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May 24, 2020  

Chuck Box- Head Baseball Coach, Hartfield Academy HS (MS)

May 24, 2020
Today we have on Chuck Box, Head Baseball Coach and assistant athletic director at Hartfield Academy. We flipped the script a little today, and so Chuck takes us through an entire year of what they do at Hartfield. We go over individual player development plans, schedules, culture building and so much more. If you want a practical episode, this one is for you. Here is Chuck Box!
Show notes courtesy of Zach Casto
  • Your work is a melting pot of a ton of great things.
  • 10 Phases in a year.
  • 2 Phases are rest and recovery.
  • The fall has 3 phases.
  • Phase 1: Movement, Strength, and Toughness.
  • Total body assessment and hitting assessment during this time.
  • It’s the time to assess.
  • Start your throwing programs during this time.
  • The goal should be at their best in May.
  • “Get better everyday. If we get better everyday we will be pretty good in the end.”
  • The first 5-6 weeks is strength testing.
  • Then progress into throwing and skill work.
  • After Thanksgiving is a mini camp.
  • Install all of your stuff during this time.
  • It allows the first time in spring practice to go into the drills without having to re-teach.
  • Lifting 3 days a week and throwing progression 5 days a week.
  • You want your guys to throw over the winter break to be ready for the spring.
  • “If you have to talk about culture a lot, you probably don’t have it.”
  • Culture looks different for everyone.
  • Culture involves everything that you do.
  • As the leader of the program you have to model and hammer what needs to be done.
  • Ask your players what these four areas look like: Succeeding Academically, athletically, socially, and spiritually.
  • If the players can define these four areas, then they will have a better picture of what they need to do to help the culture.
  • Once everyone has an idea of the culture that you want, it will be in everyone’s DNA.
  • The standard is: “If you want to be mediocre, don’t come here.”
  • Create a program to help your players learn how to become quality young men.
  • Bring in guest speakers:
  • 1. Specific speakers: Example: speaking on nutrition.
  • 2. Successful leaders. (Successful coaches).
  • Discuss with your players how to be polite and treat women well.
  • Have your players use journals to take notes.
  • Give the notes back to the players so that they can continue their lifelong learning.
  • Meet 3 days a week in the classroom setting.
  • In the beginning of the season discuss leadership and life skills.
  • As you get closer to the season focus on baseball skills.
  • Allow the guest speakers to come and throw out the first pitch and be on the guest pass for all home games in the season.
  • Give your players opportunities to learn about different jobs.
  • Also give players conditioning week goals to challenge the players.
  • This helps the players become stronger mentally in order to win games when the young gets tough.
  • Words matter. What we say can go over the heads of our players.
  • Take a few classroom sessions to go over team verbiage and standards.
  • Assign words to the players to present to the team.
  • Example: Find our what the term “What you permit your promote.”
  • When the players start saying what you say that means they are all in with those terms.
  • The players and coaches must adjust to the standards of the culture.
  • Talk with the players and have them define when practice begins.
  • If the players don’t meet the standard of that the locker should look like give them an eviction notice.
  • Give them 24 hours to clean out and get out.
  • Give them 2-3 days to not have a locker to value what they had.
  • If you don’t stay on the culture with the players, then the players will settle to be mediocre.
  • When players pout, give them a 25 pound vest to wear.
  • Body language matters.
  • Measure toughness and body language.
  • Follow Blast Metrics for hitting.
  • For high school assistants
  • Look at community volunteers, student assistants, and retired people.
  • Be the kind of person people want to work for.
  • “Good people attract good people.”
  • Clearly define roles for everyone and get out of their ways.
  • A mix of old school and new school is best.
  • Practice what happens most in a game.
  • Practice what matters most in your system.
  • Hitting, throwing,and catching is what happens the most.
  • Plan out your week one day a week.
  • Script it out and then adjust it as the week goes along.
  • Have a mini camp with middle school players.
  • This helps them understand what the experience will be like.
  • The biggest adjustment will be the speed of practice and the game.
  • During BP have base running to be a component of it in order to work in game reads.
  • Pitching Plans:
  • Day 3: Drill Day
  • Day 4: Pen Day
  • Have a mental component to practice. Have that be at the beginning of practice every day.
  • Have a master schedule of practice with drills being summarized for coaches and players to understand.
  • Mental Skills practices: 2 days of visualization, 2 days of mental imagery, and 2 days of self affirmations.
  • Have a mental release station.
  • Have one station per practice where the players practice their releases.
  • The reason why frustration happen is because players don’t know how to release their frustration to be ready for the next pitch.
  • Be where your feet are.
  • “Where you are is your interview.”
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