
EPISODE #13 This is the audio version for the article ‘YELLING IS NOT DISCIPLING’, in which we discuss why persistent yelling is a sign of an ineffective discipline plan and a poor team culture. … Read more...
January 09, 2020
DOUBLING PRACTICE PRODUCTIVITY (Audio Article)
EPISODE #11 This is the audio version of the article ‘DOUBLING PRACTICE PRODUCTIVITY’, in which we discuss why one scheduling change can instantly double your teams return on training time. And, if done correctly your practice productivity will more than double. As a follow-up to this audio article I have included a guide inside our Master Coaching Program that shows you the exact steps on how to create optimal scrimmages plus 12 proven tips that will make your scrimmages elite. … Read more...
January 09, 2020
MORE TIME, BETTER HITTERS (Audio Article)
EPISODE #10 This is the audio version of the article ‘MORE TIME, BETTER HITTERS’, in which we discuss a simple, quick, positional move that’ll help make hitting a bit easier. Elite hitters already do this, but most youth hitters do not, and the minor trade-off is worth the extra processing time it provides. … Read more...
January 09, 2020
CONTEXT IS KING (Audio Article)
EPISODE #9 This is the audio version of the 8020Baseball.com article ‘Context is King’, in which, we highlight a growing problem centered around a set of specific phrases used frequently within the baseball coaching community. We highlight the exact errors and truths behind these common statements, and how clearly knowing the difference will save us all a lot of time. … Read more...
January 09, 2020
COPY CORRECTLY (Audio Article)
EPISODE #8 This is the audio version of the article ‘COPY CORRECTLY’ in which we discuss exactly what players to copy, and more importantly, we discuss the causation/correlation fallacy that leads so many players and coaches down a player development dead-end. Note: The topic of this article is discussed more in part 1 of Episode #23, so give that a listen to further your understanding of how this little discussed point will save you time and headache. … Read more...
January 09, 2020
THE VALUABLE BEAR-CRAWL (Audio Article)
EPISODE #7 This is the audio version of the article ‘THE VALUABLE BEAR-CRAWL’, in which we discuss a different look at discipline, and moreover, we discuss how the well-known BEAR-CRAWL fits very nicely into a coaches toolbox ready to be used when players need a little nudge to focus better, hustle more, etc. Make sure to also listen to part 2 of Episode #22 in which we discuss how and when to apply this wonderfully effective consequence known as the BEAR-CRAWL. … Read more...
January 09, 2020
LONG TOSS VETTED (Audio Article)
EPISODE #6 This is an audio version of the article ‘LONG TOSS VETTED’ in which we discuss both the BENEFITS & LIMITATIONS of Long Toss. We take a close look at how exactly Long Toss can most definitely be useful for a player, and just as importantly, we discuss the limitations of Long Toss and how to minimize these inherent flaws. … Read more...
January 09, 2020
THE 3 ROOT HITTING PLANS (Audio Article)
EPISDODE #5 This is the audio version of the ‘The 3 Hitting Plans’ article in which we optimize the hitting approach/plan down to the only 3 hitting plans/approaches a hitter needs, and why discuss why choosing the correct one is actually very straightforward. This is a big game-changer within the baseball community, as the Hitting Approach (or as I prefer to call it the Hitting Plan) is very commonly discussed, but rarely in terms of optimization. It’s something that has been passed down over the years yet never fully simplified. Essentially, these 3 plans derive straight from old-school wisdom, but I’ve stripped away the excess to do what should have been done a long time ago and that is to maximize the simplification of the hitter’s PRE-PITCH PLAN. Also, give a listen to EPISODE #17 ‘THE 3 HITTING PLANS: FIELD MANUAL’ for a more in-depth look. … Read more...
January 09, 2020
THE HALL-OF-FAME LIBRARIAN (Audio Article)
EPISODE #4 In this episode, we’ll discuss why the pitcher’s foundation is directly responsible for the vast majority of a pitcher’s success. In a baseball world full of arm-care, and arm-strength talk, it’s the legs, hips, and even the torso that have the largest impact on a pitcher’s success and arm-health. This is not to say that many of the arm-strengthening protocols such as Long Toss and Plyo Balls are not helpful, they are, it’s simply that the lower 2/3 of the pitcher’s body, is the dominant influencer when it comes to game-success and arm-health. This episode keys in on the importance of building the pitcher’s delivery from the ground-up. … Read more...
January 09, 2020
ANTHONY RENDON 101
EPISODE #3 This episode will discuss the following 4 topics: 1. What specifically makes Anthony Rendon an elite hitter. 2. The sabermetrics behind his overall value. 3. Why the Angels are the most interesting MLB team to watch. 4. Why I value Anthony Rendon’s next 7 years at $304.5 million. … Read more...
December 13, 2019
THE $324 MILLION PITCHER
EPISODE #2 We all know how dominant Gerrit Cole is, and in this episode you’ll learn some interesting things about Gerrit Cole’s pitching delivery and his pitch-type usage, and how, with a few slight adjustments, Gerrit could still be 10-15% better. Pitchers, and pitching coaches, can use this episode to see how I do an abbreviated break down of a dominant pitcher, and also, the pitching community will see a perfect example in Cole of why it’s important to avoid confusing ‘dominant’ with ‘perfect’. … Read more...
December 13, 2019
THE 80/20 BASEBALL MASTERCLASS
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December 02, 2019